A Bucket of Booze


Now don’t mistake this as a thoughtless, or lazy gift. As a dad, I can attest to the fact that a nice day off with my favorite beverages all chilled and ready to enjoy is almost a spiritual experience. Especially if all of your dad’s usual chores are all taken care of. In fact, pull out a lawn chair for your dad to relax on and let him watch and laugh as you sweat over mowing the lawn and pruning the hydrangeas. Take note of your dad’s choice beers and start collecting for his big day and you’ll give your dad the priceless gift of relaxation. Heck, he might even want to enjoy one with you!

Family Nerf War


Imagine it’s your dad’s birthday. He walks into the house after a long day at work and the first thing he finds is a Nerf gun with a note attached to it. “Happy Birthday, Dad! Come find us.” Your entire family is armed and in hiding, and it’s his mission to come take you all out. Have a frosty beer right by it for him to chug, and you’ve just unfolded an evening he will never forget.

DIY Office Terrarium


If your dad loves the outdoors but is chained to his work desk, he will love having a little piece of nature bottled up just for him. You can make a terrarium out of basically anything. Just find a closed or open glass container, cover the bottom with some rocks (for drainage), add a layer of activated charcoal to keep things fresh, add a layer of potting soil, plant some moss and plants in there and you’ve got yourself one fine piece of earth right there. For more in-depth instructions take a look at this handy terrarium building guide.

Lego Your Dad

lego dad

Make up for all the times your dad stepped on your Lego pieces by capturing his dignified persona in Lego form! You can even recreate him thriving in his natural habitat and complete it with some instructions on how to put it together. There are a few places you can order customized Lego figurines from places like FireStarToys.com, or ReasonablyClever.com. And then you can order individual Lego pieces by heading right to the Lego Store.

Personalized Noble Painting


Immortalize your father in the form of a personalized portrait painting. You can contract this sort of work from a lot of different places- be it an artist on Craigslist, hitting up the starving artists at your local art school, taking a chance with someone from fiverr, or (my recommendation) get a print from nobilified.com (which is where the pictures above came from). Your dad’s fireplace is going to look a hell of a lot classier with his handsome mug hanging above it.

Book Of Memories


Dads love it when you pack a book up with memories you have of them. Make them charming, thoughtful, funny, and especially the embarrassing ones. My siblings and I did this for our dad for his 60th birthday and filled it with 60 memories. I had the pleasure of handing it to him myself, and watching him read through each memory was a real treat. He couldn’t believe we remembered some of the things he did for us, but this book was the perfect chance to put in words how much we appreciated every little thing he did. You can build these books pretty easily, actually- make your own book with Blurb, or head down to your nearest craft store and scrapbook it old school. My dad said it was the best gift we’ve ever gotten for him.