Handmade Wednesday: Fathers Day Gifts

Oh the day we remember our fathers.  What a day.  Hopefully you have good memories of your ol’ dad and this day means something special to you.  I know it does for me.  As I have been contemplating this day and what I would get my Dad and Step-Dad, I couldn’t help but run to the crafting table. I just love making things for people and I had already done that for Mother’s Day.  I made some designer dishgloves for my mother-in-law and a bookmark for my very own sweet mommy.  But I couldn’t very well give me Dad’s designer dishgloves and I wasn’t sure about the bookmark…. maybe.  It’s in the running.  But I wanted to see what else was out there that might suit their fancy.  Something different.  So, I went on a search for fathers day gifts!  And though I did find mostly gifts that your kids can make, I did come across a few that are much more adult or one’s that can easily -and sentimentally- cross over between child and adult (I’ll explain later).  Here’s what I found!

The Mug

This is one that is so simple it would take you only minutes.  And is one of those transcending gifts.  You may have made something like this in Kindergarten and Dad has always cherished it with your little thumb and his big one.  But what if you made it now as an adult just to show him you still want to hold his hand and call him Daddy -even all grown up? I think my coffee lovin’ father would adore this. Just follow these instructions from Kaboose.

The Desk Set

If your Dad has a home office, or an office at all, this would make an excellent gift.  What business man doesn’t need an organized desk?  And wouldn’t it be best if all the organization tools matched?  Yes it would.  So, why not make one for him? You should!  Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens, you now know how.  Just follow these handy-dandy instructions.

The Memories

For kids this is a great way to put together something that dad can add to as time goes by.  But if you are an adult and have all sorts of little trinkets, letters and artwork that you know your dad has always wanted to cherish, then this is a great -and super crafty- way of putting it together.  He will be able to not just look back at photos of you guys but will have small, seemingly insignificant memories to draw from as he ages.  Check out this simple version from Perpetual Renovator or head on over to visit one of my favorite ladies Elizabeth Kartchner and check out her own little Daddy and Daughter book. If you are super creative take her Christmas book as a template and turn it into a Father/Child book, or make this simple fabric and felt album for small and simple Daddy memories.  With that one you could pin memories to the book instead of ribbons -make it your own!!!

The Keychain

What man doesn’t have keys?  I don’t know one.  So why not give him a neat handmade key chain?  Seriously, this can be as intricate or simple as you want it.  This would be an awesome idea for a new father or grandfather.  Head on over to your local craft store (Michael’s, Joann’s etc.) and go to the jewelry aisle.  There you will find items for key chains and charms for placing photos inside.  Then print out a super small pic of your child or the grandchild and put it inside.  This is a much more durable and classy way of keeping that picture with them always. Or if you dont want to gather all those materials and put it together yourself, just head on over to our favorite online shop Etsy.com and here’s what you’ll find!

Have you made something -or are planning on making something- for your father as a gift to celebrate his fatherhood?  Tell me about it by commenting below!

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