4 Fathers Day DIY Gifts (You Still Have Time) To Make That He’ll Love

Every Father’s Day, the recurring question is, “What should I get for him?”

After all these years, we’ve released that the best gifts are the ones that we’ve put time and effort into making ourselves. That extra thought and effort goes a long way in making dad feel loved. So put away the thoughts of another necktie or a new pair of cufflinks – why not make dad feel extra special this year with a DIY gift that he’s bound to make use of and love? Nothing says “I care about you” like a gift made with love.

Building Memories Jar

Image from The Seasoned Mom

 

What You Need:

  • A jar
  • Lego blocks/popsicle sticks/coloured paper

 

How To Do It:

  • Write down activities for you to do with your dad and pop them in the jar! Get him to choose an activity every week or at desired intervals.
  • For an extra special touch, stack each finished activity on top of another to represent the memories “built.”
  • Some activity options are: watch a movie in the cinema, eat at his favourite restaurant, movie night in, go swimming, fishing, karaoke.

 

 

 

Coupon Book

 

What You Need:

  • Printer / coloured paper
  • Pens
  • String & hole puncher / Stapler

 

How To Do It:

  • If you choose to decorate the coupons yourself, grab some coloured paper and your best pens to etch out a coupon booklet (like the ones you get at school carnivals!) for things your dad can “redeem” from you.
  • Alternatively, print ready-made ones out here and fill them in with your ideas or here for ones with ideas in them.
  • Some ideas are: 30-minute massage, mow the lawn, car wash, ice cream dates (where you buy him ice cream!), breakfast in bed, movie night.

 

 

 

 

DIY Shaving Cream by Barnhouse Blue  [Makes 2 cups]

 

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup shea butter (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Double Boiler
  • 20 drops of your favourite fragrance oil (give or take; based on how strong you want it)

 

 

 

 

How To Do It:

  1. In a double boiler,* add in the coconut oil and shea butter – break the shea butter up into smaller pieces before adding it so that it melts faster.
  2. Once everything is melted, transfer to a large bowl and stir in the olive oil.
  3. Place in the fridge and leave there until everything has solidified – it doesn’t have to be hard, just no longer liquidy – kind of like softened butter.
  4. Once it has solidified, transfer to the stand mixer bowl (or use a hand mixer and leave it in the same bowl) and whip for about three minutes, or until stiff peaks form.
  5. As you are whipping the shaving cream, add the fragrance oils. You can stop this process periodically and rub a little bit of the cream on your skin to test the scent level and decide whether or not to add more fragrance oil.
  6. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in your bathroom! Enjoy the best shaving experience ever!

**To assemble a double boiler, fill a medium pot with a few inches of water. Place on the stove over high heat and place a glass bowl on top of the pot. The bottom of the glass bowl should not be touching the top of the water – if it is, then your water level is too high and you need to pour some out. Bring the water to a simmer, and it will gently melt your ingredients that are in the glass bowl.

 

 

Or, for softer skin…

 

DIY Natural Pre-Shave Oil 

 

 

What You Need:

  • 2.5–3 fl oz Castor Oil
  • 1 fl oz Olive Oil
  • 15 drops Skin-safe Essential Oils
  • Optional: 5 drops Vitamin E oil
  • Amber glass bottle
  • Funnel

 

 

How To Do It:

  • Funnel all ingredients into the amber bottle. Seal tightly, and swirl the bottle around to combine. That’s it!!

 

How To Use It:

  1. Apply just a few drops to hands and spread into the area you will be shaving. Don’t use too much! Start with less and add more only if needed.
  2. Leave the oil to sit on your face/skin for about a minute to help soften the hair. (This is a great time to wash your hands, but do not wash it off of the area to be shaved!)
  3. Apply shaving cream or lather on top of the oil. (Check out our DIY Shaving Cream recipe here.)
  4. Shave as normal.
  5. Rinse skin, pat dry, and apply aftershave if using.

 

 

 

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