1. Story Time (Approximate Cost: $10)
All the mommy-centric books out there can make dads feel slighted. If your Dad likes reading books to the kids, check out these great titles. Make this idea green by checking out a used online bookstore like Powell’s Books or Thrift Books.
- The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing
- The Ten Best Things About My Dad by Christine Loomis
- What Dads Can't Do by Douglas Wood
- Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
- The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman
- My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen
- A Perfect Father's Day by Eve Bunting
- A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan
- My Dad's a Hero by Rebecca Christiansen
- The Berenstain Bears and the Papa's Day Surprise by Stan Berenstain
- Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim
- Daddy Hugs by Karent Katx
2. Daddy Coupons (Approximate Cost: $2)
This old school idea is still a goodie. Give Dad coupons for things like chores and hugs – example: one pass for emptying the diaper pail, or a day off from cutting the grass. Download this FREE template from Kiki & Company and print out your coupons on recycled paper.
3. When I Grow Up (Approximate Cost: $5)
Make a list of daddy’s favorite activities or hobbies. Then take a picture of your kid dressed like daddy doing those things. Using left over mailing envelopes (or used mailing envelopes from things like old Christmas cards) create a mini photo album using this quick 10 minute tutorial by Creating Keepsakes.
4. Upcycle (Approximate Cost: FREE)
Take one of Daddy’s old shirts and give it a new life with this fun, easy to sew hat tutorial by Christina’s Adventures or this pillow tutorial by DIY Network. Can’t sew? No worries. Simply replace the sewing with iron-on fusable bonding like Stitch Witchery by Dritz. No t-shirts? Check out this fun upcycled tie pillow tutorial by Cucicucicoo.
5. Ditch the Disposables (Approximate Cost: $10 - $25)
Help dad ditch the disposables in his life with these cool options:
- Ditch disposable diapers and make your own for about $10 using this cloth diaper tutorial from Instructables. Not in the mood to sew? Check out these pre-made upcycled cloth diapers from Loveybums for just $25.
- Ditch disposable razor blades and go old school with this timeless straight blade from Parker - $19.99
- Ditch disposable coffee mugs with this reusable coffee mug from Time Mug - stay awake AND on time - $17.95