Easy Father's Day Gifts
Give dad what he wants with these 15 gift ideas.
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BBQ Tool Holster
Give him the ultimate grilling accessory that will hold all the barbecue essentials. Leather tool holders keep spatulas, hot sauce and more at hand for easy grilling. Get the full instructions here>>
DIY Scratch-Off Card
Surprise Dad with a DIY scratch-off lotto-style card with prizes, such as a free car wash, breakfast in bed and a free pass from mowing the lawn. He'll appreciate the day off. Get the full instructions here>>
Leather Valet Tray
Use an old frame and upcycled leather to provide Dad with a stylish place to keep his keys, change, jewelry and other valuables at hand. Give it a personalized touch by monogramming it using stencils and a permanent marker. Get the full instructions here>>
Hand-Painted Grilling Platter
Dad will be proud to serve burgers and hot dogs on his custom grilling platter. The kids can use their artistic skills to draw and write a custom message for their favorite man. Get the full instructions here>>
Style a Bar Cart
Give Dad a break and serve him his favorite drinks on a stylish bar cart. To make this, sand down an existing cart then apply two to three coats of the paint color of your choice to the entire cart. Add painter's tape to the sides of the cart, and apply two to three coats of a different color of your choice to the cart's tray. Let dry, then fill it with his favorite libations. Design by Kristin Guy
Gather the kids to make this nature-inspired frame. Glue twigs to a picture frame, and add your favorite photo of Dad and the kids camping.
Spruce up Dad's barbecue or morning coffee routine with a rugged yet dapper denim apron. Leather loops conveniently hold towels and a small pocket is perfect as a cellphone holder. Get the full instructions here>>
Don't forget the card! Browse the scrapbook aisle for stickers that illustrate Dad's favorite hobbies. Attach them to the front of card stock and write a sweet message inside to show how much you appreciate him.
Hand-Painted Coffee Mug
Surprise Dad the morning of Father's Day by getting the kids to write messages and draw pictures of his favorite things on a coffee mug. You can get a mug kit at the kids' section at any craft store — the porcelain pen dries within a minute!
Don't stress if you've waited until the very last minute. He'll appreciate the smallest of gestures — even if it's simply putting a bow on a remote, giving him free reign of the TV all day.
Decoupage Tin Can
Put those empty tin cans to good use by covering them with Dad's favorite memorabilia and quotes. The kids will love to make this for their favorite guy. Get the full instructions here>>
Is your Dad eco-conscious? Make him a customized shirt by dyeing it in his favorite color using fruits and veggies. Get the full instructions here>>
Ring Toss Game
Make a ring toss game for Dad, and play out in the backyard with him on his special day and all summer long. Get the full instructions here>>
Decoupage iPhone Case
If your favorite guy is the techy type, surprise him with a decoupage iPhone case. Place a plain white case on the back of a comic book page or a page from one of his favorite books, and trace around the case and camera hole. Cut it out using an X-Acto knife. Brush Mod Podge on the back of the paper, and stick it on the case. Coat with layers of Mod Podge, letting dry between each layer. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine; Case: Sure Fit PC+TPU case for iPhone 5 in gloss white, $5, monoprice.com
Homemade S'Mores Kit
Wrap Dad's favorite campfire treat in a cute kit, and get the whole family together for some after-dinner backyard fun. Get the full kit instructions here>>