The Best Father’s Day Gift is a Project You Can Do Together: 13 Simple Ideas!

The Best Father’s Day Gift is a Project You Can Do Together: 13 Simple Ideas!
This Father’s Day, ditch the ties.

Father's Day is, in fact, the most difficult holiday for gifting. Period.

Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a dad that you want to celebrate, what do you get him? As a kid, he taught you to ride a bike, save your pennies, and treat tools with respect. Maybe he taught you how to keep plants alive, play the ukulele, or cook perfect scrambled eggs. Now that you’re an adult, what object do you give him that perfectly says, “Hey, thanks for keeping me alive and teaching me all that stuff”?

Here at Primer, we asked ourselves that question. The answer that came up for us was, simply, there is no such object. Think back to childhood – when did you spend the most time with your dad? The answer: learning a new skill or working on a project.

So we scoured the internet to find the best experiential gifts that a credit card can secure because the best Father's Day gift isn’t a thing – it’s a project, activity, or experience.

This Father’s Day, thank your dad properly… and have fun doing it.

2x4basics 90110ONLMI Custom Flip Top Bench to Table, Sand

2X4 Basics Flip Top Bench-to-Table

Amazon, $48.95

This flip table bench kit from 2×4 Basics gives you all the supplies you need to make a sturdy, handsome piece of furniture. Just add some 2x4s and you’re good to go.

There are also picnic tables, work benches, and patio furniture in the Amazon shop.

Wilson TDS Composite Football   Official Size

Wilson Official Collegiate Football

Amazon, $29

Whether you’re already a football diehard or not, tossing the pigskin with Dad is an American trope for a reason: it’s fun. Pick up the official version for less than a pair of movie tickets. Just imagine his face, when as an adult you ask him, “Hey dad, you wanna throw the ball for awhile?”

Best Value Cedar Raised Garden Bed Planter 48" W x 48" L x 7" H

Raised Bed Garden Kit

Amazon, $41.99

For the intermediate gardener, this raised bed kit makes growing vegetables in the backyard feasible, even with limited space. Greenes Fence is a trusted brand for quality cedar garden beds.

Estes 1948 Big Bertha Flying Model Rocket Kit

Estes Big Bertha Model Rocket

Amazon, $21.50

Model rockets are another classic “thing to do with your dad” that many of us never actually did. Make up for lost time with the highly reviewed Estes “Big Bertha.”

If your pops is an aerospace fandad, try this sweet SR-72 Darkbird replica.

Northern Brewer 1 Gallon Craft Beer Making Starter Kit with Caribou Slobber Beer Recipe Kit   Equipment and Ingredients for Homebrewing

Northern Brewer Beer Kit

Amazon, $49.99

There are a lot of homebrew beer kits out there, but this one from Northern Brewer boasts a truly all-in-one experience, six styles to choose from, instructional DVD, and solid customer service to answer all of your questions.

Thoughtfully Gifts, Mason Jar Garden, Grow Your Own Herbs Gift Set, Contains Rosemary, Basil and Sage Seeds with 6 Soil Pods

Herb Garden Kit

Amazon, $29.99

If your pops has a green thumb, or would like to, this indoor herb garden kit is a great way to quickly get started. These are quick to assemble, and quick to get growing.

Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit

Ricotta & Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit

Amazon, $29.95

This basic cheesemaking kit from New England Cheesemaking Supply is the gold standard for beginner cheesemakers. All you need is a gallon of milk and a pot, and you can have fresh ricotta or mozzarella in under an hour.

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Concrete Planter Mold

Etsy, $29.99

Decorative concrete planters are easy to make, and easy to utilize. These silicone molds make a polished end product; simply pick up some concrete mix from Home Depot and get going.

Here’s another quirky option for succulents or a rock garden.

X Mount Class III Starter Kit Receiver Hitch

DIY Hitch Kit

Home Depot, $25-$75

Give your dad the gift of towing. If he doesn’t already have a hitch installed, chances are he’ll be glad to have the help now.

Osprey Packs Daylite Daypack

Osprey Daypack

Amazon, $49.99

If your dad has been wanting to get outdoors, this Osprey daypack is a great choice for hiking, cycling, and traveling. Osprey is known for lightweight and high quality gear at reasonable prices.

Whole Leaf Cigar Rolling Starter Kits

Cigar Rolling Kit

Whole Leaf, $48.99

Whole Leaf offers an all-in-one box that makes 8 cigars, and includes basic tools to reuse if you like the finished product.

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DIY Roof Rack

This DIY project went viral a few years ago (a lifetime in internet years). Make a secure and functional roof rack from 2x4s and a few pieces of simple hardware.

Trek FX 1 bike

Trek FX1

Trek Bikes, $429.99

If dad got you riding a bike, maybe it’s time to return the favor. The FX 1 from Trek is as good as it gets for fitness bikes in the under-$500 range.

What project are you doing with your dad this Father’s Day? Share it in the comments below!

Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown is a writer and TV producer who has created prime time content for National Geographic, Discovery, Travel Channel and many others. His interests span science & the natural world, personal growth, and food. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.