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7 Great Father's Day Gifts for $12.00 & Under

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Dad's are those special people in our lives who read us a story, hug us when we are feeling sad, plays ball when he has a moment, teaches us things like how to wash a car, and so much more. So why not celebrate Father's Day with one, or all, of these amazing gifts. Easy to make, and will be treasured by Dad for as long as they last!

Computer stand from pizza box

This is a laptop stand created out of a pizza box.The design was original created by a Russian artist, Ilya Andreev. You can follow all his instructions at this link. If you don't have a pizza box, you could ask a pizza shop if you could buy one from them, or you could treat Dad to pizza for lunch and then turn the box into an awesome gift. Now that would be an awesome Father's Day gift!

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Your Dad would love this gift! (photo courtesy of behance.net)


Possible cost: $0.00 if you have a pizza box. From $5.00 for pizza (depending on deals that are around)

Make a fun CD:

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You Will Be Dad's No.1 X-Factor with this Gift


We know that MP3 players have almost taken over the CD market. However, some cars still have a CD player in them, and this would make a great gift for Dad. Every time he plays it, he will think of you. How cool is that?

You are allowed to make a copy of music that you already have bought for personal use.

You may need your Mum or someone older to help you. Select all of Dad's favourite songs and record them onto the CD from the computer. Some computers have a program called Windows Media which will allow you to do this. You will probably find that this CD will be the one your Dad will treasure all his life.

Possible cost: $2.50 (for CD)

A jar for of love

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Jar of Love just for Dad


Like Mum, Dad also needs a little love and care. Clean up an old jam jar. Cut some paper into rectangles, big enough to write a message. You can either use colour paper, or decorate some white paper. Messages can be anything from "You are the best Dad in the world" to "You win a hug". Be creative, and try to fill the jar as much as possible. The more messages the more the love!

Dad can pull out a message every day and be reminded how much he is loved.

Possible cost: $3.00 (jar and paper)

Hands on Dad

Take one of Dad's old white T-Shirts. Have kids cover their hands with paint, and then leave their prints all over the t-shirt. Once the paint dries, put it into the tumble dryer for about 5 minutes to set the paint into the fabric. Ironing the shirt can also set the paint; however make sure you cover the "artwork" with a cloth/towel to avoid direct contact with the hot iron.

You can use one of Dad's t-shirts or buy one from K-mart for about $5.50. Fabric paint can be expensive and you could find this either at a store like Spotlight, or at a craft store. Fabric paint can range from $3.50 each. If the budget is really tight, use a permanent market, and outline the hands. This can really give it that Picasso look!

Possible Cost: $9.00 (can be $0.00 if you have shirt and paint you can use)

Bedtime stories

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Dad can be a Hero is the Story Book!


This one is going to be Dad's best seller. Take about 5 blank A4 papers and fold them in half. This will form a book to create a story for your Dad. You can make it longer if you desire.

Write a story about your Dad. It can be about things your Dad does (like sports), things that make love watching your Dad do (like going to the park), or it could be a hero story with your Dad being the superhero. Draw a picture on each page, and write as much as you can on the other side. If you want a hard cover book, use a thicker piece of A4 and fold that in half. Don't forget to create a nice cover page picture.

You can read him this story at bedtime, instead of him reading it to you. This would be a double treat for your Dad.

Possible Cost: $5.00 (for possible card, paper and felt tip pens) $0.00 if you already have all this at home.

Movie night

Hire a movie from your local video store. Something that Dad and you will like. For you movie snacks you can make some microwave popcorn with a drink such a juice, lemonade, etc. Check with your Mum first what drinks you can have because some drinks have very high sugar and Dad just might not like that.

Possible Cost: $12.00 (video hire $7.00, $2.50 popcorn, $2.50 drinks)

A booklet of vouchers:

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Vouchers that Dad will love to use.


Dad is going to love this gift. You will need to cut about 10 pieces of rectangle paper of equal size. You will also need a cover of the same size.

Create 10 things that you will do for Dad which he can claim. Examples of this are: take the rubbish out, mow the lawn, wash the car, help put dishes away, massage his feet, give a head massage, do not disturb one morning, etc.

Don't forget to put a validation date on your vouchers, otherwise Dad will hold on to this for a long time, and claim it when you are much older. You may not like that idea!

Possible Costs: $2.00 (If you need to purchase some paper)
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Your Comment
The computer stand looks like a clever idea.
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|333) 1845 days ago
Congratulations on winning first prize.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 1844 days ago
terrific article!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3030) 1851 days ago
That pizza box laptop stand looks very interesting. I think I will give that a try.
by SimpsonS (score: 2|151) 1855 days ago
I think the messages in a jar idea is brilliant. So simple, yet so touching.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 1855 days ago
Congratulations, Brenda! Your great ideas were definitely worth first prize.
by Marlies@mbkedit (score: 1|78) 1844 days ago
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