Last Updated on July 31, 2020
Looking for some Father’s Day gifts from kids, ones that they can actually afford?
You’re in the right place.
Every kid who has a great dad wants to give him their very own gift for Father’s Day.
Of course, with their limited means, they will often be dependent on mom (or grandma, or big sister, or uncle, or a friend, etc) to help them come up with the right gift idea.
Here at All Gifts Considered, this is the sort of thing we love to think about! Below we’ve detailed our favorite allowance-friendly Father’s Day gift ideas from kids to their dads.
These ideas include:
- DIY cards
- DIY gift baskets
- “Dollar store” gift ideas
- Cheap gifts (but not, you know, cheap)
- Thrift store finds
- Nice gifts (that kids can chip in with mom)
We hope this inspires some great gift-giving this Father’s Day!
100+ Best Father’s Day Gifts from Kids to Dad
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Father’s Day Craft Gift Ideas
Here are a few of our favorite (simple! O so simple!) crafts for kids to make and give to Papa Bear on Father’s Day.
- My dad rocks! – Easy painted rocks craft for all ages. You only need rocks and paint. And love.
- Tiny handprint keychains – A cute way for kids to show dad their love. All you need is shrink film, keychain or keyrings, and acrylic paint or something to draw with.
- Superman tube – If dad is a “super hero” to the kids, this is a fun way to show it. It just takes a toilet paper tube, construction paper, and glue.
- Super Dad wrapped candy bar – Give dad a candy bar and wrap it up to look like a caped crusader. You’ll need a candy bar, of course, along with construction paper, glue/tape, and markers/crayons.
- Personalized photo bookmarks – This is a fun idea. Take a picture of your kid(s) with their hands raised. Print and cut it out, add a tassel, and viola – a silly bookmark for dad on Father’s Day with each kid.
- Father’s Day goodie bags – Take a paper bag, craft a paper tie, glue it on, and fill the bag with dad’s favorite treats.
- I love you Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much card – cut out two paper hand prints and connect them with a long strip of paper. Write “I love you” on the front and “thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much” on the strip in between.
- Mini toolboxes made from mint tins – You need two small Altoid mint-type tins, red spray paint, and something to make a tiny handle on top (metal and two tiny screws). Perfect for dad to use to hold all his little screws, fuses, adapters, guitar picks, or office supplies!
- Father’s Day Coupon Book – Make little coupons for things that dad likes or appreciates (and that the kids can actually do). Free car wash, breakfast in bed, one hour uninterrupted nap time, one cold beverage delivered to dad, one free drawing of your choice, etc.
DIY Father’s Day Cards from Kids
The homemade card is the quintessential allowance-friendly Father’s Day gift from the kids. This works even if your kids don’t get an allowance!
Here are a few easy and fun DIY Father’s Day card ideas.
- Super Dad! + a drawing of Dad as a favorite super hero
- Papa Bear + a drawing of a daddy bear and bear cub(s)
- Dad, thanks for always being a fungi. + a drawing of a mushroom
- You’re the best, Pop! + a drawing of pop tarts in a toaster
- Dad, I love you more than YouTube. (And that’s a lot.) – or Fortnite, or Minecraft, or slime, or whatever
- Daddy, I know you’ve loved me since I was born but I’ve loved you my whole life
- If dads were noses, I’d pick you!
- If there was a daddy shop, I would buy you!
- Only a father as wonderful as you could have a child so wonderful as me!
- Thanks, Dad – I turned out awesome!
- World’s Greatest Farter (whoops, I meant Father)
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Happy Father’s Day! Love, your second-born
- Like father, like daughter (inside:) Oh, no.
- 5 Things I Love About My Dad
- Some ideas: You play (catch, videogames, Legos) with me; you show me how to build things; you love me; you take me to all my ball games and practices; you read to me; you always answer all my questions; you make great pancakes; you let me practice my karate kicks on you; you tell funny jokes; etc
- Spell “FATHER” by lining up letters in the words of dad’s character traits. Like so:
DIY Father’s Day Gift Baskets
DIY gift baskets are a great idea for kids to create something to give to their dad. They can come up with a theme, or just mix and match random stuff their papa bear likes.
The Father’s Day gift basket can include food, new gift items, dollar store items (see more on that below), thrift store finds, and stuff they make or create.
Using their imaginations, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Movie night gift basket – microwave popcorn, some popcorn bowls or tubs, Dad’s favorite movie snacks, and the kids can color in their own movie ticket stubs and movie poster to represent a favorite family movie that you own on DVD or can access via streaming
- Reader’s delight gift basket – A couple of books from thrift stores, cozy socks, a mug, and dad’s preferred beverage (coffee, tea, cocoa, etc)
- Tool man gift basket – Find tools, hooks, nails, screws, pipe fittings, and more at the flea market and fill up a gift basket – or tool tote!
- Chores-B-Gone gift basket – Scrounge up items from around the house to represent chores that the kids will do for dad. For instance, a sponge to represent washing the truck, or an empty garbage bag to indicate that the child will empty all the waste baskets in the house for a week
- Dad’s favorite gift basket – What are dad’s hobbies? Give him a day devoted to his favorite things. You can use new gifts or stuff from around the house to fill the gift basket and represent a day of fishing at the lake, an evening at the bowling alley, or whatever else he might enjoy
Dollar Store Father’s Day Gift Ideas
These gift ideas are the sorts of things you can find at the local dollar store, or perhaps in the budget aisle at Target or here and there in other department stores.
While these aren’t the greatest quality items, these are good ones for when kids are just arriving at that age where they want to buy dad a Father’s Day gift with their own money. This is how they learn, it’s the thought that counts.
And, speaking as a dad, we get that 🙂
- Baseball card packs (or football, soccer, etc)
- Dad’s favorite type of candy
- Those little screwdriver sets that come in handy for replacing batteries on small toys
- Silly tabletop games
- That triangle peg game
- Accessories, tools, or office supplies that dad likes to keep on hand (which the kids inevitably “borrow”):
- Little notebooks
- Charging ports
- Measuring tape
Cheap Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Kids
By “cheap,” we mean “inexpensive.” Aside from the dollar store gift ideas from very young kids mentioned above, we generally want to teach kids to avoid gifting cheap and useless junk.
Instead, consider the items and options on this list, think about who the dad is as a person and what he enjoys or appreciates, and come up with something that is thoughtful yet affordable.
Here are a few ideas.
- Movies from the bargain bins
- Fun eyeglass holder
- Water bottle
- Travel mug
- Framed photo
- “Best Dad Ever” beanie
- An interesting book
- Bedside clock
- NFL team-themed pens
- A puzzle you can work on together
- “If you can read this, bring me coffee” socks
This last Christmas, both my kids gave me coupons for something cheap that they know I like but rarely “splurge” on – a cup of ice cream from Sam’s Club (aka Costco). Each kid, at different times, went with me on a shopping trip and bought me a fro yo with their own money. It was, quite literally, very sweet.
Thrift Store Father’s Day Gifts from Kids
With a few bucks in their pockets and Father’s Day approaching, thrift stores are where it’s at. Seriously.
You can find legit great products, “gently used,” for a fraction of the full retail price. All you have to do is hunt around a bit.
It’s also not too difficult to find some fun media items, quirky coffee mugs, ties, vintage t-shirts, or random items of interest to your particular dad. And most of it can be had for five bucks or less.
Here are some suggestions for thrift store Father’s Day gifts from kids:
- Vinyl records
- Coffee mugs
- Holiday ornaments (probably on sale, this time of year)
- Vintage t-shirts
- Vintage pocket handkerchiefs
- Dress shirts (be sure to write down dad’s sizes!)
- Tie clips
- Cuff links
- Board games
- Fun sports equipment to play out back with the kids… think:
- Baseballs, bats, and gloves
- Whiffle ball and bat
- Soccer ball
- Tennis rackets
- Hockey sticks and a tennis ball to play in the street
- Those fuzzy velcro “gloves” and a tennis ball
- Nerf guns
Father’s Day Gifts to Chip In With Mom
We had the “Dollar Store” and “Cheap Father’s Day Gifts” sections, which focused on $1-2 gifts and $3 to, maybe, $10 gifts, respectively.
Now we’re going to look at some genuinely nice gifts for dad that might require mom or grandma to chip in a bit.
(At least, if your kids get what MY kids get for an allowance. If you give your kids $10 or $20 a week or more, they should be fine with anything in this section. It might require a tiny bit of saving. Which is fine, saving builds character. Says I.)
- Personalized tumbler mug
- Custom wall-mounted bottle opener
- Fill-in-the-blank “what I love about Dad” journal
- Personalized mini Bluetooth speakers
- Personalized leather wallet
- “I couldn’t pick a better dad” stainless steel guitar pick for musician dad
- Custom “We flippin’ love you” spatula for grillmaster dad
- Engraved fishing lure for fisherman dad
- Memory foam slippers for a dad who loves to lounge
- Mini waving inflatable tube guy for dads with a sense of humor
- Potty putter novelty golf game for a dad who loves golf
- Custom engraved old-fashioned pocket knife for outdoorsy dads
So now you’ve taken care of the Father’s Day gifts from the kids! Congrats and well done.
But how about you, mom? What are you going to get your hubs this year on his special day? You can’t go wrong with any of these 15 Personalized Father’s Day Gifts for an Awesome Dad.