What do you do for the father figures in your life on Father’s Day? Breakfast in bed? Tickets to a sports game? Since cooking is not my forte and sports aren’t really my jam, I decided to stick to what I know best: Paper! These Father’s Day LolliPOP Prize Ribbons are simple to make, sweet to taste, and include a pun to boot! What more could you want? A folded paper medallion is adorned with a sweet lollipop and a punny note of appreciation: #1 POP!, You don’t suck!, Sweetest Pop! Every father likes to hear that he is the best so go ahead and shower him with compliments. Just don’t forget the candy, because that’s important.
Father’s Day Gift Tips:
Our first Father’s Day gift tip is to think about memories you have with the gift recipient. Do you have any traditions that he loves? A certain dad I know took the kids (and half the neighborhood) to the candy store on Saturday mornings. Another dad I know cheered on his kids at every game they played. Something inspired by a memory or tradition you have together will put a smile on Dad’s face! Trust me.
Another Father’s Day gift tip is to figure out what your dad likes – is he a camper? A worker-outer? A cook? A crafter? Dads are all unique, but there seems to be a consistent set of interests held by men ages 30-90. I’ll list some Dad-egories below to help you out! (see what I did there?). Of course, you’ll never find a one-size-fits-all type, but recognizing your father’s interests is a great way to find a Father’s Day gift.
Find Your Dad-Type
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Oh ho ho. One year, my family members all chipped in a little and bought our dad a smoker that he’d been wanting. This gift is a selfish one – you’ll undoubtedly reap the benefits in the form of delicious food. Thinking smaller? Get him a grill apron, brush, or a fancy spice blend. Enjoy!
Did this guy spend hours trying to teach you chess? Mine did, and I actually like it even though I lose every time we play. This father loves games of all kinds, ranging from Clue to complicated card games (I just learned Pinochle). Find something that you can play together, or set him up online with a virtual game you can play even when you are apart. Quiplash, online pictionary, boardgamearena, Psych, and tons of others are great fun. (and it’s much harder to cheat in a game online…) My dad has been known to stay up past 2am playing all sorts of card games with my uncles. Take it from a pro – some games your dad may love are Coup, Secret Hitler, and Kubb.
If he’s feeling cooped up, a reminder of fun times with loved ones is surely welcome. Souvenir shop online! If you have a ton of photos from an old family trip, arrange a photo album (this is easy to do online too) and send it to Dad.
He probably has a ton of gear already and might have strong opinions about what he likes… if this is the case, get him a print of his favorite view! If you’re feeling bold, check out smaller items that he can use anytime, anywhere. Think along the lines of a portable thermos/water bottle, camping silverware, or a pair of hiking sandals he can wear all summer long.
Is likely heartbroken at the moment. His beloved team is on hiatus. Thoughtfully selected memorabilia is just the thing to perk him up and remind him of the good ol’ days! Try a poster of the 1995 Chicago Bulls team or vintage Yankees gear. Bobbleheads and baseball cards are too fun, or get him a jersey he can wear of his favorite player.
Depending on your budget, this guy is hard to shop for! My thought is to go small rather than try and outfit him with a new #WFH computer. Floating chargers are fun and not super expensive, as are gadgets like tabletop phone holders. Send him some cheap and stylish blue-light lenses; odds are he needs all the fashion help he can get!
My grandfather had his father’s hammer framed, and it’s become a symbol of perseverance and hope for our family. Find something of meaning (and of little use to him), and consider framing it! Antique tools have this amazing je nais se quoi. This will make for a Father’s Day gift he’ll remember.
Is your dad trend conscious, or could he use a makeover? If your dad is anything like mine, chances are he rarely (if ever) buys new clothes for himself. Surprise him with a new wardrobe item, and he’ll be surprised how good he feels wearing it around!
Remember that time together, in person or virtually, is the best Father’s Day gift you could give any guy this year. That’s how a Lars girl can help out Dad.
Other Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Books about Dad
For another Father’s Day gift the kid’s can give to their dad, check out our printable activity pack they can color in!
Give Dad the gift of self care
This card is called a “4 bar” meaning it’s a pretty standard size of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ and you can easily find envelopes to go with it.
Click here to download.
Am I the only one that struggles with deciding what to get the men in their life for Father’s Day? When you’re young, a nice hand-drawn picture would do the trick, but once you hit your twenties, that’s not really acceptable anymore. So what do you get a guy for Father’s Day? The problem is, I’ll less familiar with the things that most people associate with “manly” things. I do know, however, that almost all men, with very rare if any, exceptions, LOVE food. In particular, donuts. Donuts decorated like sports? You’ve hit the jackpot. So don’t worry about making a trip to the hardware store and educating yourself on the newest power tools. Just buy some donuts and dress them up a bit! Nestled in a faux-grass lined bakery box and topped with printable sports pennants just for dad, these sport donuts will leave everyone swooning, and your dad drooling!
Full DIY after the jump!
Why a tie for Father’s day?
In my mind, dads wear ties or bowties practically all of the time. That might be wishful thinking on my part. Perhaps you like this fantasy and have a guy or father-figure in your life who you wish wore more bowties than trucker hats. Make him one! You have complete creative control (and he’ll feel obligated to wear it). If I could style my dad every day, I would. When opportunity strikes and I get a chance like this I tend not to let it slip away.
The sewing patterns we launched are truly not hard! You could probably hand sew the whole thing if you don’t have a sewing machine. Of course use the machine if you have access to one – don’t torture yourself. Click here for our Father’s Day tie pattern and here for our bowtie pattern! Both patterns come with step photos and detailed instructions.
Pick the perfect fabric for dad
Next up is to think deliberately about what fabric and pattern you choose to outfit your ol’ man with. Is he a pretty classic guy? Opt for a stripe. If you’re feeling fancy, rotate the fabric 45 degrees for a ~diagonal~ stripe. Does he wear a lot of graphic tees? Maybe he’ll prefer a tie with something on it. My dad has begun wearing a button down shirt with armadillos on it (don’t ask) so I think he’d be open to anything at this point. If you have a stylish dad, I envy you (sorry Dad…). Let your creative juices run wild with fun fabrics.
Odds are high that this gift will be a home-run. It checks all the boxes! It is useful, stylish (but not too out there for Dad), thoughtful, and handmade. That last one is the key – my dad loves anything I give him so long as I’ve made it.
Some of our favorite fabrics for your Father’s Day tie
Check out this post for more thoughts on how to show Dad that you love him.
Printable Father’s Day Gifts
Just like our Mother’s Day Activity pack, it’s dad’s turn for personalized gifts from the kids. Print off this Father’s Day pack and let the kids do the rest! They can color a portrait of dad, fill in all of his favorite things and his go-to dad joke, and more!
Father’s Day Cards
Whether you get to see your father in person this year, or are looking for something loving to send him in the mail – pick one of our shop’s newest cards and write him a personal note! Click here to see all the fun puns on our newest Father’s day printable card. Guaranteed to make any dad smile 😉
Father’s Day projects to do with your kids
Add a handmade touch to this year’s Father’s Day gift. Try these super simple DIY dress-shirt gift bags, or these paper ribbon awards for your lolliPOP. In addition, make your own sports donuts, or add a bow-tie to make his card 3D!
DIY duffel bag picnic blanket tote
I recently read Ray Bradbury’s book Dandelion Wine and I loved this quote: “Sandwich outdoors isn’t a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors, notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite.”
I truly buy into the idea that food tastes different outdoors! I think about the packed meals I would eat on hikes with my dad growing up, and somehow a plain old ham and cheese truly would taste far better when I was tired and outside. Use this DIY duffel bag picnic blanket tote on your next adventure. Hopefully you’ll get the delicious outdoor flavor without having to deal with attitude from reluctant adventurers. 😉
One of the perks of Spoonflower is the custom design features. My sister, Caitlin Watson Boyes, has some of her fabric designs on Spoonflower under her company called Funky Pretty, and she has designed some great stripes. I was immediately drawn to this stripe and thought I’d just go for it on both sides. BUT THEN I thought…let’s customize it! Caitlin is a textile and pattern designer and so I had her do something with our dad on it. We call it Dad’s Head Through the Ages. Ha! I find it hysterical! And even funnier because I haven’t told him about it yet and he’ll be finding out as you are. You’re welcome, Dad!
The best part is the practicality of the blanket. We made it so that it’s SO easy to pack and unpack. The two straps allow you to fold it up like a duffle bag. So easy to carry around! AND, you can even place your plates and such in the blanket as you fold it and it will keep it nice and compact. Score!
- 2 yards each of 2 Spoonflower fabrics in lightweight cotton twill
- Matching Thread
- 6 yards coordinating bias tape (We used double folded)
- 2 yards 60” wide batting
- 1 yard of webbing
- Fabric Ruler
- Cutting Mat
- Sewing Machine
- Cut batting and your 2 fabrics all the same size (size of blanket you want)
- Put right sides out with batting in between
- Sew all three layers
- Open the bias tape, stick the blanket edge in, pinch closed and pin
- Continue around the perimeter of the blanket
- After pinning, Sew bias tape down
- Cut your webbing in 2 even lengths
- Pin and sew one strap to the center of the top edge of the blanket
- Fold your blanket into thirds with the strap as the center top
- Roll your blanket towards the strap
- Mark where your second strap needs to be
- Unroll and unfold
- Pin and sew the second length of webbing downTaDa(d) <see what I did there 😉
We’ve done a number of sponsored posts with Spoonflower now and I’m one of their biggest fans. If you’re looking for fabric, wallpaper, or even home decor centered around a particular theme (seasons, fathers, you name it!), Spoonflower is sure to have what you’re looking for. If you’re a designer, I encourage you to upload a pattern of your own! But if uploading a pattern with your father’s face on it isn’t really your thing, try building a collection of existing patterns on Spoonflower’s Marketplace (there are over 1 million!). Stay tuned for a post about some of my favorite Spoonflower artists!
This post is sponsored by Spoonflower. All opinions are my own.