Fathers day gift idea, low cost!

Low cost and loveable Fathers day gift. I shared this last year, but since Fathers day is a once a year kind of thing, so ideas are always needed. I am sharing this again so any new people 1
to my blog can have this idea and maybe put it to use. Make the man in your life feel important and loved

one of my favorite pictures ever……
Let’s make the wonderful Daddy’s in our life feel the love. I hope your man knocked mothers day out of the park. He should have, you deserve it. I know Dale did wonderfully for me, with sentimental goodies as well as plans for us that day. I know anyone can go buy their Dad a tie, or a coffee mug. But it is the priceless and often times little to no money things that mean the most.  I am going to give a quick, cheap, and sweet idea. It can be done in one afternoon for all you procrastinators.
All of the chalk in my house is worn down and icky, I hope you have some nice not kid ruined chalk stowed away if you put chalk on these mason jars. I guess the point is still there though, messy chalk and all
I filled two mason jars I purchased from the Target dollar bin area with notes. One has notes from me, with why I love him. The other has notes from the kids with why they love their Daddy. There is about 25 in there. I thought about adding just one and each year adding to that. But the idea of telling my husband that this is why we love you and one measly paper is inside seems like a sad, sad day. So this is a one time thing. We can and I probably will add more to it. But fill it up however you want. Type it out, use letter stickers, or just pen like I did. Either way the words and their meaning are received the same way.

 

I tried to guide the kids to think of things. I wrote most of them down exactly how they said them. It was fun and sweet, and a little frustrating at times. They had some great things to say, some very sweet sentiments, and then some random ones I nixed. Such as… he has boogers, he wears shoes, he toots (farts). I did not think those were very “Daddy we love you” reasons. From myself I wrote some pretty standard ones, his smile, his eyes, and some inside joke ones only him and I would understand. It was fun to write. I thought of this because in life there is a lot of crazy happening. Going here, doing that, fixing this, disagreements, handling kids, animals, work, life, we don’t have the time to say how and why we love them. This is something he can go to, read and see just why he is the amazing man in our life. It is a constant visual reminder of him being awesome.
The other addition to this was a little card I drew up to attach to this jar. It was inspired by Dad quotes found online. Our printer is not hooked up so I could not print them out myself. I borrowed my kids paper, colored pencils, and art table and got to work making these cards. It was fun.

 

And lastly to cap off this all things love Fathers day gift I used my camera. I know shocking. I am a slightly obsessive picture taker. I love taking the moments and getting to remember them forever, catching a great time in life, getting to chronicle my kids. This one I changed up a little. I wanted to take a picture of them, but we have so many. So I tried to think of a way to change it up, first them running and trying to capture the look of joy on their face. It did not work out. Then I thought of holding a sign that read we love you. Then as they were sitting there I got it. I could write we love Daddy on their feet. I took a picture when Gavin was first born of them and their tiny feet. We have always loved it. So this is an updated version.
I took lots of pictures, LOTS!

 

 I debated showing their faces or just their feet. I took a lot of both and figured I would decide once I saw how they turned out
 Incorporating their faces was not working out the greatest. It was a lot going on to remember to keep their feet pointed up, and a nice face at the camera. Too much…

 

As you can see, it was hard to get them to keep their feet at an angle I could see the letters
I decided happy kids, and just feet was the best approach this time. I did not want to torture them for a fathers day gift. This is supposed to be fun!

 

I chose this one
With a washable marker, I held down my very ticklish kids as I wrote on their feet. It was rough and almost impossible, those little feet are sensitive but we did it. I took a ton of pictures, constantly saying “feet up”. But they were great. All for the love of their Daddy. Then uploaded it to Walgreens (since my printer is not hooked up), changed it to black and white. Cropped it a little, and picked it up within an hour. Sweet. I think it is a cute idea, it turned out wonderful with their little feet.
I would say total I spent $4 on this. Not including the paper and colored pencils, which I am sure most have. You can put the picture in a frame you have, on a canvas, as a snapshot he can put on his phone. You can get creative with how he receives the picture. I think I nailed this here Fathers day. He does have a few other things we picked up at the store, but this will be what he cherishes the most I am sure. I know if I got something like this I would be crying tears of happiness. He wont cry, he is a man, well maybe some manly tears will come. So if you don’t have a sentimental gift yet, or any gift; you slackers here is one that you can whip up quick and cheap. Get it done, the Daddy’s in our life deserve a little celebrating. Or you know just get him a tie, real original 🙂

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  1. This is absolutely adorable! 🙂 I bet he'll love it.

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    1. I thought it was a good idea! This was his gift from last year and he adored it!

  2. Adorable and such awesome ideas. I really need to start thinking what to get my husband for fathers day.

    1. I like to give a gift that is sentimental, he can only have so many tie's or socks!

  3. The feet idea is too cute!!

    1. I loved that idea! I was hoping my husband would take the hint and do it for me for Mothers day, but he has not. I may have to do it myself!

  4. These are all a great idea! And I agree with Chelsea, the feet are fantastic!! Love it

    1. Little kid's feet are too adorable!

  5. LOVE that jar idea. I will have to steal it!! 🙂

    <3 Sarita it's my girls' world

    1. It such a fun and simple way of saying I love you and letting them get to have it and read it whenever they want.

  6. We do something similar for Thanksgiving with a "thankful" jar. This is a great idea!! Adorable picture as well!!!

    1. I love the idea of doing something similar for Thanksgiving!

  7. Such a sweet idea and those jars are gorgeous! I'm also impressed with how many great feet pictures you were able to get of young, squirmy children! Good job mama!

    1. It was a challenge, but the kid's were excited to do something for their Dad. It was also fun that I drew on them, they thought that was awesome!

  8. Aw! Super cute gift idea!

    1. Thank you!

  9. Kate says: Reply

    Such a creative and sweet idea!

    1. I thought it was a great gift, and he loved it!

  10. Wow, you are so prepared! I haven't even given any thought yet to Father's Day – thanks for putting this perfect little gift together. 🙂

    1. This is what he got last year, I am in the planning stages for this years gift. I am not that on top of things!

  11. Cute ideas! The feet, oh my goodness the cuteness of the feet!

    1. Little kid feet are adorable!

  12. Jen says: Reply

    Thanks for the great idea!! I may just have to do this. And the feet idea is so cute too.

    1. It was such a simple gift with the sweetest sentiment, any Dad would love to get this!

  13. Adorable! I just love this idea!

    1. Thank you!

  14. Love the idea for the Father's Day gift – worth much more than buying one.

    1. SO true! The sentimental ones are always the special ones!

  15. I love this idea! So adorable! We do something similar with a gratitude jar. I am going to let my kids know about this idea 🙂

    1. I am so happy you like it!

  16. I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

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