Great Father’s Day Ideas

Including an easy make-it-yourself craft!

Father’s Day…what a wonderful day to say thanks to those grandpas, sons, son-in–laws, or friends who are part of our lives. It’s meaningful to make a special occasion even more special. Here we are, continuing to make more suggestions and help you out, because notoriously, men are difficult to shop for and we don’t know a lady out there who wouldn’t acknowledge the same! But you know something…it only takes a few minutes to figure out what ‘he’ likes, whether it be a hobby or interest. Let’s put on our thinking caps…

That being said, do you have someone who just LOVES the hardware store? Is he Mr. Fix-it? Easy… go to your local store, grab a gift receipt and wrap it up with a small brand new flashlight. Let him enjoy picking out new tools or accessories. Or, you can always go to some of the large chain stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, and get gift cards there for a splurge. Does he like to garden? The same applies here; get a gift receipt at the nursery, or go and pick out a special plant for his garden, or an accessory that he could really use. Is he interested in boating? Or is he already a ‘captain’? Get him a subscription to an interesting magazine that will titillate his senses, such as Yachting Magazine. Is he a golfer? What about a Golfweek subscription? He will definitely enjoy this weekly magazine.

OR…is he a techie? Loves electronics? At grandparentslink.com, we REALLY like the Duracell Power Mat. It’s a neat and tidy way to be able to charge all your smartphone devices such as iPhones and Androids, up to three at a time. Plus, you get rid of all the individual cords for charging. It’s literally a mat that has one simple plug that is constantly charging in a central location. All you have to do is place your device in the custom case and lay it on top of the Duracell Powermat. It’s that simple!

Now, how about making something together with your grandchild for that special Father’s Day gift. Here we have something that is homemade, crafty, and filled with love:

Pebble Plaques

(can be used for paper weights or garden decorations)

This recipe makes enough for three 6-inch round plaques.

What you will need:
Go outside and collect pebbles with your grandchild; smaller is better, but not too little! If you can’t do that, you can get a bag at your local craft store or nursery. We’d say, you are best to get a good bucket full, since decorating the plaque is all about your imagination and creation. Be sure to wash and dry the pebbles in order to prepare them for use here.

Ingredients:
3 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Salt
1 ¼ cups water (plus additional as needed)

Step 1: Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the ingredients together until a ball forms. If the mixture is still crumbly , add more water.

Step 2: Knead the dough until it’s smooth. Divide the dough into three balls. Place each ball on a piece of foil and flatten it into a disk.

Step 3: Decide on a design you wish to make: a flower, a star, a moon, anything that comes to mind, and begin to press the pebbles into the flattened disk into the shape you desire.

Step 4: Heat the oven to 275 degrees. Transfer the foil and dough onto a baking sheet. Bake the plaques for 2 hours, them let them cool completely. Check to make sure all pebbles are intact and not loose. If any are, just drop some tacky glue into the area and replace them.

*recipe and instructions are from Family Fun Magazine, August 2012, Page 63.