10 Affordable Father's Day Gifts for the DIY Dad
Dad deserves more than a tie, cuff links, or electric shaver this Father's Day. If he's the DIY type, a hands-on gift is a three-fer: You give him a kit with all the necessary components (gift #1); he tackles and completes the job with relish (gift #2); he then uses and enjoys his creation (gift #3). You can hunt down all the parts on your own or take advantage of the growing popularity of DIY kits sold online, at brick-and-mortar craft shops, and at local craft fairs. Each of the following 10 ideas leaves opportunity for creativity and customization.
An enclosed garden may not evoke a mainstream image of a Father's Day present, but these miniature wonders are just the right gift for the DIY dad with a green thumb. Once complete, it can brighten his day at work or his favorite room at home. Terrarium kits start at $10, and you can always enlarge the scope by adding unique finds -- a special moss from the garden center or a few trinkets from a flea market, for example. Some kits come with the container; if not, buy a Mason jar at the dollar store or a decorative glass vessel costing $10 to $20 at a craft store. Send him to sites such as Etsy and Pinterest for inspiration.
For the father who likes the peaty things in life, barrel aging adds an extra touch of mellow to your dad's preferred spirit. The website UncommonGoods sells two barrel aging kits: the $20 version is intended for DIY dads who might want to age a bottle of whiskey or rum already on hand; the $35 version comes with a glass bottle that's meant to hold a favorite cocktail mix. Place the wooden staves from the kit inside a full bottle of whatever and let it sit for one to three weeks, according to taste.