Handmade Gifts for Dad


This year we’ve decided to whip up a few gifts that are not only lovingly handmade, but also incredibly handy. Both of our crafts can be done with the kids (with adult supervision of course, unless you want a kitchen covered in paprika and a lounge room covered in Sharpie Pen). And both will be enjoyed by Dad. Here are our easy guides to making the perfect marinade for Sunday afternoon’s BBQ and an adorable personalised mug for Sunday morning’s coffee.

BBQ DIY Rub Spice Mix

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If your man is anything like mine, then having a good seasoning on steak, pork or any other meat makes a meal. This BBQ dry rub spice is a tantalising combination of spicy flavours that will bring out the zest in all meats. And, best of all, most of the ingredients are probably already hidden away in the pantry, just begging to be used.

This recipe makes enough to cover 3.5 kilograms of meat really well. Place the mixture in a jar and you can use it for more than one meal (if you’re not keen to cook up 3.5 kilograms of meat in one sitting).


  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt

How to Make

Making BBQ dry rub is incredibly easy. Simply mix all the ingredients together (just make sure you break up all the clumps of sugar). Add the mixture to your favourite meat and cook. It works for meat made on the BBQ, oven and fry pan.

Kids’ Art of a Mug

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Sharpie Pen mugs are all the rage these days. Well here is an idea just for Dad – a mug featuring the kids’ amazing artwork. Little ones will love being able to use special Sharpie Pens and Dad will love having a reminder just how special he is anytime he enjoys a cuppa.

What you need

  • Plain white mugs
  • Sharpie Pens (in various colours)
  • Stencils or stickers for decoration
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover and cotton bud
  • Oven

How to Make

  1. Clean the mug with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. Let dry.
  2. Let the kids draw what they would like on the mug, whether it’s a funny face, a monster, a rainbow, a butterfly, a picture of the family or simply the word DAD is bubble writing. Any mistakes can be fixed with nail polish remover dabbed on a cotton bud.
  3. You can add stickers to the mug if they want.
  4. Let dry for 24 hours before putting mugs in a cold oven on a cookie sheet. Bake at 210 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
  5. Leave the mugs in the oven until oven has cooled (to reduce cracking).