According to the screamingly massive display of barbecue-and-football-themed cards I saw at Target last weekend, Father’s Day is coming up. We’ve covered some gift ideas in the past, so if you’re looking for inspiration, check here and here.
This time around I thought I’d focus on a few keepsake-type Father’s Day gifts that incorporate photos. What father can resist photos of his own adorable children? Sure, he may have preferred that fancy stainless steel infrared grill, but hey, it’s not like we got diamonds on Mother’s Day, IS IT?
Commemorative dad’s t-shirt. I did this last year, and it was a cinch even for a craft-challenged person like myself. Using fingerpaint, I got prints of my kids’ hands and feet on a piece of white paper (not a super easy task with a 2-year-old and a baby, but I did it in the backyard so the mess was at least kept out of the house) then photographed the result. I then used the image to create my own shirt design on Zazzle.com, with the hand/foot graphic on the front and “Father’s Day 2008″ on the back.
Photo mug. Slap your kid’s mug on a mug and presto, it’s all meaningful and stuff. Plus: holds coffee. Plus plus: it doesn’t say “World’s Best Dad”, even if he is.
Flip book. These are fun, you just upload a short movie file (of dad romping with the kids, maybe?) to the FlipClips website and they do the work of making a custom printed flipbook for you. I made one of these once and it’s really neat — the picture quality is a little pixellated, as you might expect, but the Presto-Neato Flipping Action makes up for it.
Boston Locket. I love this little gift: it’s a small wooden box that holds a clay photo tile, along with a tiny scrolled paper on which you (or the kids) can write a secret note for dad. You can customize it with a keyring or clasped chain. Unfortunately, Father’s Day rush orders end tomorrow, but maybe something to remember for an upcoming birthday or something?
Dad/Kid old/new photo. Here’s a cute idea I found on the Kodak website: if you have any old photos of Dad when he was little, try and get a current one of the kids in a similar pose. How neat would that be, framed side by side? Especially if they were both doing something awesome like peeing in a bush.