handmade gift ideas for dad

Father’s Day always seems to creep up on me because early June is filled with family birthdays that steal my focus. Thankfully I’ve remembered it in time this year and there’s still a little bit of time left to whip up something meaningful. So whether you are in need of a special something for the father of your kids, or for your own dad, here are a few creative ways to treat the important dads in your life like the awesome guys they are.

Best Dad Award Image above via Small Fry
Get the kids, dig out your craft supplies and work together to create a display-worthy memento for dad. The project from Small Fry uses basic supplies and comes with a handy printable component.

image via the Purl Bee

image via the Purl Bee

Father’s Day Tie
Ties are a classic gift but instead of running out to the mall, you can make the gift even more special by sewing one up at home with this tutorial from the Purl Bee.

image via Brit + Co.

image via Brit + Co.

DIY Leather Tablet Case
If the special dad in your life loves his gadgets but you want to help them stay safe during commutes or car rides, check out this inexpensive and straight forward project for a DIY iPad case from Brit + Co. It’s so stylish he may not believe that you made it at home.

image via Modern Parents Messy Kids

image via Modern Parents Messy Kids

DIY Father’s Day Banner
I love this colorful banner from Modern Parents, Messy Kids and think that this would surely brighten any Dad’s day. It also seems like a fun project to do with the kids–and maybe start banner making as a family tradition to help celebrate special days.

image via My Humble Kitchen

image via My Humble Kitchen

Homemade BBQ Sauce
Just about every guy I know loves to grill, so what better way to show your love than to gift dad with a jar (or two) of homemade bbq sauce? This version from My Humble Kitchen features tomato paste, molasses, honey, fish sauce, and a few other flavorful (but common) ingredients for a sauce that would serve chicken, pork, or even pizza really well.

image via A Sweet Spoonful

image via A Sweet Spoonful

Tropical Dark Chocolate Granola Bark
You really can’t go wrong with a gift of good dark chocolate, but this recipe from A Sweet Spoonful takes it up a notch by pairing it with nuts, oats, and general crunchy goodness. This wouldn’t last very long in my house (and I would probably have a hard time not stealing some back from my husband), that is for sure!

What great handmade gift ideas for Dad do you have?  What are you making?