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Gifts for Sporty Dad, Couch Potato Dad, Office Dad and all the Dads

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Published August 29th 2013
There are all different types of Dads, so it is hard to find just the right gift for him. I designed a number of gifts that you can make him at the last minute to suit any Dad. And you can be sure that this is a gift that will be used and treasured for a long time.


1. Note Holder

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A little bulldog clip memo holder for your No. 1 Dad.

You will need:

3 x Bulldog Clips
3 x screws that are long enough
1 x screw driver
1 x pencil
Piece of rectangular board
Paint Brush

Step 1 Using your Dad's favourite colour, paint the rectangular board.
Step 2 You will need to place the bull dog clips in a line, and try to space them evenly.
Step 3 Mark the hole of the bull dog clip with a pencil
Step 4 Remove the bulldog clip and have an adult help you screw in the screw to make a little hole.
Step 5 Take the screw out, and place the bull dog clip over the hole. An adult will need to help you screw this all the way in.
Step 6 Once all bulldog clips are in, you can either write No. 1 Dad, or decorate with your drawings.

2. Formal shirt card:

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Tie Template

You will need:

Decorative scrapbook paper
1 x pencil


Step 1 Cut out a rectangle from the scrap paper at the desired size and fold in half.
Step 2 Draw a line about 2 cm from the top with a pencil
Step 3 Cut along the line from both sides. Make sure not to cut all the way to the middle. This part is going to be the collar of the shirt.
Step 4 Fold the two flaps as shown in the picture to make the collar.
Step 5 To make the tie you would need to print out the diagram of the tie above.
Step 6 Cut all the outside part to leave only the tie part. This will become your template. Place this on your coloured paper and draw a line around your template.
Step 7 Cut along this line. This will be your bottom part of your tie.
Step 8 Cut a small rectangle to place over the top part of the tie. You will need to cut off a little triangle of each side to look just like the picture.
Step 9 You can decorate the collar with buttons to make it look like a shirt.
Step 10 You are ready to write a nice message to your Dad on the inside.


1. Golf survival pack:

You will need:

A pencil case
A pencil
A eraser
A Golf Ball

How many times have you heard Dad complain about the times he could not find the pencil, or he ran out of tees. Now you can place all of his favourite items in a pencil case, so he will never be without any of the important "stuff" again.

2. Decorated sport cookies:

You will need:

Plain Cookies (like ginger bread or arrowroot cookies)
At least 3 bowls
Icing Sugar (1/4 cup per bowl)
Food colouring


To make the Icing:

Pour icing sugar into bowl and add a few drops of water. Icing sugar can become very runny very quickly, and you want to add enough water so it becomes like thick cream. You may need an adult to help you in this step.

To Decorate:

Step 1 Add the different colours of food colouring to each bowl. You can have blue in one, red in another and yellow in the third bowl.
Step 3 Lay the cookies out on a baking tray.
Step 4 Decorate the cookies with you Dad's favourite sports e.g. soccer ball, golf ball, football, tennis ball, football player, baseball, Bicycle Wheel. etc.

Your Dad is going to love these with a cup of coffee or tea. And you can even help him eat them. A perfect Dad moment!

3. Mini indoor basketball hoop:

The Best Gifts for all Types of Dads
Shoot and Score with this cute hoop (photo courtesy of wikihow)

You will need:

Colouring markers
Elastic bands


Step 1 Cut out a rectangle from the card.
Step 2 Take the wire and bend into a circle, taping it together.
Step 3 Tape the circle to the 'backboard' (Rectangle card).
Step 4 Take the paper and tape to the circle, cutting strips, but not all the way through.
Step 5 Decorate the backboard and give a mini basketball.
Step 6 To make a ball you can scrunch up some paper to make a ball, and then tie some elastic bands around it.
Step 7 Challenge your Dad to a Basketball challenge.


1. Couch potato gift basket:

You will need:

A basket/shoe box
Microwave Popcorn
Tins/Bottles of Juice, Soda, or water
Remote control
Lollies and videos or games


Step 1. Fill box with all the goodies
Step 2. Now you and Dad can enjoy a video (or play a game) Snacks are included.


1. A bookmark:

You will need:

Felt Tip pens


Step 1 Cut the card to the shape of a rectangle that will fit in a book.
Step 2 Decorate with drawings and stickers.
Step 3 Punch a hole in the top and tie the ribbon in the hole.

2. Family Times:

Sometime Dad is so busy that he misses out on the important things that are happening at home. A family newspaper will keep him updated with things happening at home.

You will need:

A3 Paper
Black pen or marker
A few stories

Some ideas for stories:

What the dog at for breakfast and it was not his shoe this time. The test you had this week and how well you did. What is planned for dinner. Who is the best Dad in the world and why!


Step 1 Fold the A3 paper in half to look like a big greeting card.
Step 2 Write the name of the paper in big across the top
Step 3 Design the newspaper similar to the local newspaper
Step 4 Write down each story on the paper and illustrate it.


Name those Herbs:

Dad will love these for his new seedlings.

You will need:

Ice Cream Sticks
Paint/Felt Tip Markers


Step 1 Colour the ice cream stick
Step 2 Write the name of the herb on the stick. You can get some the spelling from the packets Dad might have, or you can ask an adult to help.

The Garden Bug:

You will need:

Different colour paint
Some rocks


Step 1 Paint the rock to make a pattern or a bug.


1. Voucher for a free car wash:

You will need:

Colouring markers


Step 1 Cut the paper into voucher sized rectangles.
Step 2 Decorate and write, 'One Free Car Wash'.
Step 3 Staple together if made more than one. (Don't forget to put a validation date so Dad will be encouraged to use it sooner than later!)


1. Personalised apron:

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Decorated with love (photo courtesy of

You will need:

A basic one colour apron
Fabric paint


Step 1 Lay out the apron on some newspaper.
Step 2 Paint designs and put on some painted and prints.
Step 3 Leave to dry.

2. Handmade cookbook:

You will need:



Step 1 Fold all the paper into a book.
Step 2 Print or cut out your favourite recipes.
Step 3 Glue in the recipes inside the book. Remember to keep the front cover blank so you can decorate it later.
Step 4 Design a cover.

I hope you enjoy these ideas to make this Dad's Day extra special After all, he is your No. 1 Dad in the whole world!
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When: 01 September 2013
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Your Comment
Lots of great ideas here. I think the apron is brilliant.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2946 days ago
Very crafty. Love the Manpron.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2945 days ago
We did the couch potato gift - it was well received. Thanks for such a clever idea. At least it was not socks and jocks this year! hehehe
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 2945 days ago
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