He has survived sleepless nights, mastered the perfect swaddle, and navigated parenthood right by your side. So, for his first Father’s Day, give your main squeeze a gift as special as he is with a cool, crafty DIY present. From his own BBQ rub to a customized picture frame, you’ll find the perfect way to celebrate the new dad in your house.
Say It with Tiles Frame
Triple word score! Adding word tiles to a simple framed picture of his little one lets you add a special message while giving him a desk accessory he’ll love. Easy and highly customizable! Visit Larissa Another Day to get your creative juices flowing.
Handprinted Weathered Baseball
Hit a home run with this sweet Father’s Day gift: a keepsake baseball that includes Dad’s favorite little slugger’s handprint and can be completed in under two hours. Check out how Kristen from Down Home Inspiration created an aged look and turned her newly bought baseball into the perfect first gift for any sports lover.
Felt iPhone Holder
For the new dad who loves capturing pictures of his mini-me on his iPhone, here's a homemade cover to protect his favorite mobile device. Pop over to Poppytalk for the tutorial and different design options. Note: You'll need to tailor the dimensions to the size of your iPhone.
Best Dad Ever Banner
Say it with alphabet stickers! Surprise Dad when he walks through the door with this festive “best dad ever” banner made solely from things found at the hardware store. One quick stop at the store and a few dollars later, and you have the makings for your own custom garland. Visit Oh Happy Day to find out what you need.
Hooked on Daddy Print
Between eating, sleeping and discovering the world, babies don't have much time for DIY projects. But this simple and adorable handprint gift is a great way to get your little one involved. Just grab some paint, visit Catch My Party to download the print, and you’ll be done in no time.
Homemade BBQ Marinade
Most guys love a perfectly grilled and seasoned piece of meat. So, gift your special guy his own homemade BBQ sauce that he can enjoy all summer long. Use a favorite recipe or visit Design Mom for her spicy BBQ rub. While you’re there, print out the free gift tags to attach to your jars.
Simple DIY Frame
The photo of your child is the real star of this gift, but making the frame yourself adds that special, one-of-a-kind touch to show your partner how much you care. This gift has a high cuteness factor and costs almost nothing. Get the full tutorial from Make It & Love It.
A new baby demands our love and attention, making it easy to forget to tell our partners, “I love you!” This DIY memo board from How Does She? is a clever reminder. Thanks to the glass front and a dry erase marker, you can change up the message anytime you like.
Father's Day Sampler Box
The best thing about this DIY gift is it can be customized to fit your guy. Start with a wooden box. Then buy or make a few of his favorite items to fill it. Jordan from Oh Happy Day chose cookies, but the possibilities are endless.
Best Dad Ever T-Shirt
Want to know what a new dad needs to hear most? That he’s the best dad ever! That’s why this simple DIY t-shirt is the perfect gift. In three easy steps, you can turn a basic white t-shirt into a go-to staple for whenever dad needs a little confidence boost. Visit Style Me Pretty for the tutorial and to download the free template.
Just Because I Love You Book
For the dads who work long hours and miss those special baby moments, make them a Just Because I Love You book. Fill the book with pictures, favorite sayings and memories you all shared to remind Dad how much his family loves him. The book is small enough for him to bring along when he's away. Check out the full tutorial on Me and My Shadow.
We Love You Bear-y Much!
Papas with a sweet tooth will love this tasty treat. Fill the jar with gummy bears or cinnamon bears (depending on your guy’s favorite sugary vice) and then wrap it with a little twine. Visit the Lil Luna site to download the printable.
Custom Playing Cards
Whether your man prefers poker or solitaire, he'll love these personalized playing cards. Choose a photo of something he loves from his pre-kids life or use a picture of his little one. Visit Poppytalk to find out how to make your own custom cards.
What will you do to honor Dad on his first Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments.
—Aimee Della Bitta