low cost and lovable Fathers day gift

low cost and lovable Fathers day gift

Ok I will start by saying, Dale my dear sweet, wonderful, patient Husband look away now. Do not continue reading….

one of my favorite pictures ever……
Ok, now that he is gone lets get down to making 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. I love the foot picture of the Children! Super Sweet! This would be great idea for any special day! Kids make everything special!

    • it turned out very sweet. With small kids there is so many options to celebrate, I giggle at the image of making my teenagers pose with their feet with these words on them. I can only do these little things for so long 🙂

  2. Emily, you amaze me!!! What a sweet, kind, loving mommy and wife you are! I think Wisconsin has been good for your soul! xoxoxo Aunt Debbi

  3. Such a great idea, Emily! Very sweet. Your husband will love it 🙂

  4. thank you, he did love the gift! Mission accomplished

  5. This is so sweet, Emily!! Such a wonderful and thoughtful Father's Day gift idea!

  6. I do love it I took the picture to work. Thank you very much and because it is after father's day I figured I could read it now. Thank you Emily. Thank you for every thing being my wife, our kids, our amazing house, our friendship, and etc. To many to list.

  7. Such a sweet gift! I am pinning this!

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