4 Fun Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Help Make

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4 Fun Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Help Make

Do your kids want to show appreciation to Dad, but don’t know how? Not to worry! Here are 4 ideas to bring a huge smile to Dad’s face that they will love doing!

Travel Journal

Does Dad love to travel, or travels a lot because due to his job? Make him a travel journal. It’s also a great activity and makes a wonderful present, all you need is:

* A plain notebook (a hardcover will look better)
* Magazines that have photos from around the world
* A world map (you can print one)
* Scissors
* Tape
* Markers

1) Search the magazines for inspirational photos from around the world, such as beaches, mountains, markets, famous monuments and more. Cut out a nice amount and make a collage out of them on the cover of the notebook. Once you and the kids are satisfied with the collage, tape them on.

2) Take the world map and place it in the middle part of the notebook so it’s easy to find. This way Dad can mark where he’s been and where he wants to go.

3) Have the kids write little notes every few pages, such as: “Miss you Dad!”, “How is the food here?”

4) All done! Now Dad can write his memories and experiences while he’s on the road.

A Personal Dad Mug

One option is to buy a plain colored mug and a permanent marker. Your kids can write or draw whatever they want, such as: “We love you Dad!” / “Happy Father’s Day!”

Another option is to let your kids chose out one family photo, and find a store near you that prints on mugs. Super simple and a great present to receive!

To make it more fun have your kids surprise Dad with a cup of coffee and breakfast in bed. This is something every Dad will enjoy.


The weather in June is perfect for a picnic. What better way to spend the day than laying in the sun, playing with the kids, and enjoying some delicious picnic food? Here’s what you need to do:

1)      Find a spot. Somewhere near home is the best, as you will be carrying food and we all know how kids can get on long drives. Make sure there is enough shade and that it’s not crowded so you can enjoy some peace and quiet.

2)      Plan the menu! Get your kids involved and give them a sense of responsibility, have them plan the menu and make adjustments in the end. Even if there will only be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, they’ll feel great it was their choice.

3) Pack a Frisbee and other toys that are fun to use in the park and go have fun!

Make a Slideshow

You must have millions of photos you’ve gathered on your computer and phone from family trips and events. Use them to create a slideshow and add one of Dad’s favorite songs.

Let the kids pick out which photos get included and arrange them in the order they want. To make the show even bigger, sit Dad down and connect the comp or phone to the TV, put up the volume and let him enjoy the show! There’s nothing like memories from good times for a boost of happiness which will make Dad smile.

You can also combine the presents, on the picnic take photos and videos and mash them up into a Father’s Day Show to share with the rest of the family and your friends!

Happy Father’s Day!


Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. Some great ideas indeed although Father’s Day isn’t till September

  2. Krystle
    Great ideas and my two daughters are so technically savvy that making a slide show would be easy for them and they would really enjoy it as well. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Hi Dana! It’s amazing how much technology children know these days. Almost more than us. I bet your girls would make an amazing slide show!

  3. Love these! My husband keeps a travel journal so this would be great for him!

  4. Love these ideas! My daughters have always loved giving handmade cards and gifts through out the years.

    • Handmade just seems more heartfelt. There’s more effort and thought that goes into it.

  5. I love love the journal idea. My husband only takes notes on his phone. But personalizing a journal for someone I do know writes, would be so much fun.

    • Yes! It definitely feels special when it’s something they have a knack for. So glad you loved it.

  6. How cute is the personal dad mug? The slideshow is also always a hit. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. It is so nice that the Dads are not forgotten and overlooked even though everyone thinks of Mother’s Day more often. Loved that mug for Dad’s coffee.

    • I agree. Dad’s deserve a lot for putting up with mama 😉 It takes two to hold everything up!

  8. thecoffeemom0617 says:

    I have always loved gifts that are made from the heart. They don’t need to cost much, it is what goes into them. My daughter loves making things for us, so we will be doing something for my husband this year, just not sure what yet.

    • Our family has always enjoyed a nice handmade gift as opposed to some fancy gift. There’s just more meaning in it.

  9. I love these personal gifts for dad! I love the mug but the slide show would steal my heart!

  10. These are some great ideas for Father’s Day!
    I think I will share this with my siblings. Thanks.

  11. Making gifts is such a nice idea. I didn’t realize that Father’s Day isn’t far away!

  12. Would love to get my kids to do up some mugs for my hubby. He uses mine all the time so would love to do him up a personalized few!

    • ha! Kill two birds with one stone, you get your mugs back while getting him a great gift!

  13. These are some really lovely ideas for kids to show their dad’s how much they care! i love personalised presents so the mug would be a winner in my eyes. Plus there would be nothing better than a nice picnic on Father’s Day 🙂

  14. My daughters LOVE to craft and create ad this is right up their crafting avenue. I will have to get them some notebooks and let them create some fun notebooks for my husband this year Thanks!!

    • You’ll have to come back and share with us how their notebooks turned out. We would love to see them!

  15. Some people think that mugs don’t make a good gift, but my Dad has been using the same mug for more than 18 years now. It is one that I gave him as a gift.

    • That is such a sweet story! We have mugs we’ve used for a long time that were gifts as well. I love them as a present.

  16. roxyturtle says:

    These are amazing ideas! I especially love the idea of a picnic, which is a great way to give Dad something he can sit back, relax and enjoy without the obligation of having to keep a physical object around forever. (We’re pretty minimal in my family.)

    • That’s exactly why we loved the idea as well. We enjoy experiences more than physical objects because one can be taken from you, the other can’t.

  17. If there is one thing I will not be getting my dad for father’s day, it is another t-shirt! I think a coffee mug is a great idea because everytime he uses it he will think of me 🙂

  18. It’s nice to get the kids involved with making the gifts for their dad. These are pretty cool ideas and I’d love to see what the kids would want to make or do.

    • I think getting them involved with making things makes it that much more special for them and their dad at the same time.

  19. These are such sweet ideas. I love the idea of a picnic and that mug looks awesome.

  20. These are all so fun! My daughters would love to make any of these for their dad. The watercolor mug with browns would be so pretty and a perfect Father’s Day gift.

    • A mug seems to always be a good gift as well as a safe one. You always know it’s going to be useful!

  21. thefashionableaccountant says:

    I absolutely love the picnic idea and I think thats what I will do this year. My hubs never wants anything, so we try to do something creative.

    • I have a friend whose husband likes doing something instead of getting a present as well. Nothing wrong with that! Glad you found a useful idea!

  22. You’ve picked some wonderful ideas! The DIY notebook is just wonderful – I used to make these as a kid so often! And the easiest way to seal it is using clear sellotape! I used to sellotape everything and it would make it look so much more professional haha x

  23. Picnics can be so much fun! These are all great ideas 🙂

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