Easy homemade Father's Day gift ideas


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

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.

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.

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
child's hands kneading dough family photo collage

Create a photo collage

Make use of free photo sites such as Smilebox and Tesco Photoi. 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.

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 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.

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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