He's the mender of scraped knees and the repairer of tree houses. He's the spider remover, the fire builder and the master of s'mores.
Whatever Dad represents in your household, the day to celebrate him approaches. And while dads are usually happy with ties and “World's Best Dad” mugs, there's a certain delight in surprising him with something a bit outside of the box.
Unique however does not need not be expensive. Here are some creative ideas to celebrate Father's Day without breaking the bank.
1. Bring the Outside In
If dear old Dad isn't much of an outdoorsman, you can at least bring nature right to his easy chair. Garden Therapy blogger Stephanie Rose has just the trick: a wooden coaster. She lamented the loss of a beautiful neighborhood tree that had been cut down to make way for development. To preserve some of the cedar she decided to take some slices of the tree's branches and turn them into coasters.
Using not much more than a saw, varnish and a little elbow grease, Rose came up with a delightfully woodsy gift. The instructions for making the coasters are posted step-by-step over at Garden Therapy.
2. Decorate the 'Man Cave'
Pick a room in the house and devote it to dad for a day. Fill it with newspapers (recent, of course), his favorite books and other things that will make him relaxed and happy for the day.
A proper man cave begs for retro décor; so be sure to check your local second hand store or flea market for cool wall hangings and Coca-Cola stuff (obviously).
3. Put a Little More Retro on the Wall
Tammy Henderson and Brittany Murray, bloggers and the mother-and-daughter creative force behind One More Time Events, came up with a great way to show Dad he rocks. This vintage record clock (see image at top of page) – an excellent project for sprucing up his new man cave – is made from an old vinyl record and clock parts, which can be found at most craft stores.
PRO TIP: Don't use one of Dad's favorite records for this project — find a cheap but cool vintage LP instead.
4. Plan the Perfect Hike
If Dad likes to get outside, try planning a hiking trip for Father's Day. Choose an outing that's not particularly far away if you can, and pack an easy-to-carry cooler or insulated backpack with sandwiches, snacks, and a couple of ice-cold Coca-Cola beverages.
5. Put Together a Griller's Gift Basket
Fill a basket — or better yet, a cooler — with some tools of the BBQ trade. Stock it with spring-loaded grill tongs, stainless-steel kabob skewers and other grill goodies. Fun basket stuffers could include homemade seasoning rubs or oils infused with fresh herbs and other spices.
Get ready to feel the love.