Here are some gifts you can make fast even if it’s already Father’s Day. Did Fathers Day sneak up on you this year? Did you forget Dad’s birthday? Try one of these DIY gifts for dad that you can make – fast! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to tell your dad you love him and you are thinking of him today.
We all want to let our dads know they are loved, but it can be hard to get a gift for someone that has everything. We’re suggesting that you can make gifts for dad this year that are meaningful, inexpensive, worthwhile, and fast.
You’ll find ideas for homemade body care items, gifts to soothe tired muscles, and ways to tell dad you love him by getting to the heart of the matter here. Let’s dig in!
Beard balm tames facial hair, making it less stiff and unruly. It also moisturizes facial skin, both under the beard and after shaving, reducing itching, flaky skin, and redness from razor burn, so even if your dad doesn’t have a beard, his face will still enjoy this natural beard balm.
Bayberry adds a masculine scent that reminds one of the forests and the seaside, while also contributing to the moisturizing, skin softening and therapeutic benefits of this facial salve.
After a hard day on the job or at the office, your dad is probably stressed and tired. Why not treat him with a natural heating pad that can be used over and over. Choose a fabric that is his favourite colour, is patriotic, or has a fun design – something that will bring a smile. If you don’t have access to cherry pits, use white rice or buckwheat hulls, wheat, rye, or barley berries. Cherry pits and flaxseed have oil that retains heat longer than grains which have a higher moisture content. Just don’t use popcorn.
This bag can be sewn with minimum sewing skills, so don’t shy away from it because you aren’t an expert seamstress. The ideal heating pad is long and bendable to fit around the back of the neck, across the chest, or over the tummy.
Like the ember pan or the hot rocks, warmed in the fireplace in pioneer times, these heating pads can pre-warm winter beds, and of course, comfort tired dads after a long day of work. Both flax seeds and cherry pits will hold in the heat and give back their comfort to achy necks, cold feet, cramping tummies, and cold, shivery shoulders.
The pads are heated in the microwave or a pan on the woodstove.
After a stress-filled day, a hot bath can be just the thing to help your dad relax. Make de-stressing DIY bath bombs and let him enjoy the escape of a warm soak in the tub.
This is an inexpensive escape that you might not think your dad would enjoy, but he will appreciate the ability to “get away” and relax as much as your mom will. Have him lock the bathroom door, turn on some quiet music, put a beeswax candle or two in a flameproof dish at the side of the bathtub, turn on the bathwater and drop in one of your homemade bath bombs.
Make them with a manly scent with blends that include sandalwood essential oil, frankincense essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, or patchouli essential oil. A refreshing blend of 3 Drops of Wintergreen, 3 Drops of Bergamot. 2 Drops of Cedarwood would be a great start. Growing Up Herbal has suggestions for beard oil blends that could easily be adapted to your DIY bath bombs for dad.
I think we’re missing out when we skip handwritten notes for digital communication. There is something very tangible about putting pen or paints to paper, that soothes the soul, relaxes the mind, connects in a way that digital media can’t connect. It’s similar to the way the adult colouring book trend offers relaxation, meditation, and stress relief. But handwritten notes are more flexible and independent.
If you feel that your dad has everything, then a handwritten note – with a heartfelt message about what he means to you – may be the best gift you can give him.
5. Give Dad Food for Fathers Day
Ok, we saved the best, and most obvious for last. Every dad loves to have a homemade treat made especially for him. We’ve included recipes with and without flour for those dads who may be gluten intolerant. Even a special Sunday brunch with Hearty Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes and fresh fruit could hit the spot.
Butternut Spice Cake is moist, sweet, and perfect for daily coffee breaks or afternoon tea. Consider making two, one for your dad and one to keep for yourself. It will put everyone in a happy mood.
Our family favourite Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake Recipe also works well served as muffins. Wrap them up in a sturdy basket or tin. Deliver them to dad with a handmade card.
For a flourless alternative to the cake above, try this Chocolate Cake Recipe that is gluten-free, moist, and tastes amazing!
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Blood Orange Glaze is moist and hearty with a pretty pink glaze that comes from blood oranges. While you could use other citrus blood orange gives it a robust orange flavour and bold colour that can’t be matched.
Our recipe for Gluten-free Pumpkin cheesecake is the best. If your dad loves pumpkin (even in June) this recipe is something you will treasure.
You can make gifts for dad fast – in under two hours with all of these ideas. Take the time to show dad how much you care about him this year with DIY gifts from the heart.
Bonus! Make Dad a Beard Care Kit
This easy beard care kit can be made from start to finish in just an hour and includes beard balm, beard oil, aftershave oil, and hair tonic to encourage Dad’s beard growth. Add a sandalwood beard comb and a kit bag and you have a luxury gift that you made yourself from wholesome natural ingredients.