10 Homemade Gifts Dad Will Actually Love
If your dad is the sentimental type, make him one of these gifts from the heart (including yummy treats).
Dads — they do so much for us. One day out of the year just isn't enough to show our appreciation for them. How can we possibly thank them enough? For starters, check out our gift guide for the hipster dad and adventurous dad. If Dad is the more sentimental type, I say you're never too old to make something from the heart. Keep reading to get our top 10 picks for DIY Father's Day gifts (some may be too tasty to last more than 10 seconds).
Bring the feel of Dad's favorite pub home by making him his favorite bar snack.
Make It: Pretzels + Beer Cheese Sauce Recipe
DIY Scratch-Off Cards
Help Dad relax by taking care of his responsibilities, such as mowing the lawn and making breakfast. (Don't worry, paying the bills isn't one of them.)
Make It: Free Printables Included!
Speaking of printables, you can download our free one to make Dad a custom T-shirt. Because he isn't a regular dad. He's a cool dad.
Make It: Easy Iron-On Design
Adding a necktie-design to Dad's favorite treat is a piece of (cup)cake.
Kids' Craft: Grill Platter
Whether your child is a van Gogh in the making or...not, Dad will proudly serve his masterpiece on this platter.
Make It: Hand-Painted Ceramic Platter
Along with the platter, make Dad an apron complete with pockets that will keep his grilling tools handy — all while looking dapper.
Make It: Men's Denim Apron
Beer Tasting Party
If you're more the hostess type than crafty type, throw a DIY party for Dad and his closest friends.
More Tips: Host a Beer-Tasting Party
Alexandra Frumberg, ALX Creatives
If cocktails are more his style, put together a basket with all the fixings. Include specialty whiskey or bourbon, garnishes like fresh fruit, drinkware, flavored syrups and a book or two on unique liquors from around the world.
Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet
H. Camille Smith
Make a monogrammed tray for Dad to hold all the stuff he needs before heading out the door.
Make It: Upcycled Leather Valet Tray
You can still make something homemade even if you wait until the last minute. Place a photo of your family camping trip or other vacation in a DIY frame. To make, have the kids glue twigs from the backyard to an old frame with wood glue.
Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
Start Father's Day off right by serving Dad breakfast in bed. This Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast gets its flavor from jalapeños, beans and fire-roasted tomatoes. Get the recipe>>
Pizza Hand Pies
Grilled Citrus Herb Branzino
For a healthy treat, give Dad grilled citrus herb branzino for dinner. The fish is packed with citrus flavor; serve it with parsley radish salad for a colorful summertime meal. Get the recipe>>
Chocolate Tea Biscuit Cake
This chocolate cake is fit for royalty. The tea biscuits and rich chocolatey flavor resemble Prince William's groom cake — your dad will love being treated like a prince. Get the recipe>>
Sourdough Stuffing With Parmesan and Leeks
The vegetarian dad will be getting seconds of this sourdough stuffing recipe. The bread absorbs the right amount of flavor from the Parmesan and leeks. Get the recipe>>
Greek Chicken-Stuffed Pita
Who doesn't love a pita-bread sandwich? Serve this chicken recipe with tzatziki sauce made with nonfat Greek yogurt for a healthier approach Dad will thank you for. Get the recipe>>
Making branzino may seem overwhelming, but even a novice cook can successfully make this recipe. The encrusted salt gives the fish its flavor without drying it out. Get the recipe>>
Bloody Mary With a Twist
Carrot juice gives this classic Bloody Mary recipe a fun twist. Add cherry tomatoes and yellow pepper slices as garnish for a delicious treat Dad will love to drink while relaxing. Get the recipe>>
Irish Mexican Coffee
Surprise Dad with Irish coffee topped with whiskey-infused whipped cream. Just make sure he doesn't operate any heavy machinery after drinking this warm cocktail. Get the recipe>>