Cute ways to commemorate fatherhood through photos

It isn’t always easy to state just how important that special father figure in your life is. Fortunately these cute uses for photos let you say how much you care without you having to speak a word.

DIY coasters

Photo coasters

Whether or not rings on wood coffee tables drive you bonkers, it never hurts to have more coasters on hand, especially when they come in the form of these adorable handmade coasters created by Akane at Juggling with Kids. The materials required are easy to get your hands on, and Akane provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step photo tutorial to turn your favourite family photos into handy coasters that can be on display year-round.

Online photo book

Online photo book

Scrapbooks make lovely gifts, but all the books, pages, decorations and photo printing can quickly add up financially, not to mention the amount of time it takes to cut and paste everything together. Fortunately online programs such as Mixbook let you insert all your favourite photos into already-laid-out pages and add decorations from the comfort of your computer. And rather than walking the aisles of your local crafts store, trying to track down all the backdrops, stickers and other items you require, you can simply select a Father’s Day theme and get to work. When you’re all done, simply place your order, and your personalized photo book will arrive at your front door. Plus, right now, Mixbook has a Father’s Day sale that could get you up to 50 per cent off!

Photo puzzle

Photo puzzle

A little bit of challenge, a whole lot of fun. That’s exactly what’s in store for your whole family when you offer Dad a personalized photo puzzle to show you care. Walmart Photo Centre will make you a 35- or 110-piece puzzle that features the image of your choosing for just $15. You can keep putting it together for years to come, or complete it as a family, attach it to a board, and have it framed.

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Personalized calendar

Personalized calendar

Dads might not always have the best reputation for being able to keep track of the many activities and events going on in their kids’ lives. But a personalized 12-month calendar like this one from Black’s will keep him aware of all the family’s goings-on while also reminding him of the many joys of fatherhood (blacks.ca, $20). You can even add an extra-special touch by getting creative and picking out photos that best capture each month — a photo of all of you at a holiday gathering for December, your family trip to the park for July or August, your child blowing out birthday candles for her birthday month, etc. Just have fun with it!

Photo card

Photo card

If you’re running short on time but want to give Dad something more personal than a store-bought card, you can use a program like the one offered by Canadian company Elephoto to create your very own photo card (elephoto.com, $6). You can select the style you want, the photo you want and even the text that will appear inside. Once it arrives at your door, all that’s left to do is to sign it and surprise your dad with a card that’s far more personal than any he’s ever received.

Framed collage

Framed collage

A framed photo of your little ones or of your whole family can certainly make a nice Father’s Day gift. But if you really want to show him how much you care, then this adorable photo collage created by Amy at Positively Splendid can’t be beat. On her blog Amy offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to put together your very own collage. And she even offers free printables to help your creation really impress. Head on over to her blog to get started.

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