Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, 2009. Started by Sonora Dodd to honor her father who raised five children alone after the Civil War, President Coolidge supported the idea, Lyndon signed a proclamation, and in 1972 it was official.

The MAKE team has put together some ideas for gifts to make, buy, and give this Father’s Day. Got a story about a dad in your life? Post it up in the comments. Click through to read our huge guide!


Is Dad’s back crooked because of his massive old wallet? Get or make him a new one this weekend and encourage him to lighten spine-wrenching load. Or at least to move it to the front pocket.


For an understated nod to Dad’s makerdom during fancy occasions, he’ll need a pair of cufflinks. Check these out for inspiration for what to buy or make:

Grilling and Food

There’s some primal reason Dad loves fire and meat, usually together. Build him a smoker, a grill, or show him how to brew his own beer for the perfect BBQ.



Ties are a classic Father’s Day gift. Spice it up by buying handmade with an emphasis on Dad’s personal style.

Gifts for Dad from MAKE!

DIY for Dad

Get dad a MAKE gift subscription with our special Father’s Day promo code and get four issues for $24.95 – a great deal! Gift subscriptions come with automatic notification to Dad, but you can also print out this PDF card for the occasion. Pictured above is MAKE editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder building a robot with his daughter Sarina on the cover of Volume 10.


It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without tools!


Maker Shed Gift Certificates

Can’t decide what to get, or just want Dad to pick something out? Maker Shed gift certificates won’t disappoint. No expiration, no fees, just pure maker joy.

Share your Dad stories in the comments below!