Father’s Day Gift Basket For the Tinkerer

by Alli

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Father’s Day will be here soon and I’ve put together the perfect gift for my dad.  I’ve also been reflecting on all the wonderful memories he’s helped create. 


Dad was born on the 11th day of the 11th month and weighed in at 11 lbs. and 11 oz!  I never tire of hearing him tell that story.  My dad is truly my hero!

When I was a little girl, my dad would get down on the floor and fly me to the moon and back, or at least that’s how it felt. My younger sister and I would take turns as dad would lift us high in the air and fly us back and forth.  We would always beg for just one more flight as we soared through the air, giggling, wiggling and flapping our arms.  

The Most Powerful Memories of My Dad

  • My dad started the Little League program in my hometown and it’s still going strong!  I learned how to run the concession stand, keep score and help my mom announce the starting lineups over the loudspeaker when I was in elementary school.  It was a lesson in leadership.
  • When I was growing up, my dad attended every one of my sports events.  Every single one.
  • On my 18th birthday, on my own and living in Atlanta, my dad went with me to buy my first brand-new car (and made the down payment!).  He also called often to remind me to get the oil changed.  It was irritating back then, but looking back, I realize he called because he cared.
  • A few years ago I had surgery.  Mom and dad drove over six hours to look after me and cook my favorite meals.
  • My dad makes the best sour cream pound cake in the world. After retiring, he taught himself how to cook.  Before then, he barely knew where the kitchen was located. (My mom will disagree about him teaching himself how to cook.  She’ll say she taught him!)  Here he is making his pound cake!

Dad baking

Once, at a little league game, I was jumping off the top of the bleachers onto the ground.  I had taken my shoes off and on my last jump, I landed on a large shard of glass and it went all the way through my big toe.  My dad had to stop the game and rush me to the Dr. to get it removed.  I still have the scar AND I didn’t get fussed at for jumping off the bleachers or taking my shoes off.

My Dad is a Master Gardener!

My dad’s also a master gardener and is always tinkering with his tractor and I’m sure many of his tools are now old and rusty. He can fix anything!  So I decided to make him a Father’s Day gift basket filled with shiny new tools.

Father's Day Gift Basket Ideas

Use a Small Toolbox Instead of a Basket

My dad’s not really into baskets, so I decided to skip the traditional basket and use a toolbox.  It’s small enough to keep in the shed right next to the tractor.  It’s bright red so dad will be able to spot it immediately.

The star of dad’s gift basket is an Energizer headlight that I discovered at my local Target.  I found it next to the flashlights.  What I love about the headlight is that dad will be able to tinker to his heart’s content and do it all hands-free!  I have a feeling I’ll be his favorite child after he receives this gift!

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Add a few tools – don’t forget the candy!

I added a few other tools, some candy (all gift baskets must include candy) and dad’s Father’s Day Gift Basket is complete!

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Dad’s going to love his gift, especially the Energizer headlight.

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If you want to use my gift tag, you can download it here!  Print it on cardstock, cut it out, punch a hole for the ribbon and you’re good to go.

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) June 2, 2015 - 9:28 am

My husband is a tinkerer, too. He has one of these headlights and uses it all the time now.

Rosey June 2, 2015 - 10:42 am

A basket like that would make just about any dad happy, I’m sure. I thought of my grandpa and my oldest son, both great dads, so it’s not specific to any one age group either!

Christy Maurer June 2, 2015 - 10:54 am

You’ve got a great dad! I love the story about your toe though it had to be painful at the time 🙂 I’d love to try that cake! Thanks for sharing your stories 🙂

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle June 2, 2015 - 12:27 pm

My husband would love this! He’s always doing something around the house with a toolbox. He’s good at it, so that’s a plus!

Amanda June 2, 2015 - 12:59 pm

My husband loves his headlamp. He uses it when searching in the dark garage and shed, as well as when walking the dog at night.

Michellette "MimiCuteLips" Green June 2, 2015 - 1:22 pm

My Babe is a mans man so he loves tools and things of that nature. He frequently comes in the house with his dirty man hands with a head lamp on his head. I’ve given him tools and such for father’s day before but this year I’ve taken a different route.

Ronda Ogilvie June 2, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Great gift basket! This is a wonderful post for your dad! my knees are still weak after reading about the glass in your foot at the bleachers….ouch!

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Chasity Boatman June 2, 2015 - 5:05 pm

These are great ideas for Father’s Day gifts. I completely forgot about it coming up! Thanks for reminding me.

lisa June 2, 2015 - 6:18 pm

My husband loves anything and all things related to tools and fixing things. He would love a gift basket like this.

Lyndsey Jones June 2, 2015 - 6:24 pm

These are some amazing ideas. Men love head lights! Energizer is a great product for keeping up with men’s desires and tasks.

touristmeetstraveler June 2, 2015 - 6:53 pm

What a wonderful post and gift idea, your dad sounds like a great man! I’m very impressed that he made it to every single one of your events.

Jeanine June 2, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Oh this is a great idea! My hubby would love this. He’s mor of a thinker type. So this would be a great idea for him! I love it!

Danielle K June 2, 2015 - 9:27 pm

This looks like the perfect gift basket for my husband. He definitely loves tinkering and we can never have too many batteries in our house 🙂

rochkirstin June 2, 2015 - 9:31 pm

I also have plenty of good memories with my dad and I really appreciate all that he has done for us in the family. He is so caring and he drives us around, helps us with everything that we need help of, and practically lives his life supporting us all the way.

Erin Branscom June 2, 2015 - 9:41 pm

I love the idea of making a basket of goodies like this for father’s day. My husband is super tough to buy for so I never really know what to get him. I love these suggestions. Thanks!

Tonya C June 2, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Headlight lamps are pretty cool. PLUS it’s a great addition to our car’s emergency kit.

Chubskulit Rose June 3, 2015 - 7:12 am

This is a great Father’s Day gift idea. We don’t have a headlamp so I kight get one for my husband.

Chubskulit Rose June 3, 2015 - 7:13 am

*might .. Sorry for the typo.

becka June 3, 2015 - 9:42 am

I am really thinking about getting my dad one of these. He would love to be able to work hands free and with the Energizer name I bet they work great! It would be a great gift for him!

Lisa @bitesforbabies June 3, 2015 - 11:56 am

Why have I never thought of this before?? I love the idea of a gift basket with trinkets…and my husband does need a bunch of odds and ends!

Uplifting Families June 3, 2015 - 1:05 pm

My husband could use this flashlight. He works on computers and I know sometimes the lighting to peer inside of computers can be difficult to see.

ourfamilyworld June 3, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Those are great father’s day gift ideas. I have to check this Energizer light. my husband will love it

Carly Brydon June 3, 2015 - 2:24 pm

A gift basket for your dad is such a great idea! This exact basket is something my dad would love, so I know what I’ll be putting together for him! Thanks so much!

Emily June 3, 2015 - 3:16 pm

This is a great gift basket! My dad likes to tinker, too. And the Energizer Headlight is helpful in so many situations! #client

Raijean June 3, 2015 - 4:32 pm

This is a great idea, I need to make a few baskets for a couple of men in my life.

Tiany June 5, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Great gift idea! My father in law would love to receive a basket like this, especially with favorites and useful items like this. Great idea, thanks for sharing!


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