Quick and Simple Father’s Day Present Ideas

12 June, 2013

When it comes to giving gifts I am not so much “last minute” as “two months (er, yeah, okay, sometimes years) late”. So I like ideas for presents to be simple, fast and generally made from things round the house, able to be given or shoved in the post minutes after realising the date. (I realise this combination of cheapskate and forgetful isn’t endearing. Whhhhy are people even my friends?!  At least it makes me get creative. WHAT? You don’t like painted beans??! UNGRATEFUL.)

But, well, here I am… *preens*… 3 days early with my Father’s Day gifts all sorted, and a couple of ideas for all you other last minute/ missers out there.


Painted beans messageThis is such an easy little way to give a message, but with the added beauty of then becoming a father- kiddo activity. Not only does daddy get a lovely old dose of love but the pair can then go and plant the seeds and watch them sprout together. (While mummy looks at Facebook.)  Ramona and Tim already do loads of gardening so this’ll go down a treat.

We used simple runner beans and non toxic paint with a tiny brush and popped them in a little envelope made out of baking paper . There are lots of wordplay possibilities but we just went for “Daddy, my love for you grows each day!” Waaah…

painted beans message presentThen, for Juno’s Father’s Day debut (I wouldn’t want daddy thinking our second daughter was any less crafty, you know) we busted out the old Message In A Bottle number.

Message in a bottle and other Fathers Day ideas
 (At six weeks old she is a well good writer.)

It is just another simple way of giving a loving message but once again with an activity to do afterwards- I included extra paper and the pen so they can write their own message in a bottle together and send it off to sea. I can’t wait to do this with the girls, how OFF THE HOOK would it be to get a response?! Amazing. Well worth a bit of ocean littering.

Message in a Bottle for Father's Day

For other inspiration do have a squizz at the lovely Liz’s pocket book of love, a few of the gorgeous  Davina from The Making Home’s styley hand made ideas, and the whole pile of possible Father’s Day crafts offered by the marvelous Maggie of Red Ted Art.

Are you planning anything nice?

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  • Mammasaurus 12 June, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Painted beans! Message in a bottle! I LOVE!

  • Yolande 13 June, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Truly, you are gifted and creative. Thanks for the great ideas!!

  • Naomi @ upcycled creatively 14 June, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Ha ha, I love your honesty and can VERY much relate! Beautiful ideas 🙂

  • vicky myers 15 June, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Love the beans, if we wait a year they’ll be able to manage the writing themselves:) Today we whipped up a jam jar filled with paper hearts, each one giving one of the reasons why they love their Daddy. I was surprised how hard they found to put into words love. Some kind person shared the idea on the internet:)

  • Lulastic 17 June, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Ah, you lot are nice, THANKS. Hope you had a boss Father’s Day!xx

  • Hollie Adams-Hylands 19 June, 2013 at 11:29 am

    HAA…thanks for making me not feel so bad for being that (2months/2years late on the present front or sometimes not at all) kinda person. What’s that about?! I genuinely can’t help myself! Ultimately for me it’s cos I want it to be a special and unique pressie but then don’t make the time to source or actually ‘make’ anything special or unique. So then I end up doing the thing I tried to dodge entirely and get a rubbish last minute/much much later thing! Again…WHY ARE PEOPLE EVEN FRIENDS WITH ME??? I kinda don’t feel quite so bad or alone carrying around this awful friendship trait of mine/ours now. So, yeh, thanks!

    Also, great pressie ideas! Sure Daddy Tim was a happy chappy 🙂