He used to read you stories at night before bed. He dropped you and your friends off at the shops. He convinced your Mum that the expensive bicycle you wanted was worth the money. He made sure that any time you felt lost or needed advice, you had a stable place to turn.
He’s your Dad, your mentor, your hero–and he deserves the best you can offer.
Yikes! Those are powerful words to be held to. The good news is, this means something different for every Dad. After a lifetime of getting to know yours, it shouldn’t be a mind-jarring experience to find a genuinely great fathers day gift for him.
To be frank… a great gift can sometimes require a bit of work… but for many Dads (much like my own), they love getting their hands dirty and showing off their handy work, particularly when it’s in front of his kids.
So below I listed my top DIY gift ideas for the DIY Dads.
1. Build a Raised Garden Bed
There is nothing more bonding than building a raised garden bed with the family. It is a great fathers day gift because it is something everyone can join in. As BONUS you can choose from many different plants to grow…you can even start a veggie garden!
Wooden Raised Garden Bed
Wooden Raised Garden Beds are popular and look great. If you are no opposed by some woodwork then check out ‘How to Build a Raised Wooden Garden Bed in a detailed guide by The Little Veggie Patch- Click here
Concrete Raised Garden Bed
For a very easy cost effective option you can choose to use concrete bricks to design a garden bed. Check out this easy guide by I Save A – Z – Click here
Steel Raised Garden Beds
Another easy option for a garden bed and a long lasting option too! Steel Garden Beds are popular and can be found in large many hardware stores (with garden sections). You can also buy the Steel Raised Garden Beds online and have it delivered flat packed ready to DIY.
2. Build a Fire Pit
Fire pits are super easy and becoming a huge trend in backyards. So why not build one with your Dad? It will add a great entertainment area to the backyard and can be the highlight at family gets
Fire pits will add a great entertainment area to the backyard and can be the highlight at family gets together’s. There is nothing better than an open fire, marshmallows and good company. Your Dad will just love his fire pit- who wouldn’t!
You can either buy a pre-made firepit and work at creating an area for it to live and adding seating solutions around it.
OR you can do it from the floor up- creating the foundation, building the pit itself and then forming the entertainment area around it. Bricks are a very easy and common solution for DIY fire pits.
Here is a quick guide from Always Chasing Life Blog on how to start your brick fire pit> Click here
3. Build a Garden Shed
Everyone is doing it these days. Garden sheds have become all the rage around the world. Who doesn’t want their own space to hold their dreams and support their hobbies? If your dad likes woodworking, auto mechanics, has collections, paints, or likes to sing out of key, giving him his very own space to do what he loves.
Buying an affordable DIY Sheds online at Cheap Sheds or at hardware stores is easy. Once delivered, you can spend the afternoon putting together a shed with your Dad and he will have his own castle in no time (Plus your mum will be pleased with the clean garage and backyard).
4. Build a Hammock
Does your Dad enjoy the outdoors or an afternoon nap? Well, he will like it even better when he can have a relaxing spot to ‘chill out’. Hammocks are easy to make or you can buy one online. You can choose the design and set it up in the perfect spot.
To build one for your Dad you can find a great guide at Design Sponge – Click here
5. Build a Beer Cooler Outdoor Table
This is a pretty cool party trick… Build an outside entertaining table with secret cooler compartments. You and your Dad can get the plan from the Domesticated Engineer and have a lot of fun with this project. Just be wary it’s not for beginners, but boy! It will be a great piece of furniture to have in the backyard once you’re done!
This genius design I found on Domesticated Engineer and you can follow the guide by clicking here.
6. Build a Pizza Oven
Pizza ovens are marvellous things to have in your backyard, especially if you love a good wood fire pizza!
This project may take a few days but it is well worth it! Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens, you can now easily download a set of Instructions ready for you to use. With the right materials and these easy instructions, your Dad can soon have an amazing Pizza oven going in the backyard. Image that… fresh tasty pizzas for the whole family.
7. Outdoor Gathering
Ask most Dads what the most important thing to them has been in their lives and you will likely hear – family and friends. Our relationships are important to us and those around us can bring us much joy and satisfaction.
Understanding that these things do not fit in fathers day gift box with a bow but it can lead one in the direction of other gifts that revolve around building beautiful memories.
Print a social calendar that involves Dad’s favourite people, music, and food and then plan to make these gatherings unforgettable.
When finalising your fathers day gift choice, remember that giving Dad the best you can offer is about quality and depth, not about the money.