June 4, 2014

5 DIY Father’s Day Kits to Replace the Macaroni Art

Tired of giving Dad the same old macaroni art and Father’s Day cards every year? While there is a lot of sentimental value in such a gift, the older you get, the more sophisticated your Father’s Day gift should become. Since Dad probably has enough ties at this point, maybe you should think about giving him a gift that is thoughtful, memorable, and also something that he really wants. A do-it-yourself Father’s Day kit fits this mold in that it is unique and customized to his interests. What better way to show Dad you care than by creating a customized gift that includes all of this favorite things?

Whether this kit is for your dad or husband, you are guaranteed to create something he will love. You may not be crafty or have a lot of money to spend, but creating a kit doesn’t have to be complicated nor expensive. They can be as intricate or as simple as you want, and since it’s all about Dad, you can go as far as want with this theme depending upon his tastes. Check out the following to get ideas for your own DIY Father’s Day kit.

World Cup Kit

The FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil this year, and luckily for Dad, the World Cup coincides with Father’s Day. You can help prepare him for this worldwide sporting event by putting together a myriad of awesome treats, helpful information, and paraphernalia from his favorite team. Feel free to add a little Brazilian flavor to this kit as well! Some ideas for his World Cup kit include:

  • Drinks: Try Brahma, a popular imported beer from Brazil
  • Country flag
  • Jersey
  • Small soccer ball
  • Treats/snacks
  • Soccer rules book
  • ESPN FC World Cup guide

Present this kit in a nice new cooler, preferably the color of the country he is rooting for. Keep the beer cold and the treats fresh so Dad won’t need to leave his favorite chair.

Sports Movie Kit

Is your dad a movie buff? Why not combine his love of movies with his love of sports in this sports movie kit. There are limitless options for beloved sports classics, and when you throw in a few boxes of theater candy and some popcorn, Dad can indulge his sports obsession without ever having to leave his recliner. Here are a few suggestions for Dad’s sports movie kit:

  • Sports Movies: Start with these popular films
  1. Field of Dreams
  2. Rudy
  3. Rocky (series)
  4. Hoosiers
  • Jersey of his favorite team/player
  • Small door-mounted basketball hoop
  • Drinks/drink holder
  • Popcorn
  • Boxes of theater candy

Present this kit to Dad in a large popcorn bucket. Want bonus points? Purchase a popcorn maker, giving him an unlimited supply on movie night.

Shaving Kit

Does your dad love the luxuries of life, and enjoy being pampered? Then a shaving kit is a great way to indulge him while still allowing him to feel manly. There are many different tools and supplies that can be tucked into a shaving kit, and here are a few suggestions:

  • The Book of Beards by Justin James Muir
  • Beard tonic oil
  • New razor
  • Mustache comb
  • Badger brush
  • Beard/mustache wax
  • Face towel
  • Aftershave

Present Dad’s shaving kit in a new leather travel bathroom bag. You’ll be giving him an excuse to clean up while on those business trips.


‘Tis the season for grilling! Help Dad prepare for his favorite season by keeping him well stocked in BBQ supplies. While the basics are nice, you might want to get a little creative and exotic with your marinade and seasoning options to stir his imagination. Here are a few ideas:

  • Metal slider/skewers
  • Multipurpose grilling tool
  • Hamburger press
  • Basting brush
  • Grill cleaning tools
  • Grill thermometer
  • Wood grilling planks (Cedar, alder, maple, etc.)
  • Seasonings

Tell Dad it’s dinnertime by presenting this kit with turkey-wrapped bacon, juicy sirloins, a few ribeye’s and a full tank of propane or a bag of charcoal.

Car Wash Kit

Does your dad idolize on his car or truck? What better gift for the vehicle enthusiast than a kit chock-full of goodies for keeping his car in mint condition! There are limitless possibilities for this kit, and here are a few suggestions:

  • Wax
  • Buffer
  • Glass cleaner
  • Seat cleaners
  • Tire shine
  • Headlight restoration kit
  • Car wash gift card or a roll of quarters
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Chrome polish

Can’t wash a vehicle without a bucket full of suds. Throw the supplies into a new water bucket and enjoy some time in the sun with Dad.

Even if none of these kits are a perfect fit for your dad and his interests, these ideas should give you a good head start on your own kit. At Cookie’s By Design, we also offer great Father’s Day gift baskets. Compliment your Father’s Day kit with a themed gift basket for the ultimate element of surprise.


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