Fatherís Day is looming and Iím still asking myself what to buy for my dad. Itís not that Iím forgetful, Iíve just been insensible and left it for the last minute because thereís simply nothing else he needs.
I mean how many Ďbest dad in the worldí cups does one need? And itís doubtful heíll want to be treated to wild drinks when his favourite time is a brew and watching the soaps.
It seems that Iím not the only one who waits until the last moment every year to make a purchase, because Fatherís Day presents are hard†to find at an affordable price.
DIY Fatherís Day Presents
Whether youíve ran out of money or canít find what you want in a shop, weíve got you covered with unique gifts you can make from scratch.
Donít panic if youíre not artsy, because itís definitely the thought that counts. Remember when you were a child and youíd spend hours on a birthday card and your parents would be thrilled because of the thought you put into it? Well, weíre taking you back to your roots with these ideas.
A Goodie Basket
We put too much pressure on ourselves to find the one perfect gift. But why limit yourself to only one thing when you can give your pops a collection of his favourite treats?
Make a hamper or buy one and fill it with everything you know he loves. These can be trifling things such as: chocolates, beer, a pen, film, fridge magnet or deodorant. Itís not the luxury of each item that makes this a good present, itís the diversity and personal touch of them collectively.
All wrapped up with a bow on top, weíre confident heíll love this one.
Everything He Loves For Free
Alright not everything, but most. Buy a small box and layer†it with luxury wrapping paper, complete with a decorative embellishment.
Write one small gift to him on a piece of paper and put it in the box and repeat until you have about 10-20 ideas. These may include:
- Your personal tea slave for the day. I will gladly†drop everything and†make you a cuppa whenever you wish, just the way you like it.
- Car washing and vacuuming service by moi.
- A mithering-free day whereby I agree to comply with your rules for 24 hours. (This one really depends on how mature you are usually and if you still live with your parents).
- Dinner made by me and the menu will be whatever you crave.
- Personal chauffeur for the day to anywhere you’d†like.
The list could go on forever, but fill with your fatherís favourite things Ė and keep your promise! I personally love this one and itís always appreciated.
Nobody with a dadís willpower can turn down a warm cupcake with chocolate icing on top. Lock yourself in the kitchen and bake some classic desserts.
If youíre a novice in the kitchen, thereís no harm in picking up a few packets from your nearest supermarket. We wonít tell.
But for those who enjoy baking, here are a few dessert ideas with a secret ingredient in each – alcohol!
Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake
- 340g cracker crumbs
- 2 tbsps cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsps butter
- 340g chocolate (dark/milk)
- 2 tbsps heavy cream
- 3 (225g) packages cream cheese
- 340g sugar
- 120ml sour cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 180ml Guinness
Visit Closet Cooking for thorough directions on making this tasty treat.
Golden Rum Cake†
For the cake:
- 230g unsalted butter
- 400g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 375g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Ĺ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 250ml milk
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 180ml golden rum
For the glaze:
- 60g unsalted butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 63ml water
- 125ml golden rum
Visit The Caked Crusader for clear directions and images of the tremendous shape it should be.
Once youíve finally made a choice on a gift idea, itís time to choose a card. I love them. They say how you feel and show someone you care for just a few pounds.
But if youíre feeling craftsy, make your own by using photos of your dad and gluing them to a piece of card (the more embarrassing the better).
If your resources are running low, use elements from old cards and make your own from scratch.†It saves the planet and gives a thoughtful touch to the card. Donít forget to add a soppy verse inside to show how much youíre grateful for them.
So there you have our favourite affordable and last-minute gifts for dad.
Happy Father’s Day for this Sunday.