Shopping for your Dad can be a real challenge. Every year, you get him almost the same things for Father’s Day and his Birthday. Cologne, a fountain pen, a belt and maybe a tie. It’s getting boring and although you know he appreciates them, there are only so many ties a man needs in life.

So this year, why not change it up a bit. Get crafty and start making things for your Dad from scratch. They won’t  be luxurious, but they’ll be completely original and completely you.


  1. Relaxing Bath Scrubs

Make your Dad some bath scrubs that will help him relax at the end of a long, working day. The recipe is simple. Just get a cup of sugar and mix in a few drops of Lavender and Peppermint essential oils. After that add in about half a cup of coconut oil or olive oil. Package it with some encouraging and voila! Instant relaxation in a jar.

Be sure to always use sugar as the base, and avoid any salt and salt can cause skin irritation. Bath scrubs are great for removing dirt, grime and dead skin too.

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  1. Personalized T-Shirts

These days, it’s pretty easy to find fabric pens in craft stores. Try places like Spotlight to look for fabric pens and dyes, and buy a plain colored T-shirt. Now it’s time to get personal and write your Dad a message that’s catchy and unique. Don’t stick to the cliche ones like ‘World’s Best Dad’. Instead, draw his favorite things or hobbies. This will definitely get hims excited.

Drawings on a T-shirt
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  1. Homemade Shaving Cream

Go natural and give your Dad some shaving cream that’s environmentally friendly. Add one cup Shea butter to one cup of coconut oil over low heat and melt them together. Do not boil. Once melted, turn off the flame and add 1/3 cup of olive oil and 1/3 cup of Castile soap. Stir them in and finally, add several drops of essential oil of your choice. Store the cream at room temperature in a mason jar.

Homemade shaving cream
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  1. Anti-Mosquito Candles

If your Dad is a fan of the outdoors, this is definitely one gift that’s practical for him. All you have to do is buy some candles or wax and melt them down over low heat. To these melted wax, add some Citronella essential oil. Once you’ve done that, pour the wax into some used paint cans or mason jars and add a thin thread as a wick. Let it cool until it hardens. The citronella oil in the candles will help repel mosquitoes in an environmentally friendly way.

burning candle
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  1. A Bouquet of Meat

Since your Dad probably won’t know what to do with a bouquet of flowers, why not replace those flowers with something he loves eating instead. We suggest meat, but it could be seafood or sweets too.

All you have to do is just get slices of your Dad’s favourite meat and arrange them to look like a bouquet. It will be great if you can throw in some greens like lettuce and broccoli to make the ‘bouquet’ slightly more balanced and nutritious.

Platter of meat and cold cuts
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  1. Activity Coupon Jar

The best gift you can give your Dad is your time. Get a jar and fill it with ‘coupons’ listing the type of activities you can do with your Dad and roughly how long you’ll spend doing it. For example ‘Catch a superhero movie together’ for 4 hours. Makes these ‘coupons’ valid for a year until the next Father’s Day so that your Dad can pick one out from time to time and you can spend time together over the one year period.

Wishes in a bottle
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Remember that you can find most of the things you need on online grocery sites, including things like jars, wax and crafty bits.  Many of our Home and Living stores as well as grocery brands will carry what you need, and you can always depend on our cashbacks for value added shopping on your part.

Read More: Just In Time For Father’s Day – 10 Thoughtful and Practical Gift Ideas

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*First Published 13 Jun 2018, Last Updated 10 Jun 2019