Father’s Day gifts from the kids: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Nothing is sweeter than a Father’s Day gift that really truly comes from the kids. Whether they make a card (still our all-time favorite gift), get crafty, or pick out something a little fancier, here are some fun Father’s Day gift ideas “from the kids.” Even if they’re not the ones paying. Yet.

Also: Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below.

Father’s Day photo from the kids (above)
It’s so easy to have them hold big letters from a craft store, or just their own letters hand-colored onto construction paper. (Free tutorial at No Biggie)

Custom Father's Day ice cream on Cool Mom Picks

Custom Father’s Day ice cream
We’ve been longtime fans of the delicious ice creams from eCreamery, especially the flavors in the Father’s Day collection. (Sea Salt Caramel with Chocolate Covered Pretzels? ZOMG.) Plus the labels have names like World’s Coolest Dad and Dad’s Breakfast of Champions. Cheap? No way. Remembered long after the carton is empty? You bet. ($49.99 per half-gallon, $89.99 per gallon, at eCreamery)

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Color an illustration of dad from a photo
Upload a pic of dad and print out coloring pages that the kids can turn into cards and crafts. Or they can just frame them on their own–once they’ve gone to town with their 64-pack of Crayolas, of course.  (Free with code on Crayola box; photo via Andy Hinds)

Parents night out pad for Father's Day on Cool Mom Picks

Parents’ Night Out Pad
Aw, how sweet of the baby to give you both a night out, and maybe even a sitter for the night. The baby knows you so well! ($8 at Give Simple)

Cooper & Kid Activity Box for Father's Day on Cool Mom Picks

Cooper & Kid Activity Box for Dad
There’s hardly a kid who wouldn’t like more time with his dad or grandpa, and this kit makes it super easy. Ideally it will become a subscription series, but for now the “How Things Fly” kit is an awesome place to start, with well-curated toys and activities for building, flying, playing, cooking dinner together, and even bedtime story-reading. And the box itself becomes a toy too. ($65, Cooper & Kid)

Dad's Book of Awesome Projects on Cool Mom Picks

Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects
We’re in love with this book by Mike Adamick, which lets dads get crafty with the kids too. You can even package it with some of the supplies needed, so he can get going with the kids as soon as he cracks it open. ($12.63, Amazon)


EXTRA-COOL: WIN IT! We’re so excited to give away a Father’s Day gift pack valued at more than $550!


Father's Day Gift Guide giveaway | Cool Mom Picks

1. Jack Spade Canvas Messenger Bag 2. MOUTH World’s Greatest Dad Gourmet Basket 3. Complete Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-Ray Collection 4. Daddy Keychain by Lisa Leonard 5. Dove Men+Care Gift Pack for skin, face, body and hair  6.Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects  7. Native Union Switch Bluetooth Speaker

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Great homemade Father’s Day gift ideas

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.


  • Reply June 8, 2013


    great ideas!

  • Reply June 10, 2013


    I love the Dad’s book of Awesome Projects! My hubby would too!

  • Reply June 10, 2013


    Aqua impact Antiperspirant

  • Reply June 10, 2013


    Extra Fresh Body Wash

  • Reply June 11, 2013

    Angela Thompson

    I have to say the box of stuff to do with dad. I so hope I can pull the money together to get this for the boys and their dad. Subscription would be even cooler! Thank you thank you for this idea!!

  • Reply June 11, 2013


    My husband loves the Dove Mens + Care Shampoo/conditioner. It smells nice.

  • Reply June 12, 2013


    Hubby would most likely want to try the Dove Extra Fresh Antiperspirant

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Patricia Cominsky

    My hubby loves the dove + care men’s fresh body wash!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Megan C

    I think the Dove item my husband would most love is the Fresh Awake Body Wash. megancrose@gmail.com

  • Reply June 12, 2013


    My hubs doesn’t have hair so I’m going to have to go with the extra fresh antiperspirant :)

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    I think my husband would like the Clean Comfort Body & Face Wash the best.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Theresa J

    My husband would love the Clinical protection anti perspirant

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    Jack Spade Canvas Messenger Bag!

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    More fun ideas – thanks! Our Dad would like the DOVE + CARE face lotion.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Tracy G

    My hubby would love the Jack Spade bag…

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    The activity box looks fun!

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    Native Union Bluetooth Switch Speaker!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Meaghan Healy Cisneros

    My husband love the antiperspirant and would try the body wash!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Allison Appell

    He’d like the Dove after shave balm.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    dina gundersen

    my hubby uses the Body & face wash now – and i’m so glad, b/c now he keeps his hands of MY Dove soap bar!

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    I think he would like the Dove face lotion.

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Kristine R.

    The 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Tara Jane

    Fresh Awake Body Wash

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Kyle Anne Uniss

    I think my husband would love the Clinical Protection Antiperspirant.

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    The Fresh body wash is really great

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Melissa M

    I think my man would really like Dove Extra Fresh Body Wash!

  • Reply June 13, 2013

    Amanda Alvarado

    I think my hubby would like the Body Wash!

  • Reply June 13, 2013


    Fresh wash

  • Reply June 14, 2013


    The dad in our house would love the Native Union Switch Bluetooth Speaker.

  • Reply June 14, 2013



  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Jess Trabulsie

    The DOVE + CARE MEN’S ITEM my husband loves best is the line of soaps. I was always getting on him to use cologne but with this soap, he smells amazing all day!

  • Reply June 14, 2013


    He would like the Sensitive Face Wash.

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Jennifer K. C.

    I think my husband would like the Dove® Men+CareTM Fresh Clean Fortifying 2

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Kristin Kish

    Extra Fresh Body Wash

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Erin S.

    My husband would most likely want to try the Dove Men’s Care Body and Face Wash and/or the Shampoo & Conditioner.

  • Reply June 15, 2013


    Dove + Care Hydrating shave gel

  • Reply June 15, 2013

    Jodi Smith

    Fresh Awake Body Wash

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    Brian E.

    Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects !!!

  • Reply June 16, 2013


    The gift pack, ESP the face and shaving stuff from dove

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