When you think of Father’s Day gifts, a few things probably come to mind: wacky ties, tool sets, shaving kits, etc. The truth, however, is that your dad deserves more than a bland, thoughtless gift that department and home stores try to sell you. On the third Sunday in June every year, families come together to celebrate their patriarch. This year, treat your dad to something special DIY gift that he’ll cherish forever. We compiled our favorite DIY gifts that are not only your dad will love, but are also unique and easy to make.
1. DIY BBQ Rub
If your dad loves to spend his summer days grilling up some grub, make him a dry rub! Using ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet, this recipe has a perfect ratio of savory, sweet, and spicy. If your dad likes to get lost in the sauce, try making him a batch of our Homemade Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce instead.
2. DIY Bottle Opener
This DIY Bottle Opener mounts to your refrigerator (or any metal surface) and has a magnetic surface so it can catch bottle caps before they land on the floor. This project is a little more advanced, but it’s one that your dad will definitely appreciate. Just be careful when working with rare Earth metals and magnets.
3. Homemade Shaving Cream
Help freshen up your dad’s face with an all natural homemade shaving cream. This formula from Food For My Family uses shea butter, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary essential oil, and peppermint essential oil to create a cream that will leave your dad’s skin smooth and moisturized.
4. DIY Cornhole Set
Who doesn’t love a good game of cornhole? Also known as “bags,” this classic outdoor game is great way to get a summer party started and connect with your friends and family. Make your dad a cornhole set of his own using our step-by-step guide. Though this project is not as complicated as you would think, it does include a lot of cutting wood and drilling.
5. Custom Photo Collage
A picture is worth a thousand words, so a collage of your favorite photos with your dad is worth at least a million, right? Giving your pops a custom photo collage with images of your most precious memories with each other will surely melt his heart.
6. DIY Giant Jenga
Giant Jenga is another crowd pleasing outdoor game the whole family can enjoy – plus it’s super easy to make! Gift you father with his very on homemade set. Keep in mind, the project does involve sawing and sanding wood.
7. Custom Coffee Mug
Is your dad a coffee drinker? Make him a personalized coffee mug for Father’s Day! DIY coffee mugs are super simple: all you need is a plain white mug, sharpie markers, and an oven. Draw/write something you think your dad will love, bake the mug in your oven for half an hour at 350 degrees, then let it cool on a baking sheet. That’s it!
8. Hot Pepper Oil
Spice up your dad’s life with homemade Hot Pepper Oil. All you need is a glass bottle that can be sealed, 18-20 dry ornamental peppers, and a cup of olive oil. It’s super simple and can add a kick to pretty much anything you cook it with!
9. Homemade Coasters
Is your dad known to crack open a cold one after a long day? Make him his own set of coasters by recycling old cardboard beer carriers! This is a fun and easy craft that your dad will be both impressed by and get good use out of.
10. Whiskey Bottle Soap Dispenser
If your dad prefers whiskey, repurpose a bottle of his favorite whiskey bottle into a soap dispenser! For this super easy craft, all you have to do is take an empty whiskey bottle, rinse it out, and twist on a soap pump.