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June 9, 2014 at 2:10 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

DIY Father's Day: 8 Low-Cost, High-Class Gifts He'll Love

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

Falling on the third Sunday of June each year, Father’s Day – June 15 – is quickly approaching. Have you picked up his gift yet?!

Yeah… I haven’t either.

Besides being somewhat irresponsible and tending to put things off till the last minute (Yay! Adult child!), I’ve got a reputation to uphold as a great gift-giver and I don’t make decisions lightly. However, there are some complications. I want to get him something special and personal, something he will actually value and use so no tacky, generic tie- or beer-shaped novelty items will do.  A good rule of thumb would be to gift by interest, but my guy’s a well-stocked musician.  Plenty of picks and cords. While I’d love to buy him some of the toys his been eyeing Guitar Center’s catalogs, a $300+ gift just isn’t in the budget right now.  So what then?

Well, how about something handmade with love from our daughter and I?

If you’re a person of reasonable taste who’s browsed Pinterest, let me reassure you – there ARE some totally low-cost, simple, man-friendly, AND classy DIY projects to be had out there. Here are 8 of my favorite finds grouped into two possible gifting themes – office swag or condiment king.

My guy works in kitchen, but the majority of America, like me, works in a cube or office.  For those of you (perhaps blessedly) unfamiliar with the set-up, the office environment can feel pretty cold and impersonal without the right touches.  Unfortunately though, as my fellow cube-dwelling ladies will agree - most guys are just pitiful when it comes to work space decorating. Give them an excuse to take pride in their office space with these great DIY projects! Maybe rounded out with a few purchased goodies like cool pens, sticky notes, or mints if you’re feeling generous.

Design Sponge: Recycled Leather & Wood Shelf


“Regardless, a little patience yielded some great finds: one super long thick black belt and a couple dark brown well-worn beauties, all for less than $10, which makes the cost of this shelf less than $15…. What I love most about this project is that it is extremely unfussy: a mix of belts looks great; the more worn the wood, the better; and the whole structure is very easy to size up or down, customize (painted shelves, new or colored leather, etc.) and adjust as needed.” DIY Directions HERE

High Walls: Dino Planters

“A few months ago I spotted dinosaur planters on etsy and was smitten with the idea. I had wanted to buy one of my own, but when I came across some rubber dinosaurs in the toy section of my local department store for only $2 each, I thought I’d give it a try myself.My love of white is well documented on this blog as well as my love for a feature colour combination. As such, I chose white and gold for my dino’s but you can obviously tailor yours to whatever colour you want. There were so many colours to choose from at my local hardware store!” DIY directions HERE.

Hollymayb: Father’s Day Mug


“The ceramic pen came from Spotlight.  You write on ceramic, let it dry, bake it, it's stuck.  At the time I bought it, several months ago, it was about $10. I got the Little Lion to draw a picture on one side, afterwards I wrote a 'Happy Father's Day' note on the back with 'Father's Day 2013' on the bottom.” DIY directions HERE.

Hypervocal: Wood Block Photos

“These bad boys come out lookin’ GOOD — the perfect homemade and slightly worn-looking way to commemorate those magical memories.” DIY directions HERE

With summer in full swing, and everyone out grilling, I’m thinking a foodie-type gift is just about fool-proof.  Unique, homemade condiments are fresher and healthier than their processed run-of-the-mill grocery store counter-parts and they’re sure to impress your friends at the BBQ. (“You MADE the sauce??”) Whether you’re a bratwurst and burger family, panini people, or even the veggie dog sort, these condiments up the flavor game and wow-factor of whatever you’re serving. Put yours in glass jars with printed labels for a classy, professional touch. Maybe rounded out with these purchased goodies like a nice 6 pack of beer, a grilling tool set, or a package of brats to use his new condiments on.

Food 52: Giddy Swamp, South Carolina Mustard Barbeque Sauce


“Most people know BBQ sauce to be the tomato or ketchup versions of Texas or Kansas City, the dry rub with mop of Memphis, or the vinegar versions of Eastern North Carolina. But there is another version in South Carolina that originated with the Germans that settled in Central South Carolina and brought their love of mustard to the traditions of low and slow smoking of PORK…The sauce can be used on chicken, ribs, hash (a SC tradition) but is best with pulled pork.”  DIY directions HERE

Saveur: Brown-Sugar Ketchup


“Sweetened with brown sugar, this homemade condiment pairs well with everything from french fries to meat loaf.” DIY directions HERE.

Saveur: Escabeche De Cebolla (Yucatacean Pickled Red Onions)

“Red onions soak up the flavors of oregano and cumin in this classic pickle relish, served with fresh seafood in Yucatán, Mexico.” DIY directions HERE

Serious Eats: Garlic Dill Pickles


"This recipe can either be made shelf stable or it can be a refrigerator pickle.Either way, give them at least a week before you crack open the jar, so that they get nice and puckery." DIY directions HERE

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