Best Cardboard Costumes

Cardboard Halloween Costumes

Cardboard is one of my favorite materials to use for Halloween costumes. It’s incredibly versatile, easy to use, cheap, and most people have loads of it on hand! I know I have way too many Amazon boxes lying around. Well, this is the perfect way to recycle those old boxes and give them a new life! Here are some of the best cardboard costumes from years past.

Where the Wild Things Are

We made our beloved Where the Wild Things Are family costume just last year. This costume was, arguably, my favorite costume yet. It’s amazing! It’s the perfect family costume for many different family sizes, too–just keep adding wild things and you’re all set whether there are three or ten of you when the wild rumpus starts.

family costume wild things

Jasper Viking Costume

This Jasper viking costume was one I will not be forgetting in a hurry. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see their two year old in full viking garb, ship included?

Campbell’s Soup Cans

Another one of my favorite cardboard costumes was our group costume from last year. Campbell’s soup cans! Not only is this one simple, it looks amazing when finished. Again, it’s great because it’s suitable for any size group.

Family Costume

DIY Hippie Costume

Feeling chill and wanting to channel those hippie vibes? Try this DIY Hippie Costume! It’s cute, simple and straightforward. Perfect if you don’t have a lot of time but want to look like you tried this Halloween.

Mommy and Me Sun Rainbow

Have a newborn this Halloween? You’ll probably love this Mommy and Me Sun Rainbow, especially if that little one is a little ray of sunshine like newborns tend to be. Enjoy the stage and take it to the next level with a costume to compliment it perfectly.

Rainbow and sun mommy and me costume

Picasso and Painting

I just got back from France, and while I was there I went to the Picasso museum. I learned so much! That said, this Picasso and Painting seems extra fitting! Plus, as a bonus, it’s full of color, which is a must for me.

Picasso and Painting

Greenhouse Costume

The greenhouse costume featured in our easy cricut costumes post is the perfect choice if you have a cricut maker and some spare cardboard lying around!

Green house Halloween costume

Jimmy Fallon Costumes

I have to say, I love these Jimmy Fallon costumes. They’re a great way to use up that extra cardboard. In my opinion they’re some of the best cardboard costumes you can choose from! Oh, and speaking of Jimmy Fallon, have you read “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada”? If so, you’ll love this costume.

Book Costumes

If you have kids, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these book costumes. They’re some of the best cardboard costumes for parents and children to wear together! Try If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, and Chrysanthemum (one of my personal favorites).

 

A mom wearing a paper flower costume and a daughter dressed as a mouse pose in their costumesCopenhagen Row House Costume

Last, but one of the best cardboard costumes out there is this Copenhagen Row House costume. It’s ideal because it’s made almost exclusively out of cardboard! So if simple is your jam, look no further. Transport yourself (and everyone around you) to Copenhagen, while you’re at it!

More Inspiration

We hope you enjoyed this post on some of our best cardboard costumes! Interested in more cardboard content? Try these eight crafts to do with leftover cardboard. Looking for more costume ideas? Check out this list we compiled last year! Oh, and don’t forget to peruse our shop for lots of easy Halloween ideas!

Paper Flower Gift Topper

 

Gift Wrapping with Flowers

You know me. I love gift wrap! Probably more so than the present itself. And even though my birthday is in June, it turns out plenty of people have fall birthdays, which means this paper flower gift topper will definitely come in handy. The best part is, since these flowers are paper, you can save them for plenty of birthdays and occasions for presents to come! I came up with this tissue paper flower gift topper as a fun way to add a dash of whimsy to a gift and it’s super easy. It’s based on paper poms, so if you know how to make those, you’re good to go!

tissue paper flower diyInstructions

  1. First, cut a piece of tissue paper 6″ wide and about 18″ long (depends on how large you’d like it)
  2. Next, cut another piece of tissue paper about 2″ wide and 18″ long. This will be the center of your flower.
  3. Now do an accordion fold up the tissue paper, about 3/4″ wide.
  4. After the accordion folds are done, fold the accordion-folded paper in half.
  5. Now staple the center of the fold.
  6. Once the paper is stapled, cut a point at each end of the paper.
  7. Next, glue the two ends of the paper together and fan out the blossom so that it spreads evenly around.
  8. Using the template, cut out leaves from the green paper and fold down the center. Use whatever size you prefer for your flowers!
  9. Glue the topper to the gift and glue the paper leaves underneath.

Voila! All done!

Tissue paper flower gift topperTissue paper flower gift topperPhotography by Trisha Zemp

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on our paper flower gift topper and need more ideas? We have plenty of gift toppers to choose from! See our popular bird gift topper here. Also check out these 3D paper flower gift toppers. Another classic is this prize ribbon gift topper. And call me premature, but prep early for the holidays with these classic paper holiday greenery gift toppers.

Grandparents Day Painted Frames

Upgrading Your Frames

Frames are some of the most neutral pieces of home decor around. The default is almost always black, white, natural wood or metal of some kind. Well, as of late, we’ve been focusing on the need for color (see this post and this one). This easy DIY hack will upgrade your frames from sad to glad in an instant! 

How to Paint Your Grandparents Day Frames

Here’s all you need to do to upgrade your neutral frames with some glorious color:

  1. Remove the glass and backing so all you have is your frame.
  2. Now sand down all the edges. This is important in order to avoid chipping paint later on!
  3. After you’re done sanding, take a dry cloth and wipe away the dust.
  4. Now you can pencil in your design. You can also get straight to the painting and pencil in the details after you’ve done one coat of paint.
  5. Note: if your frame was a darker color to begin with, you should consider priming your frame first.
  6. Once you’re done with your design, let it dry completely, then put the glass/plexi back and add a photo. Done!

Now we want to hear from you: what do you do for you grandparents on their special day? Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

Need more ideas for gifts for grandparents? Try these photo heirloom dolls (and check out our 2022 craft along, where we’ll be making photo heirloom ornaments every week and donating the proceeds to charity). Also, don’t forget to check out our shop for lots of great gift ideas!

Mixbook Wedding Book

Wedding Book Inspired by Blooms

As many of you know, we debuted our first Casetify collection last fall. Then, come spring, we came out with another new collection, Bloom. This one featured all things floral, and I thought the floral motifs couldn’t be a more perfect fit for my Mixbook wedding book. After all, my love affair with flowers is no secret. I especially love poppies, and Garet, our designer, did a beautiful job on the poppy design featured in our Bloom collection. 

My Mixbook Wedding Book

It was so fun to design this wedding book template with my team! Using our Bloom collection as a reference, we created a floral-inspired template with beautiful, painterly floral stickers and backgrounds. The best part about it is that it is fully customizable! Mix and match those floral stickers and backgrounds to your heart’s content. 

Discount Code for Lars Readers

Mixbook is also generous enough to offer a temporary discount code on their photo books to Lars readers! Use the code SOCIAL50 for 50% off your first photo book. The code expires on September 15, 2022, so get compiling your photos together!

Our Wedding and Engagement Photos

Then there were the wedding photos. Going back through all those old photos brought back so much nostalgia! If it’s been a minute since you’ve looked through your old wedding photos, you’ll know the feeling. Are you curious? Okay, fine, since you asked, here are some never before seen wedding photos. 

This was from our engagement session. I don’t think I’ve shared any from that session with Rachel Thurston at all! Maybe I’ll share more for our anniversary next month.

Ok, now these are from our actual wedding ceremony in Newport Beach, California. We got married at the LDS temple. It’s so fun to see our friends there!

These photos were taken by my cousin, Ali DeGraff. It was one of her first weddings and she absolutely nailed it. I still love them so much! 

My sister, Caitlin.

My sister painted us some signs that we held and had for navigating at the reception.

Really wish I hadn’t made that face.

My mom had the idea to do all bundt cakes. Really wish we had gotten to try them. Ha! Anyone else not get to taste the food?

I can’t believe so much time has passed. And I’m so happy to have a book in which to preserve those memories. 

Now I want to hear from you: Did you make a wedding book already? And what’s your favorite wedding memory? 

More Inspiration

Looking for more photo book inspiration? It turns out we’ve done more than a few projects with Mixbook in the past. Last Christmas we used Mixbook to make these team Christmas cards, and these ones from a few years ago. Also see these floral wedding invitations, our year in review, our Denmark trip documentation, and a compilation post of our Mixbook projects.

Summer Strawberry Party

Strawberry Party Suite

For our summer strawberry party, our designer, Garet, designed the most adorable strawberry party suite ever! I’m in love with all the little details, like the perfect color palette of those strawberries. Or those tiny ants?! Complete with invitations, strawberry toothpick toppers, and box wrappers, this suite will do the trick perfectly for all your strawberry party needs. The best part is that there are plenty of variations with this party suite. Not interested in the toothpick toppers being attached to toothpicks? Print them out on sticker paper instead and hand them out as party favors! 

Here’s what to do with our strawberry party suite:

  1. Download, print and cut out the files from our shop here.
  2. Next, fill in those invitations and send ‘em out! Then you can start prepping the other party details.
  3. Now hot glue them to one end of a toothpick.
  4. For the box wrappers, wrap them around the box and secure with hot glue.

Strawberry Surprise Garland

Oh, and don’t forget that amazing strawberry surprise garland–we altered our original strawberry surprise balls to make them into a garland that will make you want to make this strawberry party a tradition for years to come. Because what’s better than GIANT strawberry decorations?! They definitely make it feel more like a party.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been to parties and have been unsure where the party is (this is especially tough at parks where there are a million parties happening at the same time). Maybe it’s just me (though I have a feeling it’s not), but please, help a girl out and make your party eye-catching so it can be seen from afar. That was definitely the point with this garland; your guests won’t be left guessing when they arrive at the party–they’ll know exactly where to go. Plus, it’s just so fun.

How to make a strawberry surprise garland

  1. Download the garland template found here (it’s part of the strawberry party suite).
  2. To make the balls, follow the instructions found here. The only difference is that each strip is made up of two separate pieces, since it’s bigger. Glue them together and then follow the rest of the instructions!
  3. Lastly, to add the string, just thread it from one side to the other on the opposite side of the ball. Keep adding strawberries until it’s as full as you’d like!

Summer Strawberry Party Food

It wouldn’t be a party without food! Take this opportunity to go all in with the strawberry-themed foods. That means strawberries (duh!), cupcakes with strawberry frosting, mini pb & j’s (strawberry jam, of course!), etc. You know what to do! Those adorable little toothpick toppers are perfect to poke in the tops of the pb & j’s and cupcakes. You can also use them for those plain ‘ol strawberries–why not double up? There are so many strawberry foods that would be so cute. So just have fun.

Now tell us: what are you going to do for your summer strawberry party? 

More Inspiration

Want to make your summer strawberry party into a picnic? Try your hand at making one of these two simple quilt hacks! Also see this watermelon picnic blanket, duffle/picnic blanket, and autumn picnic blanket. And don’t forget to check out our shop for all your go-to party needs!

Bastille Day Roundup

History of Bastille Day

But do you know what Bastille Day is, or its significance? Well, long story short, it’s France’s national holiday, marked by the storming of the Bastille prison. It was a pivotal day in the French Revolution, one that changed the course of the French revolution and eventually transformed the republic. Since 1880, the French have been celebrating July 14th as their national holiday. And it is well worth celebrating! See this article for a full history of Bastille Day.

Here’s our Bastille Day roundup from years past:

Bastille Day Roundup

July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper and Print

The blog’s first mention of Bastille Day, here’s our July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper and Print! This was the year we celebrated with fun, whimsical illustrations featuring quirky berets. They reminded us too much of France not to use to celebrate Bastille Day!

July 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

Printable Paris Crown and Invitations

These Printable Paris Crown and Invitations are another great blast from the past to celebrate Bastille Day! Who says you need to be in Paris to celebrate? Bring Paris into your own home and have a Bastille Day bash featuring these crowns and invitations.

Printable Parisian Placemats

What better excuse to eat a pile of delicious French pastries than Bastille Day? That’s where these Printable Parisian Placemats come in. They’re the perfect compliment if you’re in the mood for a few macarons or croissants. And really, does anyone not like those delicious pastries? The French knew how to do something else besides win revolutions: bake.

Printable Parisian Placemats

Paris-Inspired Design: A Bastille Day Bash

In 2020, we dedicated a blog post to tips on Paris-Inspired Design: A Bastille Day Bash. Because I’m not sure there’s a better day to talk about Paris-inspired design. Except really, isn’t every day a good day? Parisian design is that good.

Celebrating Bastille Day

Most recently, here are some tips on Celebrating Bastille Day

We’ve reached the end of our Bastille Day roundup! And now, we want to hear from you: what are you doing to celebrate Bastille Day? Drop your answers in the comments below!

Paper Cake Topper Fireworks for the Fourth

Fireworks and the Fourth

Can we all agree that the best part about the Fourth of July is fireworks? I am always mesmerized by amazing firework shows–the colors, the lights, the sparkle! I could do without the loud noise (not to mention stress of toddlers and babies around fire!) but there are pros and cons to everything. Well, if you’re like me and are not so crazy about mixing real fireworks with your kids and their all-too-eager hands, these paper cake topper fireworks are for you. It gives you a beautiful, festive display without the noise or the worry!

Perfect for your Fourth of July celebrations, these red, white and blue fireworks are a stunning scene when arranged atop a cake. All you’ll need to make the magic happen is colored paper and some skewers. Cut them on your cricut maker or by hand, these little beauties will be the stars (or should I say fireworks?) of the party this Fourth of July. 

How to Make Paper Cake Topper Fireworks

I love how easy these paper cake topper fireworks are to make. They’re the perfect solution for a last-minute craft that definitely doesn’t look it. Here’s how to make them:

  1. First, cut out the firework templates using scissors or a Cricut Maker. We use our trusty Cricut Maker for everything!
  2. Next, layer the larger fireworks to give them some dimension and glue together. To recreate our cake toppers, see the photos for reference!
  3. Now glue a skewer onto the back of each firework. Vary the heights of your skewers.
  4. Last, arrange atop your cake and enjoy the view!

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on how to make cake topper fireworks and interested in more Fourth of July crafts? Step right this way! Try this other variation of our cake topper fireworks for the Fourth! Need more decoration ideas? You won’t want to miss 3 bunting ideas or this brand new Fourth of July wreath! Also see this compilation of Fourth of July projects. Then head to our shop to check out our Fourth of July content!

Cake Topper Sparklers

Sparklers and Fireworks on the Fourth

You can’t get much more classic than sparklers and fireworks on the Fourth. And I happen to love that these cake topper sparklers, in addition to being adorable, are not a fire hazard. With two little kiddos, I don’t love the idea of sparklers and fireworks that could cause injuries and fires with a simple accident. Jasper has just enough energy that I’d rather err on the side of caution, know what I mean?

The other perk about these cake topper sparklers is that you can keep them for years to come! Make them a tradition and add them to cakes and cupcakes every Fourth of July. Don’t live in the U.S.? Not to fret! Use these sparklers to celebrate any occasion. And that goes for those in the U.S., too. Once the Fourth of July is over, keep using these pretty little sparklers to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions all year long.

How to Make Cake Topper Sparklers for the Fourth

Here’s how to make your own cake topper sparklers:

  1. First, cut three 12 inch by 5 inch strips of cellophane. We used red, silver, blue and pink. Gold, this iridescent option and this colorful set are all great options, though! You can also use ribbon or tissue paper.
  2. Now create a fringe effect with each strip by cutting parallel lines down the full strip, making sure never to cut all the way to the edge of your material.
  3. Once all 3 strips are fringed, take your dowel and begin gluing one strip on to the top of the dowel. Start on one side and twist it around the skewer, adding a dab of glue when needed to keep it in place.
  4. Do that for each strand creating 3 tiered layers at the top of the skewer.
  5. Last, simply add 1 thin piece of cellophane around the bottom of the 3 tiers for the finishing touch!

More Inspiration

Loved this tutorial on how to make cake topper sparklers and interested in more Fourth of July crafts? Step right this way! You can try out these Paper Firework Cake Toppers, to start with. Need more decoration ideas? You won’t want to miss 3 bunting ideas or this brand new Fourth of July wreath! Also see this compilation of Fourth of July projects. Then head to our shop to check out our Fourth of July content!

Fourth of July Wreath

Custom Gradient Accordion Stars

I’m in love with the accordion stars on this Fourth of July Wreath! They manage to look delicate, lovely, and festive all at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, the traditional red white and blue of the Fourth of July are nice. But I love the way the gradient softens the colors into cotton candy hues of pinks, reds and blues. Oh, and I’m also in love with how simple this wreath is to make!

Here’s how to do it:

How to Make a Fourth of July Wreath

Constructing the Stars

  1. First, download, print and cut out the accordion gradient templates found here
  2. Next, fold each strip back and forth to make the accordion folds. Make each fold roughly ¼ inch thick.
  3. Now, connect the two ends of the accordion strip so you have one continuous circle.
  4. Next, flatten the circle out like a fan, points facing out to make the stars.
  5. Now, bring the center of the star together nice and tight and secure with hot glue. For extra security, glue a paper circle onto the back of the star’s center.

Assembling the Wreath

  1. For the wreath form, cut a piece of wire that’s a little bigger than you’d like your wreath to be. Then wrap the excess around itself to secure.
  2. Next, hot glue the stars onto the wreath form until it’s as full as you’d like.
  3. Now, add the silver strips wherever you’d like for extra fullness.
  4. Done!

More Inspiration

Looking for more festive, Fourth of July crafts? Check out this comprehensive guide of festive Fourth of July projects!

 

What are you doing for the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments!

How to Celebrate Your 40th Birthday

My 40th Birthday Plans

Leading up to my 40th birthday, I had lots of plans. Specifically, I wanted a big Europe trip to celebrate! But we are in up to our necks in behind-the-scenes projects here at The House that Lars Built, which means a trip to Europe just wasn’t in the cards. At least for now. Maybe in the fall? I’ll keep you all posted. There’s noting wrong with a belated birthday trip, after all!

I’m not the only one turning 40 here, though! Despite my lack of exciting birthday plans for now, all my friends are also soon-to-be or already over the hill, which means I’ve attended some great 40th birthday celebrations in the past year. I couldn’t just not share those ideas with all of you! So today I’m giving you the lowdown on all the things my friends did for their 40th birthdays, plus a few extra ideas.

How to Celebrate Your 40th Birthday

Birthday Trip

Birthday trips are a classic way to celebrate a big milestone birthday like your 40th! (hence, my hopes to make it to Europe this year). But if you can’t make it internationally and still want a weekend getaway, try something closer! It’s amazing what a quick trip to somewhere new can do. And of course it’s always better with friends or family to come along for the fun.

For your enjoyment, here are some photos from our most recent trip to Denmark (and I promise to post more once I make it back to Europe for my birthday trip)!

Karaoke

So I don’t know if you were aware, but there’s something about 40-year-olds and karaoke that is just magical. I’ve been to a handful of karaoke parties to celebrate the big 40 and I have to say that a bunch of moms singing karaoke are a different breed of unparalleled fun. What are you waiting for?! Warm up those vocal chords and get ready to sing yourself into your 40’s!

Spa Day

A birthday classic for a girls day out especially, a spa day can be the perfect, relaxing way to usher in the 40’s with some self care. Pamper yourself; you deserve it! Go for a mani/pedi, massage, the whole nine yards. We promise you won’t regret it!

Here are some spa essentials to get you going:

In-person Parties

Post COVID lockdowns, it feels that much more triumphant to have a party IN PERSON with people you love! So even though parties aren’t unique to a 40th birthday, there’s a reason we have parties for every birthday. It’s a classic way to celebrate that never really gets old!

Speaking of parties, we have some great party decorations for your to peruse in our shop! Check out our birthday suites, and all of our birthday content here!

Lemon-themed bunting swoops across a pink backdrop. In the foreground, straw toppers, invitations, and lemon-slice party hats sit in front of a white-frosted cake with lemon and lemon blossom cake toppers.

Learn a New Skill

Your 40th birthday is such a milestone that it can be great motivation to learn a new skill or take on a new hobby you’ve been wanting to try! It’s never too late, and 40 seems like the perfect time to try. Turn it into a party and invite someone to teach you and your girlfriends how to knit, cook something fun and fancy, or even make a punch needle rug! The options are endless. What do you want to learn how to do?

Movie Night

Movies are a classic way to celebrate anything special, so why not your 40th birthday? Go out to the theater with the gals (maybe even rent it out if you’re feeling ambitious!), or take the party home and have a marathon of your favorite series! Personally, I’ll be watching Bridgerton. What are your favorites? Send the recommendations my way! I’m always game for a fun new show.

Game Night

The options are endless with this one! Just because it’s your 40th birthday doesn’t mean you can’t have a simple game night. So many categories of games. Are you more of a board game or card game person? Or do you prefer a combo of both? If you’re like Paul, you’ll be hanging around those old classic arcade games all night. Whatever gets you most excited is what you should do!

Here are some game night options to get you started:

More Inspiration

We have plenty of ideas to get you started on 40th birthday decor! It starts with our five birthday suites: animal menagerie, garden party, lemon, rainbow, and floral. Click here to see the rest of our birthday shop! Also, don’t forget to check out our past birthday blog content, like our Flower Lane birthday crowns, twisted birthday candles, or DIY birthday felt pennants.

A flat lay of twisted birthday candles and confetti on an orange background.

Hopefully we gave you some good ideas to get you started planning your 40th, if you haven’t had it already. And now we need to know: what did you/are you doing to celebrate your 40th? Let us know in the comments!

Customizable Father’s Day Portrait

A Customizable Father’s Day Portrait

We’re so excited to share this tutorial with you! What could be better than a fully customizable Father’s Day portrait in the form of a collage? It’s simple, promotes creativity, and keeps kids busy when it’s just too hot to be outside all afternoon.

No matter how many or how diverse the fathers in your life are, you can make a fun, playful portrait for them with this customizable collage!

 

Here’s how to make your own:

How to Make Your Own Father’s Day Portrait

  1. First, download our Father’s Day Portrait template found here.
  2. Note: If you don’t have a cricut maker, print and cut out the template with scissors. If you have a cricut maker (well worth the investment for this project), simply select the color of paper and shapes you want to cut out and go to town customizing your dad’s portrait!
  3. For our portraits, we chose a variety of colors. Let your kids make it as bold and fun as they want! No color is out of bounds here, but if you want, you can use our photos as a reference for some fun combos.
  4. When you’re done cutting out the pieces, assemble them onto a plain white sheet of cardstock (we’d recommend 8.5″ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″), gluing as you go.
  5. After you’ve glued all the pieces down, you can frame it if you want, or leave it as is.
  6. Done!

I love that this customizable Father’s Day collage is so versatile and playful. I can’t wait to see what you and your kids come up with. Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

For more Father’s Day inspiration, see our Father’s Day Gift Guide. Also try our Father’s Day tie and bowtie, Father’s Day lollipop prize ribbons, and our Father’s Day origami shirt gift bags.

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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

You’ve got the…

Grill Dad

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!

Game Dad

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, and Kubb.

Travel Dad

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. 

Outdoorsy 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.

Sports Dad

Is likely thrilled at the warmer weather! It’s the perfect opportunity to give him some gear and/or things to inspire him to play (or just watch) the sports he loves.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.

Tech Dad

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! 

Handyman Dad

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.

Stylish Dad

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

Complete your father’s day gift with a printable card from our print shop – choose the card you love best here and here!