For years you’ve been giving Dad a new tie or a new shirt. He’s always grateful and appreciative, but you wish you could do something better without breaking the bank. Here are several Do-It-Yourself ideas to spice up your Father’s Day gift this year. Even for those of you who lack creativity, a lot of these ideas are simple and fun, and they’re sure to impress Dad this year.
1. Car Wash Goodie Basket
If your Dad is really into keeping his car in tip-top shape, re-stock his cleaning and shining inventory this year. New car wash soap, wax, tire black foam, Armor-all, air fresheners, and cleaning cloths can be combined in a cheap container to make a really great gift. Plus, you can get really creative by using ribbons to tie rolled up cleaning clothes or even decorating the container!
2. Grill Master Goodie Basket!
For those dads who love to spend their summers cooking out, what could be better than a basket full of grilling goodies? Anything from new spatulas and basting brushes to seasonings or marinades can be placed in the basket. You could even include Dad’s favorite soda, peanuts, or another of his favorite snacks. Like the car wash basket, you can get as creative as you want by using ribbons and decorations to dress it up.
3. Photo Calendar
Dads are always in need of good calendars for their offices. Why not use the best photos of you and Dad to create a calendar through a company like Shutterfly? Dad can show off pictures of his kids at work and keep his appointments and meetings in order.
4. Bottle Top Table.
Collect bottle tops from a variety of Dad’s favorite beers. Buy a cheap table or make a yard sale trip to find a super good deal. Then, you can create an awesome table surface using resin and the bottle tops. It takes a while to collect the bottle tops, but it’s a really awesome personalized gift. For more ideas and instructions, please click here.
5. Guitar Pick Collage
If your Dad is a rocker or has a garage band, this makes an awesome gift. He needs all the cool stuff he can find for his garage or man cave. Purchase several packs of multi-colored guitar picks and a cool frame. Then, line the guitar picks up in a cool pattern and glue them to a backing. A white or colored background would work depending on what color scheme you’re going with.
6. Floating Key Chain.
If your Dad loves fishing and boating, he probably already has something on his keys to make them float. Still, you can give him an upgrade by making him a personalized floating key chain. Use things like wine corks and cool fishing bobbers or tackle to make something awesome that will float his keys and remind him of his kids!
7. Muffin, Waffle & Pancake Mix Jars
So your Dad LOVES good food. What Dad doesn’t? Still, he isn’t particularly the best at cooking it. Why not mix him up some gourmet waffle or pancake mix that requires him to simply add milk or water and put it in the oven? Put it in mason jars and create a tag or label with the directions on how to prepare the mix. He’ll appreciate it–even if Mom ends up having to make it for him!
8. Personalized Golf Balls
If you’ve got a golfer Dad and a little of your own artistic talent, try personalizing some golf balls for him. If helps a lot during the game when golfers can keep track of their own balls. They make stencils in several golf stores that can be easily applied with the help of a sharpie. Still, if you are good with crafting or drawing, you could create some really cool personalized golf balls of your own for Dad!
9. Camping Survival Pack
Maybe you grew up in scouts with your dad or your family is into camping. Why not make Dad a pack for camping with all the necessities? Include things like matches, bug repellent, dried fruit and nuts, a new lantern, or maybe some new pots and pans. Putting the items in a new bag for his camping excursions would make it even more fitting.
10. Through the Years CDs or Playlist
While several dads have vehicles equipped to play ipod music, there are still a lot who haven’t gotten quite that far when it comes to technology. Why not make Dad a series of mix CDs with his favorite songs? Buy labels to personalize them, and order them in a personalized case for his car. You could make him “through the decades” CDs, each CD filled with ten of his favorites from a particular decade. Then finish it off with a CD of music the two of you love.