There are two things college students don’t have a lot of — money and time.
Father’s Day is just five days away, and to avoid the last minute shopping scramble, we’ve found seven great do-it-yourself gift ideas which are sure to please a range of paternal personalities. Some of these crafts require just a glue stick, while others may force you to channel your inner Picasso, but we have full faith that dad will love any of them (even if you didn’t color between the lines).
For the dad who went to the midnight premiere of Avengers: Comic book coasters
Were all your pajamas as a child Batman and Superman-themed regardless of your gender? Does your dad’s comic book collection far exceed your own? Make him these coasters and let him know you support his obsession — after all, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
For the dad who needs to chill out: A Zen garden
Is your dad constantly checking emails, taking work calls and debating whether or not to work late? Is he more highly strung than you were before you took your SATs? Give him his own Zen garden to help him rake in his priorities and take a deep breath. Om.
For the dad who is addicted to Apple products: iPad cover
Does your dad have a shrine to Steve Jobs in the living room? Did you know Apple was a computer before you knew it was a fruit? Stitch together a gift that will protect his “prized possession”—and remind him that not all good things come in a big white box.
For the dad who tools around: Pegboard
Antique table? He refinished it. Broken television? He rewired it. Your favorite MLB lamp that may or may not still be on your bedside table? He fixed it. If your dad is Mr. Fix-It extraordinaire, treat him to a many-pegged masterpiece that will accommodate all of his handy-dandy wrenches, hammers and that 75-piece screwdriver kit you got him last Father’s Day. Oh, and your first broken heart? He fixed that too.
For the dad who lives at coffee shops: Monogrammed coffee mug
Forget Armani and Hugo Boss—does your dad constantly smell like freshly ground coffee beans? If he’s missing, does your mom go to Starbucks first? If your basement is a coffee machine graveyard, we have the perfect personalized surprise for your dad. Whether you put his initials or favorite saying on it, he’ll remember you every time he takes a sip…which is a lot.
For the dad who’s captured every sports game and prom night: Tie camera strap
If your dad looks at life (especially yours) through a lens, turn his old tie into his new photography accessory. He turned your first home run, that prom dress you’d rather not remember and the day your college dorm room became home into a Kodak moment. Help support your dad’s hobby just like he supports you.
For the dad who always needs socks: Sock beer in a glass
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