Father’s Day is near and I know I’m not the only one who finds men in general to be rather tough to buy for. I mean, how many ties and shirts can one man really use? Every Christmas (or other gift buying occasion) I have the women’s gifts purchased well in advance, and usually leave the gift buying for my father-in-law to my husband…which often means that he either ends up with nothing or we’re shopping the day before (or the day of) to find something for him. My husband isn’t great with hint-dropping, either, which requires me to be extra creative when coming up with ideas to make his special days feel…well…special. To compound the problem, I have five daycare kids (three other dads) to plan gifts for as well. Fortunately, we now have Pinterest for plenty of inspiration!
There are so many ideas out there, and for those that aren’t inherently creative, that’s perfect. For those who like to be more original and unique, and don’t want to make the same thing that three of their friends made, here are some things to help spur creative gift ideas for Dad (or anyone):
- What does Dad love to do? Is he a fisher or hunter? Does he like to fix things and tinker in the garage? Is he a business man who’s usually in suit and tie? Maybe he’s a sports fan, or fitness buff of some sort (runner, weight lifter, tennis player). Make a list of words that describe what he does, what he is, what he loves…that alone may give you lots of ideas!
- How does Dad like to unwind or relax? The point of honoring Dad for Father’s Day is that he does so much for his family and works so hard. So what better way to thank him for all of his efforts than to give him a way to have some time off and relax? Does he enjoy watching movies? Is his idea of a great night one that involves watching football with beer in hand? Does he enjoy grilling or camping with family or friends? Planning his favorite activity and making it happen could be the best gift!
- Homemade From the Heart I think we are all touched by gifts made by those we love. We know that time and thought went into them, and whether we copied an idea or not, each is unique because it is handmade. Things from kids are especially heartwarming and very appropriate for Father’s Day. Even better, DIY gifts are budget-friendly!
I decided to come up with an easy and inexpensive gift idea that I could do with my daycare kids for their dads. I thought if I got frames from the dollar store, we could glue just about anything to them to make them personalized. In this instance I chose to use branches, that way the kids would be able to engage in the activity more than just gluing something on the frame. My husband and the daycare kids’ dads are all into outdoor sports of some sort, so I figured the rustic look of branches would be fitting. You could also use other small objects that represent Dad’s favorite hobbies: small tools (washers, screws, etc. for the handy dad), fishing lures (minus the hooks!), sports-themed embellishments, etc.
First I gathered my supplies: A frame from the dollar store (I used a 5×7), some branches from our backyard, and glue (I wound up using hot glue so I didn’t have to wait for the glue to dry, but craft glue would also work.
Next I laid out the branches so I had an idea how I wanted the frame to look. The great thing about branches is that if one doesn’t fit right, you can break it!
Once the layout was determined, I glued the branches on. If you don’t know which photo you’ll eventually want to put in the frame, you can print off “Happy Father’s Day” and insert it until Dad can choose which pic he wants.
Here are five other other great Father’s Day ideas that I found on Pinterest:
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