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June 11, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Unique Gifts for Father's Day: For the Manly Man

By Kristin McKinney More Blogs by This Author

One of the biggest struggles I have when it comes to Father's Day gift giving is that I like to make things myself. One reason is because it's cheaper, but also because I enjoy making things for people. However, most of the craft things I find online tend to be to emasculate for my dad. I need ideas that are more manly. I did some looking around for things that I could make that I thought might appeal more to my dad. Here are some of the unique ideas I was able to find:


Bay Rum Aftershave:

I stumbled upon this article from Art of Manliness, a website dedicated to finding the lost art of being a real man. Anyway, the site has an article on Bay Rum aftershave, with a history of when it was used and two recipes on how to make it yourself. I would highly suggest going to the site here, to read the article.


  • 2 Drams of Oil of Bay Laurel (a dram is 1/16 of an ounce. You can buy a bottle of this oil at an aromatherapy store)
  • 4 ounces of Jamaica Rum
  • 24 ounces of alcohol
  • 36 ounces of water
  • 1 ounce of pulverized magnesia


  1. Combine all the ingredients above and strain through several layers of coffeefilters or cheesecloth. Store in a bottle.
  2. If you go on the site, there is a second recipe, as well as suggestions for making different scents.

Manly Munch Mix:


Something else I found, that might be nice to have your kids help you with, is a recipe for Manly Munch Mix. I found it on If you have a husband or a dad who loves snacking and food with a kick, this is probably a good idea.


  • Firecrackers (recipe below)
  • 1 cup Wasabi peas
  • 1 cup Habanero almonds (or spicy dry roasted peanuts, smoked almonds...)
  • 2 cups wheat chex cereal (or cheese crackers, mini pretzels...)

Firecrackers Recipe:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ranch dressing packet
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz. bag of Oyster crackers

Mix together the oil, packet of Ranch, and seasonings. Put the bag of oyster crackers into a gallon ziploc bag. Pour the oil mixture over the crackers, and then shake well so that they are evenly coated. Wait twenty minutes then flip the bag over. Wait another twenty minutes and do it again.

When the firecrackers are done, you can add in the other ingredients. If you want to get creative, find a cool jar that's big enough for the mix and decorate it. The website that has this recipe also has free printable tags that you can use.


Comic Book Coasters:

My dad is a huge comic book fan, so this looks like the perfect idea. I found this idea on I like this person's directions on making coasters because of what he used as the base for the coaster.


  • Round metal blanks (you can find them in the electrical/lighting section at Home Depot, they're used to cover unused outlets)
  • Old comic books
  • Paper
  • Mod podge
  • Sandpaper


  1. Since there are two holes in the metal blanks, you need to put down paper before your actual picture. Simply trace out a circle on plain paper using the metal blank, and then glue the paper down.
  2. Next, trace out the piece of the comic book you want using the metal blank. Cut it out and using mod podge, glue it down. Make sure to push out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Let it dry, and then apply a top coat of mod podge.
  3. After your top coat has dried, lightly sand the top of the coaster, then add another coat of mod podge.
  4. After the top coat has dried, you can glue the gaskets that came with the blanks to the bottom of the coaster, or, if you prefer, you could use cork or felt.
  5. If you would like your coasters to have an extra coat of protection, use mod podge gloss acrylic sealer.

 Hopefully these ideas will help you on your search for that perfect gift this Father's Day.

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