If there’s one thing that men love more on Father’s Day than love from their own kids, it’s love from their grandchildren. So when June 20 rolls around, make sure not to forget those beloved grandfathers, grandpas, papas and pop-pops in our lives with something special.
And don’t forget to throw in a handmade card from the kids.
Feeling crafty? Make your own folded Father’s Day cards (at top) with this folded shirt card tutorial at Martha Stewart. All you need is decorative paper and some glue.
This stunning recycled sterling silver custom key chain is one of the nicest we’ve seen. And so much cooler than anything at the mall. Customize it with the kids’ nickname for him. ($145 from Heart and Stone Jewelry)
Or if you’ve got a smallish brood, check out the custom family tree key chain from Lisa Leonard which is really lovely and can be customized with up to 38 characters. ($145)
Also from Martha Stewart, an easy how-to for making cute Father’s Day coupons. For Grandpa, think about brunch with the grandkids, a dozen of his favorite cookies, a free car wash, or a get-out-of-Thanksgiving-dishes-free card. (Heh.)
As an alternative to a tie, handwoven silk Trafalgar suspenders are simply gorgeous. Take a look at the limited edition designs including these leatherhead braces for something really special. ($80-195)
If your patriarchs are nostalgia buffs like ours are, look into grabbing a vintage Time Magazine from the week he was born. They go back to 1923. (starting at $15.95)
The custom portraits from Emmie Bean are funky and affordable. Send in your favorite snapshot, and the artist will digitally illustrate it into an 11×14 or 12×12 piece of art. ($50, plus $10 for each additional prints.)
For a shutterbug Grandpa with loads of old photos, Yes Video lets you convert old slides into a DVD ($24.99/first 40 slides). Package it in this sweet once upon a time CD case. ($20 from felt + wire shop)
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