By Larry Whiteley
I know there are lots of Father’s Day gift lists out there and you’re probably being bombarded with all kinds of ads and people telling you what to get. Take a little time to read this though, and it could be the best Father’s Day that dad has ever had.
Father’s Day gifts don’t have to be expensive. They can be a gift you made or had made that is humorous, puts a smile on their face or brings back fond memories.
Here are some ideas any outdoor dad would love to get for Father’s Day because they are all gifts that come from the heart.
Gather up photos of them with a big fish or buck, kids or grandkids, fishing or hunting buddies, etc. Now, get on your computer and go to www.snapfish.com, www.shutterfly.com, www.walgreens.com and others.
Have a wall or desk calendar made using those pictures for their office or workshop. You can even add important dates like birthdays and anniversaries.
Pictures can also be put on mugs for their coffee, mouse pads for their computer desk, key rings for their truck, aprons for fish fry’s or grilling, luggage tags for trips, playing cards for deer camp, t-shirts and sweatshirts to wear proudly, and phone covers they carry with them all the time.
You can also take a cedar or barn wood board and paint “Gone Fishing”, “Hunting Camp”, “I’d Rather Be Canoeing”, “Fishing Guide for Hire”, or maybe “Hunting and Fishing Stories Told Here”. Every time they look at it they will remember you made it for them.
Those same boards, but maybe a little longer, can be made into hat or coat racks using dowel rods and putting an old shotgun shell over it. Half cedar logs also work for this. You can also use pieces of deer antlers, old door knobs or tree limbs.
Another idea is to take old used shotgun shells, as well as rifle or pistol shells, and turn them into lamp or ceiling fan chain pulls. Drill through the spent primer and insert a chain cut to the length you want. Fill the shotgun shell with BB’s and close the end. For the spent rifle or pistol shell, you also drill out the primer and feed the chain through the hole. Then insert a bullet back into the open end.
If dad likes to hike or just go for walks, make him a customized hiking stick. I usually wander through the woods until I find a young tree that will never get very big because of overcrowding. Cedar and hickory are my favorites because they are usually straighter and have more character to them. I have even dug up cedars so I can use the root ball for the top of the stick to make it really unique.
Cut to length to fit your dad, sand off rough spots and round the top of the stick. Next, drill a hole below where his hand would be and run a piece of leather or rope through the hole to use as a strap. If you really want to make it special carve his name or something special into his hiking stick.
Other unique things you can make him from cedar limbs include paper clip and pen holders, lamps, towel holders and the list goes on and limited only by your imagination.
If dad enjoys feeding and watching birds in the backyard make him a really neat bird house. Go online and you can find hundreds of bird house plans to go by as well as plans for making a lot of these things. Since I have made all the items I have written about, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to help.
Any of these would make a great Father’s Day gift I am sure dad would love to have because you made it for him. However, if you are limited by skills or creativity, I am betting there is something else he would like to have more than anything.
Call him and say, “Dad for your Father’s Day present I want to take you fishing” or “Dad for Father’s Day, let’s go camping together just you and me”. It could also be hiking, canoeing, going to the shooting range or a multitude of other outdoor activities. Even just sitting around a campfire in the woods, near the water or in the backyard would be a great gift.
Sure they will appreciate the store bought gifts or gifts you made, but most dads’ spell love T.I.M.E. What is most important to them is time with just you or the whole family out enjoying our great outdoors and making memories.
Note: All pictured items made by the author.