Getting your child to choose something special for Father’s Day is no easy feat, especially as their idea of buying on a budget can be very different to yours! Why not get them crafting instead to make a truly unique and special Father’s Day gift?
1. Sweetie Six-Pack
This is a fantastic gift that any dad or grandad with a sweet tooth will love.
The next time you’re in the supermarket, grab one of their wine-bottle cardboard carriers and then either cover with pretty wrapping paper or get the kids to paint the exterior and interior if they can.
Allow to dry. And then, using glass bottles – you can buy pretty bottles with lids from most hardware stores or from craft online retailers – fill each bottle with dad’s favourite sweets.
Include a homemade card and you have a super and unique Father’s Day gift.
2. Homemade sweets
Continuing the sweet theme, is there a better present than receiving homemade bakes? We think not! And know that Dad is not immune to some tasty sweet treats either.
For smaller children, baking with them to create their own sweets or cakes is a great way of introducing them to baking but also thinking about other people when we make things.
As well as cupcakes and a decorated Father’s Day cake, why not make your own lollies?
There are a few options for doing this including buying rolled paper lolly sticks, lolly moulds and so on from craft stores and supermarkets. Fill with melted chocolate and allow to cool before surprising dad with a homemade chocolate lolly.
Or, you could make these delicious hard candy lollies. They taste great but are for older children as it involves hot sugar which can cause nasty burns if accidentally spilt on skin.
3. For the BBQ-loving dad
How many families across the country share the same joke? Mum does the shopping, the prepping and the cleaning up, whilst dad does the important bit – cooks a few burgers on the BBQ and calls it a triumph.
However, there are many dads who take their role as BBQing chef during the summer season very seriously indeed and thus, making a BBQ sauce and bottling it for him isn’t just great for him, but for the rest of the family too.
You’ll need a clean jam jar and;
- 120g ketchup
- 2 tbsp. dark brown soft sugar
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
- A dash of Tabasco or similar hot sauce
- 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
- ¼ tsp. mustard powder
- Sea salt to taste
In a small saucepan, place all the ingredients and heat gently to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before pouring into a jam jar or tall glass bottle.
Get your kids to make a homemade label, as well as a gift tag with various art and crafts supplies, giving dad instructions on how to use the sauce. Use it as a marinade or brush it on the meats when cooking on the BBQ to intensify the flavour.
The IOU coupon jar
This requires creativity on two fronts – design and thought!
Just like some the IOU ‘chequebooks’ that you can buy, the coupon jar is similar in that the kids promise to do certain tasks when dad decides to redeem the corresponding coupon.
You will need a pretty jar or box – why not buy a craft box and get one of the kids to be in charge of decorating it? – some plain paper of different colours, coloured pens and so on.
Ask each child to think of at least three different ideas for their specific coupon. Once they have written it on the piece of paper, they need to add their own decoration.
There are some ‘rules’ however;
- There needs to be a ‘redeem by date’ on each coupon – make some last a year until next Father’s Day and have some with a short lifespan. This way, the momentum for the coupons continues. Some children decide that dad has a six-week window in which he must use them all!
- If you promise, you have to deliver – so, Jake may promise to tidy up Dad’s sock drawer putting every sock into a pair and he must deliver that when dad decides he wants it to happen. Providing it is within date, then dad can redeem the coupon.
Father’s Day is about celebrating the love and support that dad brings to the family and is also used to thank grandad’s and other significant males in a child’s life for everything they do. And sometimes, the best presents are those that come from the heart and made with love.