38 DIY Christmas Gifts for the Dad Who Doesn't Need Another Tie

This year, make him something special instead.

diy christmas gifts dad
A Beautiful Mess/2 Little Hooligans

What do you get for the guy who has just about everything? A present straight from the heart, of course! Dad will love any one of these DIY gifts—because they're all made with love.

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gift ideas for dad flask
Almost Makes Perfect
Wood Grain Flask

transforms a into a DIY Dad will love.

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gift ideas for dad mason jar
A Beautiful Mess
Leather Mason Jar Sleeve

This leather handle might make Dad love as much as you do!

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gift ideas for dad lure
2 Little Hooligans
Bottle Cap Fishing Lures

Dad will be reel-y thrilled to receive these homemade lures.

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gift ideas for dad key chain
Hawthorne and Main
Leather Keychain

There's no way Dad will lose his keys when he has this unique keychain attached.

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gift ideas for dad golf
Positively Splendid
Golf Headcover

A cool retro headcover will have Dad as excited as ever to hit the links come springtime.

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gift ideas for  leather
Polkadot Chair
Monogrammed Leather Dopp Kit

If your father is a frequent flier, he will definitely get good use out of this toiletry bag.

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firewood carrier
Audrey Meyer and Jody Kahn
Firewood Carrier

Give Dad a helping hand with this easy-to-make piece.

Step 1: Turn a inside out, then use a seam ripper to undo the gusseted corners and cut the bag so that it lays flat.

Step 2: Lay the bag out and on the interior, use a pencil and a ruler to draw an 8 1/2-inch diagonal line across each of the bag's corners. Cut the bag along the lines, and discard corner pieces. Next, fold each cut edge over by 1/4 inch and topstitch in place.

Step 3: Cut a piece of that measures 18 1/4''L x 13 1/2"W. Flip the bag over and use bright-orange thread to stitch the panel along the edges.

Step 4: Reinforce the handles by folding each strap back on itself, and pin the strap in place, then stitch it together. Repeat for the second strap.

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diy gifts for dad bottle opener game
Courtesy of Lolly Jane
Bottle Opener Game

This two-in-one gift is one part bottle opener and one part fun activity that your old man can proudly display in his man cave.

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diy gifts for dad fringed flannel throw blanket
Courtesy of It's Always Autumn
Fringed Flannel Throw

You can make this cozy throw for your pop, which is perfect for tailgating and movie watching, for less than $10.

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Leather Tool Roll

Dad will love this neat piece made just for him, and Mom will love that you're helping him corral his clutter.

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diy gifts for dad crafts coasters
Courtesy of Unoriginal Mom
Wood Coasters

Customize these DIY coasters with one of Dad's interests, like this hunting-themed set.

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diy gifts for dad crafts grill
Courtesy of The Art of Doing Stuff
Grill Scraper

Not only does this DIY scraper look neat, but it's also a safer cleaning option than a brush since grill brushes can leave behind bristles that can be ingested and cause health problems.

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diy gifts for dad crafts pouch
Courtesy of Polkadot Chair
Necktie Zip Pouch

Transform a couple of Dad's old ties into a pouch that can hold all of his odds and ends. It's also nicely sized to act as a toiletry case if he frequently travels.

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diy gifts for dad pre-shave oil
Courtesy of The Merrythought
Pre-Shave Oil

Making shaving oil is as simple as mixing a few ingredients together—and it'll leave his face feeling silky smooth.

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diy gifts for dad crafts beard balm
Courtesy of Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Rosemary Pine Beard Balm

Whether Dad has a full beard, a little scruff, or is completely bare, this moisturizing balm is good for his facial hair and skin.

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diy gifts for dad popcorn
Courtesy of DIY Projects
Rustic Popcorn Sampler

This creative gift is perfect for dads who like to enjoy popcorn every time they watch a movie. You can whip up different seasonings with just four or five ingredients each!

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diy gifts for dad grilling apron
Courtesy of Lovely Indeed
Grilling Apron

With just a flour sack towel and black trim, you can make him an apron for grilling that he'll still feel "manly" wearing.

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diy gifts for dad mason jar
Courtesy of One Artsy Mama
Quality Time

Give Dad the gift of time this year by filling a mason jar with his favorite activities that the whole family can enjoy together throughout the year.

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diy gifts for dad grill set holder
Courtesy of Lil' Luna
Grill Set Holder

Every grill master needs a place to hang his trusty tools. Plus, this DIY gift is way easier to make than it looks.

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diy gifts for dad mason jar lid coasters
Alison Gootee
Mason Jar Lid Coasters

Give Dad a stylish-looking spot to rest his beer bottle while he watches the big game.

Step 1: First, gather four lids: We used weathered zinc ones.

Step 2: Place your lids upside down on top of . Trace around the lids with a pen, then cut out the circles.

Step 3: Stamp an image into the center of each cork circle—ours references the classic Ball jar—using solvent-based ink, which won't smear when wet.

Step 4: Let the ink dry at least one minute, then peel the backing off the cork circles, and affix within the lids.

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diy gifts for dad emergency kit
Andrew McCaul
Picnic Basket Emergency Kit

Use a sturdy vintage basket to create an emergency kit for Dad's car. Lithographed tin picnic baskets with swing handles, which were originally made from the 1930s through the 1950s, are now popular collectibles. Simply fill with jumper cables, road flares, a first aid kit and other essentials to stow in the trunk.

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diy gifts for dad eyeglass case
Lara Robby/Studio D
Eyeglass Case

Transform a traditional necktie into a nifty eyeglass case.

Step 1: Lay a tie front side down. Measure and mark 17 inches in from the pointed tip, then cut the tie widthwise. Discard the narrow end of the tie.

Step 2: Using a seam ripper, open the seam along the back of the tie at least six inches, to create a pouch for the glasses.

Step 3: Measure eight inches in from the cut end and mark. Fold the tie at the mark toward the pointed tip; tuck under 1/2 inch of cut edge and pin.

Step 4: Using hand-stitches along the top and sides, secure the folded-over portion of tie to the top layer of fabric beneath it (taking care not to sew the pouch closed). Finish by affixing a set of self-adhesive Velcro dots to keep the case closed.

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diy gifts for dad ipad case
Courtesy of Polka Dot Chair
Wool iPad Case

If you enjoy sewing, this wool case makes a wonderful gift for dads who often travel with their iPad. A nifty back pocket allows for storage of other small items like keys or headphones.

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diy gifts for dad pillows
Karl Juengel
Buttoned-Up Bolsters

The next time Dad tries to throw out his old button-downs, nab a few to use for this crafty pillow project.

Step 1: Iron shirt to smooth out all wrinkles. Button it, then pin the shirt's front and back to each other to keep them together when cutting.

Step 2: Cut out the shirt to match the shape of your pillow insert—adding two inches to both the width and length, and centering the row of buttons down the front. (You'll now have two pieces of fabric.)

Step 3: Repin the fabric so the shirt's finished sides face each other. Sew the pieces together using a 6/8-inch seam. Snip the corners at an angle to ease turning.

Step 4: Unbutton the fabric and turn the pillowcase right side out. Iron, then rebutton.

Step 5: Topstitch around the case twice—first 1/8 inch from the edges, then 3/8 inch from the edges—to finish it.

Step 6: Unbutton the case, insert the pillow, then rebutton and fluff.

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diy gifts for dad remote box
Studio D
Book Box for Remote Control

A fresh plot line for a used book: storing a remote! You'll need a book at least two inches longer and 1/4 inch deeper than your remote control.

Step 1: Open the book's back cover. Using a foam brush, coat the inside cover and facing page with school glue. Close the book and press down firmly for 10 seconds.

Step 2: Open the book's front cover. Coat the entire stack of pages—all three exposed sides—with school glue, taking care not to get any on the topmost page. Let dry for one hour; repeat. Close the book, weight it with a second book, and let dry overnight.

Step 3: Open the front cover, center your remote on the first page, and trace around it with a pencil, adding 1/4 inch all the way around. Set the remote aside. With an X-Acto knife, cut along the marked line, removing two to three pages at a time. Continue until your remote fits deeply inside.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon that's half the length of your book five inches. Trim one end into a fork; dot hot glue on the opposite end, and affix it in the bottom-center of the hollowed-out area—this "bookmark" will lift out your neatly disguised device.

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diy gifts for dad notebook
Alison Gootee/Studio D
Watchband Notebook

Give Dad a place to write down his to-dos in a notebook fastened with .

Step 1: Measure and mark two spots inside the front cover of your notebook: one, two inches from the top; the other, two inches from the bottom; both, 1 1/2 inches from the spine. Next, measure and mark two spots inside the back cover: one, two inches from the top; the other, two inches from the bottom; both, 5 1/2 inches from the spine. Using a hammer and a four-penny nail, punch holes through all four marks.

Step 2: For each of the four watchband pieces, measure and mark a spot 1/8 inch from the end that would attach to a watch. Use the hammer and nail to punch through all four marks.

Step 3: Place one buckle-end watchband piece atop the front cover, aligning the punched holes. Push one 5/16"W × 5/16"L brass rivet through both holes; set according to package instructions. Repeat for the other hole and buckle-end watchband piece. Then flip the notebook over and repeat for the remaining hole and watchband pieces.

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diy gifts for dad business card holder
Wendell T. Webber
Business Card Holder

Stitch up vintage postcards to make a slim wallet or business card holder.

Here's how: Fold the postcard in half with the decorative side face up, and cut a half-moon from the top front of the postcard. Open the card flat and cover with a sheet of clear, lightweight vinyl; stitch all around the postcard, 1/4-inch from its edge. Trim vinyl to fit and refold the postcard in half. Sew the wallet around three edges, leaving the top open.

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diy gifts for dad book storage boxes
Alison Gootee/Studio D
Book Storage Boxes

Extend the shelf life of outdated secondhand books, and give Dad a way to keep his desk organized.

Get the tutorial.

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diy gifts for dad cufflink carrier
Miki Duisterhof
Cufflink Carrier

This handsome cufflink carrier is made from a $2 tin—and is easy for kids to craft. Spend the afternoon together and make Dad this little box perfect for storing his cufflinks.

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diy gifts for dad diy watch stand
Courtesy of The Merrythought
DIY Watch Stand

This year, get extra crafty, and put together a sturdy stand for Dad's favorite wristwatches. Made from wood and black pipe, it'll be a polished piece for his bedside table.

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