No matter how humble the gift, dads know it is the thought that counts and so I have put together a selection of gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday and Fathers Day , suitable for the wide range of dads out there.
Vintage Grey Ribbon by Jane Means
Why not inject a little humour and mystery into your dad’s day by neatly wrapping his very own garden shed key in a small box. His real gift will be wrapped and hidden inside the shed but he will have to engage in a little treasure hunt to find it! An ideal method for the gift of gardening gloves, DIY items or, perhaps, in the shed, you have hidden a batch of dad’s favourite homemade cookies, placed in a jar, perfectly tied with beautiful ribbon in dad’s favourite colour…
Brown and Orange Ribbon by Jane Means
For the dad who loves being surrounded by nature, a natural look, with hints of the countryside can be easily achieved by using traditional, rustic-looking brown paper, always a favourite of mine, and accessorizing with budding twigs, feathers, herbs or wheat. Using herbs will also give a wonderful country garden scent to your gift
Dads really appreciate presents that have a personalized or signature element to them and so, for the ‘city gent’ dad, what about using the Financial Times as wrapping paper, add a formal looking ribbon and complete your smart wrapping by adding a wax seal for a very sophisticated look.
True, plants and contents from Clifton Nurseries
Who does not love to receive a hamper full of goodies?! Make your dad feel special with a mini-hamper packed full of tempting treats and, perhaps, his favourite tipple. In a simple rustic basket, wrapped with raffia or ribbon and, by tying in wooden cutlery, a napkin or a bottle opener, your dad may not have to leave his chair for many happy hours on Father’s Day! Sitting on a ruffled bed of tissue paper, olive or preserve filled jars and bags of delicious fudge or chocolates can be tied with ribbon, whilst further specifically selected surprises lurk beneath, making dad feel pampered.
Paper by Rossi
For many dads, cars are a favourite topic of conversation and this beautifully coloured and elegant ‘car design’ wrapping paper by Rossi is ideal to wrap a car enthusiast’s Father’s Day gift! A wide black paper band wrapped around the box provides a road and the addition of a small car model, preferably dad’s favourite, adds the personal touch. When in doubt, a red sports car usually does the trick! A nice new bottle of car shampoo could be the perfect accompaniment to such packaging and would also provide dad with something to do too!
Image Courtesy of DaWanda
There are lots of DIY enthusiasts out there and dads who prize their ever-increasing collection of tools would, no doubt, appreciate the time taken to create a personalized ribbon with tiny nuts and bolts attached. Combined with brown wrapping paper and, with small wrenches, spanners or screwdrivers tied securely into the bow, the perfect gift inside would be a super-duper shiny new tool for dad’s collection
Randomly scattering and colour- copied, traditional playing cards can produce a very striking, black, white and red design, which many poker, gin rummy and bridge playing dads alike would appreciate. Matching with black and red ribbons and using a paper-backed playing card as a gift tag produces a personally themed and very attractive gift box. The king of hearts might be a good card to ‘play’ as the gift tag for Father’s Day.
Petrol Blue Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means – Vintage Maps bought at Portobello Market, London
For the dad who travels with work or simply loves to travel, using old or photocopied maps for wrapping paper and gift tags produces a very personalized gift. Choose a map featuring a country or city that is special to your dad and, for extra detail, select a ribbon bearing the colours of that country’s flag. The map may bring back shared memories of a family holiday, be of a place you know your dad longs to visit or, perhaps, the gift inside is evocative of that country’s culture…
The well-groomed dads, who love the feel of a crisp, white shirt and a good suit might like their Father’s Day present wrapped in glossy editorial pages, depicting smart, fashionable menswear. Select a ribbon that compliments your improvised wrapping paper and replace the bow with a Windsor knot to add a ‘dad-approved’ smartness to the way his gift is ‘tied’! If I may be so bold, ties of red, purple and shades of blue are considered to be the most positive colours to wear…
If music is one of your dad’s greatest interests, then wrap the Father’s Day gift he will love in the music he loves. Antique sheet music can be found in charity shops and at flea markets and may also be photocopied onto new paper of your own selection. Small rolled up scrolls of music and a contrasting ribbon results in a most elegantly presented gift, which is personalized to your dad’s musical taste.
Alternatively, you could use plain or traditional brown paper and aesthetically position selected handwritten song lyrics onto the gift box after wrapping. Black writing on cream paper and white writing on black paper are two of the many possible options. Handwriting also adds another personal touch. Personally I love understated and classic Monochrome.
Gifts offered with thoughtful, creative and personal touches are, I believe, always the best ones, as they come straight from the heart, and Father’s Day or a special birthday is a perfect opportunity to show that it is not about the size of the gift but about the size of the heart that gives it.