New Dads Rule: DIY Gifts for His First Father’s Day


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For his first Father’s Day, give your main squeeze a gift as special as he is with a cool present you’ve made yourself. From his own BBQ rub to a customized picture frame, you’ll find the perfect DIY way to celebrate the new dad.

Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Personalized Memories Box

Life as a new dad is full of magical moments and heartwarming keepsakes, from pre-baby sonograms to hospital bracelets and “I heart Daddy” onesies. Store them in this personalized keepsake box decorated with baby’s handprint in a sweet heart shape. You can write something special for Dad on the top of the box, or give baby the pen to make scribbles. Get more ideas on Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Larissa Another Day

Say It with Tiles Frame

Triple word score! Add word tiles to a framed picture of his little one for a special message that makes a great desk accessory. Easy and highly customizable! Visit Larissa Another Day to get your creative juices flowing.

Down Home Inspiration

Handprinted Weathered Baseball

Hit a home run with this sweet Father’s Day gift: a keepsake baseball that includes Dad’s favorite little slugger’s handprint (and can be completed in under two hours). Check out how Kristen from Down Home Inspiration created an aged look that turned her newly bought baseball into the perfect first gift for any sports lover.


Felt iPhone Holder

For the new dad who loves capturing pictures of his mini-me, here’s a homemade cover to protect his favorite mobile device. Pop over to Poppytalk for the tutorial and different design options. Note: You’ll need to tailor the dimensions to the size of your iPhone.

Tim Gibson

Best Dad Ever Banner

Say it with alphabet stickers! Surprise Dad when he walks through the door with this festive “best dad ever” banner made solely from things found at the hardware store. A quick stop at the store and a few dollars later, and you have the makings of your own custom garland. Visit Oh Happy Day to find out what you need. 

Catch My Party

Hooked on Daddy Print

This simple and adorable handprint gift is a great way to get your little one involved in daddy’s father’s day present. Just grab some paint, visit Catch My Party to download the print, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece of art in no time.

Design Mom

Homemade BBQ Marinade

Most guys love a perfectly grilled and seasoned piece of meat. If yours is one of them, give him his own homemade BBQ sauce he can enjoy all summer long. Use a favorite recipe or visit Design Mom for her spicy BBQ rub. While you’re there, print out these free gift tags to attach to your jars.

Make It & Love It

Dad DIY Picture Frame

The photo of your child is the real star of this gift, but making the frame yourself adds that special, one-of-a-kind touch to show your partner how much you care. This gift has a high cuteness factor and costs almost nothing. Get the full tutorial from Make It & Love It.

How Does She?

Memo Board

A new baby demands our love and attention, making it easy to forget to tell our partners, “I love you!” This DIY memo board from How Does She? is a clever reminder. Thanks to the glass front and a dry erase marker, you can change up the message anytime you like.

Father’s Day Sampler Box

The best thing about this DIY gift is it can be customized to fit your guy. Start with a wooden box, and then make or buy a few of his favorite items to fill it. Jordan from Oh Happy Day chose cookies, but the possibilities are endless.

Ruth Eileen

Best Dad Ever T-Shirt

Want to know what a new dad loves to hear most? That he’s the best dad ever! In three easy steps, you can turn a basic white t-shirt into a go-to staple for whenever dad needs a little confidence boost. Visit Style Me Pretty for the tutorial and to download the free template.

Me and My Shadow

Just Because I Love You Book

For the dads who work long hours and miss those special baby moments, make them a Just Because I Love You book. Fill the book with pictures, favorite sayings and memories you all shared to remind Dad how much his family loves him. The book is small enough for him to bring along when he’s away. Check out the full tutorial on Me and My Shadow.

Lil Luna

We Love You Bear-y Much!

Papas with a sweet tooth will love this tasty treat. Fill the jar with gummy bears or cinnamon bears (depending on your guy’s favorite sugary vice) and then wrap it with twine. Visit the Lil Luna site to download the printable.


Custom Playing Cards

Whether your man prefers poker or solitaire, he’ll love these personalized playing cards. Choose a photo of something he loves from his pre-kids life or use a picture of his little one. Visit Poppytalk to find out how to make your own custom cards.

What will you do to honor Dad on his first Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments.

featured image: balouriarajesh via Pixabay

Aimee Della Bitta


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