Dad Fad: 30+ Unique Gift Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day (and 3 DIY gift wrap projects)


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.

10 comments | Click here to reply

I love the leaf and newspaper combo! definitely my favorite!

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Paige | June 16th, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Thanks Paige!

Brittni | June 16th, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Love the Fancy Pants gift idea…and I totally want that workbag for myself! I wish my dad fit neatly into a type; it would make gift giving so much easier.
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Kimberly | June 17th, 2015 at 9:37 am

Thanks Kimberly! I love the fancy pants stuff too. This gift guide was so fun to put together.

Brittni | June 17th, 2015 at 10:09 am

OH my goodness. I could not love that palm leaf gift wrap more! Why you so good?!?
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Very unique fathers day gift ideas! I just love these ideas. Looking forward to surprise my father by giving out one of these gifts. Thanks. | November 28th, 2015 at 12:09 am
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