Make Dad Smile this Father’s Day!

I don’t know about you, friends, but I find that the men in my life are the hardest ones to buy for.  Despite the stereotypes, neither my hubby or my dad needs another necktie…and the truth is, they both already have everything they need.  And yet, as Father’s Day rolls around, I have the job of coming up with great gifts for them to show them how much they’re loved and appreciated.  I decided to ask Little Crafter if he had any ideas that would make his daddy smile this year, and as it turned out, he did!  Here’s what he said:

“Mommy, I think what Daddy would love most of all is more time with us.”

And you know what?  I think he’s exactly right.  Our schedule lately has been pretty crazy between some extra things at hubby’s work, end-of-school events, and my rehearsals for the Sound of Music.  We hardly have any time at all for the three of us just to enjoy each other.  But how do you give someone the gift of time?  Here’s the best way I could come up with:

Father's Day Gift of Time

Friends, this may be the easiest project I’ve ever put together.  All you need is:

– small glass jar
– strip of burlap {mine is David Tutera}
– wooden letter tiles
– ribbon
– hot glue gun and glue
– paper and marker

Father's Day Gift of Time Jar

To decorate the outside of the jar, I cut and wrapped a strip of burlap around it and hot glued it in place with the ends overlapping just slightly.  Then, I chose letter tiles to spell out “DAD” and glued them on the front, using the lines in the burlap as a guide to keep them straight.  Finally, I tied a piece of ribbon around the top and trimmed the ends.  It took me less than five minutes to do.


Then, I cut small strips of paper that were 3″ by 1″ and wrote an activity on each one that all of us enjoy doing together.  Some are free, like a picnic in the park, a walk around the neighborhood, or a family movie night at home with popcorn.  Others involve a little travel and money, like a treat date at Starbucks, a trip to Sweet Frog from some fro yo, or breakfast at Panera.  I also included a few day trips, like hiking at a State Park and visiting Alexandria again.

Father's Day Gift Jar

You can use as many or as few pieces of paper as you want, and the activities are entirely up to you, just make sure they’re things the whole family enjoys doing together.  Once the strips of paper were complete, all that was left to do was place them in the jar.  Throughout the year, hubby can open it up and choose a family activity whenever he likes!

Father's Day Gift of Time Jar

I just know this gift is going to put a huge smile on his face, not just on Father’s Day, but every time we use it and spend quality time together.

Speaking of which, there’s another gift you can get for hubby and dad {especially since my jar idea is practically free!} to help him take care of his smile.  Did you know that Oral-B is the #1 dentist recommended toothbrush worldwide?  And the Oral-B Black Professional Care 1000 removes up to 5X more plaque along the gumline vs. a regular manual toothbrush!  At Target, you can find a Limited Edition that includes a travel case {wish I had one!} and a Deep Sweep brush head too.  We use Oral-B electric toothbrushes here in the Artsy Family, and here’s what I can tell you about mine.

1. I haven’t had a single cavity since I switched from manual to electric about ten years ago.
2. I hate traveling without it.  Ask anyone who has roomed with me for a blog conference and they’ll tell you I whined that my teeth don’t feel clean when I use my manual brush.

Here’s the fun part… Oral-B at Target is hosting a Power Dad’s Smile Everyday Sweepstakes right now with over $1000 in prizes!  To enter, all you have to do is share a photo of you and your dad on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #oralbsweeps between now and June 15.  You could win the Father’s Day Power Bundle which includes the Oral-B Black ProfessionalCare 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush, the Braun Series 7 760 shaver and a $250 Target GiftCard!

Want to see the photo I’m entering?  I can’t wait to see yours!



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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