DIY Gifts for Dad

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Dads are so difficult to shop for! What do you get the man that has everything? Below are 7 DIY gift ideas to make father’s day special for your dad (Or stepdad. Or grandfather, uncle, father-in-law, mentor, or whomever.).

    1. Coffee bean soap
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      Is your dad a big coffee drinker? He’ll love this DIY coffee bean soap! Find the instructions here.
    2. Gift in a jar: Cleans up wellPhoto Collage Maker_xO7jSz.png
      My grandfather loved his “shaving kit” a few Christmases back. To a mason jar I added a razor, homemade sugar scrub (“Manly Hand Scrub”), nail clippers, lip balm, and moisturizer. Add in cute labels and it’s a sweet, simple gift. You could also add a mini cologne, rosemary mint shaving cream, homemade hair pomade, or anything that can fit in the jar! (Find the original “Cleans up Well” gift in a jar post, instructions here.)
    3. Grill Kit
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      Does your dad love to host cookouts in the summer? Put together everything he’ll need for the perfect barbecue.

    4. Scrabble coasters
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      These are cute, simple, and easy to personalize! Find the instructions here.
    5. Gift in a jar: Energy BoostPhoto Collage Maker_KzmCpM.png
      Put together a little energy boost for Pop in a cute mason jar! I recommend adding:

       

      (Find the original “Energy in a Jar” post that inspired this here.)

    6. Wine and glass holder
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      Build this classy wine bottle and glasses holder with a few materials and a little hard work!
    7. Loves to Cook Kit
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      My dad is the best cook in my family. He loves to experiment in the kitchen (USUALLY to great success.) Put together a gift basket with:

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10 Gifts Under $20 Your Mom Will LOVE For Mother’s Day This Year

Mother’s Day is on May 14th this year, so it’s time to start thinking about what to do for your mom, or the special women in your life. Whether you’re totally broke or have a little cash, crafty or can’t sew on a button, see your mom every day or live halfway around the world, here are 10 ideas for you to show your mom you care.

    1. Season 1 of her favorite old show on DVD (For example, my mom loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It’s not on Netflix, and I know she’d like to re-watch it. It’s $9.99 on Amazon)
    2. A personalized etched wine glass. The etching cream comes with instructions, but get creative! Use stencils to add your mom’s initials, “mom” or a design. $7 for cream on Amazon + dollar store glasses set of 4 $4 + stencils $5 for basics on Amazon = $16. If your mom isn’t a wine drinker, try shot glasses, a flower vase, or any sturdy glass.
    3. Recreate a photograph from your childhood. Ask another family member to help you dig through old family photos. Find a picture of you or you and your siblings. Get the sibs together and recreate it! Try to match the setting, your clothes, every element you can. Make a copy of the original and get a print of the recreation. Dollar store frames + photo printing <$5
    4. Customized DIY tile photo coasters.   This is one for my crafty readers!  Find the instructions here.  You’ll need 4×4 tiles, 4×4 photos, Mod Podge, a foam brush, felt, ribbon, clear spray sealant, and a hot glue gun.  If you aren’t crafty this project might run you more than $20.  However, if you already have the craft supplies on hand, all you’ll need to purchase are the tiles and photo prints.
    5. A handmade craft from Etsy. There are some beautiful handmade earrings and necklaces for less than $20.  Often they’re made-to-order and customizable!
    6. Engraved jewelry. Find a simple piece of jewelry and customize it with an engraving. You can engrave your mom’s initials, your parents’ anniversary, or something special to you and your mom. $10.17 for engraver + $9 for jewelry from Target or Walmart.
    7. Something you can do together. This can be something free like a picnic or inexpensive like a matinee movie, local winery tour or theater production. Pick something you and your mom will both enjoy.
    8. A $20 bottle of wine or spirits she wouldn’t buy herself. My mom loves wine.  However, she usually sticks to $10 or less grocery store bottles.  A $20 bottle of wine is something I know she would enjoy, but isn’t something she’d normally spend that much on.
    9. A book and its movie adaptation. You can find a list of movies based on books by BuzzFeed here. I personally enjoyed both the book and movie adaptation of The Help. You can find the DVD for $7.99 and the book for $9.59 on Amazon.
    10. A mini body wash, lotion, and body spray set in her favorite Bath and Body Works scent. These minis are awesome for traveling, and the lotion and body spray are perfect to throw in your purse. (3 for $12.50)

Please note that I made this post with my own mother, grandmother, and aunts in mind.  I hope that this will help you to have ideas for inexpensive, but still personal gifts for the important women in your life this Mother’s Day.

Disclaimer: if you follow the Amazon links in the body of this post and make purchases through them, I will receive a small compensation from Amazon.  This compensation comes from Amazon, not from you, and the price you see through my links is the same as the price you would see otherwise.  However I have no association with Etsy, Bath & Body Works, Buzzfeed, or any other sites linked above.  In an attempt to bring you the best content, I linked to the sites that I felt were the most relevant, compensation notwithstanding.

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