Why are dads so difficult to buy gifts for? Or more specifically, my dad? He’s not really into fancy gadgets or gimmicks — he’d be just as happy with a pack of wool socks.
Still, I always struggle to find a Father’s Day gift that really shows him I appreciate all he’s taught me over the years: How to tie my shoes, how to make the best pie crust ever, how to carve a dovetail joint, and on, and on, and on. But no matter what I settle on, one thing is always a hit: a handmade card that speaks to his (awesome) personality. Here are some great ways to show your dad you care with handmade cards to make and buy (Father’s Day is this Sunday, folks!).
Make your own version of this interactive, fire-breathing dragon card from Made by Joel with some construction paper and lots of imagination.
Take macaroni art to the next level with this ode to a staple of fatherhood: the humble mustache! This adorable card from The Gold Jelly Bean is mounted on wood grain contact paper and embellished with painted bow-tie pasta.
Perfect for the dad who loves to travel, use scrapbooking accessories and a needle and thread to create this collage homage to the road.
No time to make your own card? Pick up a handmade one and customize it with your own thank you message. Above, clockwise from top-left: You Blow Me Away Card, Crane.com., Tie One On Card from maydaystudio on Etsy, Daddy’s Girl Card from TheNicStudio on Etsy, Darth Vadar Card from LarsLoveLetters on Etsy.
And you can still show Dad you care at the last minute: Just find your favorite design in the photo above and print a free Father’s Day card designed by HGTV blogger Kim Stougbauer.
Have a great Father’s Day, everyone! What are you getting your dad this year, or dads, what would be your ideal gift? Tell us in the comments below.