7 Unique Gifts to Make Your Dad for Father’s Day

Of the two parent-themed holidays, Mother’s Day is definitely the easier one to celebrate. Maybe that’s because mom is easier to shop for, or because it simply comes first in the year, but studies show that many people think of Father’s Day as a secondary holiday, focusing less on gifts and fanfare. Show your dad how much you appreciate him, with a big impact DIY gift that he’ll be enjoying and showing off all season! We’re not talking tie clips or coffee mugs — these 7 homemade gifts really are better than store-bought.

Build a relaxing pergola
how to build a pergola
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Give the gift or relaxation, with a homemade springtime pergola that’s ideal for backyard BBQ’s, warm afternoon naps, and lounging with a good book and a cold drink. Imagine how touched and excited your dad will be when he sees your gift freshly built and ready to enjoy in his backyard. (Here’s how)
Construct an easy backyard firepit
how to build a firepit
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Who doesn’t love sitting around a firepit, making s’mores, and spending time together? Give your father a gift that you can all enjoy together, with a DIY firepit and patio that’s perfect for family get-togethers, or even a quiet evening by the embers just for Dad. (Tutorial here)
Make customized tool storage hooks
storage hooks
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If his garage or tool closet are starting to look like an ill-tended construction zone, give Dad a better way to store his beloved equipment, with this DIY over-door organizer. Customize your own design, so that your dad will have all the hooks, shelves, and extra features he needs for his personal tool collection. (Follow these directions)
Add some trim storage to his office
pipe shelving
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Tap into industrial decorating, with some super easy wood and pipe shelves that are great for adding stylish storage to a home office or workspace. Give Dad the perfect place to display his keepsakes, or file some documents, with this trim shelving unit. (Here’s how to make your own)
Give him an awesome beer cooler

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Turn an old wine barrel into a mobile beverage tub and cooler for outside parties and events. Not only are these easy to make, but you can personalize them for Dad, by decorating them, adding his favorite sports team’s logo, or writing out his name with paint. (Directions here)
Add a touch of team pride to his decor
Sports Fan
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Speaking of his favorite sports team, why not up your Father’s Day game and give him a gift decorated with team colors or a team logo. All it takes is a little creativity and paint to create a piece of decor that he won’t only love, he’ll be crazy about. (Here’s how to do it)
Build a sharp bar cart

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If your father is a fan of entertaining, give him a stylish bar cart that even Don Draper would envy. This industrial design is easy to make yourself and a bold addition to any living room or patio. If you want to make him extra happy on his day, add a bottle of Dad’s favorite drink to the cart when you gift it. (Get the directions here)
For more amazing homemade outdoor and indoor upgrades to give your dad this Father’s Day, check out our building page on Hometalk!