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3 DIY Ways to Package Gifts for Father's Day

In case you haven't been keeping track, Father's Day is just a few days away (this Sunday). So, I teamed up with Fossil to create the ultimate Father's Day gift guide to help you find the perfect gift(s) for dear ol' Dad.

To make things super easy, I broke the gift guide down into 3 separate parts, based on interests. So, whether your dad is a fancy pants who loves a good tie, a traveler who is always up for jetsetting, or the sporty / outdoorsy type who loves to hike, I've got you covered. Bonus! There's a DIY Father's Day packaging idea for each type of dad too. 

Sound good? Let's get to it...

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide // What to buy for the Dad who likes to travel

The 'Casual Traveler' Dad

This gift guide is for the dad that loves to travel, whether it's flying to Europe or road-tripping it through the dessert. It doesn't matter to him, as long as he's exploring. Always up for a new adventure kind of dad.

He'll love these gifts...

Atlanta felt pennant // Globe (vintage) // Shark print shave kit // Estate casual leather backpack // Moment telephoto lens for iPhone // Travel postcards (vintage) // Passport case in navy // Chronograph leather watch in brown // Field notes journals // San Diego map iPhone case // European map (vintage)

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide

3 DIY Ways to Package Gifts for Father's Day

DIY Wrapping Paper Idea for 'Casual Traveler' Dad

Find an old map and paint a special message right onto the paper. Let it dry and then wrap your gift. Try to keep the entire map intact while wrapping. Then it can be reused as a piece of art after the present has been unwrapped.

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide // What to buy for the 'fancy' Dad

Fancy Pants Dady'O

This gift guide is for the dad that likes to keep things fancy...but is still pretty hip. He might own a briefcase and sport a bow tie every now again, but he still loves to listen to old albums and dance the night away.

He'll love these gifts...

Air plant // Field notes // Giant jack paperweight // Gold and wood dice (vintage) // Gold barware // Dillon double zip workbag in brown // Albums with fancy covers // Scarf // Gold metal monogram (old ornaments from West Elm) // Grant chronograph watch in brown // Evan key fob // Fossil 1954 fragrance for men // Truman travel wallet // Wood semicircle container (vintage) // Manly candle

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide

3 DIY Ways to Package Gifts for Father's Day

DIY Wrapping Paper Idea for 'Fancy Pants' Dad

Wrap Dad's gift in a gift! Find a cool scarf, blanket, etc that your dad will love and wrap his present with the textile. Add a leather strap and a felt tag and you're good to go. I also added a gold metal monogram, for extra fanciness.

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide // What to buy for the sporty outdoorsy Dad

The Sporty Outdoorsmen Dad

This gift guide is for the dad that still has his old baseball glove from college and smiles from ear to ear at the thought of white water rafting. He's sporty and outdoorsy. The best of both worlds.

He'll love these gifts...

Wool camp hat // Pendleton blanket // Handmade hair comb // Pool ball (vintage) // Forest keychain // Life notebook // Double zip shave kit in red // Estate e/w messenger in navy // Conner keyhole sunglasses // Illustrated sport soap // Truman flip bifold in navy // Harmonica // The Outsiders book

The Big Father's Day Gift Guide

3 DIY Ways to Package Gifts for Father's Day

3 DIY Ways to Package Gifts for Father's Day

DIY Wrapping Paper Idea for 'Sporty Outdoorsmen' Dad

Use a 1 inch hole punch to create palm frond polka dots for present packaging, as a nod to the outdoors. I used newspaper as my wrapping paper (try the sports section to appeal to his sporty side), then applied the leaf polka dots with glue dots. So simple. *These palm frond polka dots double as natural confetti, if you really want to get your party on too.

Well, that's going to do it for the big list of Father's Day gifts and DIY packaging projects for Dad. I'm totally curious to know which one is your favorite of the three? Have any special plans for Dad this Father's Day?

Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski


This post is in partnership with Fossil. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.


Holiday Packaging DIY // ink blot gift bags

I have to admit, I really like non-traditional packaging when it comes to the holidays (or any occasion really). I don't know why, but that's how it goes around here. So when December hits, I try to come up with some unique way to package things"¦which seems to almost always boil down to handmade gift toppers or stamped wrapping paper or unusual gift tags, etc.

But this year, I found some brightly colored gift bags that inspired me to embellish gifts in a different way - with ink blots. Well, it's actually paint not ink, but paint blots don't really have the same ring to it. Do they?

These little guys are perfect for housing small gifts for the holidays, especially when you add an evergreen embellishment. But these are also great to use for birthday presents, hostess gifts, etc.

Unique Holiday Packaging DIY


1. small gift bags

2. white acrylic paint

3. glitter ribbon

4. craft glue or transparent tape

How To:

1. Start by randomly squirting small drops of paint onto one side (right to left) of a colorful gift bag.

2. Then fold the gift bag in half long ways, like a hot dog bun. Apply some pressure to make sure the paint attaches. Then open it back up to reveal your inkblot design. Set aside and let the bag air dry.

3. Once the paint is dry, it's time to add a handle. Cut two 4-5 inch pieces of ribbon and attach the ends of each to the inside of the bag (one ribbon on each side) with glue or tape. Add tissue paper and greenery and you're good to go.

Holiday DIY // gift bags

Holiday Gift Bags DIY with or without handles

Ink Blot Packaging for the Holidays

DIY // Ink Blot Bags

colorful ink blot bags

How are you planning to wrap your holiday gifts this year? Anything DIYed?

Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Be sure to check out today's 24 Merry Days giveaway with Mer Mag and Little Goodall, especially if you have any kiddos at home.


I can't wait until we get our Christmas tree (Jeff and I are planning to go this weekend). I even have a few presents all ready to put underneath our soon-to-be 'fir'ry friend (see what I did there?). But, on the subject of gifts, something tells me I'll need to step up my game when it comes to packaging this year. Last year, I kind of slacked and if just didn't feel right. So here are nine awesome DIY packaging ideas for the holidays. No slacker packaging here this year. Enjoy!

1. sparkly diy gift wrap idea from Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion

2. tissue paper gift topper from Tiffany of Simply Modern Mom for papernstitch

3. happy holidays gift wrap printable from Jeanne for Sarasota Magazine

4. pom pom gift wrap idea from Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5. wallpaper gift bags diy from Brittany for Oh Happy Day

6. hand-drawn printable gift tags from Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look

7. stamped wrapping paper diy from yours truly

8. sparkly gift wrap diy from Whimsey Box

9. fresh greenery gift toppers from Karen of Sunday Suppers

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Have a great weekend!