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10 DIY Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Appreciate

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
June 03, 2016 · 3k Views

Your dad is a great guy, so of course when Father's Day rolls around, you want to make sure you get him the perfect gift. As time has gone by, you've gotten to know a little better, which has given you more insight on what he may actually like. From coffee mugs to socks and ties, you've gotten him a variety of gifts, but this year your dad may have realized that he has everything he needs, or so he thought. At this point, purchasing your dad a gift from the store just won't suffice, so you'll have to get creative and do it yourself.

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1. Collage

Tutorial from Prawn Trail.

From birth to present day, you and your father have probably shared many great moments together. Why not bring some of those moments together into one and create a photo collage? Flip through the family photo album or swipe through your phone to choose some of the best photos of you two. Remember to choose pics that are cute and funny, but also a little embarrassing.

2. Beer caddy

Tutorial from eHow.

There isn't a household in the world that couldn't use drink coasters, specifically those with tables that are expensive and need to have their beauty well maintained. One plus is that there are many different types of coasters that you can make for your dad. They can be simple or you can get creative and add pictures or use stencils, sharpies or paint.  

3. T-Shirt Blanket

Tutorial from Totally Stichin'.

Has your mom been complaining to your dad about how much space his abundance of old, worn out t-shirts he refuses to throw out takes up? This is something you can take advantage of by using the shirts to make a blanket. Not only will he be able to use the blanket on cold days, he will appreciate the fact that he won't have to get rid of the shirts and won't have to be nagged by your mom any longer.

4. Recipe book

Tutorial from The 36th Avenue.

If your dad isn't the greatest cook, but often feels the need to try his hand at whipping up a few dishes during the holidays or on special occasions, it's time you help him out. Look up a couple of recipes that each of your family members love and put together a recipe book for your dad. This gift will benefit everyone because dad will actually be able to improve his cooking skills and the family can actually start to enjoy the things he makes.

5. Gift basket

Tutorial from by Stephanie Lynn.

A gift basket may seem like a silly idea, but it is actually something your dad may love, especially if it is filled with some of his favorite things! Beer, candy, chips, movies or anything else your dad likes to indulge in being placed in a basket is simple, but also a successful Father's Day gift.

6. Eye-glass holder

Tutorial from Eco Salon.

Does your dad always lose his glasses? If it happens far too often, maybe an eye-glass holder would be a good idea. This gift is easy to make and can be constructed from a number of things, including wood and string.

7. Grill set holder

Tutorial from Lil' Luna.

Some people shove their knives in any random drawer, store them in blocks or leave them lying around the kitchen. A dad who loves to cook needs to have some order in his kitchen, and a magnetic knife rack is a step in the right direction. Having the knives of the rack allows him quick and easy access to the knives, which means he can maintain a steady flow and pace when cooking instead of digging around in drawers or or pulling them from a block that can damage the edges.

8. Apron

Tutorial from Purl SOHO.

Your dad may love to cook, but is he may not be properly equipped to handle the messes he makes. Cooking can get a bit crazy, but that doesn't mean he should only be able to wear certain clothes while in the kitchen or at the grill. Head to your nearest craft store and grab the necessary materials to throw together an apron for dad. You can make it his favorite color, adjustable and even have a funny message displayed on the front.

9. Beer cake

Tutorial from Clean Eating Veggie Girl.

You've probably seen a diaper cake or even stacked a few beer cans on top of each other while hanging out at a friend's house, but have you ever stacked full beer cans on top of each other? It may be a good idea to take on this challenge, while simultaneously fulfilling your task of getting dad a Father's Day gift. If you don't already know, figure out what your dad's favorite beer is and build him a beer cake. Don't forget to use a few colorful ribbons to wrap around each layer.

10. Coupon book

Tutorial from Botanical Paperworks.

This gift is cute and simple, but also something you dad will love. Think of little tasks your dad may not always feel up to completing and create 10-20 coupons. For example, mowing the lawn, doing the dishes or walking the dog. Even if you aren't living at home anymore, it will be nice for your parents to have a little help with keeping up the household chores.

There are always going to be people who just aren't sure what they should get their dad for Father's Day, but the perfect gift could be a number of things. Buying a gift from the store is an easy option that many people decide to take advantage of every year, but it's not always the right one. You want your gift to be something from the heart, and while you may not be crafty or creative, it is possible to pull together a homemade gift that your dad will truly enjoy.


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

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