Father’s Day is coming up and you are looking for the perfect gift to give your grandfather, father, brother, or husband. These great ideas are perfect for that great man in your life that you wish to show how much you care. From handmade gifts to store bought, these gifts are sure to bring a smile and gratitude this Father’s Day.
Looking to show your gratefulness in a more personal way. Try these ideas that make great gifts. How about decoratively painted wooden boxes that they can store small items in. They can also be decorative. Designs painted in trompe l’oeil, which means “fool the eye”, add creativity to any wooden boxes. Use unfinished wooden boxes with hinges, available in craft stores in different shapes and sizes. If you choose an unfinished box, be sure to sand it first and use a primer before applying the base coat of paint. If painting a box with a varnished surface, lightly sand the surface to make sure the paint sticks. To protect the finished boxes, apply an aerosol acrylic sealer, available in matte and gloss finishes.
You will need a wooden box, graphite paper, pencil, acrylic paints, bruches, fine permanent-ink pen, stationary (to use as pattern guide for stationery box, and aerosol acrylic sealer.
For the present bow box, start by applying base coats of paint. allow to dry. Transfer a bow design from clip art using graphite paper or draw your own on top of box. Tape box closed at ends. Using a pencil, lightly mark ribbon placement by extending lines from bow. Paint outer stripes of ribbon. Allow to dry. Decorate ribbon how you wish. Paint a shadow effect on the ribbon using a darker shade of the ribbon color and thinning the paint for a translucent effect. Paint shadow effect on box by using a darker shade of box color and thinning the paint.
For a parcel box, apply base coats of paint and allow to dry. Tape box closed. Using pencil, lightly mark fold lines of paper on opposite sides of box. Mark placement for string along sides and top of box, drawing knot at center of box top. Paint fold lines of paper, using darker shade of box color: do not paint where string will overlap fold lines. Allow to dry. Paint highlights and shadows. Apply white paint along marked lines for string; allow to dry. Paint highlights and shadows on one side of string; paint the center knot detail. Mark area for the postage stamp and transfer clip art stamp using graphite paper or draw your own. Paint stamp, using thinned paint. When dry, paint the lettering and price on stamp, using a permanent-ink pen. Transfer and or paint additional mailing labels on box, taking care not to paint over the string. Apply sealer if desired.
For the stationary box, paint or stain box and allow to dry. Mark lines for a belt (1″ thick) centered on box, around the top, front, and back. Paint belt, using brown paint and allow to dry. Draw belt details on front opening of box. Paint two strips about 1.5″ apart around the box starting at side where belt buckle is. Paint strips black. Add a key and ribbon holding up key next to it for details. Make sure key ribbon is coming out of top black strip. Paint the buckle, and key using gold paint. Complete belt detainls and paint ribbon for key. Tape 2 stationary to the top of box and trace to mark placement. Mark 1/4″ border on top of box, 1″ from edges. Paint and outline the staionary. Make sure not to paint over belt. Paint postage stamp on bottom stationary. Write address on bottom stationary and make sure the top stationary overlaps the address so that only a little sticks out from the bottom. Paint a pen design over top part of belt over stationary. Paint border black, pen blackand, paint design on stationary. Apply sealer.
If you are looking a ready made gift, how about a foot of books. Strands bookstore located in New York City has a deal called Books by the Foot Deal. A staff member custom assembles a collection of books in any genre you wish. Prices start at $ 10 a foot (12 inch stack) for bargain books and up to $400 for antique leather bound books. The number of books per feet vary.
At stanleytools.com, you can buy a tripod-style flashlight that can help when he is doing jobs around the house that require both hands. It can also be dismantled into three seperate flashlights. This goes for $30.
For the grill master in your home, try an adjustable grill rack. This rack lets you customize your rack to fit smaller itmes like vegetables and shrimp from falling through grill grates. The rack expands from 8″ wide to 15″ wide.
$ 19.95 at freshfinds.com.
A burger and hot dog basket also make for easy grilling by allowing 4 hamburgers or 6 hot dogs to be flipped at the same time. Burger basket is $17.95 and Hot Dog basket is $14.95 at freshfinds.com.
Finally the Grill Daddy cleans grease from your grill fast and effectively using steam. As you brush, water is released from brush and turned into steam to get rid of dirt quickly, $19.95 at freshfinds.com
With these gift ideas Father’s Day is sure to be a great one for many dads out there. Enjoy!