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Celebrate your dad with this easy DIY Father’s Day gift idea … Dad’s Secret Stache, a mason jar filled with his fave cookies and decorated with a fun and free printable label!
With Father’s Day coming up fast, it’s time to celebrate all those great dads in our lives!
I am lucky enough to have the world’s greatest in laws. They’ve always been super welcoming to me, and they’re so fun to be around. Especially my father-in-law, who is up for pretty much anything at any time.
Gene is the quintessential guy’s guy … he knows how to fix everything from cars to home repairs. He’s always helping others whenever he can, and he’s got a great sense of humor, too. And my husband definitely got his love of music from Gene, who had the biggest record collection I’ve seen! Every once in a while, he’ll send us a mix in the mail, along with a funny note!
We’re visiting my husband’s parents soon, and I thought it would be fun to surprise Gene with something special for Father’s Day.
Like many men, my father-in-law is hard to shop for. He loves to eat though, and he’s a fan of facial hair, so I put together a cute Dad’s Secret Stache jar filled with treats!
This yummy gift was so easy to put together (it makes a great last minute DIY Father’s Day gift!), and I know Gene is going to love these delicious Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies. They are amazing!
Since no gift is complete without a card, I stopped by Walmart to pick up the perfect card to go with this easy DIY Father’s Day gift idea.
Personally, I don’t think there’s any better way to brighten someone’s day, lift their spirits, celebrate an occasion, or just let them know you love them or are thinking of them than with a great card. And American Greetings has the perfect card for every occasion!
I found a funny Father’s Day card for Gene, plus a couple other cards for celebrating random acts of cardness … a cute thank you card and thinking of you card for celebrating the first day of summer!
I’m trying to be better about sending out cards to people I love, because I know that every moment, big or small, is worthy of a card.
Plus, a few simple words can mean everything to the person receiving the card. I mean, who does not love getting a card in the mail? Especially these days, when we communicate via email or social media so much!
Easy DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea: Dad’s Secret Stache
Want to make this fun gift for your dad? Here’s what you’ll need:
- homemade cookies (get my recipe below)
- wide-mouth mason jar (or another jar with a large rim)
- Dad’s Secret Stache free printable (available at the end of the post)
- card stock
- hole punch
- American Greetings ribbon, wrapping paper, tissue paper, and card
Start by baking your homemade cookies. That’s the best part, right?
I’ve included the recipe for my favorite Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies at the end of the post. They are so delicious … the perfect mix of sweet and salty!
The most important thing when baking your cookies is to form them small enough to fit into your jar. Make sure to use a wide mouth jar, otherwise your cookies will have to be super tiny.
I recommend baking a few test cookies to see if they’ll fit in your jar before you bake the whole batch. Then, you can always make the rest of the cookies smaller, if necessary.
Once your cookies have completely cooled, fill up your jar.
My recipe makes a lot of cookies, so you’ll probably be able to test out a few yourself. Don’t tell dad!
Print the label on card stock paper. Then, cut it out and use a hole punch to add a hole near the top.
Use the ribbon to attach to label to your jar.
I used two coordinating colors of American Greetings ribbon. The colorful ribbon ties the cookie jar into the wrapping paper I chose.
Of course, your dad would love this easy DIY Father’s Day gift idea as is, but a surprise gift is always a little more fun, right?
So I decided it wrap it up!
I love wrapping up a beautiful gift. It makes any present a little more special!
It was so fun picking out the perfect wrapping paper, ribbon, and tissue paper for this gift. And everything I found from American Greetings coordinated perfectly, making it simple to make my gift looked pulled together.
I started by lining my box with some cute printed tissue paper, then filled the bottom with matching solid paper to keep the jar from moving around.
Isn’t this striped wrapping paper fun?
It’s perfect for Father’s Day, but I think the leftovers would be great for a birthday or other occasion, too.
After I wrapped the gift, I tied it up with the same ribbon that I used for the jar label.
See what I mean about everything coordinating perfectly? I love how it turned out!
And of course, I had to find the perfect American Greetings card to pair with the gift.
My in laws retired last year, and since then, they’ve been living and traveling in an RV.
So this card seemed like it was made for my father-in-law!
Okay, let’s talk about those cookies.
Of course, you can always use your dad’s fave cookies for this easy DIY Father’s Day gift idea, but these Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies are pretty amazing!
They’re packed with rich chocolate chips, chewy caramels bits, and pieces of crunchy pretzel. A small pretzel and a pinch of salt is the perfect finishing touch.
These Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies are a wonderfully tasty combo of sweet and salty. They’re also thick and chewy. Yum!
It’s impossible to stop at one of these delish cookies, and the pretzel on top makes them so cute, too.
Your dad is sure to love these cookies, too, so give him his own “stache” this Father’s Day!
These Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies are a delicious blend of sweet and salty flavors that's a hit with everyone that tries them!
- nonstick cooking spray
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup caramel bits
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup pretzel pieces
- 30 small pretzels
- flaked sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Blend in vanilla, salt, and egg well.
Whisk together flour and baking soda, then slowly mix into butter mixture.
Fold in caramel bits, chocolate chips, and pretzel pieces.
Roll one tablespoon of dough into a ball.
Place on baking sheet, then slightly flatten and top with a whole pretzel. (The cookie should be just about the same size as the pretzel.) Top with a pinch of sea salt.
Baked cookies for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned on edges and bottom.
Let cookies cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Make sure to stop by Walmart to pick up American Greetings cards for Father’s Day and for all your summer celebrations (or just because). Don’t forget to take advantage of this Ibotta offer while you’re there: from 6/21 to 8/31, purchase any American Greetings card at Walmart and earn $1 on Ibotta.
And stop by the American Greetings website for more fun ideas, too!
Click anywhere on the image below (except the Pin Me! button) for the free printable Dad’s Secret Stache file.
Are you planning anything special for your dad this Father’s Day?