Our top ideas for Father's Day gifts that Dad will enjoy all year long.
TIDY TRUNK TOTE
Help Dad keep his car neat, clean, and clutter-free with a personalized storage box. Have your kids decorate a sturdy cardboard box -- you'll want to flatten it first to make it easier to decorate. When they're finished, assemble the box, tape the bottom, and tuck in the flaps. For handles, use a craft knife to cut 2 X's through all the layers on each end of the box (a parent's job). Push a pencil through the center of each X to create holes. Thread a 24-inch length of rope through each set of holes and knot the ends on the inside.
CAR WASH KIT
Give Dad a cartload of customized car wash supplies. While you're at it, throw in a voucher promising an eager cleaning crew of kids every time Dad needs to scrub down the station wagon. We decorated our kit with hand-drawn adhesive-backed craft foam cars and a bright, cheery sun. Then we loaded it up with sponges, paper towels, and cleaning products.
TAKE NOTE, DAD
Delight him at every turn by leaving Father's Day wishes all over the house. Sing Dad's praises in stand-alone messages taped here and there, or set up successive signs leading him to a gift or a sumptuous Sunday breakfast.
SWEETS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU
Pairing a selection of treats with some sweet sayings can make Dad's day extra special. Tape your candy to card stock or poster board and write a clever message next to each piece, such as:
"Because you make us roll with laughter"
"Because you're the jolliest, sweetest Dad"
"Because you're an all-American classic"
"Because you work so hard for all of us"
"Because we love you More & More each day"