Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. They’ve already got what they want, and what they don’t have is too expensive for one Father’s Day gift. You can still give him a thoughtful present…if you use your DIY skills to create it.
Personalized Gifts for Dad
Even a mundane gift becomes something really special if you put a personalized touch on it. The craftsman can create a picture frame or wooden pipe with dad’s initials hand-carved into it, but what about the casual DIYer? Worry not, there are plenty of ways to give dad a special Father’s Day gift without mastering the art of whittling.
Personal apron: Make a personalized apron for the barbecue dad and the dad who likes to cook. There are a few ways to do this. The easiest is to use an iron-on transfer. Print your design out on the transfer and iron it directly onto a plain white apron, which you can find at restaurant supply stores. But if you want to get really fancy, look for a local sewing or craft shop with an embroidery machine. For a small fee, you can have dad’s name or initials printed right on the apron.
DIY tie: It’s cliche to give Dad a tie for Father’s Day, but a personalized tie is a touching present for the corporate dad. Get a plain white tie and use an iron-on transfer to make dad a tie featuring artwork from his grandkids, his initials or maybe a picture that he’ll love. If you want the design to last longer, cut out a stencil and do your own embroidery. Keep it small to keep the project quick.
Mr. mug: Draw any design you want on a plain, white mug with a Sharpie marker. Coat the design with a layer of clear nail polish to make the design last longer. It’s a simple gift, but it’s a personal touch he’ll appreciate. Fill the mug with his favorite candy treat or some beef jerky, and he’ll be happy.
Need to find even more personalized gifts for Father’s Day? Turn to sites like Shutterfly , which specialize in turning your digital images into lasting memories. If dad is a picture buff, you’ll find plenty of ways to brighten his day here.
Dad doesn’t want an expensive gift, but he does want one that means something. DIY gifts are special because they always have some meaning, and that’s what Father’s Day is all about.