Father’s day is Sunday, June 19, 2011. 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.

Dad deserves something special this year. After all, he made you! Here are some gift ideas to get the Father’s Day wheels turning. We’re giving away a one-year subscription to MAKE, just let us know why Dad deserves a subscription in the comments below. One winner will get a year’s subscription for his/her Dad, and comments close Wednesday June 8th at the stroke of midnight PT.

Workshop essentials


Outfit Dad’s workbench with the best.

Cooking gear


I asked my dad the chef to tell me what’s hot in his kitchen lately, and his suggestions don’t disappoint:

Ties, wallets, and cufflinks

Get Dad the best handmade accessories that show off his (or your) appreciation for DIY.


Circuit board tie

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Wrench cufflinks


Recycled plaid shirt wallet

Gifts for Dad from MAKE and Maker Shed!


Get a gift subscription for Dad! When you order a gift subscription, we’ll send a notification to your recipient. But we want to give you the option of notifying them in style. Here’s a special PDF just for Dad that you can print out and give him in person. Be sure to let us know why your dad deserves a subscription to MAKE in the comments below, and you could win him a one year subscription!


Tools: Who doesn’t love tools? Keep your dad making into the future with a fresh addition to his collection.


Arduino: Processing power in the palm of your hand! We’ve got plenty of flavors and condiments to try.


Books: Give your dad the inspiration to make new projects, and the instructions to get there! Here are some books for Dad.