Father’s Day is, surprise! tomorrow, but with a busy week at work, finding the time to shop around for the perfect gift isn’t easy. Clearly — you have less than 24 hours to come up with something interesting and how many times can you give Dad a collared shirt and tie? After the jump, find five creative things you can make for your dad this year instead of buying another item for his closet. Plus, we’re sharing some fool-proof recipes he’ll absolutely love. 5 Creative and Easy Gifts You Can Make Dad
- Picture frame: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Find a picture of you and your dad for him to keep on his desk at work or in his room at home. Seeing your grinning face is sure to make him smile on Father’s Day, especially if he can see it even when you’re not around.
- Scrapbook of memories: Making a scrapbook is fun, easy, and a great way to remember a trip that you took together or simply some great times you’ve shared. By putting together a scrapbook of memories, you’ll keep them fresh in his mind and give him something to look back on when he’s missing you.
- Photo collage in a frame: Sometimes dads aren’t the most decorative when it comes to their house, office, or apartment, and they need a woman’s touch. Pick out a frame that holds a bunch of photos and matches his office, bedroom, apartment, or any place you think he might need some decoration. Place the pictures in the frame and give it to Dad as a gift. This way, you’ll know that his place will be nicely decorated and he’ll remember who helped him do it.
- Gift basket filled with some of his favorite things: Picking out one gift is never easy because you either don’t want to spend too much or not enough and you’ll never know if he’ll truly like it. However, you’re bound to get at least one of the gifts right if you fill a small gift basket with a few items your dad might like.
- Dinner: So money hasn’t been the easiest thing to come by this month, but you still need to let dad know how much he means to you. Well, you don’t need to be a master chef to make a great meal for dad. Look below for some easy-to-make meals to thank him for all the times he made sure you didn’t starve!
The Health-Conscious Dad will enjoy green bean casserole and a garden salad with grilled chicken.
The BBQing Dad will gobble up a skirt steak, parmesan-crusted asparagus, and corn on the cob.
The Burger-Loving Dad will devour a blue cheese burger, balsamic portobello mushrooms, and french fries. (This is one of my favorite meals, so I gave two of my recipes below — you can use frozen french fries because dad will be really impressed with the rest of the meal and who wants to make fries from scratch?)
BURGER-LOVING DAD RECIPES
Bleu Cheese Burgers
You will need:
- 1 pound chopped meat
- 1/4 white onion chopped fine
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Preheat a skillet or frying pan on the stove set to medium heat.
- Mix the chopped meat, breadcrumbs, egg, and chopped onion in a bowl.
- Then, roll the meat into patties about 1 1/2 inches thick
- Mix about 1 tablespoon of bleu cheese crumbles into each individual patty (or more if you’d like)
- Place burgers on skillet or frying pan and cover. Cook until desired.
Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms
You will need:
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- 4 large portobello mushrooms
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Set stovetop to medium heat.
- Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a frying pan.
- Chop the cloves of garlic into fine pieces and place in the oil.
- Slice the portobello mushrooms, with the bottom facing up, into 1/4 inch thick long slices.
- Place the mushrooms in the pan with oil and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until tender, shrunken a little, and a bit darker in color.
- Add in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and simmer with the top on for about five minutes then serve!