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Sunday is Father's Day – Make Dad a Great Gift!

Have the best dad in the world? Show him how much you appreciate him with one of these easy-to-do gifts.

Sunday is Father's Day. You still have time to make Dad a terrific gift. And because every dad is different, we've come up with a variety of ideas.  Pick one that suits your Dad to a T!

For Handy-Around-the-Yard or Garden-Dads

Surprise Dad by dipping the handles of his rakes, shovels, hoes or other garden tools in a product like Plasti-Dip.  Covering the ends of the handles helps him keep track of the tools in the garage or the yard – the bright colors are easy to see in a dark garage or lying on the lawn or in the garden. The plastic coating minimizes splinters, too. Visit to find your favorite color. Dad will love that you took the time to help him out.

For Dads Who Have a Hobby

Snap a photo of Dad doing his favorite hobby with his best buddy. Paint a simple frame and add a special message using foam letters.  Every time Dad looks at the photo he'll  enjoy the memory of the time you spent together. All supplies are available at Arts and Crafts Store for about $10.

For Dads Who Work at a Desk

Make Dad a paperweight. Find a rock at the beach and paint it to look like a baseball, a team logo, an animal, or any other image that the dad in your house will appreciate.  

For Dads Who Need Help Around the House

Make Dad a gift he can "redeem" when he wants to. Fill a small basket or bucket with gift cards good for chores to  help him out. Some suggestions:  

  • Good for one hour of yard work
  • Good for one car wash
  • Good for taking out the trash

You get the idea – offer whatever help Dad could use - and then do it cheerfully!

For Dads Who Like to Read

Make your dad a bookmark.  Follow this link for a quick video tutorial on how to make a simple bookmark that you can personalize with stickers or markers. Then visit the Riverhead Free Library to read some of these books together to help celebrate Father's Day.

  • Father's Day by Anne Rockwell
  • Biscuit Loves Father's Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting
  • The Best Father's Day Present Ever by Christine Loomis

Whatever you decide to make for Dad, make sure to add lots of love to the project and Dad will think it's his best Father's Day present ever!

Tara Hudson June 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Thanks-love the ideas April! We are going to try the baseball paperweight tomorrow!
April Pokorny June 19, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Hope you had fun making it - and Daddy enjoys using it. One of the best parts of making those paperweights is that the family has a great time just collecting the rocks - the painting and the gift giving parts are gravy!

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