Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful dads out there! If you’re struggling to put together a last-minute present for your favorite guy, then look no further. You can never go wrong with a simple handmade gift.
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!).
Fire-Breathing, Animated Dragon Card by Made by Joel
DIY Mustache Card With Bow-Tie Pasta By The Gold Jelly Bean
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.
Can you believe it’s almost Father’s Day? For some reason, I have way more trouble getting my dad the right gift than my mom. If you’re anything like me, here’s a little guide to help you pick out the right gift for your old man.
For the Culinary Dad: This DIY apron mixes sentimental value with practical use. If your dad is a self-proclaimed chef (and you’re a crafty person), make him a plaid apron in a few simple steps using this template by Waverly. <<Get the Full Instructions Here>>
For the Playful Dad: My dad LOVES gadgets, and that can get — expensive. This condiment dispenser by Sharper Image would be a good alternative. Okay, so it’s not the latest iPad, but it’s still something he can play with and get use out of, right? And you can pair it with this hand-painted grill platter.
For the Traveling Dad: Get something a little different this year. If your dad travels a lot, he would love this scratch map that charts everywhere he has been. Wouldn’t it look charming in his office?
For the Artistic Dad: If your dad appreciates art, then something frameable and hand-stitched is the way to go. Stampa has a limited edition collection that includes hand-stitched, iconic Father’s Day gifts, such as a “#1 Dad” coffee mug, an Old Spice bottle, colorful neckties and more.
What do you have planned for your dad this Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments below.
For those of you who struggle until the last minute with what to get Dad for Father’s Day, I’ve finally figured out that it’s all in the card and a handmade present. Craft him something he’ll love and use for years; then pour your heart out in the card. So, for all you procrastinators, HGTV’s here to help!
While I totally think the world of my father and his slightly-off sense of humor, I absolutely loathe buying gifts for the man. And as I creep into mid-thirtysomething territory at warp speed, I start to think of what exactly I’d want if/when I have rugrats of my own. Sure, I work in the design industry, so it’s pretty much a sure thing I’m gonna want something decorative, personal and meant for my home; however, there’s a fine line between classic masculine and cliche dude styles. Beer steins and pool tables? No. Pinstripes and Milo Baughman-esque finishes? Oh, why yes, yes indeed, that sounds remarkably wonderful. If you’re struggling, trying to think of timeless home-related gifts for Dad, check out some of these great finds available online or through showrooms. Then, after that, toss those beer can koozies in the trash or set them on fire. Happy Father’s Day!
If you ever thought picnics and Big Daddy mixed together just sounded kinda wrong, think again. Boxsal creates eco-conscious, disposable picnic sets that rock, literally. One of them, Urban Picnic, is a cardboard replica of an old-school boombox. The other, Office Escape, is a cardboard version of a classic leather briefcase. Both open up to reveal components essential to enjoying delicious bites outdoors.
Buck the velvet artwork of dogs playing poker and instead consider wrapping Dad in something classic. The Scotland Forever Throw available through Amazon.com is something that will keep any father warm and snugly as well as timelessly cool at the same time. Made of lambswool, it’s available in several colors and retails for $105.
When I was a kid, I was so proud when presenting my dad with the greatest Father’s Day gift ever…a new tie…with a pair of dress socks. But as I look around the desks of my coworkers at HGTV, I’ve noticed there are a lot of proud papas displaying hand-painted picture frames and coffee mugs decorated by their kids. Um, where was I when my friends were making these one-of-a-kind treasures? (Sorry Dad, we were jipped! I’m going to totally make it up to you.) Keeping up the fine tradition of Father’s Day crafts, here are four easy DIY presents perfect for burgeoning artists of all ages to make for their deserving dads.
The Hand-Painted Grill Platter: This ideal gift for grill-lovin’ dads is great for younger kids who enjoy painting. Moms will appreciate the minimal materials list. Why not decorate a set of six for a whole afternoon of fun? One for burgers…one for steaks…fish…kabobs…
The Custom Valet Tray: The Dad with his pockets full of everything-that-jingles will love this present. Change, keys, wallet, phone and whatever else he carries around will fit right into this kid-customized tray (To my Dad…That chair in your closet heaping with your pocket supplies won’t do anymore). And what child doesn’t want to paint all over something new and clean?
The Stitched Card: The day wouldn’t be complete without an “Happy Father’s Day” card. So, why not make one this year? We love this tie-stitched-card from Make and Takes for its simple and adorable appearance. It’s an easy activity for youngsters to teens, though Moms may want to help little ones with punching the holes. I’m definitely going to have to make this for my dad. Although, I wonder if I could poke holes in a flower pattern to match his 1980′s ties?
The Painterly Silhouette: While it might be a little challenging for the tiny guys, this DIY art project from Design Sponge is a great idea for tweens and teens. From cowboy boots to saddlebacks, bow ties to bowler hats, pick one of dad’s favorite possessions to silhouette. Then frame it so he can proudly display it at home or work. Or you can just make one for yourself because, let’s be honest, it’s really cool.
So which craft would your Dad most enjoy receiving? Or which project would your kids most enjoy making for him?
Daddy. Papa. Father. Padre. Pops. Every dad is special in his own wonderful way. So with Father’s Day coming up (mark your calendar — it’s June 19th this year) I decided to design a full set of FREE printable cards you can download to celebrate him on his special day. With a total of six, everyone in your family can pick one they feel fits Pa best!
If Jason Cameron or Tony Siragusa, hosts of DIY Network’s hit show Man Caves, ever need a day off from designing dude-tastic spaces, there are a ton of Design Happens readers I could recommend for the job. In our June 3rd giveaway, we wanted you to describe your dad’s perfect space for a little Father’s Day me time. We were blown away by some of your over-the-top ideas! A mini Tour de France course, a physics lab and a European coffee bar were some of the most original designs.
Our first winner, Carolyn, said her father was too selfless to ever let someone build him a man cave — he’d probably want a room for his precious dogs and cats. Nicole, our second winner, would build her dad a big-rig themed cave. Both of our winners will receive a $50 gift code to Red Envelope to grab dad a fantastic gift he never saw coming. They both have two weeks to respond to our message before we pick new winners.
What cool dad didn’t have a moustache or beard back in the day? (Unless your dad was of the G-Men or Buddy Holly glasses era.) Some of the best (and most hilarious) pictures of my father involve bell-bottoms, retro, floral button-downs and a killer moustache to top it off. He said sayonara to his groovy ‘stache once I arrived into the world, and a scratchy, “Pat the Bunny“-type beard became his face’s newest addition. Once a thing of the past, moustaches and beards have made a triumphant and glorious return. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we have some moustache-proud handmade/craft gift ideas Dad will love. Whether he sports a Tom Selleck stache or something a little more like Salvador Dali, let him know he and his facial hair (past or current) are appreciated.
That’s right, today’s the day we celebrate the “first man” in many of our lives. Whether you were a little girl who totally had daddy wrapped around her pinkie or a small boy secretly convinced that his dad was a super hero, Father’s Day is the one day of the year specifically set aside to let him know just how special he is.