6 unique DIY Father's Day gifts that dads will love
These thoughtful gifts mean so much more.
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With Father’s Day around the corner, finding the perfect gift to thank Dad for everything he’s done may be a little tricky. After tirelessly searching through the latest expensive gizmos and gadgets on the market, you might find yourself preferring a gift with a bit more meaning to it.
Rather than present him with another tie he doesn’t need, DIY gifts (aka: do it yourself gifts) are a fantastic way to show how much you care and appreciate Dad. Although they require a bit more effort on your part, the deeper sentiment will mean so much. And don’t worry if you’re not the crafty type; there are plenty of DIY-themed gifts that don’t require you to bust out the scissors and glue. Whether it’s a DIY gift Dad can enjoy doing himself or one that you create from scratch, these are our favorite do-it-yourself gifts to give him this year.
1. For the sentimental dad: A hardcover photo book
In this day and age, we take hundreds if not thousands of photos a year, but what’s the use in capturing those memories if they just stay in our phones? Comb through the years to find the best moments you treasure with your dad and use them to create this beautiful photo book he’ll treasure forever.
2. For the first time dad: Matching t-shirt and onesie
Easily turn a plain t-shirt and onesie into something special for the new dad in your life. These iron-on decals can be applied within minutes with just a regular household iron and come in a variety of color choices like gold, black, and white so they’ll match with whatever shirt and onesie you choose to print on.
3. For the pet dad: A personalized hat
If you’re wondering whether or not having a pet makes them a dad: absolutely it does. Even if you're not savvy with a needle and thread, it's no biggie. This Etsy seller makes a cap for the dad who loves his fur baby, and it'll only run you about $17.
4. For the dad who likes to try new things: This whiskey and rum making kit
Although not technically a DIY gift, dad will be able to make his own whiskey or rum using this flavoring kit and we think that still counts. After about two weeks, he’ll have a spirit that’s all his own and can share it with friends and family. This particular kit comes with an oak barrel, liquor essence (choice of three flavors), a paper funnel, and a barrel cleaning kit.
5. For the dad who deserves a break: Customizable “coupons”
Dad needs some peace and quiet? There’s a coupon for that. Try your hand at creating a ticket or coupon book from scratch off sites like Canva, or opt to have them printed from an Etsy template. Either way, it’s a fun way to come up with silly and thoughtful gestures to make dad feel appreciated.
6. For the dad who always reminded you to use a coaster: Custom photo coasters
Commemorate the big moments of fatherhood with this set of four custom photo coasters. All you need to do is upload the pictures of your choosing and Shutterfly will do the rest. Of course, if you wanted to do this totally DIY, you can use printed photos, cork backing, and a bit of modge podge to create the same look and feel.
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