Low Prep Father’s Day Gift: Daddy & Me Activity Jar

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Father’s Day gifts always pose a challenge for me. Not only do I struggle with not being a fan of the holiday in general (which you can read about here if you too are missing your Dad incredibly much this time of year), but my husband also can never think of any gift that he would like to receive outside of some drawings from our kids. And since he spoils me rotten on Mother’s Day, I always want to make him feel special and loved on Father’s Day….even if I wait until the last minute because I am in denial that Father’s Day is on its way. So procrastinators, rejoice! Here is a meaningful yet low prep and frugal Father’s Day gift that will be enjoyed all year long: A Daddy & Me Activity Jar.

So, I have lots of popular articles on Pinterest, but let me tell you….I am by no means Pinterest perfect. I lean towards easy, low prep, and affordable gifts that will make the special people in my lives feel loved. All you need for this amazing Father’s Day gift is a glass jar (pull one out of the recycling bin if need be—just be sure to add a splash of bleach to get rid of any smells), a marker, and some colorful pieces of paper. That’s it!

This straightforward gift is as simple as possible. Write down fun things that the kids like to do with Dad on strips of paper. The activities can be as broad or as specific as possible. We like to organize the activities a bit by using different color papers to write the activities on (for example, green for “free” activities, purple for special weekend long activities, blue for activities that are outside….you get the picture). Once the jar is filled to the top it is ready to lead the way to fun. Simply reach a hand into the jar and pick out a strip of paper when you are looking for something fun to do…I guarantee the memories will last a life time.

Need some help with figuring out what activities to write on the slips of paper? That’s where my blog comes in. It is FILLED with tons of different types of activities for Dads and their kids to enjoy. My personal favorites?

Create a Drive in Movie at Home

Pizza Night

Sensory Play

Create a Growth Chart

Family Game Night

Kiwi Crate Activities

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Have a Book Marathon with These Great Books (Trust me, I’m a Reading Specialist!)

Create with Legos in Unique Ways

25 Screen Free Indoor Activities

Soccer Games to Play at Home


You can also search my blog for free activities, activities in the suburbs, or activities in the city.

Enjoy creating this low prep Father’s Day gift and Happy Father’s Day!
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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    That is such a cute Father’s Day gift idea. It’s thoughtful and seriously, what dad wouldn’t LOVE this?

  2. Jeanette says

    I love the low cost of this and the creativity of it! It’s a great way to get some great family time in, plus it’s a wonderful gift for a dad.

  3. Alli says

    I love that you included a list of activities to write down on the slips of paper. These would all be fun ways to get more father/child time.

  4. Pam says

    This is such a cute idea! The kids are too big for this now, but our granddaughter could have a “grandpa and me” jar.

  5. Breanna says

    Such a cute idea! 🙂 I’m world’s worst wife over here and haven’t bought anything for Father’s Day yet! I need to get on that!

  6. Jeanine says

    What a really cute and great idea! My husband loves stuff like this, especially sharing his time and gifts with the kids so this would be perfect!

  7. April Mims says

    One of my daughters made me a jar one year that had a bunch of different questions in it. We used to draw a question and answer it during dinner. It was a fun walk to talk about different things.

  8. Sarah says

    What a creative way to celebrate Dads day. Love the idea of an activity jar, I don’t have kids but if I did, I would totally make this!

  9. Rebecca Swenor says

    The daddy activity jar is a great idea for father’s day. I will have to share this with my sister for my nephew. This makes for a great gift idea for dad and the kids to have fun time together. Thanks for the idea.

  10. Christina Aliperti says

    I love that this is an affordable way to celebrate dad. It’s also a cool way to have quality time and create fun memories.

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