Father’s Day Guide to Crafts and Gift Ideas

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I have fond memories of my dad growing up, and fortunately he’s still around to be a part of my children’s lives. Each year we loved honoring him and making a big deal about Father’s Day. I wish the same for my children as they grow up, so we’ve implemented some traditions over the years. Recently we started a notebook in which we include a card, hand print art, a craft, a questionnaire about Dad, and a photograph. To finish off his gift, we’re sure to include something he’ll enjoy. From sentimental to rugged, I’ve got gift ideas and crafts for every type of Dad covered in this post.

Notebook for Dad
Our keepsake notebook for all Dad’s cards and crafts.

Hand Print Art

These crafts are adorable and sentimental, especially for dad’s of small children. It’s probably a little cheesy for your teen to be doing a hand print craft, so let them off the hook! I found both of these on Etsy, so it may be too late to order in time this year, however, they look easy enough to recreate. In reality, dads will love anything made by their kids.

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Perfect for a first time Dad.
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Great for a Dad with an established family.

Free Printables

Since my boys were first old enough, we’ve always answered questions about Daddy. I love hearing their responses and comparing from year to year. I created a free printable questionnaire, “All About My Dad” especially for Jax Moms Blog! Click the image below to print!

 As they grow, I’ll try some of the other ideas I have listed below. Your creative kid can make a book about dad found with free printable found at The Measured Mom. And older children (and dad) will love the Father’s Day Room Service door hanger printable from 733blog.com.

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Create a book about Dad. Perfect for school age children.
Father's Day Room Service Card
Free printable Room Service door hanger. Sure to be a hit for any Dad.

Crafts

My kids love making things for daddy, but the practical side of me tries to focus on things he’ll actually use. One of the first Father’s Day crafts Liam and I ever made was an adorable coffee mug that we still use…3 years later. We painted it at a local pottery place, and had it glazed and fired. For an easier option, Having Fun at Home gives instructions on making a personalized mug with a sharpie. This year my budding artist is making the notepad for Daddy’s desk, found at Martha Stewart. Notepad cubes can be found at retailers like Target.

Coffee Mug
Personalized coffee mug. Decorate with a sharpie then place it in the oven on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Notepad
Notepad for Dad’s desk.

Photographs

I always include a recent photograph with my husband’s gift. In this digital era, and the convenience of cell phone cameras, it’s easy to save thousands of pictures and never print one. Since we’re all super busy (proof being the 1000 pictures still on your iPhone), you’ll want to check out the Free Prints app. It’s great for printing pictures straight from your phone via your photo album, Facebook, Instagram, and more. It has a 5 star rating in the App store, and you only pay the price of shipping and handling (never more than $9.99). I love the photo we captured this year (see below), and got the inspiration from The How to Mommy. Here’s another cute photo collage from Positively Spendid as well.

Father's Day Picture
Our Father’s Day picture
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DIY Photo Collage for Dad

Cards

Another App that I’m obsessed with is Ink Cards. I’ve always loved the meaning and sentimental value behind greeting cards. But let’s face it, two kids later my brain is not quite functioning like it once was. It’s awesome that I can send a card right from my phone (my third arm). I created a Father’s Day card for my dad, included a selfie of me and the kids from my photo album, wrote a personal message, and chose which day to have it delivered…all for just $1.99 and it only took 2 minutes! It was so easy that I made one for my husband and father-in-law as well. Homemade cards are even easier, and perhaps cherished even more by Dad.

Father's Day Card
Made & sent via ‘Ink Cards’ App for just $1.99

 Gifts

I must admit the mushy personalized items and crafts are done more to please mom than dad, so be sure to include a special gift that he’ll enjoy. How about a gift card to a REI or West Marine? A stand up paddle board or surf lesson? A dolphin cruise or air boat ride? A kayak rental or deep sea fishing adventure? A massage or an afternoon of golf? Recent gifts for Dad that were hits at our house were Jambox (wireless bluetooth speaker) and Bose noise cancelling earbuds. I hope I’ve given you some new ideas for the special Dad in your life.

Which are your favorite ideas? What are some of your Father’s Day traditions?

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Nicole O'Sullivan
A Gulf Coast Florida native, Nicole relocated to Jacksonville to earn her Nursing Degree at the University of North Florida (UNF). It was there she met her football-loving husband, even though they didn’t date or marry until many years later. She is currently living out her dream of being a stay-at-home mom to their three beautiful, blue-eyed children (Liam, 6, Declan, 4, Leighton, 1). Their daughter made a dramatic debut in October 2014 arriving 17 weeks early following a car accident due to a placental abruption. After spending 4 months in the NICU and coming home on oxygen, they recently celebrated Leighton's first birthday. Prior to becoming a Lego enthusiast and referee, she enjoyed her role as a Clinical Specialist for St. Jude Medical. An athlete her entire life, it wasn’t until after she started having children that Nicole discovered her love of running. She's completed many 1/2 marathons, a marathon and a couple sprint triathlons, with a goal to finish a 1/2 Ironman in 2016. When she’s not snapping photos, she enjoys attempting a Pinterest project, an occasional glass of wine, or a night out with friends. This mom loves to plan and organize everything, except what’s for dinner!

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