You may or may not have gotten your dad a gift for Father’s Day yet. I hate to break it to you, but Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you can’t think of anything to top last year’s surprise camping trip or that amazing tech gadget, then surprise him with homemade food for every single meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert — keeping Dad’s belly full with delicious food is the best gift of all. You can prep our easy recipe suggestions below ahead of time, so you can still spend time with the dad(s) in your life on his special day.
This Tex-Mex cowboy skillet recipe is a fiery way to start Dad’s day off right. Serve it alongside fruit, coffee and bread, and get the kids to surprise him with breakfast in bed. Get the full recipe >>
Since you have so many other meals planned for the rest of the day, giving Dad a lighter lunch option is the way to go. Even though this Greek chicken pita is healthy, it’s packed with lots of flavor and nutrition. Get the full recipe >>
If you choose only one of these recipes to make for Dad, it should be the pub pretzel and beer cheese dip (smoked gouda and cheddar to be exact). Trust me on this one. Get the full recipe >>
The Creole-inspired sauce in this chicken and sausage pasta dish adds hard-to-resist spicy flavor and will have Dad coming back for seconds. Get the full recipe >>
This dessert looks like bacon and tastes like it, too! The shortbread recipe gets its bacon flavor from applewood smoked salt. You can chill the dough overnight, and bake it fresh on Father’s Day. Get the full recipe >>
Try our other delicious recipes and cocktails that Dad is sure to love.
Struggling to find the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special guy? Check out these creative and inexpensive ideas for the techy dad, DIY dad and more!
For the Grill Master
Dads love gadgets, but they especially love grilling gadgets. Instead of buying him another knife set this year, give Dad the super-powered BBQ Dragon charcoal starter. A top product from DIY Network series I Want That, this device is hands-free, portable and gets any charcoal grill ready to cook in 10 minutes or less. Take a look >>
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For the Tech Dad
Combine Dad’s love of cars and technology with the automatic car adapter. This tiny device plugs into a vehicle’s standard diagnostics port then reports data from the car’s computer back to an app on your smartphone. From there, it can diagnose engine problems, remember where you parked, call for help in a crash and much more. Take a look >>
For the Athlete
Step up your homemade gift game this Father’s Day by making Dad this DIY cornhole set. Admit it: It’s so much more fun than that tie he got last year. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
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Is it just me, or are dads hard to shop for? My dad is one of those people who, if he wants something, he just gets it for himself. So this year, I’m tapping into his sentimental side with a favorite photo of my siblings and I. The twist? I’m transferring it to a slab of wood. Watch the video to see how I made this rustic-meets-retro gift.
I think I’ve knocked it out of the park on this one, and I love the results so much I had to make one for myself! See the simple technique here:
What are you giving dear old dad for father’s day? Tell me in the comments below.
The Father’s Day gift guides that roll out each June always seem to be geared toward the plays-golf, drinks-whiskey, grills-meat sort of dads. The problem is, my dad is more of a sits-and-reads or sports kind of dad. He recently retired, so I think this Father’s Day might be a great occasion to help him spruce up a space for him to relax and indulge in a good book or the NBA Finals. Check out some of the inspiration I’ve found …
Design by Anita Lang
Anita Lang turned a small landing into a sweet TV and game zone, proving you don’t need much space for a cool hangout spot. The niche is a perfect size for a flat-screen TV, comfy chairs and a foosball table. The bright punches of chartreuse and the modern look of the foosball table make it an attractive space without detracting from the fun vibe.
Design by Christopher Grubb
My own husband is more of a game-and-beer-with-the-guys kind of guy, so this setup is more his style. The round table is perfect for a round of poker or a board game setup, and a wall of TVs makes it easy to keep an eye on an array of sporting events in this room designed by Christopher Grubb. The floating buffet can store drinkware, game materials and even a small drink refrigerator.
Design by Anita Lang
Maybe your main man is more into music? This room includes three TVs, surround sound and soundproofing panels for the ultimate media experience. A sectional sofa and guitar collection are ready for any impromptu jam sessions with friends.
Design by Christopher Grubb
And just in case your dad IS the golf type, what about his own personal putting green? This may be an urban apartment, but there is still plenty of room for some putting practice on the terrace. This could be an easy feature to set up either outside or indoors — as long as your dad doesn’t have too crazy a stroke!
What kind of guy is your dad? What features would he love in his own space?
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You’ve done it again — you waited until the last minute to get a Father’s Day gift, and now it’s too late to order his favorite gadget online. If you aren’t the crafty type this can really limit your gift options. Well, what if I told you you could make him an inexpensive, custom gift with zero crafting skills? Yes you heard me correctly — all you need to make the T-shirt below is our free printable pattern and an iron. It’s super easy, and it’s something Dad will love and actually get use out of.
Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions Here>>
And if a T-shirt isn’t his thing, use our printable to make him a custom tote bag. Download it here>>
Happy Early Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, and happy scramble-until-you-find-the-right-gift to the rest of us. You know dad just wants us healthy, housed and capable of paying our own bills, but for Father’s Day we want to show him just how much we appreciate his perfect grilled chicken, the way he always says “take your time” when you are driving somewhere, and that his pep talks always involve the words “put your game face on.” So here is a round-up of handmade gifts you can give to your dad to show him just how much he is loved and appreciated.
Handmade Charlotte has you covered with 5 different *free* printables for dad.
Give dad a place to organize his keys and shades with this Chalkboard House Organizer that I made on HGTV Handmade.
Is your dad always saying cheese and capturing “the moment?” Then he might dig a handmade leather camera strap for his special day via Wood and Faulk.
Julia shows us how easy it is to make a custom pint glass for dad in this great video.
If dad is a coffee lover, make him a custom dishwasher safe mug, like I do for my dad on HGTV Handmade.
More Daddy Day Gift Ideas
It’s his turn — time for you to show your favorite guy how much you really appreciate him. The man in your life (whether it be your dad, grandpa or baby-daddy) most likely selflessly gives 364 days out of the year. June 15th is his day to do and get whatever he wants, and we are here to help you make that happen.
Get Him Gifts He Wants
He probably has enough ties — make him the ultimate grilling accessory instead or a personalized catchall tray for him to keep his things at hand.
More Handmade Gift Ideas for Dad>>
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Father’s Day is just around the corner — this Sunday to be exact. Do you have a gift for your favorite guy yet? Personally, I find it hard to get a gift for my dad. He’s the tech type and we all know how expensive that can get. This year, I’ve decided to give the gift of food because that’s what guys — even the picky ones — really want, right?
Our slew of great, easy Father’s Day recipes and cocktails will surely please Dad. You can start his day off right with a Tex-Mex style breakfast in bed, or add his favorite brew to cheese dip or even a cupcake! And after he’s full and happy, he can wind his day down with a nice, cold cocktail.
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Father’s Day is this Sunday — are you armed with a gift for dad? No? Well then, we’ve got you covered — from his favorite recipes (hot beer cheese and homemade pretzels — yum!) to fun, free printables and handmade gift ideas like this easier-than-it-looks dresser-top leather valet; whip up a surprise for your dad just in time for Father’s Day celebrations.
Ready to make your own? Get the complete step-by-step instructions>>
Not only is this monogrammed leather valet easy to craft, you probably have most of the materials on hand like an old frame, some batting or foam and a spare bit of leather – this is a great project for upcycling a past-its-prime jacket or purse. The steps are simple, just disassemble the frame then use the backing as a template to cut out a small piece of leather and batting. Place the leather, suede side up, on top of the batting and secure it in the frame with strong tape.
I used an old trick from college printmaking classes to create removable registration marks on painter’s tape that would help me find the tray’s center before placing the adhesive stencils (these things are awesome, btw, you can find them with the glass-etching supplies at your local craft store). Fill in the stencils with a permanent marker and voila — a handy catch-all for dad to keep his keys, change, watch and anything else he needs to grab on his way out the door.
Crafting this handy DIY gift for dad is easy — but be sure to check out my complete step-by-step instructions for a materials list and lots of helpful tips first>>
Despite my mother’s incessant reminders, I somehow always find myself scrambling for a Father’s Day gift at the last minute. Sound familiar? This year, I’m hoping to break that tradition. I’m calling on two of my closest acquaintances: crafts and candy. If you’re in a similar Father’s Day bind, why not make one of these adorable candy jars for dad? We all know he’s secretly hoping for something edible.
This candy jar is quick, easy and hilarious. I love the mustache trend – so quirky! Also, I think my dad would love this sly reference to his terrible ‘70s “stache.” See how Jill from Sandy Toes & Popsicles created these crafty candy jars.
This jar assures dad some peace of mind; KC from The Real Thing shows how to actually etch his name into a glass jar. That guarantees no candy thieves, right?
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly craft, this Tie Box from Eighteen25 might be your pick. And after all, it is Father’s Day – it’s only proper to incorporate ties!
Ah, Father’s Day. That hallowed holiday where we tell the dads in our lives that we love them…by giving them ties? Come on, we can do better than that. This year, why not give dad what he really wants, the gift of rest and relaxation. These adorable lotto-inspired scratch-and-win cards give dad the chance to win everything from a pass on mowing the lawn to a two hour nap.
You can download our free Father’s Day printables right here. Don’t you kind of want to make scratch-and-win cards for every occasion now?
What are your plans for dad this June 16th? Maybe a special meal? Dish in the comments–I promise I’m very good at keeping secrets.
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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.
Amy of The Idea Room dressed up her husband’s favorite drink with adorable necktie and shirt bottle covers! And don’t forget about the card — try one of Liz’s favorite Father’s Day cards you can make, buy or print.
What special plans do you have for your dad today? Tell us in the comments below.
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
Make your own version of this interactive, fire-breathing dragon card from Made by Joel with some construction paper and lots of imagination.
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!
If your dad appreciates handmade gifts (and wine or billiards,) here’s an easy craft project for turning everyday objects into bottle stoppers that can be finished in less than an hour. (My father’s hobbies are fly fishing, camping and hiking, so I’m not sure what I should attach to the cork? Let me know if you have any suggestions.) Now don’t forget the card! A few weeks ago, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio shared one-of-a-kind printable Father’s Day cards. Download and print out your favorite design for free to include with your present.
From everyone here at HGTV’s Design Happens, Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!
And let us know, sons, daughters and proud papas, did the gift and card go over well?
Tell us in the comments below.
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?
Tell us in the comments below.
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!
Pick, Download & Print
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.
If you’re stumped on what to get Dad this Father’s Day, check out HGTV’s Father’s Day gift guide for presents that celebrate his hobbies, interests and style. And here’s three easy craft projects the kids can make for Dad: Hand-Painted Grill Platter, Rustic Picture Frame, Custom Valet Tray.
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.
Etsy.com: Keep Calm Print; Antique Plaque; Cross-Stitch Cufflinks