Easy homemade Father's Day gift ideas

Try these DIY gift ideas to make Father's Day extra special

DIY Father's Day gift box

Left it to the last minute? Fear not with this easy personalised present idea. First, choose a theme that you know is a favourite such as baking, gardening or sports. Then, wrap or cover a shoebox in line with your choice such as the sports pages of a newspaper or a clean tea towel. Finally, fill the box with related items and make Dad's day! To top things off, print one of these downloadable gift tags, add a personal message for Dad, and attach to the outside of your finished box.

Write favour tokens

Write down favours, such as ‘Make me a cup of tea, please’ or ‘Hand me the remote’, on little slips of paper. Include them in a Father's Day card for Dad to trade in whenever he wants.

Make a gratitude jar

Tell Dad all the reasons why he is so great with this sentimental gift idea. See how to make a gratitude jar with this step-by-step guide.

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Make music

Turn your living room into a recording studio using Garageband. It's a handy app that lets you make your own original song (or cover a classic) to sync to Dad's MP3 player or phone.

Try some pancake art

Fill a clean squeezy bottle with pancake batter and get creative in the pan with shapes and patterns.

Make a DIY footprint sculpture

  • Mix together 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of plain flour and half a cup of warm water
  • Knead into a smooth and stretchy dough
  • Get your little ones to press their feet into the centre
  • Bake the dough in a low oven for around three hours to dry out (use baking paper to prevent sticking)
  • Once the dough is dry and cool, set the kids to work painting – you can use acrylic paint or food colouring

Create a photo collage

Make use of photo sites such as Smilebox and Tesco Photo. You can turn all your favourite family snaps, including a few embarrassing ones of Dad in his younger days, into a collage and frame it for a simple personalised gift.

child's hands kneading dough family photo collage

What to write in a Father’s Day card

  • If you’re struggling to find the right words, try one of these witty or heartfelt Father’s Day messages and quotes.
  • To the king of the BBQ, owner of the TV remote, master of DIY and all-round general superhero – Happy Father’s Day!
  • Congratulations, Dad. I turned out great!
  • Happy Father's Day, Dad! I bought you something nice with your money.
  • Happy Father’s Day from your favourite child (don’t worry, the others don’t know).
  • Dad, I hope you’re proud of me for not just sending the same Father’s Day card as last year.
  • Dad, without me, today is just a regular day. You're welcome.
  • To the world’s greatest dad from the world’s greatest son/daughter.
  • Thank you for being the best dad ever – Happy Father’s Day.

Make a mug cake

This recipe for a hot chocolate and raspberry mug cake only needs a few ingredients – just mix them together and wait for the ping of the microwave!

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