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Your Dad Might Like These DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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Don’t get sucked into the marketing hype around the holiday coming up this Sunday: Your dad might appreciate presents that you make more than anything you buy in stores — DIY Father’s Day gifts turn out to be more fulfilling for all involved.

You end up saving money because you can probably make these gifts with items you already have — or for a minimal investment. Plus, these efforts usually don’t require a lot of skill nor time to pull off, yet the result ends up being truly special.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Here are 10 different gift projects you still have time to complete in time for Father’s Day.

Customized Coasters

Your dad might appreciate a set of customized coasters. One way to make them begins with unfinished wood slices.

Create unique designs on them following a single theme. You can use paint or a wood burner, either freehand or using stencils.

Another approach involves putting photos into premade glass coasters. This takes less time and artistic effort to complete.

Necktie Pouch or Case

A necktie pouch is like a change purse made from a tie — a very masculine way for a man to hold on and keep smaller items secure. This gift is ideal for dads who travel or need help staying organized.

You can use an older tie — find one at a thrift store, or purchase a cheap one on Amazon. Even if you don’t know how to sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you can still put this together with minimal effort.

You can also make an eyeglass case from a tie, and you don’t even need to make any major cuts to the material aside from trimming the narrow end. In addition to sewing, you’ll need to find a snap or velcro to give it a way to seal up. Use a set of glasses to help you determine what size to make the case.

Tablet Case

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, consider making a tablet case. Choose a type of fabric that won’t scratch the device.

Essentially, you just need to create a pouch with a closing flap — look up the dimensions of the device he owns so you can make a pouch that’s the right size.

Focus on his favorite colors to make the gift special, or add a monogram to the front, so everyone knows not to touch his tablet.

Barbecue Rub

If your father is a barbecue maestro, consider creating a custom rub for all of his grilling needs. You can find a number of recipes online, allowing you to choose one that speaks to his taste. Then, just put the spices in a glass mason jar or similar airtight container, add a personalized tag, and you’re done.

Pre-Shave Oil

This one’s pretty easy: Simply mix one part grapeseed oil with one part olive oil. Then, add a few drops of essential oil, like sandalwood or cedarwood, and mix thoroughly. Put it in an attractive glass bottle (preferably brown in color) and add a label.

Beard Balm

Moisturizing balms are great for rough and unkempt facial hair, while also benefitting the skin. All you need to make this gift is ¾ ounces of beeswax, ½ ounce shea butter, a ½ cup olive oil or grapeseed oil, some essential oils — such as bergamot, clove, or lavender — and a nice tin to put the final product in.

This one takes a little bit of time to prepare: use a double boiler to melt the wax. Then add the oil and stir to combine. Then add the shea butter. Stir it all together, add a few drops of his favorite essential oils, stir it again, and then pour it into the gift tin.

Popcorn Seasoning

You might be able to make popcorn seasoning with ingredients you already have on hand. Then, all you need is some spice containers.

Not sure what to make? Try a spicy mix: Combine 5 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 10 teaspoons of chili powder, 5 teaspoons of cumin, and 5 teaspoons of paprika.

Looking for something with less kick? Here’s a savory flavor: Combine 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ a cup of grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of garlic, and 4 teaspoons of dried thyme.

Grilling Supplies Rack

If your dad likes to grill, he might appreciate this gift that you can make from wood scraps or pallets.

Just nail a few boards together and affix supports on the back. Add some hooks on the front, and paint a fun message on the front. Don’t forget to add a way to hang the board on the back so he can display your gift on the wall.

Why Not Try?

All of the DIY Father’s Day gifts above are fairly easy to make, and they don’t require a big investment. Why not give one a try? Your dad will probably love it.

Readers, what kind of plans are you making for Father’s Day this year?

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