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Simple Craft Ideas That Make a Great Father’s Day Gift

While any dad is proud of the crafts his children make for him as Father’s Day gifts, it is particularly nice to give him something that is personalized and full of love. There are many possibilities, none of which is a wallet or gardening equipment. When Father’s Day nears, sometimes ideas can be hard to settle on, so there are a few nice crafts outlined below to give kids some good possibilities.

1. Create a special place mat for meals on Father’s Day. You can take a piece of fabric, cut out to the correct size, and paint a family scene on it or simply decorate and spell out ‘Happy Father’s Day’ with magic markers. Smaller children can help by making little handprints with finger paint. A gift like this is also wonderful for framing after the day is gone, so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

2. Forget buying a tie – bake a cake! You can buy a plain sheet cake at the supermarket or help the kids bake it themselves, then carefully cut it into the shape of a neck tie and re-frost it. The tie-shaped cake can be decorated with Dad’s favorite candies. Fine-tipped icing tubes are useful for writing a sweet message on the top. If Dad is diabetic, there are some wonderful online recipes that are appropriate for diabetic diets.

3. A memory book is a thoughtful craft for Father’s Day. It doesn’t have to be as fancy or complicated as a traditional scrapbook – it can be made of regular printer paper or construction paper folded over or stapled at one side to create a book. To avoid damaging cherished photographs, you can scan them and have the kids use copies. If the children have memories that they want to include but that there are no photos of, have them draw pictures of those memories to include. You can use stickers, ribbon, and markers to make borders for the photos or write down sweet messages for Dad to read.

4. Make a ‘Best Dad Award.’ Children can easily make this out of some cardboard from a leftover cardboard box. With cardboard, construction paper, markers, and stickers – and if you’re feeling brave, some glitter – they can make quite the nice Father’s Day trophy for their Dad. Gold star stickers and gold paint pens are particularly useful. If your children are competitive and can’t seem to make it work to create just one, this is a great, inexpensive craft project that can allow them each to make one. Dad will be gifted with a trophy from each child and the awards can make your kids proud when displayed on the mantle or on a shelf next to other trophies.

5. Help the kids to create a t-shirt that Dad can wear. You can find light colored t-shirts and undershirts for just a couple of dollars each, and with some fabric paint or fabric markers that can be made permanent, the sky is the limit! Whether your kids want to draw a scene or write out a Happy Father’s Day message of some variety, they can create a personalized shirt for any casual occasion that Dad will be proud to wear.

A wonderful Father’s Day gift does not have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to end at ties, tools, or neckwear. While sophisticated, grown-up gifts are all well and good, sometimes it truly is the thought that counts when Dad opens up a gift made by little hands.

About the Author

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for three years; she is finding great deals and coupons for her Father’s Day gift at Savings.com and she also enjoys helping her daughter make funny t shirts for daddy.

Three Low-Cost, All-love, Last-Minute Gifts For Dad
By Sherry Richert Belul

If you’ve got one of those dads who has everything, or you are one of those people whose bank account has barely nothing, then read on! Here are three gift ideas for you that you can easily pull together in a short time. Any of the three can be done without spending a dime. And the best part? He’s gonna love ‘em! (And you!)

1. Make him a Love List.
An all-time favorite gift for someone who has everything is simply a list of reasons why you love him. Set aside a half hour or an hour in a quiet place and think back on all the years you’ve had with Dad. Think about qualities that are unique to him, things he does for you, special times you’ve shared together. Your Love List can include big things and small things, funny things, and sweet things.

Tell him you love that he always answers the phone with a hearty “Hey there!” That he taught you how to ride a bicycle when you were little. That he used to bring you home the doggie bag when he ate at fancy restaurants. Tell him you love his eyes, his intelligence, his love of puns. Tell him you love how well he treats Champie, the family’s four-legged, furry gal.

Your list can have twenty things or two-hundred things. It can be written in pen on a plain white piece of paper. Or you can do a fancy design on the computer and print it out. You can add a photo or two. You can draw a picture on it. You can frame it. Use your imagination.

If you want some ideas on how to present your love list once you have it written, check out this free video. There’s also a free download of a ready-made Love List template — all you have to do is fill it in!

Alternatively, you could make a list of things you’ve learned from Dad. Same process as above. It could also be three top ten lists: what I love best about you, my favorite memories of times we’ve shared, and things I’ve learned.

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. They are the best gift someone can receive! It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

2.Go for experiential, rather than material.
The best gift to give folks who have everything is a gift that can be experienced together. Can you give Dad a handmade certificate good for a free jazz concert in the park, an upcoming outdoor summer festival, or a ride on the lake in your canoe? Does he have a favorite hobby that you can join in somehow? Could you plan an afternoon bike ride and the two of you bring your cameras to feed his love of photography? How about morning bird watching followed by a cup of tea at a local cafe?

What people of any age, but especially adults, really want is quality time with people they love. Give Dad the gift of your time and attention.

3. Lend a Hand.
Another great gift for someone is something that helps him out. Again, think about a gift of time and effort. You could set up a new program on his computer or cook a gourmet dinner at his house. If you have handyman skills and you notice he needs something replaced, you could buy all the parts and do the work. You could make him a gift certificate good for “Three hours of at-your-service help around the house.” Think about your Dad and what kind of help or needs or what kind of help would make his life more fun.

Need a few more ideas? There are three more great ideas for you on the sample pages from the ebook, Present Perfect: 127 creative, one-of-a-kind, no-to-low cost, wow-em gifts they’ll never forget. Check out the samples and if you like what you see, you can download the book instantly for just $10.

About the Author

Sherry Richert Belul lives in San Francisco and is mom to a fabulous 10-year-old boy. Sherry is the founder of Simply Celebrate, which is dedicated to helping people find more joy, color, connection, and spontaneity in life. Simply Celebrate offers practices and products to turn ordinary days into an extraordinary life! Sherry’s current focus is helping people foster deeper relationships through conscious and creative gift giving.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the following 5 gifts for Dad are both practical and eco-friendly! All of these great finds can be purchased online for any last-minute shoppers.

5 Great Gifts for the Planet-Friendly Dad

Shea Terra Organics Baobab Sea Kelp Shaving Soap

Protect dad while he shaves, with the new 100% natural soothing shaving soap. The enhanced formula includes Cape Aloe, Cape Kelp, and Baobab oil to help skin cells regenerate, prevent ingrown hairs and heal razor nicks fast. He’ll be thanking you for the perfect shave. Available at www.sheaterraorganics.com for $18.00.

Bobble

Bobble makes an affordable and thoughtful gift for the active, on-the-go Dad. Bobble is an easy, eco-friendly and inexpensive way to stay hydrated while keeping single-serve plastic water bottle out of landfills. The reusable filter removes chlorine and organic contaminants from tap water, yielding a cleaner, crisper taste. Plus, it can be used up to 300 times before it needs to be replaced!

Bobble is available in 3 sizes, the original 18.5oz, a larger 34oz and a smaller 13oz. Bobbles retail at $9.95, $12.95 and $8.95 respectively. Bobble can be purchased in several retailers, including Target, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, Bed, Bath & Beyond and online at www.waterbobble.com.

3M™ TEKK Protection™ Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector & AM/FM Stereo Radio

Whether it is jamming to his favorite music station, catching the ball game on the built in AM/FM Stereo Radio, or just listening to his tunes via his iPod, Dad can have a great time passing the time outside while keeping his ears safe from the harmful effects the volume of powers tools and lawnmowers can cause! Visit www.acehardware.com.

EvolutionMAN

For the modern Dad, EvolutionMAN offers an amazing collection of men’s skincare staples with everything from shave cream, to exfoliant, to man-friendly cosmetics! Created by famed celebrity Groomer Marco Berardini, EvolutionMAN leaves Dad feeling clean, fresh, and fantastic without the use of harsh, toxic ingredients. For Father’s Day treats and one-of-a-kind gift sets, visit www.evolution-man.com.

Bento from Skip Hop

For the proud new daddy or expectant father, Bento is a sleek, functional diaper bag that will keep Dad organized when out and about with junior in tow. Designed from the ground up to be a total solution for today’s busy, multi-tasking families, the BPA-free Bento is not just a diaper bag. This innovative bag includes an insulated Mealtime Kit with Clix containers, which slides into a convenient compartment — keeping food in its own special place. The perfectly sized containers store snacks and more while the insulated cooler bag and perfect-fit freezer pack keep food fresh. Bento also features plenty of pockets for superior storage and organization, padded tote straps, an adjustable messenger strap and patented Shuttle Clips so that it can attach to any stroller. This amazing bag is perfect for Dad. (and Mom, too!) Available online at www.skiphop.com.

Sarasa Eco-Clip Retractable Pen

Every Dad needs a great pen, and for the eco-conscious father, the Sarasa Eco-Clip Retractable Pen by Zebra just makes sense! Made with 81% post-consumer recycled materials, the pen will quickly become dad’s favorite! It features a soft rubber grip, retractable tip, strong pocket clip, and a translucent barrel to provide ink supply visibility to easily refill when low. Plus, the packaging is made from 100% post consumer waste! For more information on Zebra Pen’s line of eco products, visit http://zebrapen.com/products/eco.

To celebrate the new dad, Skip Hop is offering Free Shipping with promo code “DAD” from now until June 19th at www.skiphop.com! The BPA-free Bento Bag pictured above is a great choice for any father who likes to be prepared while out at the park with the kids this summer!

*Image provided by Skip Hop.*

Wrap Dad up in the most naturally soft, eco-friendly cotton on Earth! Grown free of all chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified seeds, Turkish Towel Company’s organic towels are dyed using only eco-sensitive dyes. These towels are the only truly luxury organic towels on the market today – thick, plush and luxurious. Now through Father’s Day, the Turkish Towel Company is offering a special sale! Their 3-piece organic bath sheet set is now only $99, marked down from $210!

Go ahead, splurge a little and give your Dad something he would not ordinarily buy for himself, but would secretly love to have! To take advantage of this special offer, visit turkishtowelcompany.com.

*Image provided by Turkish Towel Company. This is not a paid advertorial. Please see disclosure.*

Three Low-Cost, All-love Last-Minute Gifts for Dad

By Sherry Richert Belul

If you’ve got one of those dads who has everything, or you are one of those people whose bank account has barely nothing, then read on!

I’ve got three gift ideas for you that you can easily pull together in the next few days. Any of the three can be done without spending a dime. And the best part? He’s gonna love ’em! (And you!)

1. Make him a Love List.

One of my all-time favorite gifts for someone who has everything is simply a list of reasons why you love him. Set aside a half hour or an hour in a quiet place and think back on all the years you’ve had with Dad. Think about qualities that are unique to him, things he does for you, special times you’ve shared together. Your Love List can include big things and small things, funny things and sweet things.

Tell him you love that he always answers the phone with a hearty “Hey there!” That he taught you how to ride a bicycle when you were little. That he used to bring you home the doggie bag when he ate at fancy restaurants. Tell him you love his eyes, his intelligence, his love of puns. Tell him you love how well he treats Champie, the family’s four-legged, furry gal.

Your list can have twenty things or two hundred things. It can be written in pen on a plain white piece of paper. Or you can do a fancy design on the computer and print it out. You can add a photo or two. You can draw a picture on it. You can frame it. Use your imagination.

Alternatively, you could make a list of things you’ve learned from Dad. Same process as above. It could also be three top ten lists: what I love best about you, my favorite memories of times we’ve shared, and things I’ve learned.

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. I swear to you, they are the best gift someone can receive. It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

2.Go for experiential, rather than material.

One of the other things I always suggest for those folks who have everything is a gift that can be experienced together. Can you give Dad a handmade certificate good for a free jazz concert in the park, an upcoming outdoor summer festival, or a ride on the lake in your canoe? Does he have a favorite hobby that you can join in somehow? Could you plan an afternoon picnic and the two of you bring your cameras to feed his love of photography? How about morning bird watching followed by a cup of tea at a local cafe?

What people of any age, but especially adults, really want is quality time with people they love. Give Dad the gift of your time and attention.

3. Lend a Hand.

Another great gift for someone is something that helps him out. Again, think about a gift of time and effort. You could set up a new program on his computer or cook a gourmet dinner at his house. If you have handyman skills and you notice he needs something replaced, you could buy all the parts and do the work. You could make him a gift certificate good for “Three hours of at-your-service help around the house.” Think about your Dad and what kind of help or needs or what kind of help would make his life more fun.

These are just three thoughts. Check out 98 more unique ideas by downloading the free gift guide, Gifts 101: A Guide for Giving Extraordinary Gifts (www.simplycelebrate.com).

Sherry Richert Belul loves helping people find more color, connection, and joy in their lives. She is author of Simply Celebrate: 101 Ways to Turn Ordinary Days into an Extraordinary Life (www.simplycelebrate.net) and owner of Mad Moon Creations (www.madmoon.com), which makes one-of-a-kind tribute books for milestone occasions.

A BIG thanks to Sherry for providing this timely article to Tiny Green Mom!