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Shopping for Dad: Thrifted or Homemade

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we all need a little inspiration on what to get those special men in our lives. If you’re stumped on what to get your dad, take a look at this gift guide! Shopping secondhand for gifts isn’t only a money saver but it’s also sustainable. Gear up for June 19, and outdo your siblings with these Fathers Day gift idea suggestions.

No-fuss Gifts straight from the thrift store

Dads can be hard to shop for, here are some ideas for Father's Day that require nothing else than wrapping paper or a proper gift back.

Glassware for Cocktails

If your father figure is a wannabe bartender, especially in the summer season, then a set of cocktail glasses is the perfect gift! Enjoy a nicely crafted cocktail in a vintage glass. Not sure what drink to make? Thrift a cocktail book for go-to recipes you and your dad can make together for a cute bonding moment.

Grill equipment

Father’s Day and grilling really go hand and hand. If your dad is a grill master then you can’t go wrong with gifting grill accessories. A grill tool set, meat thermometer, bbq cutting board and pans are some of the things you can incorporate into this thoughtful gift.


Let’s face it, some dads aren’t very keen on what is fashionable and not fashionable. After all, they made the white New Balances trendy again. Help your dad upgrade his fashion with a new wardrobe by shopping secondhand! This is an affordable option and allows you to find various brands and sizes. Find the perfect outfit for a day out on the golf course or for drinks out with friends.


You can’t go wrong with a timeless classic! Vinyl records have been making a comeback and are great gifts to surprise someone with. Find a vinyl record of your dad's favorite artist and have a jam session. If he doesn’t have a record player, mount the records on the wall in an office, man cave, or garage for a vintage touch.

College Gear

If your dad is the loudest in the stadium or in the living room when his favorite team is on, this is a great gift idea! College gear he can wear to support his favorite team is always a win. Whether you’re on the hunt for apparel or decor this is a great and versatile option for a Father’s Day gift idea.


Upcycled leather belt chair seats

Rad Dad T-Shirt

Flatter your father with a complimentary T-shirt that's done in just two steps: cut out the decal, then iron it on. Alternatively, you can adhere this decal (scaled, of course) to something else—a coffee mug or tote bag, for example. Get the cut file.

Custom Photo blocks

This easy Father's Day craft idea serves as both the present and the card—and it's just right for his desk. Get the tutorial.

Personalized PHoto coasters

Here's a creative way to get your favorite snapshots off of your camera roll and on display: photo coasters. It's a cool and highly functional gift he's sure to love.

All About My Dad Book

Join forces with your toddler to create a special keepsake for dad or grandpa. This printable book features fun fill-in-the-blank prompts and empty spots for special snapshots. Get the printable.

Buffalo Check Soap

A Father's Day gift idea that gives twice—it'll occupy your teenage daughter for an afternoon, plus delight dad. Get the tutorial.

Scribble Mug

Apply stencils, then let your son or daughter go to town with paint pens. The result? A colorful mug for his daily cuppa. Get the tutorial.

DIY Marble Cutting Board

Though this charcuterie board looks like something you'd find at West Elm or Anthropologie, it comes at a fraction of the price—plus, it's so much more special, since it'll be handmade. Get the tutorial.

Pop Gift Basket

Toddlers and young kids will enjoy putting together a candy-filled gift basket for their "pops"—especially if he shares. Get the tutorial.

Etched Water Bottle

Put dad or your husband's mark on a sleek glass water bottle. All you need are stencils and some etching cream. Get the tutorial.

Geometric Art from Children's Finger Painting

As much as dad loves the kids' artwork, chances are it's not going to end up framed in his office—unless you help turn it into something a little more elevated, like this finger painting turned geometric work of art. Get the tutorial.

Monogrammed Leather Cufflinks

As more small gatherings finally begin to take place, make sure dad is ready to put his best foot forward with a set of sophisticated leather cufflinks. Get the tutorial.

No. 1 Dad Trophy

Give him an award he couldn't possibly deserve more with this toddler craft: Best dad ever. Get the tutorial.

Yard Dice

A homemade present that encourages family togetherness and time spent outdoors? You definitely win at Father's Day gifting. Get the tutorial.

Flavored Salts

A DIY salt sampler for the foodie father who likes options. Get the tutorial.

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