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Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

I’m guilty of last minute planning and shopping for birthdays and holidays. This is especially true for Father’s Day because, let’s face it, men are hard to buy for. If you’re a procrastinator like me, here are some ideas to put together a last minute Father’s Day celebration.

The Card

I’m not a Hallmark girl. Even though I’m often ducking into Target’s card section on my way to celebrate a special occasion, I feel like paying five dollars for a card with someone else’s stock message printed inside is unoriginal and a waste of money. I prefer to make my own and Father’s Day is one holiday that demands a homemade card. As usual, Family Fun had great ideas for even the most novice crafter. Because funky ties are the symbol of Father’s Day, this card was my favorite.

I adapted their instructions slightly. First, I raided my mother’s vast scrapbook supplies for some paper and glue. You’ll also need scissors and a ruler is helpful. Buttons are optional but I knew I’d saved the extras from my Anne Taylor Loft pants for a reason.

I folded an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper in half lengthwise and cut it down the middle so I had a rectangle.

I folded the rectangle in half and formed the collar by cutting a one-inch slit on each side about an inch below the fold.

I drew the tie freehand, because I’m so not a perfectionist, and cut it out. I like that it’s a funky fish pattern.

First I glued the tie under the collar, then glued down the collar and added buttons. Now I’ll let my son scribble and draw on the inside and it’s ready for Daddy!

The Gift

For last minute gift ideas, Google and Pinterest are your friends. If you want free and fast, you can make a coupon book. With a little more effort you can make a cute camera strap using an old tie and other materials you probably have around the house. If you want to buy a gift without the hassle, enroll him in a Gift of the Month Club or buy him event tickets at Razorgator or StubHub. If you need help generating more ideas, Flavorwire has a list of 20 gifts inspired by celebrities.

The Fun

If you’re not hosting a backyard barbecue or visiting relatives, go kayaking at Tempe Town Lake. Or, visit the Museum of Musical Instruments for special indoor performances. Fathers paint free at The Brush Bar, a place for artists of all skill levels to paint and enjoy a glass of beer or wine; registration is recommended. Checkout AZCentral.com for a list of more fun Father’s Day events.

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