While shopping for Mother’s Day might be fun and even easy, Father’s Day is another animal all together. Dads often want a lot less and maybe even need less than the women on your shopping list. You can certainly get away with a card or baked good, but if you’re looking for something really unique for your dad this year, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite handmade gifts that we know he’ll appreciate. These are items you can order from artisans all over the U.S., or – if you’re brave, you can try your hand at DIY’ing yourself. Simply take inspiration from any of the items that best represent your pops and do an internet search for how-tos. You may be surprised what you can come up with!
In the comments below, let us know what you’re planning to get dad this year and any of your own DIY tips for Father’s Day. Want even more suggestions? Check out our roundup from last year, filled with items you can still order now.
For the computer geek dad: set of five handmade coasters, featuring vinyl covered floppy discs with a cork base. Your coasters will arrive gift wrapped in a clear cellophane bag with a bow. (Techno Chic, $25)
The Capcatcher Bottle Opener makes a great gift for any beer lover, as it features the Latin-esque phrase “Carpe Cervesiam.” “Carpe Cervesiam” loosely translates to “Seize the Beer!”: the perfect saying to the end of any long day. Fashioned from a high-quality piece of select Maine hardwood, the opener is handcrafted and beautifully finished in a New England workshop. Opener heads are heavy-plated solid steel – built to last for generations. Generous-sized pouches hold up to 6 six-packs worth of bottle caps! Features a magnetized back for attaching to the fridge, and includes screws for mounting to the wall. (Innovation Workshop, $30)
What dad won’t just melt when he gets a first look at his new frame, personalized with a touch of love for him and his kid. Add any names, dates, and text to make this frame perfect for your occasion. This frame design has been decorated using a dark brown background with earthy accents. Let the shop know if you have another color scheme in mind — colors and text styles can always be changed to fit your needs, free of charge! (Taylor June Gifts, $36)
Okay, so yes, ties are the standard Father’s Day gift. But instead of (or in addition to!) the gift of style this year, why not get him something to actually house all of those ties? Can be modified to say Dad or Grandpa or Papa or whatever you’d like. Differing color combos available. (Rachael Windemuller, $40)
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