DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, happy wife, happy life, right? Well, I am all about that but, I also think that happy spouse, peaceful house sounds even better! Not to mention, your dad has always been there for you and deserves something great!
So, for Father’s Day, why not treat that special guy to some pampering and something that will help hone his grilling skills?
Hubs and I are pretty simple when it comes to gift giving. Over the years, we prefer to give each other gifts that we can use or that are homemade. We also prefer to save the big bucks for travel and experiences instead. This year, I decided to use my endless love of mason jars and make the Ultimate Pampering Kit for dads!
Dad’s Ultimate Pampering Kit
It’s quite simple really, gather all of the essentials that the dad in your life uses on a regular basis and put it in a mason jar. The basics will do just fine but, I’ll leave that up to you. Plus, it’s the perfect time to get Dad a new razor! I know that it is always a welcomed gift. I chose to get Dara a Schick razor and groomer.
Of course, you’ll need a label to make it fancy and you’re done! If you desire, you can add ribbons or rope but, I kept it clean and simple. Just my Hubs’ style. You can download the label, HERE.
Put It Together
I used my HP Pavilion x360 notebook to design the label. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been loving it so far. It’s able to keep up with me and all of my work (I use tons of tabs) and I love that it can be used as a PC, tablet or be placed in a tent position to watch movies. You can pick one up at HPShopping.ca. Well, I kept the design simple, black and white circle with a strong border. Strong and “manly” font and I threw in a mustache for good measure.
Choose Your Gifts
Every dad is different and they all like different things. I’ve listed the items that I used in the jar of goodies below. Feel free to use it as inspiration or add or take away anything you feel fit. After all, you know what Dad likes! Once you’ve chosen the items, print out the label and place it in the center of the jar.
Add your items and make sure you place them facing out. That way, you can see what the items are! I chose some travel size items and some full-size, just gauge the sizes according to the jar.
Things You’ll Need:
- 1 Quart Size, Wide-Mouth Mason Jar
- HP Printer
- HP White Full Sheet Labels
- “Dad’s Ultimate Pampering Kit” Label
- Dad’s favorite razor or Schick Razor and Groomer
- shaving cream
- hand cream
- hand and toe nail clippers
- lip balm
- body spray or cologne
Fire Up the Grill
There really isn’t anything better than an aged steak, a good cut, and the right seasoning. I know that both my dad and husband love a good steak. Not to mention, they love manning the grill. It’s almost an art and by golly, they are proud of it. They take great pride in aging, smoking, seasoning and then grilling it to perfection!
Since I love the end result, I made a Sweet and Spicy Steak Rub. Inspired by the sweetness and spice of Texas with a little latino flair. Plus, it’s made with love!
Sweet & Spicy Steak Rub
- 1 250 ml Mason Jar
- 4 TBSP of Paprika
- 3 TBSP of Adobo Seasoning
- 2 TBSP of Garlic Powder
- 2 TBSP of Onion Powder
- 2 1/2 TBSP of Brown Sugar
- 1 TBSP of Salt
- 1 TBSP of Parsley
- 1 TBSP of Black Pepper
- 1 TBSP of Smoked Chili or Chipotle Pepper
- 1/4 TBSP of Thyme
- 1/4 TBSP of Dried Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- Take all of your ingredients and measure them out.
- Spoon them into the mixing bowl.
- Once you have all of your ingredients, mix thoroughly.
- If there are little balls from the brown sugar, just squeeze them down until the mix is smooth.
- Scoop into the mason jar.
- Add labels.
- Gift to Dad.
This is tried and true rub, it’s simple but it has a lot of flavours and a nice kick! The Latino flair is the addition of adobo. It’s one of our staples in Latin cooking and I’ve decided to add it to a traditional rub.
It gives it that extra oomph and with all of the seasoning and brown sugar, you end up with a flavorful steak that is caramelized. You can always adjust the heat by using less of the chilli pepper. But, I like it spicy and sweet! I used my HP Pavilion x360 and HP ENVY 5540 All-in-One to create the labels.
Make Your Own
Since Texas flavours inspired this rub, I decided to give homage to it by using the state as a small design on the front label. The labels come in a pair, one for the front and the other for the back with ingredients. You can download them to print, HERE. I used some leather ribbon to give the jar a little extra flair! If you want the brown sugar labels, you can get those too, right HERE.
TIP: You should look into getting an HP Instant Ink membership, you’ll never run out of ink and you’ll always have enough for any DIY project. Once you are low, HP will deliver ink right to your door! The plans start from $3.99/month, you can’t go wrong!
After all that designing and gift-giving, I needed to treat myself to a little something. I had a WaySpa gift card burning a hole in my pocket from Mother’s Day. Shhhh…. it can be our little secret. I hopped onto my HP Pavilion x360 and clicked to WaySpa.com and looked up which spas were in my area. One of my favourites accepts the card and I booked myself a day at the spa and I’m looking forward to my treatments!
It’s a WIN/WIN in my books!
Being a dad is something that is truly special, it takes a very special man to help raise children and grandchildren. An extraordinary person to form bonds that are kept for a lifetime. That’s why they deserve pampering, recognition and lots of love on Father’s Day and every day of the year!
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What are you giving to the Dad this Father’s Day?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.