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Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

I’m guilty of last minute planning and shopping for birthdays and holidays.
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This is especially true for Father’s Day because, let’s face it, men are hard to buy for. If you’re a procrastinator like me, here are some ideas to put together a last minute Father’s Day celebration.

The Card

I’m not a Hallmark girl. Even though I’m often ducking into Target’s card section on my way to celebrate a special occasion, I feel like paying five dollars for a card with someone else’s stock message printed inside is unoriginal and a waste of money. I prefer to make my own and Father’s Day is one holiday that demands a homemade card. As usual, Family Fun had great ideas for even the most novice crafter. Because funky ties are the symbol of Father’s Day, this card was my favorite.

I adapted their instructions slightly. First, I raided my mother’s vast scrapbook supplies for some paper and glue. You’ll also need scissors and a ruler is helpful. Buttons are optional but I knew I’d saved the extras from my Anne Taylor Loft pants for a reason.

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I folded an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper in half lengthwise and cut it down the middle so I had a rectangle.

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I folded the rectangle in half and formed the collar by cutting a one-inch slit on each side about an inch below the fold.

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I drew the tie freehand, because I’m so not a perfectionist, and cut it out. I like that it’s a funky fish pattern.

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First I glued the tie under the collar, then glued down the collar and added buttons. Now I’ll let my son scribble and draw on the inside and it’s ready for Daddy!

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The Gift

For last minute gift ideas, Google and Pinterest are your friends. If you want free and fast, you can make a coupon book. With a little more effort you can make a cute camera strap using an old tie and other materials you probably have around the house. If you want to buy a gift without the hassle, enroll him in a Gift of the Month Club or buy him event tickets at Razorgator or StubHub. If you need help generating more ideas, Flavorwire has a list of 20 gifts inspired by celebrities.

The Fun

If you’re not hosting a backyard barbecue or visiting relatives, go kayaking at Tempe Town Lake. Or, visit the Museum of Musical Instruments for special indoor performances. Fathers paint free at The Brush Bar, a place for artists of all skill levels to paint and enjoy a glass of beer or wine; registration is recommended. Checkout for a list of more fun Father’s Day events.


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