When Father’s Day comes around each year, I find myself never really knowing what to get for the Dads in my life. While my husband isn’t my Dad, of course, I want him to know how grateful I am that he is the Dad in our house, and I also want my kids to know how special it is to be and have a Dad.
Most of the time, I feel like a handmade gift is a great way to tell someone you care about them. Handmade gifts or food items have a special place in my heart, and often they are the things I treasure most.
This year I wanted to come up with three handmade, or semi-handmade, gifts that I could do with my kids for Father’s Day. These are all pretty easy, not requiring much time, effort, or money, but they have a big impact on the recipient. As an added bonus, we were able to do some fun projects during the summer day when Dad was at work.
1. Cookies, a card, and coupons.
I know this gift is an old standby, but that’s why it’s so good! Who doesn’t want cookies and a coupon for a foot rub?
I printed off some really simple coupons for my older son to fill out, and then sat the other boy down to make a card.
I used a simple cake-mix recipe and we made snickerdoodles in less than an hour.
2. Painted T-Shirt.
This can be a little messy, so be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting stained. I used basic acrylic paint and some different sponges and brushes and let the kids decide what colors to use.
We did this shirt a few years years ago for Father’s Day and it’s still one of my favorites. My husband wears it often and it brings back good memories of that year.
I let the kids paint the front of the shirt however they liked, and I tried to get their hand-prints on there somewhere. I stamped out their names and although I didn’t do it on this one, but I think including the year would be good.
Then on the back I put a quote from each boy. I just asked them what they liked about Dad and then I sponged on what they said. The youngest was about 18 months so he didn’t have much to say by way of actual words.
3. Gift box.
Sometimes it’s nice to include a store-bought gift in combination with your handmade gift. My husband always loves a new tie, so I thought decorating a gift box for it would be a good way for the kids to get creative.
We picked some special stickers for the boys to put on (our dad likes fishing), added some glitter glue, and wrote “Dad” on the top.
It’s a perfect size for the tie, or you could take it a level further and make him a bow tie like the one from this post. The box is fun and Dad can reuse it for change, cufflinks, collar stays, or other small knick-knacks
Done in one afternoon, three thoughtful gift ideas that are sure to get a smile from the Dad in your life.