Father's Day Gift Guide + Giveaway

It's almost Father's Day (June 18th) and so I put together a fun list of Father's Day Gift ideas.

Plus...drumroll please....there is a GIVEAWAY!

{One reader will read a copy of The Good That Men Can Do by D. Todd Christofferson}


The Good that Men Can Do by D. Todd Christofferson


"Fathers are fundamental in the divine plan of happiness," writes Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "I want to raise a voice of encouragement for those who are striving to fill well that calling. I wish to focus on the good that men can do in the highest of masculine roles: husband and father."

Based on his "Fathers" talk, given during the April 2016 general conference, this thoughtful new book contains insights and inspiration about the eternal role of men. Complete with beautiful photography and typography, The Good That Men Can Do uplifts, encourages, and honors husbands and fathers of all ages and walks of life as they share responsibility with our Heavenly Father to nurture His children.

About the author:

Elder D. Todd Christofferson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008. At the time of his call, he was serving in the Presidency of the Seventy.

Born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Elder Christofferson graduated from high school in New Jersey, and he served a mission in Argentina. He then went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Duke University.

Prior to his service as a full-time General Authority of the Church, Elder Christofferson was associate general counsel of NationsBank Corporation (now Bank of America) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel for Commerce Union Bank of Tennessee in Nashville, where he was also active in community affairs and interfaith organizations. From 1975 to 1980, Elder Christofferson practiced law in Washington, D.C., after serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica from 1972 to 1974.

Elder Christofferson and his wife, Katherine Jacob Christofferson, are the parents of five children.

In Emilee's opinion:

I enjoyed reading this book to my son. I especially loved that this book was taken from a talk given by D. Todd Christofferson. I loved the quotes, "Fatherhood requires a sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction even joy" and "The Lord expects fathers to help shape their children, and children want and need a model." Christofferson also spoke about how sometimes despite their best efforts, one cannot fulfill all the duties and functions of fathers. And sometimes fathers may be physically present but emotionally absent, inattentive and non supportive. There are reasons for these type of fathers and it is okay. We all just need to try our best despite our circumstances. Also, one could have a mental illness and it may be tough for them to carry their duties as fathers. I really liked this talk and was glad I read it all the way through. The pictures were well done but I noticed most of the photos were taken from shutterstock. It wasn't a terrible idea but it just surprised me that Deseret Book didn't hire a photographer to take photos for the book. Overall, I was pretty impressed with The Good that Men Could do by D. Todd Christofferson and think it would make a wonderful Father's Day gift.


Shutterfly's Photo Book

As I was reviewing The Good that Men Can Do, I thought that one could create a fun photo book through Shutterfly to give to their dad. You could put pictures of your dad and fun sayings or you could create short stories from personal talks or testimonies and give them to your dad. He would love to read your own testimony or talk given in church.



{Life is what it's called by Sandra Meaders}

As Father's Day is an occasion to say thank you to dads around the world, thank you gifts from GiftTree like personalized wine crates and artisan cheeses may make for great presents to give! Another great gift idea for Father’s Day is to have your kids decorate a tie for dad. To decorate a tie, get a plain white tie (polyester or cotton tie). I was able to find one for about $5 on Amazon including shipping. This is a rather economical idea, but if you are looking to give something a little bigger then you might want to check out the Perfect Gift Guide online for more wisdom. You will also need to choose a medium to decorate the tie: fabric markers, crayons or paint. My kids decorated their tie for dad using Crayola Fine Line Markers, 10 ct. I’ve used fabric crayons in the past and they’re not as vibrant and fabric paint seemed too messy for young kids. The fabric markers were vibrant and easy for kids to use. To get started, lay the white tie on a piece of cardboard/newspaper so the marker won’t get on other surfaces. It’s always a good idea to cover surfaces when crafting with kids especially if it’s permanent. The kids picked the colors they thought dad would like and I let them both decorate the tie at the same time. I had debated about letting them each do their own tie, but I figured they might get upset if daddy is not wearing both ties for Father’s Day. Allowing them both to work on the tie, helps them to develop team work and then daddy doesn’t have to choose one tie over another. After they were done coloring, I placed the tie in the dryer on the warmest setting to let the color set. It’s a super, easy craft and a great way for kids to make something special for dad. This is also a great craft to do for grandpas too!


Father's Day Mad Libs FREE Printable

{Par-tay like a Cherry by Alia Cherry}

There are so many cute Father’s Day questionnaires and fill in the blanks out there! I wanted to make one a little different than what I’ve seen, more of a mad libs style story about their Dad. They might not know about their Dad as a baby, so this can be a good opportunity to call Grandma on the phone and hear some stories! Or you can tell them what you know… OR they can just make it up (which often can lead to the best answers!).

father's day mad libs free printable

I had my boys fill it out to test the waters:

father's day mad libs free printable

To download this free printable just follow the button below, and please follow along on pinterest to make sure you aren’t missing any other freebies!
{Head on over to HERE to download the Father's Day Mad Lib for FREE}

father's day mad libs free printable

I hope you liked the ideas that we all came up with. There are so many different ideas you could do for small to large budgets. The best gifts come from the heart. I love that we can honor our father's and tell them how much we appreciate them. What Father's Day gift will you be giving your father this year?

Are you ready for the amazing GIVEAWAY? Again, one reader will win a copy of The Good that Men Can Do by D. Todd Christofferson.

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Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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