Looking for unique and handmade Father’s day gift ideas?
Have you picked out a gift for your dad?
Is your kiddo out of ideas about what to gift his/her father?
When it comes to days for parents, mother’s day usually steals the show. What started with a day, has now become a festival of sorts with people having a mother’s day week! (Ok, not that we are complaining) But a lot of dads feel that their day is not given much importance. It just comes and goes. Some dads just shrug it off and say there is no need to make a fuss about the whole thing.
But whatever they may say, once in a while, they need to be pampered too!
Before we delve into gift suggestions, I will give you a small history lesson on how this day came to be.
A day for dads:
While the dates may differ across the world, the intention behind this day, remains more or less the same- a day to honor dads and raise a toast to the role they play in our lives.
Most countries celebrate it on the 3rd Sunday of June. This year it falls on the 19th of June.
The first time, this day was celebrated, was in 19o8, on July 5th, in West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton had lost her father and was in mourning when a mining disaster that occurred in December, 1907, led to the deaths of miners, many of them fathers. This led to her asking the pastor of her church to honor these fathers. But this event did not receive any publicity and hence almost nobody knew about it.
Years passed and in 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd held a Father’s Day celebration in Washington on June 19th. After having heard a Mother’s Day sermon, she thought, fathers should have day for them too.
There are a lot of other stories about how this day came to be, but let us not go into too much details.
I just think that it would suffice to say that fathers are an important part of our lives and hence they too deserve the spotlight.
51 Handmade Father’s day gift ideas to celebrate this Father’s day:
It is their day, so how best can we celebrate it? The best bet would be to get a gift that show that you care. By gift I don’t mean the run of the mill cards that you have picked out at the last moment. Put some thought and pick out something that they would love to have!
To make your jobs a bit easy, here I have compiled a list of gifts that you can give your dad/ husband. The list is pretty awesome, since it has suggestions from dads about what they actually want!
This happened when this year, we decided to ask them what they wanted. Believe you me, it wasn’t easy, getting them to tell us what they wanted. The first answer we got from all of the dads was a unanimous “NOTHING”.
But after a lot of prodding, we got our answer- something handmade.
Now that was something we could work on. So here is a list of Father’s day gift ideas that you and your little one can do at home.
The first idea that comes to mind is a nice handmade card. There are a variety of cards that you can do with your little one. You can try quilling, stamping, finger painting etc.
#2. Pop up card
This one is also an amazing way for the kiddos to say that they love their dad! It takes some practice to get it right though.
#3. Book mark
If your baby daddy loves to read, then make a handmade book mark. So that his books don’t get dog eared and he doesn’t lose track of the page he is on (if he has to put his book down).
#4. Kindle cover
If your husband prefers e-books and has an e-book reader like kindle, then you can make a book cover with fabric embellished with things of your choice.
#5. Handmade cushion cover
A handmade cushion cover that is monogrammed with his initials. You can either do by embroidering it or painting the letter on the cover.
#6. Story book
Most kids love to hear bed time stories which their dads or moms tell them. So you and your little one can whip up a story about their favorite hero – their dad. You can even help them with the illustrations to make it look extra special.
#7. Story time
This one is for kids who have just learnt to read. Give a break to dad from storytelling, for a night. Instead ask your little one read out from the story book you made for him.
#8. Poem for dad
If your child loves to write poems, then he/she can write a poem about what his/her dad means to them to be given as a father’s day gift.
#9. Personalize a tie
Does your husband wear ties to office? Then spruce it up by adding a small embroidered initial, nothing too loud of course. Something to remind him during his busy day at work that his kids love him.
#10. Tie organizer
This is yet another thing you can try with your kids if he wears ties. You can recycle an old cardboard box to organize all his ties.
#11. Sock organizer
It is not just ties that need to be organized, socks need it too. Which is why socks organisers are also great. It is easy too!
Bake him a cake! Your kiddos can either do it with your assistance (if they are old enough) or you can let them help you.
#13. Whip up his favorite dish
Everybody has their favorite, so what your husband’s? Again ask your little helpers to help you make it.
There are many movies that show case the love of a dad for his kids. Choose one that he loves/ suits the age of the kids and watch it together. You can make the experience theatre like by adding some popcorn and snacks.
#15. Best dad award
You can make a framed best dad award, signed by the little one.
#16. Photo magnet
Take dad’s favorite photo printed on a paper, some cardboard, mod-podge and a magnet and you can make a cute photo magnet for the fridge!
# 17. T-shirt painting
You can take a t-shirt and let your little munchkin unleash his/her creative genius on it. If your kid is small, then stick a stencil and ask them to paint over it.
#18. Dad-daughter or dad-son t-shirts
What is even better than a hand painted t-shirt? A dad-daughter or a dad-son t-shirt. Take two t-shirts and paint it to create matching tees for the dad and kid/kids. This is a gift that you can buy, but where is the fun in that?
If you have old coasters lying around, give it a face lift. You can use decoupage to do the trick. Don’t forget to use varnish to seal the work once done.
#20. Catch all
You can help your kids make a bowl or tray for his keys and spare change. You can use paper mache or old detergent bottles or cardboard boxes etc to make this. Decorate it to suit his taste.
#21. Photo cube for car
A photo cube is really easy to make! You can make the cube with some cardstock or any thick paper. Ensure that you add a string so it can be hung on the mirror. Then stick the photos on each face of the cube. That’s all! An easy yet effective way to keep the mind calm during those horrible traffic jams.
#22. Goodie Basket
Prepare a goodie basket filled with things that he likes. Don’t forget to add a card.
#23. Old and new photo
Your man used to be a kid too once! Fish out an old photo of his from his childhood days, take a picture of your child when he/she was the same age. Make a nice frame and make an old & new photo for him.
#24. Quote poster
A quote from his favorite book or movie can make a lovely poster. Take a canvas, write down the quote. Decorate it a bit and add a provision for hanging it in his office or at home.
You can also use father’s day quotes from kids to their dad instead of lines from a book or a movie.
#25. Hand or foot print poster
If your little one is too small to be making gifts for his/her dad, then you can frame a hand print/footprint of your baby as a father’s day gift.
#26. Reasons why he is the best
Tell your kid to list out the reasons why he is the best. He/she can write it on a chart paper.
Adorn the boarder and secure it with some cardboard. It will make a perfect poster for his wall.
#27. Personalized cup/mug
Now I know you can get personalized cups and mugs online but you can help your child paint one for his/her father.
# 28. Collage
Create a collage of some of the most adorable snaps of your hubby and the kid/kids.
#29. Photo frame
Have a great photo, but don’t have a frame? Make one then, it is easy and a lovely way to recycle. If you don’t know how, learn how to do it here.
#30. Photo frame with popsicle sticks
Have popsicle sticks lying around? Then take four of them and stick it together for a creative mini photo frame.
If you have more sticks then you can use it to create more creative shapes like a triangle or pentagon.
#31. Scrabble addict
If your husband loves scrabble, then put together some scrabble letters and create a small message for him, eg: I love you, dad!
Now stick it on a piece of cardboard. Create a frame for it and voila!
#32. Desk organizer
This is yet another easy craft you can do. Transform an old bottle by covering it with color paper.
This may sound tough, but find a good clock making kit then it is super easy.
All you have to do is trace out the shape of the clock on some cardboard or plywood and follow the instructions given on the kit. A unique clock just for him.
#34. Mouse pad
If he uses computers at work, then you can personalize his mouse pad. You can draw on it or decoupage it.
Either way, it will surely bring a smile to his face every time he glances at it when at work.
#35. Pot and plant
If he loves plants, then gift him a potted plant. Let the kiddo decorate the pot to make it even more special.
#36. Personalize his lunch box
There is nothing that a dad would love more than spending his lunch time with his family. But he doesn’t get that privilege every day. But you still can make his lunch time special. If he takes a lunch box to work, then work some magic on the cover.
If the cover has a design on it, you can personalize the strap or add a tag that says – ‘world’s best dad’!
#37. Hand drawn picture
Ask your budding Picasso to make a painting for daddy’s office.
#38. Repurposed art
If your kiddo is small, then give him/her some paint/crayons and a sheet of paper. Let them go berserk on it.
Once they are done, cut it into shapes. Stick it on a canvas to create modern art that he can hang in his office or even at home.
#39. Personalized wall organizer
You can either do this by buying a wall organizer and then letting the kids personalize it or you can make once from scratch.
#40. Personalized organizer jacket
If he uses an organizer to keep track of his meetings and commitments, then use some fabric to create a jacket for it. Use a pattern he loves.
You can also draw his initial on to it, which the child can color. You can also create a stencil of a pattern/his initial and let your child paint over it.
#41. Card for the wallet
A small card, with a photo, which is small enough to fit in the wallet is also a great way of showing him that he is a great dad.
Buy a notepad. Then on each page, on the bottom, list down the reasons why he is an amazing dad.
Don’t forget to personalize the cover!
#43. Creative photo posters
These are like your normal photos, but way edgier. It is like a poster with a message, but with your kid on it.
For example, make your child wear his/her dad’s shoes. Then you can make him/her hold a message that says -I would love to fill these shoes someday, dad!
FOR THE TRAVELLER DAD:
#44. Luggage tag
If your husband travels a lot, then you can make a luggage tag for with the help of your child/children.
#45. Eye mask
This is a project that will require you to assist the kids as it involves some cutting and sewing. For the fillers, you can try rice! Felt works too.
#46. Key chain
Your children can make a key chain for their dad. You can use m-seal, foam etc to make them in shapes of your choice.
This is apt for older kids as it involves the use of needle and thread/knitting needles. Make a quilt or a throw to keep him warm when he takes the flight. If you are out of time, or don’t know how to sew, then buy one and personalize it.
THE GIFT OF TIME:
#48. Daddy says
Have you played the game Simon says? This is similar but not a game. Here you spend the day, doing exactly what he wants to do.
If he wants to watch football with his family, then do so and root for his favorite team!
#49. Plan a trip together
A day for just the dad and kids. Now, if he lets you be a part of the group, then feel free to join!
#50. Treasure hunt
If you have already purchased something to gift him on father’s day, then plan a fun treasure hunt that he can do with his little one. You can also make a handmade bag like this one to keep his gift.
Last but not the least:
Being a father is no mean feat! So this father’s day, let him have some quiet time and hang his socks. Let him be and let him sleep!
So there you have it moms, some handmade gift suggestions for making this Father’s day super special. Why handmade? Because nothing else says I love you more than something handmade!
Do you have any handmade Father’s day gift ideas in mind? What are you and kids gifting this year? Do let us know in the comments.