Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad


Buying a Christmas gift for your dad shows him that you care, but combining your time and effort to create a homemade gift sends an even stronger message. When brainstorming gift ideas that will make your dad smile on Christmas morning, skip the trip to the mall. Instead, roll up your sleeves and make something by hand. Regardless of where his interests and your skills intersect, your gift can be something he'll value for the entire year.

Artistic Ideas

  • Homemade artistic gift ideas are ideal for children who might not have the resources to buy gifts on their own. Children with a knack for the creative arts can paint a picture, write a poem or sing a song as a Christmas gift, while those who are adept in the kitchen can bake a batch of their dad's favorite cookies. Another adult can help young children make sentimental gifts, such as a child's handprint in a Christmas ornament.

Practical Ideas

  • Think of homemade gifts that can have a practical application. With a little clay, for example, you can build a shallow dish for spare change. Before you bake the clay, write a message to your dad with a toothpick, and then paint it in his favorite colors. If you're older and adept with woodworking, a tie rack, a cutting board or a custom piece of shelving for one of his prized possessions is suitable. Other homemade practical ideas include a knitted scarf or a pair of mittens.

Pampering Ideas

  • Even if your dad has a tough exterior, he can make use of several types of gifts that make him feel pampered. Homemade hand cream or unscented lip balm protect his skin and lips during harsh winters, while a homemade wooden back scratcher allows him to reach those tough-to-hit itches on his body. If you know that your dad secretly loves baths as a way to unwind, a gently scented mixture of bath salts is suitable.

Snack Ideas

  • If you find it a challenge to build something from scratch, make a list of your dad's favorite snack items and put together a gift basket. The gift is still homemade, but you're relying on specific products to help you. For the dad who enjoys watching football, package together some pretzels, beer nuts, beef jerky and a couple bottles of microbrew beer. For the athletic dad, fill the basket with healthy snacks such as protein powder, energy bars and high-protein granola.

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