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37 best gifts from kids that'll surprise Dad this Father's Day 2021

Dad will love these unique finds.
Father closing his eyes while his daughter gives him a card and gift for Fathers Day
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Father’s Day is the perfect time to let superstar dads know they are appreciated for all that they do. From the early years of changing diapers to those late nights helping with homework, he deserves the perfect gift that can wrap all of those “thank yous” into one.

Even if you don’t have enough time to make crafts with everyone at home, you can still find a personalized gift for that special touch, or find something unique that he didn’t even know he needed. To help make your search just a bit easier, we rounded up some of the best presents and crafts any dad would love to get for Father's Day.

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Personalized Father's Day gifts from kids

1. Wood Life Printers Custom Star Map

Does Dad love astronomy? If you catch him looking at the stars on a clear night, get him a personalized star map tracking constellations from any significant moment in his life.

2. Personalized Photo Puzzle

If he spent the last year tackling puzzles with the family, he'll get a kick out of this one-of-a-kind jigsaw. It may not be the most challenging puzzle he's ever tried (130- and 252-piece puzzles are still available), but it'll definitely be the most touching.

3. Custom Kid Drawing Money Clip

Turn that prized piece of artwork on the fridge into something he can take with him at all times with this custom money clip. You can choose between a silver, gold or rose gold finish.

4. Mega Dad Personalized Comic Book

Dad is every kid’s superhero, and this book will truly make him the main character! You can personalize the book to include your kid’s name and select the appropriate skin tone for the hero to create a personalized story.

5. What I Love About Dad

This personal, fill-in-the-blank story is a gift he can read long after the day is over. Each page features a prompt that is sure to bring a smile to his face (and a few tears to his eyes).

6. Custom Father's Day Photo Collage

This customizable plaque is a step above your typical picture frame. The sturdy display doesn’t require a frame and can fit up to six photos.

7. Personalized Child's Drawing Mug

His morning cup of coffee can be made even more special with this custom mug.

8. Custom Record Art

If he prefers to look at his vinyl collection more than he listens to it, this custom vinyl will fit perfectly into his display. Choose the message for the label and he’ll have a special piece to proudly keep forever.

9. Family Sketch Portrait

Looking for something sentimental to give him this Father’s Day? This original art sketch is hand-drawn by the artist — all you need to do is supply the details for a family portrait that is picture-perfect.

Father's Day craft gifts from kids

1. I Love Dad String Art Kit

Put down the glue and scissors! All this craft requires is colorful string, a slab of wood and step-by-step guidance. The final result is a masterpiece that's both unexpected and adorable.

2. Dussel Designs Father's Day Mini Paint Kit

Though he may not want to admit it, Dad might be bad at sports. That doesn't mean he can't have a trophy of his own! He might cherish this painted version more than he ever would a Stanley Cup!

3. Hooked on Daddy Fishing Art

For a unique Father's Day craft for kids, this fishing-inspired artwork will reel in his heart. It comes mostly pre-prepared, so you just need to use the orange paint to get your little one to finish the piece.

4. I Love Dad Toddler Footprint Art

This homemade Father's Day gift is another piece of artwork that he'll cherish. Much like the fishing painting, this canvas arrives with all of the fancy lettering taken care of, so all that's left to do is add the footprints.

5. Dad's Stache Labels

For the dad with a sweet tooth (or a midnight snacking habit), these labels can help create an easy Father's Day gift idea. Once you have your jars full of snacks and treats, you and your little one can apply the labels and decorate to proclaim his "stache."

6. Father's Day Love Notes

For a sentimental gift, you can order these 365 love notes and print them at home and then place them in a jar. This way, Dad will have a sweet note to read for every day of the year.

7. Ceramic Mug Kit

To make his morning cup of coffee extra special, this customizable mug is an innovative way to add a personal touch. The kit includes the mug, paint and paintbrush.

Father's Day food gifts from kids

1. Father's Day Cookie Decorating Kit

The best gift is one that they can make (and eat!) together, and this cookie decorating kit makes for a perfect edible craft. This set includes an assortment of 10 cookies in shapes like shirts and squares, as well as three different colors of icing to bring the creations to life.

2. Three Wishes Cereal

A health-conscious dad may miss savoring sugary cereals like he used to do, so surprise him with this tasty alternative. A dad started the brand with his growing family in mind, using healthy ingredients like tapioca, pea protein and monk fruit to turn breakfast on its head.

3. Best Dad Ever Donuts

In case he needs a reminder that he's the best dad ever, spell it out with fluffy, yeasty donuts.

4. Himalayan Salt Plate with Holder

If he loves cooking on the grill, a Himalayan salt plate might be what his barbecue is missing. Whether he’s grilling up chicken or shrimp, this salt plate will add a bit of flavor to the dish.

5. Mrs. Field's Custom Cookie Tin

For a custom gift that you know he’ll enjoy, this cookie tin can be personalized with a message or photo of your choice.

6. Jerky Tie Box

This tie-shaped box is full of 10 different varieties of beef jerky, including savory flavors such as whiskey maple and honey bourbon.

Father's Day tech gifts from kids

1. USB Keychain

Sometimes dads run into technical difficulties while they're on the move, from having a low smartphone battery to needing an important presentation at a moment's notice. With this personalized USB keychain, though, you'll be the hero of his day!

2. Wemo Mini Smart Plug

Once Dad has a few of these installed around the house, he'll never go back to using regular plugs. This WeMo smart plug can be used to sync devices, turn lights on and off and more.

3. Letsfit Smart Watch

If he’s enthusiastic about his neighborhood walks or simply has a passion for fitness, he’ll appreciate a gadget to help him reach his goals. This touch screen watch can sync with his phone, so he can check his messages while he monitors his heart rate or his calories.

4. World's Smallest Vacuum

For the dad who likes to keep his keyboard as tidy as possible, he’ll appreciate this tiny USB vacuum.

5. #1 DAD AirPods Case

Keep his shiny new AirPods safe and secure with this sturdy case adorned with one of the galaxy's ultimate baddies.

Father's Day clothing and grooming gifts from kids

1. Tie-Dye Number One Dad Baseball Hat

This stylish embroidered baseball hat can be the finishing touch to nearly any outfit. The cool tie-dye design will also keep him on trend.

2. Father's Day Socks Gift Box

For the pops who always complains about losing his socks around the house, this Father's Day set will hold him over for a while.

3. Jack Black Reserve Body Spray

Cologne is always a typical Father’s Day gift, but this body spray just might be his new favorite. It boasts warm hints of bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood (and just might be your new favorite, too).

Father's Day home and recreational gifts from kids

1. Soma Travel Mug

This sleek travel mug will be a welcomed addition to any remote workspace. The insulated ceramic canister combined with the leak-proof bamboo lid will keep his coffee hot all morning, so he can avoid making frequent trips to the microwave.

2. Yeti Rambler Tumbler

With the unforgiving heat of the summer season, a Yeti tumbler will be just what he needs if he plans on being outdoors. The double-wall vacuum insulation combined with the “no sweat” design works to keep drinks ice cold (or steaming hot, if he prefers).

3. Dad's Playbook

If he’s a new dad or simply can appreciate a word of advice, this “playbook” might come in handy. It’s full of quotes from mentors, coaches and role models including John Madden and Vince Lombardi, so inspiration is just a page away.

4. Oniva Tote Bag With 3-Piece BBQ Tools

Get the family's token grillmaster the ultimate grilling kit. Barbecue essentials like a spatula, tongs and a fork all come rolled up in a sleek portable tote bag, which will be needed if he decides to take over the grill at backyard gatherings this summer.

5. Nonzers Golf Cornhole Game Set

The best gift from the kids is something they can do together, and this golf-themed cornhole set is perfect for just that. Designed for every skill level, it includes a target net, foam golf balls, stakes and more.

6. Yard Games Large Tumbling Timbers

If Jenga is a can’t-miss during game night, this mega version of the game helps bring the fun outdoors. The 56 wooden blocks stack as high as four feet and can be conveniently stored in the included carrying bag.

7. L.L. Bean SingleNest Hammock

For the dad that plans on spending the summer relaxing outdoors, this compact hammock can help him achieve his goals. The sturdy nylon taffeta can stand up against the elements and the aluminum carabiners make installation a breeze, so he can catch a quick nap in no time.

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