A Father’s Day Gift and Project Guide to Fit Any Dad by Home Depot
Not every Dear Old Dad is built the same. This Father’s Day, instead of buying the man who raised you the same boring old tie or pair of socks, tap into the things that make him tick.
Your dad’s passion is the best place to start when choosing a Father’s Day gift. Does he obsess over his lawn or spend Sunday afternoons in his man cave watching sports? Does he always find a reason to be working in the garage, hiking in the woods, or in the kitchen trying out something different for family dinner?
This handy gift and project guide from Home Depot will help you find that perfect gift for his passion, with a bonus — a cool project you can make together to give him the best gift of all: quality time with you, doing the things he loves most.
Can your dad think of any excuse to get outside and fire up the grill? If his idea of a great afternoon is flipping burgers or smoking ribs, consider one of these gifts. Then, get started on projects that can enhance his grilling experience.
- Grill/Smoker – Your dad grills so often that his current setup is falling apart around him! The grill he uses now is beginning to show major signs of wear and tear. It’s time for a new grill. From Weber’s gourmet propane grills to professional grade charcoal grills like those made by Kamado, there are ample choices when it comes to picking the proper grill for dad’s patio.
- Cooking Tool Belt – From lighters and thermometers to brushes and spatulas, a lot of accessories are required to get the meat just right. Grab a tool belt made specifically for cooking so Dad can keep everything he needs handy.
- Grill Cart – No matter what sort of grill or smoker you buy, dad will benefit from added storage and prep area for serious cookout sessions. That’s where a rolling grill cart comes into play. This DIY grill cart from blogger ManMade is a perfect three-tiered prep table that dad can use any time he needs that extra space.
If you’re looking for a wood-working project to dig into with dad, this cart will be a hip addition to his grill station that he’ll rely on for years to come.
- Tool Display – Making the wonderful food your dad grills and smokes in the backyard requires some tools. Are the tongs hanging off the side of the grill? Is the scraper on the ground while he cooks? Sounds like a tool display is a good idea! This one from The Rustic Willow blog is fast and easy to make. Plus, it adds a little style to dad’s outdoor scene.
- Can’t find a ready-to-go grilling tool belt? Pick up a regular tool belt and transform it! Most regular tool belts have individual holsters. The pliers holster, for example, just so happens to fit a jar of hot sauce perfectly. Get creative with your tool belt choice. If you’re feeling crafty, cobble together a few different pouches, and voila! Dad has a cooking tool belt tailored to his specific grilling needs.
For the dad who plans camping trips year-round, consider a gift that will help him navigate the great outdoors. And if he already has a stack of gear piling up in the garage, try one of these projects to keep him organized and make his camping trips more enjoyable.
- Lightweight Portable Grill – Grilling is a necessity for any camping trip, but what’s worse than lugging around a heavy, messy grill? Look for a lightweight portable grill, to minimize setup time.
- Tripod Camping Stool – Dad might have his favorite camping stool, but have you looked at it lately? Are the legs wobbly? Is the fabric torn and frayed? Are the legs about to send dad crashing to the ground next time he sits on it? There are a number of different options for a new stool, from folding canvas chairs to more heavy-duty seats. A smaller, more compact option is a sturdy tripod-folding stool. It’s easy to carry and slip into a backpack pouch.
- Cooking Gear – It’s crucial to have plenty of cooking utensils around the campfire, so get dad a nice set of lightweight pots and pans suitable for outdoor use. Stainless steel units are the sturdiest options, while compact, collapsible sets are space-savers.
- Storage Closet – With all the equipment your dad has accumulated over years and years of camping, he surely could use a customized storage option. Build an impressive camping storage unit, like this one from The Family Handyman, together in the garage or backyard to keep everything organized until the next trip.
- Camper Platforms – For the dad ready to head to the woods at a moment’s notice, the best place to build a storage unit is right inside the camper. Build a storage platform like this one from Instructables to organize all of dad’s essentials.
Is your dad a movie nut or a sports fanatic? What better way to spoil him than to give him a decked out space to enjoy his favorite entertainment. And if he already has a “man cave,” spruce it up with some finishing touches. Here are some gifts and projects for dad’s den to reach its top potential.
- Area Rug – Rugs really tie any room together, and man caves are no different. Getting a nice area rug for dad’s sports haven—maybe one with his favorite team logo on it—is a great way to score brownie points.
- Smart Thermostat – Help take dad’s man cave to the next level by giving him remote access to temperature control via a smart thermostat like Nest or the 7-Day Smarter model by ecobee. When your father finally gets a chance to hide away in his man cave, he wants to be comfortable, and not having to get out of his chair during the game makes for easy living.
- Popcorn Machine – An antique-style popcorn machine is a fun accessory for a movie fanatic’s man cave. Choose from large machines that sit on the floor—as large as some theaters have—or smaller tabletop options fit for any space.
- Custom Coasters – The options for these DIY coasters from Modge Podge Rocks! are endless. If your dad is a sports nut, go for his team’s logo. For the movie-loving dad, pull still images from his favorite flicks.
- Media Tower – A dad who collects movies, memorabilia, records or copies of every Super Bowl and World Series on DVD needs a place to store it all. There are plenty of media towers to buy, but they may not quite fit everything your dad has. For an extra special project, work together to build a custom tower to fit your father’s needs, and get the satisfaction of making something from the heart.
If your dad is in charge of enhancing the curb appeal of the house, mows the yard way more often than you would, or is forever perfecting his vegetable garden in his raised bed, get him a gift he’ll gladly take outside. Then, get started on one of these green thumb projects together.
- Weed Eater – Dad’s mower might be the best on the block, but a new lithium battery-powered weed eater like those made by One+ is the easiest, most stress-free way for dad to sculpt the small edges of the lawn and have the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood.
- Composter – For the environmentally conscious father, this one is a necessity. Help your dad turn his kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into rich fertilizer with a composter. There are units of all shapes and sizes to fit your dad’s yard.
- Smart Sensors – Time to water the plants? There’s an app for that. Smart sensors can keep track of the moisture level in soil, helping to keep dad’s flowers, veggies and plants healthy and thriving.
- Garden Tool Organizer – There’s a good chance that dad’s tools are strewn about the garage, in a pile in the shed or out in the yard, accumulating rust. Help dad put together a garden tool organizer to help him save time and energy when he’s tending the garden.
- Kitchen Compost Bucket – Dad has the composter you gave him sitting in the yard, but every time he eats a banana or cooks an egg, does he want to walk outside and put it in the composter? Probably not. That’s where a kitchen compost bucket, like this one from DIY Natural, comes into play. It’s small, portable and easy to make. When it gets full, dad can bring it outside and empty it into his full-scale model.
Some dads have a solution for any problem around the house. They have tools spread hither and yon, and they are constantly tinkering in the garage. Perhaps your dad needs a gift to help his organization or storage, or maybe you need to help him build a sturdy workbench. Here are a few gifts and projects to consider for your handyman pops.
- Tools/Tool Sets – Even if your father has a world of tools in his garage, there may be a certain set of wrenches or a specialty tool he needs to add to his collection, or a tool that has little life left. If he has a favorite drill on its last legs, look for an updated lithium ion battery drill to replace it.
- Tool Chests – Choosing a new tool chest for your dad depends on how much of a mess his garage is. Pick a size that fits comfortably in the room to help him get everything in its place. Or, if you want to kill two birds with one stone, check out this tool chest/workbench combo to maximize dad’s space.
- Tool Belt – Help your dad save some trips back to his workbench and get him a tool belt—preferably one with a wide array of pouches and holsters to hold everything he needs for a job well done.
- Workbench – If a traditional workbench just isn’t going to cut it for your dad, make a custom model with him. Consider size, space and materials when building the optimal workbench. The Family Handyman has some plans that can be manipulated to fit any space with some easy adjustments.
- Garage Shelves – Not all of your dad’s tools may fit into tool chests. Shelves are the best garage storage option when it comes to large electrical saws, lawn equipment or air-power tools. Make it a day with dad and custom-build shelves, like these from Remove and Replace perfect for his space.
- Tool Wall – Does your dad have so many tools piled up in the garage that he can’t even squeeze his car in? An economic and space-saving alternative is a tool wall, like this one from DIY Network. With a few easy steps, your dad can have the tools he uses all the time on display and ready to go—and get his car back where it belongs!
Is your dad an innovator in the kitchen, always on the lookout for the latest cooking gadget? Whether you get him a new set of knives or a spiralizer, his Father’s Day meal is sure to be a great one. When you’re done eating, start on one of these projects to make sure his kitchen always stays organized and his utensils are at the ready.
- Juicer or Blender – Of all the hobbies dads get into, cooking just might have the most gift options. Today’s juicers and blenders can create home concoctions that were once only the purview of professionals.
- Knife Set – A nice set of knives is crucial for any dad who fancies himself an amateur chef. Find a set with plenty of different options so he can make the perfect five-star dinner.
- Kitchen Cart – Your dad might need a movable island if he’s busy shuffling from one side of the kitchen to the other while prepping dinner. Most floating islands have a nice storage cabinet below them as well, making it the perfect place to keep the cooking tools he uses most.
- Magnetic Knife Board – If you got dad that new knife set, but there’s nowhere to put it in a kitchen loaded with gadgets, a magnetic knife board like this one from homedit is a quick, easy and trendy way to get those knives off the counter and on display.
- Spice Rack – Like most foodies who spend their evenings concocting in the kitchen, your dad’s spice storage very well may be a mess. Good luck finding anything in there! A spice rack display like this project from Ana White and Shanty2Chic is a great solution for getting those accouterments squared away and saving dad time when he’s cooking.
If your dad is always in the garage fine-tuning his classic car (or dreaming of where he’d keep his classic car if he had one), there are some fun gifts to consider. If he’s madly in love with whatever car he has parked outside, think about some of these gifts and projects to make the auto-loving dad in your life happy.
- Car Care Kit – Your dad loves keeping his classic ride (or his everyday around-towner) in tiptop shape. He polishes, waxes and vacuums it weekly. Leather wipes, car wax, polishing cloths and window cleaner should all be included in the kit, so he has everything he needs in one convenient place.
- Garage Decorations – The auto industry is rife with logos, both past and present. If your dad is a Ford man, a Chevy lover or a fan of any classic car nostalgia, get him an appropriate tin logo to hang on the wall in his garage.
- Air Tools – Working on cars requires a great deal of torque. Air tools deliver the right amount to remove tires and deconstruct aging engines. Check out the wide variety of air-powered impact tools and grab him something he can use to make his tire rotation easier.
- DIY Keychain – The car-loving dad is definitely going to have a set of keys or two lying around, and it’s easier to keep track of them with a DIY personalized keychain, like these from GirlinAirn. With the right tools, the options are endless.
- Cloth Tool Carrier –If your dad is taking the carburetor off his hot rod or just switching out spark plugs, he probably needs a wrench set next to him. It’s much easier to lay a cloth carrier over the fender than to try and find a place for a stiff plastic case to sit. This homemade version from Craft Stylish can be customized to fit your dad’s needs.
Is your dad always buying the latest and greatest devices for traveling, work or leisure? With all these tech items comes a great number of accessories your dad may need. Here are some to buy, and some you can make together.
- Electronic Gift Basket – If you have a tech-centric dad, you know he needs plenty of batteries, chargers, styluses and screen cleaner for his gadgets. Throw them in a gift basket and toss in an iTunes gift card so he can add to his library, and bingo! You’ve got yourself the perfect gift.
- Tablet/Smart Phone Case – Protect your dad’s favorite tech items with a sturdy case. Find one with his favorite sports team’s logo, or simply choose one in his favorite color. Or perhaps one of the cool new cases — like the anti-gravity cases that use nano suction to stick to glass, mirrors, metal, or wood — are great hi-tech options for the tech geek pops.
- Wooden iPhone and iPad stand – Your tech dad might travel often, or maybe he’s just always on his tablet catching up on Netflix. Those tablets and smartphones are awkward to hold all the time, and an easy fix is a stand. Make him a personalized wooden one that will last. Here’s how to make a customized iPad stand, from Instructables.
- Charger Organizer – Cords can be a mess. Phone, laptop and tablet chargers all converge into twisted, frustrating knots. A homemade cord organizer, like this one from EverdayFamily, is a fun project to tackle to get all those cords in line to keep Dad’s space clutter-free.
Is your father the best-dressed dad in the bunch? Pick out a few accessories to help him stay up-to-date on new trends. Or, if he has just as many pairs of sunglasses as he does socks in his sock drawer, he may need some help keeping everything organized.
- Magazine Subscriptions – This is a simple, quick and inexpensive gift that your trendy dad will definitely appreciate. GQ and Esquire are some good options, but browse your local and regional titles as well to find a few others that focus on his interests.
- Shaving Kit – A high-end shaving kit is a great idea for trendsetter dads out there—or any dad who just needs to shave his scruff.
- Travel Bag – A trendy dad will definitely need a quality travel bag for his toiletries (and he would probably let you know they are called dopp kits). Find a beautiful leather travel bag and add a personal touch by getting his initials engraved into the leather.
- Bungee closet organizer – This homemade closet rack, like this one from Brit&Co, is a great, fun project to get your fashion-forward father’s neckties, sunglasses, belts and scarves organized and easy to find.
- Shaving Station – If you got dad that sweet new shaving kit, he probably needs an equally trendy shaving station to use it on. This DIY version of a shaving station is one of a kind.
There is no greater moment for fathers than when they actually become a father. Having your first child can be exciting and a little scary for first-time dads, and he might need a little help. Whether he needs something to keep baby gear organized or a travel coffee mug to make up for lost sleep, he’ll appreciate the memories you make together with these projects.
- Picture Frames – New dads can’t have enough pictures of their bundle of joy around. Picture frames are great ideas for dad to put on his desk, in his home office, or anywhere he wants to show off his new bundle of joy.
- The Dude’s Diaper Bag – Mom isn’t the only one these days who goes out and about with the new kiddo. Dad is often on kid duty, and he might not be quite as prepared or organized. That’s where a diaper bag comes into play. Look for one with sports logos or a backpack model to fit your favorite new dad.
Messenger bags are also a great dude diaper bag idea, as they fit dad’s torso and look nice and manly. There are also camouflage prints, dark canvas colors, and any manner of masculine setups to make dad feel comfortable lugging those diapers and bottles around all day.
- DIY Growth Chart – Whether new dads like it or not, their new baby is going to grow, and grow way too fast. But keeping track of that growth is a fun part of the journey. There are a number of cool ideas when it comes to tracking the new baby’s growth, like this rustic DIY growth chart from The Idea Room, which can be changed to fit any room or setting.
- Customized Hammer – Dads (and dudes in general) love to collect things. They have memorabilia, knickknacks, and things they hold dear forever. If your new dad is a handyman, a cool customized hammer would be a fun gift for him to keep and always remember. Create a customized message to put on the handle, and tie it into the theme, like this one.
- DIY Changing Table – When it comes down to the dirty deed, why not have a personalized table to take care of baby’s mess? Hey, it has to happen, so at least it can happen with some style. This DIY changing table from The Rogue Engineer is a fun project to do together, and with an added bonus of bringing style to your nursery.