7 Father’s Day Ideas That’ll Knock Dad’s Socks Off

I always know exactly how I want to spend Mother’s Day, and it goes just like this: sleep in; eat waffles and bacon for breakfast; get sweet, sentimental cards or crafts from the kids; visit a kid-friendly winery with the family; eat lots of cheese; have a dinner in which mashed potatoes feature prominently; and go to bed with a massive stomachache. My idea of a perfect day!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and once again, my husband has no idea what he wants for Father’s Day or what he wants to do on Father’s Day! It’s maddening.

Add to that the fact that Father’s Day falls right around end-of-school activities, and we’ve got complete chaos. It’s back-to-back activities, and then all of a sudden, the KIDS ARE HOME. Before you know it, it’s Father’s Day, I’m totally unprepared, and my husband won’t give me a single last-minute idea of what to do for his special day.

But this year, I decided to put an end to the madness. I started researching ideas one month early, and I came up with these seven incredibly thoughtful and creative activities that don’t take up too much time, energy or money. So if you’re where I usually am, trying desperately to figure out how to celebrate the special man in your life, try one of these great ideas. You’re welcome!

  1. What’s a Guy to Do?

Before we go into what to give, let’s talk about what to do. Think about what Dad likes to do, and try one of these fun outings:

  • The Sports Fan. Dad a golfer? Surprise him with a family trip to the driving range, or conspire with his friends’ wives to plan a golf outing.

For baseball fan dads, now’s the perfect time to go to a game. Major League tickets can be pricey for a family outing, but many stadiums offer Father’s Day discounts. If it’s out of your budget, try checking out a minor league game in your area.

  • The Outdoorsy Type. Scope out a new hiking trail with gorgeous views, and pack up the family for an adventure.
  • The Fisherman. If your guy likes to fish like my husband, do some research on the best-stocked ponds in your area and either drop him off there or take the family.
  • The Beer Guy. In my area, there are tons of breweries with picturesque settings and areas for the kids to play. Pack a picnic, bring the cornhole boards and make a day of it.
  • The Jack of All Trades. If he has too many hobbies to count, try something fun for the whole family like go-kart racing, miniature golf, camping in the backyard or at a local camp ground, a fun day trip to explore a new town or even an overnight getaway if it’s in the budget.
  1. The Ties that Bind

This adorable keepsake paper necktie from The Crafting Chicks is a free color printable. Just download the printable, cut out the tie(s) and have your kids fill in the blanks for “Dad loves me because ____” and “My Dad and I like to ___.” Guaranteed to put a smile on any Dad’s face!

  1. Home Run

Score big with baseball-lovin’ dads when his little slugger hands him this baseball and poem gift. Simply press your child’s hand onto an ink pad (bonus if you use Dad’s favorite team’s color) and then have him or her hold the ball to imprint the baseball. Then download and print this tearjerker of a poem:

To My Dad:

Thank you for teaching me to catch and throw.

The time we spend playing together means more than you know.

To remember these days, I made you this ball

So you never forget when my hand was this small.

Now I’m off to find some tissues.

  1. Picture Perfect

I give my husband a framed picture of him with our three boys almost every year. But this year, I’m going to try one of these two unique photograph ideas.

The first comes from No Biggie and simply involves buying big wooden letters from the craft store that spell out D-A-D. Then, dress the kids up, take them outside for a secret photo shoot and snap sweet and silly pictures of them holding the letters. Print the picture(s), frame it and you’re done!

The next idea, from Crafty Gator, takes a little more prep work, but it’s so original and adorable that it’ll be worth it! The process is a little tricky, so check out the instructions for step-by-step details. If you can pull it off, you’ll have a neat photo of the kids’ shadows holding the words “We Love Dad.”

  1. Grillin’ and Chillin’

What dad doesn’t love his grill? This idea from Crafted in Carhartt involves making homemade barbecue sauce and canning it with a special label. I tried the recipe myself, and not only is it delicious, but it was also so easy the kids can chip in.

Take the gift one step further by having the kids make Dad a barbecue rub to go along with the sauce, like this one from Design Mom. Free printable labels for both the sauce and the rub are on the same page by Design Mom.

  1. Keys to Dad’s Heart

This adorable homemade key ring comes from The Taylor House, and it’s especially perfect for dads who travel a lot. The idea of using paint sample cards you can pick up for free at any home improvement or paint store is nothing short of genius in my book!

Use all different shades of one color, or go for a rainbow effect; cut off the paint number or name, and make sure all the pieces are the same size. Then have your little one tell you or write down all the things they love about Dad. To finish, decorate the paper swatches, punch a hole in each and attach to a key ring for a sentimental keepsake that Dad can carry with him wherever he goes.

  1. Give Dad A Hand

I had no idea how many cute crafts you could do with handprints until I saw this post from Crafty Morning! There are more than a dozen ideas, ranging from simple crafts on paper to planks of wood you can hang on the wall, canvases and painted pottery like plates and coffee cups.

A handprint can be made to look like a fish for a play on “I’m hooked on Dad,” or a lion for “Dad’s king of the grill.” Multiple handprints can be decorated as “Dad’s little monsters.” Hands down, these are some of the most creative crafts I’ve seen yet!

Whatever you do or give Dad on his day, he’ll be grateful his family took the extra time and pre-planning to show him how they feel. Creating a wonderful memory or giving him one of these precious keepsakes will make him feel special not just on Father’s Day, but all year long.

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