Oh, my! Father’s Day is almost here!
If you’ve procrastinated like I have, here’s a little help. Check out this roundup of simple, handmade gifts and clever celebration ideas.
Get out! Spend the day doing something unexpected.
Take him hiking and bring along a backpack with drinks and snacks.
Take Dad to his favorite breakfast spot and then to the zoo for the afternoon.
Try out a museum that you haven’t visited yet, and treat him to ice cream afterward.
Be sure to take plenty of pics on your outing to print later and then post to Dad’s Facebook with a message about how special he is to you.
Or Stay in.
Family Movie Party: Ask Dad what his favorite movie is from his childhood and find it on Amazon Prime. Stock up on his favorite candy, pop some popcorn, and have everyone put on their PJs …make it a relaxing, fun evening together!
Bring On The Games: Go old school and play board games. My family loves to have Connect Four tournaments. We get super competitive and have lots of laughs. Apples to Apples is another family favorite. End the night with an Ice Cream Sundae Bar.
Dad Olympics: Set up various games around the house and backyard. Rotate through the games while dinner is on the grill. Badminton, CornHole, do-it-yourself “mini-golf”, and wacky Minute to Win It type games will keep everyone engaged. Be sure to let Dad have the first turn, and maybe 😉 he gets to “win” the grand prize. It’s his special day, after all!
Handcraft a gift for him.
My dad keeps a small handmade dish on his dresser that I gave him for Father’s Day when I was just 7 years old. A present handmade by our children is priceless. It’s not too late for your family to create a thoughtful gift. Below are some easy ideas, and with a quick trip to the craft store, Walmart, or one-hour photo counter, you’ll be ready for Father’s Day gifting.
This post from What Katy Said gives directions on how to make a simple dish that is just right for holding change and other small “doodads.” Isn’t it adorable? This is similar to the one I made for my Dad many years ago. Kids can add their own creative flair with stencils or embellish with tiles or small beads. Activ-Clay (you can find this at any craft store for a few dollars) would work well for this project.
Every Dad would love some updated family photos for his desk. Check out these DIY Photo Ideas for Dad.
And this is just so clever and simple! Personalize a wooden-handled Grill Spatula for Dad (other wooden-handled tools would work also). Combine it with some fun grilling spices and marinades for a themed gift.
Visit my Pinterest board, Celebrate Dad!, where you’ll find more creative gifts to make like Homemade Shaving Cream and Painted Rock Paperweights.
I hope this post helps you celebrate the Dads in your life!
Just for Fun- here’s a picture of me and my dad:
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” Jim Valvano
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