10 Last-Minute, DIY Gifts Perfect For Your Dad


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DIY gifts are an internet favorite, there’s many different guides out there for all kinds of crafts and gifts for people. Though, sometimes they can be complicated and stressful, especially if you aren’t the most creatively talented person in the world. But what if there’s an easier way to make a DIY gift?

There’s no need to bring out the craft scissors, glue, or paper, all you’ll need for these easy last minute DIY gifts for dad is access to the internet!

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1. Barnes & Noble

Calling all bookworms, we’ve got a huge selection of all kinds of books from your favorite genres!

Buy A Barnes & Noble Gift Card

From fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi, to history, non-fiction, autobiographies, old classics, Young Adult guilty pleasures, and new releases eagerly awaiting to be read- books have a way to transport us to different worlds away from our own lives for a little while. There’s something magical about the words on a page and Barnes & Noble has all those words aligned on their many shelves. 

Look through your favorite genres or try something new, Barnes & Noble has got hundreds of books in store and online. They also got board games, fun merchandise and toys from your favorite TV shows and movies, writing utensils to start creating your own stories, and much more. All book readers will enjoy getting a new book for their shelves, even if they are overflowing a bit.

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2. DoorDash

Need a lazy day in and don’t want to cook? Order food online and get it sent right to your door!

Text A DoorDash Gift Card

Everyone has those weeks that are a tad bit more stressful than normal and the last thing you want to do when you get home is cook. So what can you do?

Order DoorDash of course!

DoorDash is a food ordering and delivery service where you can get your favorite dishes from your favorite restaurant delivered right to your door. Order for the whole family and make it a feast. You can also get your weekly grocery order and convenient store essentials delivered via Dasher- (which is what DoorDash calls their delivery drivers). Save some time and enjoy getting your food from the comfort of your couch.

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3. Lowe’s

Finish any home project with tools, appliances, and at-home essentials!

Email A Lowe’s Gift Card

Has your dad been talking about a house project for a long while now? Get him a Lowe’s gift card where he can get exactly what he needs in order to finish his own DIY project. Lowe’s has all the tools for the job, they’ve got aisles dedicated to state of the art appliances, plumbing, the bathroom, lighting & ceiling fans, flooring, painting, home decor, the kitchen, electrical, heating & cooling, the outdoors, and more. Take the steps to make your house a home and feel good everytime you step into your space knowing you did your own DIY project right with Lowe’s.

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4. AMC Theatres

See the latest blockbuster hit on the big screen with tasty snacks!

Buy An AMC Theatres Gift Card

Going to the movies is a super fun experience, especially when you’re seeing a movie you’ve been waiting to see for months, maybe even years with the people you love. Watching them watch the movie and experience the joys of seeing some of your favorite stars on screen is next level, especially when you go to any AMC Theatre.

AMC Theatres is a popular movie theater chain with locations all over the country. Known for their beautiful IMAX screens, tasty movie theater snacks like buttery popcorn and candy, and comfy seats, you’ll get a taste of the ultimate movie-going experience at AMC Theatres. Go see a movie with the family and then go out on the town after, it makes for a great day!

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5. Sunoco

Get your next tank of gas filled up for free! 

Text A Sunoco Gift Card

With gas prices fluctuating more and more in recent years, it’s safe to say that a free tank of gas is a definite plus. Sunoco is one of the biggest gas station chains in the country, with over 5,000 locations they cover some good ground for any road trip you might have planned along with your smaller trips to the store. Get your dad a gift card so his next tank of gas is free or if not free, it costs a lot less than normal. Any driver will appreciate a Sunoco gift card, there’s nothing like a possible free fill up!

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6. Crunch Fitness

Start working out with style and great healthy habits all throughout the year!

Email A Crunch Fitness Gift Card

The beginning of the year calls for new changes and there’s nothing like a new change that involves fitness! If your dad has been talking about changing up his physical routine and wants to get more active, try getting him started with a Crunch Fitness gift card! 

Crunch Fitness offers some of the best machinery and tools that can be used to build healthier body habits. Start with a family member or a friend and slowly have fitness become a part of the weekly routine. 

And if he’s already a Crunch Fitness member? Get him this gift to pay for a part of his membership! A win-win.

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7. Foot Locker

Get your new “everyday” shoes from a wide selection of your favorite brands!

Buy A Foot Locker Gift Card

It seems to be a common trend for dads to buy a pair of shoes and then wear them out till their soles are touching the ground. And we don’t fault their tenacity, we gotta love their self-proclaimed “dad shoes” making it farther than we thought possible. 

But the time for new shoes has arrived and where better to go than Foot Locker?

Foot Locker is known for their “causal-comfort” shoes, they mainly focus on sneakers, running shoes, boots, and slides. You can choose from famous brands like Jordan, Nike, Timberland, New Balance, and more. Foot Locker has also got a great selection of apparel, there’s hoodies, sweatshirts, pants, sweatpants, shirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear, jackets, socks, and underwear! Get a new pair of shoes and a nice quality piece of clothing at Foot Locker.

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8. Calm.com

Help him relax before bed and learn about meditation all through an app on your phone!

Text A Calm.com Gift Card

As much as it’s important to build healthy habits for our bodies, it’s also important to build healthy habits for our minds and Calm.com aka Calm has been helping people find that…calm in their life to bring down anxiety, stress, and other irritating ailments that can be the cause of inner-conflict. Calm is an app that has a range of tool sets to better one’s own mental health.

 Through meditation practices, concise management of stress and anxiety, and skills to bring better sleep, you’ll start to feel better day by day with Calm. 

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9. Panera

Get a delicious meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Panera!

Email A Panera Gift Card

Panera, also known as Panera Bread, is a bakery/cafe combo that’s the perfect spot for a business meeting, catching up on some work by yourself, a quick order for breakfast in the morning, or a delightful treat to bring home to the family. They’ve got a wide selection of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with numerous drinks that go perfectly with your food. 

Indulge in a Cinnamon Crunch Bagel with a ooey-gooey warm Brownie after a long day- (or before the start of one). You can get a Sausage, Scrambled Egg, & Cheese on a Brioche Bun for breakfast, or wait a little for lunch and/or dinner and get the Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza and Broccoli Cheddar Soup. They’ve got coffee, tea, smoothies, lemonades, and plenty more to enjoy at any time of day at Panera.

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10. A Custom Visa Gift Card from Gift Card Granny

Don’t limit yourself to just one store- shop at multiple stores with one card!

Buy A Custom Visa Gift Card

Over at Gift Card Granny you can build your own Custom Visa Gift Card. Visa gift cards are great because instead of only being able to use the gift card at one place like a regular one, you can use this Visa card at any place of business that accepts Visa cards. 

Want to go to a restaurant and pay for your meal then go shopping and use the same gift card? You can with a Visa gift card!

Gift Card Granny also has cool customizable “DIY” options just like GiftYa. Add a photo, message, and optional greeting card with your purchase. Get it delivered via email or have it made into a plastic card which will be delivered through the mail, either way we’re sure he’s gonna love it!

This article originally appeared on Giftya.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes, USNews.com, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.