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Last-minute Father's Day gifts: ideas for sustainable & personal gifts

A small gift that puts a smile on your dad's face is essential for Father's Day. Small gifts that come from the heart and show your dad how important he is to you are the most affective. If you're looking for inspiration or need a last-minute Father's Day gift, then take a look at the ideas we’ve collected. From sustainable Father's Day gifts and fun excursions to DIY gift ideas you can quickly craft for Father's Day, you're sure to find a suitable gift here.

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Sustainable last-minute gift ideas for Father's Day

An original and personal gift for Father's Day not only shows your appreciation for your dad, but can also contribute to environmental protection. This way, you're sure to make your dad twice as happy! Here are some sustainable last-minute gifts for Father's Day:

  • If your dad likes sweet treats, then sponsoring a beehive could be just the thing for him. Depending on the provider, your dad will receive one or more jars of the finest bee honey and simultaneously support ecological beekeeping.

  • A great and sustainable Father's Day gift for a sports-loving dad is a fair-trade football. Your dad can pursue his hobby and promote fair manufacturing conditions at the same time.

  • For bookworms, a voucher for a fair-trade (online) bookstore is recommended as a Father's Day gift. Fair-trade bookstores invest the proceeds in sustainable projects, contributing to environmental protection.

  • Whether it's a shirt made from more sustainable fibres, nice socks made from organic cotton or a high-quality leather belt: Sustainable clothing is a great and practical Father's Day gift that will always remind your dad of you in everyday (work) life and that he will enjoy for a long time

Sustainable gifts are perfect for Father's Day because you can give a little something with a big impact and a good conscience. In addition, you can see Father's Day as a starting point to act more sustainably in your everyday life. Below we present two more sustainable gift ideas for Father's Day that don’t require a lot of time.

Tip: More sustainability in everyday life also means shopping more consciously and avoiding waste. You can find more tips for a sustainable lifestyle without waste in our article "Zero Waste - Sustainable Living".

Sus­tain­able last-minute Fa­ther's Day gift: DIY herb gar­den

You can grow a small herb garden anywhere you want - in your own garden, on the balcony or in small pots in the kitchen window. If your dad likes to cook or barbecue, he can use your hand-picked selection of herbs for his meals right away. For example, he can make delicious marinades and dressings or add fresh herbs to dishes. You can buy the following materials for a DIY herb garden:

  • Old wooden crate for a raised bed on the balcony/ in the garden or small pots for the windowsill

  • Herb soil

  • Herb seeds (e.g. thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill, chives, etc.)

  • Chilli plants if he likes it spicy

  • Homemade herb signs made of salt dough

With the help of your own little herb garden, every family meal becomes a delicious experience. To help your dad keep track of his herbs, you can make little signs out of salt dough and label them. This makes the little herb garden a real eye-catcher.

Personal Father's Day gift - Family at a Father's Day barbecue.

Sustainable last-minute Father's Day DIY: a homemade cookout box

Turn dinner into a family activity with this Father's Day gift. To take advantage of the early summer weather, you can put together a barbecue box, for example. With this you'll have all the ingredients at hand and can prepare a delicious dinner together.

All you need is:

  • Barbecue food (steaks/bratwurst and/or vegetarian alternatives)

  • Cheese to grill

  • Vegetables for roasting (e.g. courgette, aubergine, onions, peppers etc.)

  • Bread & bread rolls

  • Various sauces

  • Ingredients for salads (e.g. potato or pasta salad)

  • Special highlight: homemade barbecue spice

Arrange all the ingredients nicely in a box and you can look forward to a barbecue evening together with the whole family.

Tip: If you want to prepare a homemade cooking box as a last-minute Father's Day gift, you should discuss your plan with the family beforehand. This way you avoid accidentally planning two different dinners and buying too much food.

Father's Day gift idea - family hosts a movie night together.

Give the gift of time and shared experiences: a very personal Father's Day gift

In our often-stressful everyday lives, time is a precious gift that your dad is sure to appreciate. That's why it's always a nice idea to spend time together and plan unforgettable experiences. You can use Father's Day to prepare a very special day either just for you and your father or for the whole family. You can get inspired by these beautiful and personal ideas:

  • Plan a concert or cinema visit: Special events such as cinema or concert visits are always a nice change from everyday life and remain in our memories for a long time. However, if your dad prefers it cosy, you can also organise a movie night with popcorn and other treats in the living room.

  • Prepare a games evening: This idea is also perfect for organising an evening according to your father's wishes. Of course, his favourite games should not be missing and you can also prepare some snacks and drinks in advance.

  • Book a weekend getaway: The long weekend on Father's Day is a good opportunity to plan a short holiday in the region. If you plan this Father's Day gift idea in advance with the whole family, you can share the costs and do the planning together. This way, Father's Day becomes a small family holiday.


Don't forget...

Find more tips and inspiration for shared (family) activities on Father's Day in our article "Planning the perfect Father's Day".


Last-minute Fa­ther's Day gifts to make your­self: 2 great DIY ideas

If you haven't found the right idea yet, or you're looking for another little something to make as a homemade Father's Day gift, here are two more great craft ideas for you. These DIY gifts for Father's Day are also sustainable and very quick to make, so you can create a Father's Day gift even at short notice.

DIY for a last-minute Fa­ther's Day gift: make your own beard oil

You can make this quick DIY gift for Father's Day in no time at all after you've finished shopping, so you can quickly present a special and personal Father's Day gift. These are the ingredients you'll need for your homemade beard oil:

  • A small jar (preferably: pump dispenser, glass bottle with eye dropper)

  • 2 teaspoons almond oil, apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil

  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil (lemongrass, peppermint, ylang-ylang, vanilla, etc.)

Now add 2 teaspoons of your carrier oil to your jar. You can also combine different oils or adapt the recipe to the size of your jar. Then add your essential oil. Play with scent combinations to create your own personal Father's Day gift.

Last-minute Father's Day gift - homemade broken chocolate in different varieties.

DIY gift for Father's Day: make your own delicious broken chocolate

Chocolate is a real DIY trend right now, as it not only looks good but also tastes delicious. You can make this last-minute Father's Day gift sustainable by buying Fairtrade chocolate. You will need these ingredients:

  • Different types of chocolate (e.g. dark, white and milk chocolate).

  • Ingredients for decorating (e.g. chocolate lentils, salted pretzels, mini marshmallows, nuts, dried fruit etc.)

First, melt your chosen chocolates one by one in a water bath or in the microwave. When everything has melted, pour the chocolate one by one onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Now you can use a toothpick to melt the chocolates together and paint fun patterns. Then put your toppings onto the chocolate and spread them out evenly. When the chocolate is firm again, you can break it into pieces and wrap it up nicely for your dad.


To make your dad happy on Father's Day, your gift doesn't have to be particularly big or expensive. It's often the little things that come from the heart that touch us the most. That's why a homemade gift, a sustainable present that you've put some thought into, or a shared experience is a great Father's Day gift. Together with a Father's Day card with a few loving words, you will definitely surprise your dad on his day of honour and make him happy.

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