Dads – we think we should make the effort to thank them year-round. June, however, brings with it Father’s Day; a day to really treat him and shower the attention. I think the best way to do that is to spend the day together, going to a restaurant or taking him for a walk through one of the UK’s beautiful parks.
Most of us treat our dad’s to a little gift on this day... so why not make yours extra thoughtful and make something yourself? A grooming gift is a great place to start so here are a few homemade ideas you might like to try.
3 DIY Father's Day Gifts
Rosemary & Mint Shave Cream
Not every man (or woman!) is a beard fan… so for Dads who prefer the clean-shaven look, try making this natural shaving cream
that’s kind to the skin.
Rosemary and mint gives it a really refreshing, subtle scent. And you could give this gift at any time of year, not just on Father’s Day.
1/3 cup shea butter (approx. 73g)
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil (approx. 72g)
1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil (approx. 55g)
10 drops rosemary essential oil
3-5 drops peppermint essential oil
1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl.
2. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Stir to mix.
3. Place the bowl in the fridge and chill until solid.
4. Remove from the fridge and whip using by hand or electric mixer until light and fluffy.
5. Spoon into a jar and keep in a cool, dry place.
6. Before giving your gift, decorate the jar with some branches of rosemary and mint.
DIY Beard Balm Recipe
If your Dad prefers a beard, try this natural balm
with softly scented oils so he can keep it healthy and well-tended.
1 tbsp. (7 g) beeswax, coarsely chopped (or use beeswax pellets)
2 tbsp. (25 g) shea butter
1 tbsp. (6.5 g) cocoa butter
1 tbsp. (9 g) jojoba oil
2 tsp (8 g) sweet almond oil
1 tsp (5 g) coconut oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops cedar wood essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1. Add all of the balm ingredients (but not the essential oils, yet) to a small jar or tin, and place in a saucepan. (The container you’re storing it in is probably too shallow for this step. A tin can is a good choice, but you should avoid glass, since it can crack from direct heat).
2. Add water to the pan to an inch or two below the top of the jar, and heat over medium heat until everything melts and liquefies. Keep a close eye on it, and stir with a disposable skewer or wooden chopstick.
3. After everything has melted, add your essential oils - just a few drops at a time -to scent your balm, and stir to combine. When you’ve achieved the scent you want, pour your balm into a tin or small jar, and allow to cool.
Natural Coffee & Vanilla Soap
If you’ve a bit more time to spare, why not try making this all-natural soap
? It’s a great way to use up left over coffee grounds and it smells amazing.
225g glycerin soap (often sold in blocks)
1/4 cup used coffee grounds
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon powdered milk
Small metal or glass bowl
1. Gather together what you'll need for making the soap. You can use any kind of soap, but I found glycerin-based soaps work the best. Adding the powdered milk gives the soap a bit of substance, but isn't an essential ingredient.
2. Place a bowl into a saucepan of water over a medium heat (like you would when melting chocolate). Add the soap to the bowl and let it melt completely with the help of the steam from the boiling water below. It only takes a couple of minutes.
3. Lightly grease four rounds of a muffin tin and place a small spoonful of coffee grounds at the base of each. You can do this before you start or while the soap’s melting if you like.
4. Once the soap has become liquid, turn off the heat. Add the vanilla, one teaspoon of the coffee grounds and the powdered milk (if using) and stir.
5. Carefully ladle the soap into the muffin tins, filling to the top of each round. Allow the soaps to cool for several hours, and then pop them out with the help of a butter knife.
6. When cool, wrap the soaps individually in parchment paper, ready to give.
If you’ve got something in mind to give this year, or have more ideas for DIY Father's Day gifts, we’d love to hear them. Tweet us at @breeclothing if you’d like to share.