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8 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts for the Procrastinator's Papa

by , 06/16/12
filed under: DIY, Holiday Gift Guide

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Do you and your dad share a love of nature? If so, honor him by sending the Nature Conservancy a donation in his name. He’ll receive a Father’s Day eCard with one of three designs inspired by the great outdoors.

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Does your dad prefer an ice cold brew to a fancy, expensive gift hands down? If so, give him the gift of green booze with a refreshing organic beer like Peak Organic or if he’s more of an oenophile, a tasty wine from a sustainably-managed vineyard like Wolffer Estate.

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If your dad’s the guy at family gathering who’s always snapping photos, make him a handy homemade strap for his camera out of an old tie. It’s an easy project to do last minute that will seem like you planned it for weeks in advance.

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Here’s a last minute gift that fathers who value practicality and frugality will truly appreciate – swap out all of your dad’s energy-guzzling incandescent bulbs with LEDs. It’s a task that he might have been thinking of doing himself but may not have known where to start and he’ll think of what a smart kid he has every time he sees his (lower) monthly energy bill.

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Get your nature-loving dad a gift that he’ll be able to enjoy all year – a subscription to National Geographic. He’ll get a new issue every month as well as complete online access to every issue published from 1888-2010.

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Is the way to your dad’s heart through his stomach? If so, cooking a nice meal for him is the sincerest way to show him how much you care, and it’s also something that you can totally do last minute while still looking like you put a lot of effort into it.

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Honor the man who gave you roots, shelter and a strong shoulder to lean on by planting a tree in his name! It will make the world a better place (just like your father does) and it will last way longer than another necktie.

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If your pops has a bunch of records that are just sitting around in his basement, why not turn one of them (ask for his permission first!) into a retro-tastic LP clock? It’ll get a lot more play hanging on his wall than it will in a box somewhere.

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Give your papa the gift of homemade pickles with this super easy pickling DIY that you can whip up before he can say “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”

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If your father appreciates a fine wine, introduce him to some new organic varieties by signing him up for a monthly wine club. He’ll light up every time he receives a shipment and hopefully you can be there with him to share a bottle.

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  1. missdjgemz June 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love that camera strap tie idea. I would be a little scared about how sturdy it would be though. Another gift idea is to treat your father to a movie! BuyWithCause is a site where you can purchase 2 tickets to any AMC theater and 20% of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Check it out here:http://bit.ly/fdbl1

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