Father’s Day is quickly approaching, which means ties and sporting store gift certificates are starting to look more and more appealing. Break away from the traditional gifts and show the dads and father figures alike in your life how much they mean to you.
Whether you like to DIY or buy, here are some great gift ideas for dad.
Gifts to DIY
Thoughtful gifts are the best, and they are even better when you make them with your own two hands. Here are our favorite DIY ideas that your dad would love to receive on Father’s Day.
Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream
This all-natural, homemade shaving cream contains ingredients that are actually good for his skin. The oils help condition and soften the skin while leaving behind a pleasant fragrance.
Make it yourself:
- Place a 2-cup glass measuring cup in a saucepan containing 1/2 inch or so of water, then add 1/4 cup each of shea butter and coconut oil to the measuring cup.
- Set the burner to low heat, then stir the mixture as the shea butter and coconut oil become liquid.
- Turn off the stove and stir 1/4 cup jojoba oil into the melted oils.
- Add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil for a pleasing, clean fragrance. Customize the scent to Dad’s favorite fragrances such as a blend of cedar, coriander, frankincense and ginger, or lavender, cedar and neroli.
- Cool the mixture in the fridge, then whip it with a blender.
- Transfer the mixture to a jar with a lid, then make your own label for a special touch.
Customized Golf Balls
We love this DIY because it gets the kids involved. Color golf balls in some of Dad’s favorite shades so he can find those balls that seem to mysteriously end up far from the green.
Make it yourself:
- Mix up single-color batches of liquid all-purpose dyes in individual jars with lids, such as mason jars. Rit Dye More works well, since it is designed for synthetics.
- Soak clean individual golf balls in the dyes. Once they’ve soaked up the dye, remove them with tongs and dry them off on folded paper towels or clean rags.
- Add a personal touch to the dyed balls – or plain ones – by decorating them with oil-based markers such as Sharpies.
Comic Book Coasters
If your favorite dad is a comics or anime geek at heart, whip up a batch of comic book coasters featuring some of his favorite characters for his man cave. If he isn’t into comics, use copies of his favorite video game covers instead.
Make it yourself:
- Start with four metal circular outlet covers from a home improvement store, or use existing flat coasters made of wood, cork or tile.
- Trace the coaster object onto paper, then cut out the paper to use it as a template for the comics images.
- Enlarge and print comics images so they’re big enough to cover one coaster each. Print them with an ink jet printer or ask a copy shop to do it for you; water-based inks may run or bleed.
- Brush a coat of outdoor Mod Podge over the coaster blank, then smooth the paper comic image over it. Apply several more coats over the image to seal it and protect it from moisture.
- Glue a piece of foam, cork or felt to the back of the coaster using an appropriate craft adhesive to protect your tables.
Delicious Dry Rub
This Father’s Day gift is perfect for the resident grill master. Create a dry spice blend – aka dry rub – he can use every time he grills. This all-purpose savory rub works well on burgers, meats, grilled veggies and even homemade fries. Feel free to customize the spice blend to suit your (or his) tastes.
Make it yourself:
- Mix 1/3 cup paprika with 1/4 cup black pepper and up to 10 teaspoons of salt. Add four tablespoons dark brown sugar and two teaspoons each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Store the ingredients in empty, clean spice jars or a canning jar with a shaker lid (and an airtight cover).
- Print out your own label and name the spice blend yourself for even more fun.
Just about everyone appreciates a great, unique T-shirt. Make a one-of-a-kind creation for Dad’s Day using a plain T-shirt (any color he likes), a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint. This is a great project for a teenager; they’ll probably want to make a few of their own shirts this way, too.
Play around with an image of one of Dad’s favorite music artists, cars or even the kids using an image-editing program until the image is black and white – no other colors and no shades of gray. You can also use a picture or phrase drawn by a young kid – just pick something that will work well in only one color. (Any printable stencil template will work as well, if you don’t want to edit images yourself.)
Make it yourself:
- Print out the image on the smooth, non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper.
- Cut out the image so the freezer paper resembles a stencil.
- Iron the waxy side of the homemade stencil onto a T-shirt, making sure the shirt and stencil remain smooth and flat. Place a piece of cardboard between the front and back of of the shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
- Dab fabric paint into the cutout areas of the stencil using a foam brush or stencil pouncing tool.
- Once the paint dries, peel the freezer paper away and discard the cardboard.
Gifts to Buy
If you’re not the savviest when it comes to crafts and DIY’s, you can still surprise your dad with a thoughtful and out-of-the-box gift. Check out our favorite ideas below!
Engraved Winston Set from Harry’s
This classic shaving kit from Harry’s just oozes old-world, man’s man style along with the modern comfort of shaving with advanced multi-blade razors. Add your Dad’s engraved monogram to the handle of the razor or sign him up for monthly auto-refills to give a gift that keeps on giving.
Who doesn’t love a chilled-to-perfection iced coffee? It’sSimple yet effective, the HyperChiller is able to chill hot coffee in about a minute – without diluting the beans. It’s also able to chill whiskey, wine and any other liquids Dad may love.
As a box-based service geared towards enhancing the day-to-day lifestyle essentials of men everywhere, Bespoke Post is well-versed in unique gifting. The New York-based company offers freshly curated boxes perfect for Father’s Day, and you can pick one that your dad will love.
Beer Making Kit
The Warrior Double IPA kit includes everything your Dad will need to brew his own beer from home. Created by the Brooklyn Brewery, this easy-to-follow kit ensures a delicious gallon of awesome homemade beer.
Designed with the manliest of men in mind, Man Crates will ship your dad a wooden crate filled with goodies he’s sure to love. The site boasts several options for men of varying interests and tastes, from bacon to beer, golfing to hunting. All shipments include a laser-engraved crowbar to help Dad break into his perfectly crafted Man Crate.
Price: $44.99 – $189.99
Let’s face it, no matter how many knives Dad has, he can’t resist the appeal of a shiny, new one. The M16-14SFG from Columbia River Knife and Tool has an 8Cr14 stainless steel blade and a titanium nitride finish that will make hunting and fishing that much better.