Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Gift For Dad

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Mike and I are very lucky to have both of our amazing dads in our lives.  They are both incredibly strong men and have been with us through thick and thin.  Living across the country from them, we definitely miss them all the time.  For Father's Day, it was so important for us to show them how important they are to us.  I created these Charleston-themed letter art prints for them, and best part is that we got to see both of them last weekend and celebrate Father's Day early, so I'm not even spoiling the surprise today!  If you're looking for a perfect last-minute gift before the big day (this Sunday!!), these have already been vetted and our dads loved them!
A couple of weeks ago, we started our shopping at Walmart in their American Greetings card section.  Not only do they have a huge assortment of cards for all different kinds of dads, they also have gift wrapping in different colors and styles to fit every dad's personality.
 Speaking of personalities, I recently took this "What Kind of Dad Do You Have survey below.  Mine came out as the "All-American" dad, which makes perfect sense because my dad loves sports, spending time outside, and being with his family.

Since Charleston is an "All-American" city, I thought that local photos taken by us around our new home would be perfect!  Here's how to put together a perfectly personalized gift for your dad:
1. Walk around your town and find different things in plain sight that look like the letters of the alphabet.  We found a live oak tree, the Ravenel Bridge, and a Charleston gate to make "D-A-D."  While we chose to make ours themed to our city, other ideas are using a favorite past-time of your dad like golf, fishing, or baseball.  You could even manipulate items you find around the house like dad's tools or letters from his favorite books!
2. Print out your letters according to the size photo frame you purchase.  I found these perfect frames for three 4x6 photos at Walmart.
3. Slide the photos into each pocket and close the frame.
4. Wrap each frame in American Greetings Father's Day-themed tissue paper and place it in a coordinating bag.
5. Last, but not least, don't forget to sign your cards!
My dad has always loved my "homemade gifts," and trust me, he's received a lot of them.  From coupon books to key chains for his golf bag and everything possible made with handprints, he's seen them all.  This gift is still homemade and from the heart, but a bit more suitable from his 27 (not 5) year-old daughter.  My dad is someone who I can share anything with, supports me no matter what, and is always there for a good laugh - I am definitely a lucky daughter!

How are you celebrating an important dad in your life this weekend?  If you need more ideas, check out the American Greetings DIY hub!


Lauren Honeycutt said...

This is SUCH an amazing idea! I never thought to just look around my own city for letter shapes, but I'm sure that there are tons of them in Baltimore!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOVE this idea! My dad loves homemade gifts too, they just mean so much more than a quick gift card or a round of golf (which he also loves). Your dad is going to love this :-D
Green Fashionista

Missy said...

This is such a cute idea! I want to do that now for my dad and my mom for next mother's day. We have lots of cool stuff here in New Orleans do take photos of just like you do in a a similarly historic city!

Unknown said...

what a creative and thoughtful idea - I would need to spend some good time walking around my city to find letters -- I'm not super creative! #client

Pink and Green Mom said...

Cute idea!!!!

Jen said...

This is such an awesome idea!!! I love it. :) My Dad is pretty amazing and I have been lucky to have him in my life.

P!nky said...

Great ideas, lady!

Christina Lea Loves said...

What a cute gift! And your wrapping is adorable!

Anonymous said...

These turned out great, love it!

Macy V said...

I really want to make letter photos like these! What a great idea- the wrapping is awesome!

Hippie in Heels said...

What a great idea!!! I will have to remember this for next year!

Anonymous said...

oh what a terrific idea spelling out dad like that with local scenery!! i love that!

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