DIY: Father’s Day Gifts

Finding out what to give your dad on Father’s day can be extremely hard. And sometimes, even when you have the best idea ever, you may not have money for it! So what’s the point?

Well, giving him a gift is still a great idea, and, believe it or not, there are ways to give him a gift without having to spend a whole lot of money. It’s the “Do It Yourself” (DIY) system. The following gifts will be things that can be made at home with all sorts of household objects, as well as fairly cheap arts and crafts that can be bought at most stores.

 

Father’s Day Goodie Bag: fast and easy and thoughtful. This bag is going to just be a mixture of things your dad likes.

Supplies:
–      Paper bag (brown or white, whatever you prefer)
–      Something to write on the bag with
–      Different things your dad likes (snacks, pictures, little games, notes)

Steps:
1. Take the paper bag and write a note on the front of it. It can say something as simple as “Happy Father’s Day” or “Father’s Day Goodie Bag.” It can be anything you’d like so he knows it’s for him on his day. Feel free to decorate the outside of the bag however you like. If you have any other crafts at home, you can definitely use those as well. Draw pictures on the bag if you’d like, too.
2. Now all you to do is put the things your dad likes in the bag.  Then fold the top of the bag closed so he can’t peek in it without you knowing.
3. You can either place the bag on the kitchen table for him to find in the morning, or give it to him yourself. When he opens it, he’ll be happy to find all kinds of things for him to enjoy on Father’s Day, as well as later on.

 

The Wallet Surprise: All you have to do is make “coupons” for your dad and hide them in his wallet.

Supplies:
–      Paper
–      Markers/pens/crayons
–      Scissors

Steps:
1. Take a sheet of paper, fold it in half “burger” style, then fold it in half “taco” style, and then fold it in half one more time “burger” style.
2. Unfold the sheet of paper, take your scissors, and cut along the folded lines of the paper. You should have six small rectangles by the time you finish.
3. Take your markers/pens/crayons or whatever it is you’re using to write on them, and write down things you will do for your dad that you don’t normally do. It’s all up to you, and it can be funny things or serious things, it can even be chores. Ex. “I will do the dishes without complaining” or “I will tell you one joke every day for the rest of the week”
4. Once you write down what you want, feel free to decorate them however you want. Remember, this is a gift from you to your dad. The more it looks like something you both like, the better. Don’t forget to put your name on them somewhere so he knows they’re from you.
5. When you finish, and when he’s not looking, find his wallet (or ask your mom or siblings to help you with this if you need to), and place the coupons in there without him knowing. Then the next time he looks in his wallet, he’ll find the coupons waiting for him and it’ll be a surprise!

 

Father’s Day card:
This sounds very simple, and it is, but it’s also a great gift to tell your dad how much you love him.

Supplies:
–      Paper (it can be notebook paper, or a white sheet of printer paper would be good too)
–      Markers/crayons/color pencils

Steps:
1. Take the paper and fold it in half, “burger” style.
2. It should look just like a card now. Make sure the folded side is on your left, and the side that opens is on your right. This is just so your card isn’t upside down when you finish.
3. Now, take one of your writing utensils and write, on the front, “5 Things I Love About My Dad”
4. Then write the numbers 1-5 below that, make sure you leave space so you can write down what you love about him.
5. Write down five things you love about him. They don’t have to be serious, and they don’t have to be silly. All you have to do is think about anything you love about him and fill in the blanks.
6. Open the card, and write something Father’s Day related on it. Again, this can be whatever you like. Ex. “Happy Father’s Day!” or “Thanks for being the best dad ever!”
7. Once you’re done, sign your name on the inside so he knows who it’s from. Now, on Father’s Day, all you have to do is hand him the card!

 

Father’s Day Poem: This explains itself, and comes straight from the heart. You will need:

Supplies:
–       Paper
–       Anything to write with (it would probably be best to start with a pencil just in case you make a mistake)
–      Frame to fit the paper (it will probably be an 8×11 frame)

Steps:
1. Take your paper and start writing! Start in pencil, if you want, and go over with some color when you’re done. Remember, poems can rhyme, but they don’t have to. Just make sure it’s a poem about your dad. If you need help writing a poem or remember different kinds of poems, feel free to click here.
2. If you haven’t yet, give the poem a title.
3. Go over the poem again with a marker or crayon or pen, if you want.
4. You can always decorate the page afterwards to. Draw a picture of your favorite time spent with your dad, if you want.
5. Place the poem into the frame.
6. Give it to your dad on Father’s Day! And because it’s framed, he won’t lose it and can keep it forever.

 

Father’s Day dessert:
Most, if not all dads, love desserts. So what better gift to give than something you make yourself? To do this, you’ll probably need some help from another parent or one of your brothers or sisters or even a friend.

Supplies:
–      Because every dad is different, there won’t be a specific recipe for you to use. Just think of your dad’s all-time favorite dessert ever. Cookies? Cupcakes? Flan?
Steps:
–      Go out and buy the ingredients for this dessert (you’ll probably do this with the person helping you).
–      The day before Father’s Day, start baking/making it. This is so you aren’t waiting for it to be ready on Father’s Day, but it’ll still be fresh for him the next day.
–      In the morning, surprise him with your gift! But let him know it’s dessert so he can’t have it until after lunch or dinner.

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