last minute gifts for dad
If you are anything like me you had some great ideas planned for Daddy and then forgot about them. Luckily, I had pinned my idea and was able to help the boys create them…yesterday. But I got it done, and I want to help you get it done too! I have rounded up the best ideas on Pinterest and a few of my own for you to grab that your kids can feel proud to give to their dad.

1. Scavenger Hunt

I thought of this one and went to Pinterest to find you a printable. I think these would be great if you have time to personalize them, but if not here’s one that should work for almost anyone!

2. Painting

Most young children and older alike can do a simple Dad painting that he will love like this one here:

For the older ones a nice windchime could be fun, especially if you add a little something to the can itself!

Another option would be to let your child be creative in painting a picture of themselves with their dad, it could be a painting he treasures for a long time. (My favorites are the arms and legs coming from the head type!)

3. Create A Book

This is the idea we went with this year and it turned out so cute. It’s simple and my boys are old enough to be able to write most of their answers on their own (my youngest needed a little help). Even if they aren’t quite old enough the answers will be equally as memorable! (Also there is a grandpa version too!)

A few more styles

4. A Card

Maybe you have a gift already and you just need a printable card to go along with it, I found some great ones of those too!

5. Color a Picture

Following the above card idea, it can be as simple as coloring a Father’s Day picture for him. Some kids love to express themselves through art, but aren’t sure what to make and coloring a picture can help get those creative juices flowing.


6. Rocks

Had I found this idea in time I would have also had my boys do this for Father’s Day, but alas we don’t have anymore time. You could paint a special rock he could keep or one you could go hide together locally,  maybe you could even find some father’s day rocks hidden too! (Don’t know what I am talking about? Google “hiding rocks” and you will see what it is and you can search facebook for local groups that tell you where they hide them)

Or slightly different rock ideas

7. Hand/foot/finger prints

I always love these types of gifts and the more creative the better!

Isn’t this adorable?! This one could also go into another category below I love the mixed media part of this and I think dads will love it too!


8. Pictures

Do you have a local 1 hour photo store nearby? (I use Walgreens) These ideas can be done with a few snaps of your phone and 1 or 2 more items.

I have made these with my boys for Christmas and they were a hit! Plus they were fun for the kids to be a part of the process.

I love the twist of the cut out in the handprint I have never seen that before!

9. Buy A Book

It can be a book for daddy to read to the child or one that daddy might like himself. Here are a few fun picks to get you started:

Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer. My boys loved this one so much it fell apart!
Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell

Dad’s Playbook by Tom Limbert

Made With Dad by Chris Barnardo

  Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

10. Food

If dad is a foodie there are plenty of great ideas for him too!

*Round up a list of all the local places that serve dad for free on Father’s Day and hit up as many as you possibly can. Is there a great walking place nearby, this is a great combo so dad can walk off what he ate and bond at the same time!

There are so many ideas here I hope you have found the right one for your kids (or you) to give to dad this year!

Did you use any of these ideas? I would love to hear which one!

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