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Father’s Day: Beyond the Tie

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Joel Henriques is an artist who lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon. He is author of the blog Made by Joel, where he shares his toy and craft ideas, and strives to show the importance and fun of handmade arts and crafts. He has recently finished writing a toy and craft book, Made to Play, published by Roost Books.

Father’s Day is a great time to support artisans and the repurposing of vintage items. Of course, Etsy is the perfect place to do just that. I had a fantastic time selecting a few things that will hopefully get you started with some gift ideas.

[Clockwise from top left: Recycled skateboard bench by deckstool; Suburbs wooden blocks set by fidoodle; Retro magazine rack from bellalulu; Pendleton cot from Indianvsindian; Exotic hardwood pocketknife by WoodRecycled; Vintage Royal Copenhagen ‘Totem’ vase from forHANDSandEYES; Turkish Kilim pillow cover from sukan.]

Here are a few objects for around the house, like these very cool recycled skateboard benches and a wooden block set for playing with the kids. I also love this Pendleton cot and small wooden pocket knife. Nice!

[Clockwise from top left: Recycled skateboard belt buckle from igotboard; 1960s Retro camera bag from GoodlookinVintage; Vintage painted arrows from RanchHandVintage; Mixtape cards, set of three, by elSage; Merino felted wool eyeglass/sunglasses case by appetite.]

I really like using old bags or cases to carry around kid stuff, from spare diapers to restaurant toys. You can search Etsy to find many fantastic vintage cases. I love the designs on these skateboard belt buckles, too. As for the arrows, yeah, I don’t know, but I love them. I would probably mount them on the wall (anywhere my wife would approve of), maybe in the garage? Also, I think there’s major bonus points for snail mail thank you letters. A stack of these tape cassette cards could be a very useful gift.

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Southwestern money clip from Indianvsindian; Orange herringbone iPad case by MariForsell; Pendleton 13″ MacBook Pro sleeve by timberlineltd; Vintage beaded change purse from Indianvsindian; Sunburst leather bike frame bag by SanFilippoLeather; 1970s French polo helmet from ginandtonicshop; Town sketchbook by fidoodle; Castle cufflinks from GentlemansEmporium.]

Cases for mobile gadgets are always important to have around. I really like this orange herringbone iPad case, as well as this Pendleton wool Macbook Pro case.

[Clockwise from top left: Boombox coffee mug by DailyGrinder; Tie fighter tee shirt by Pistache323; Raven nightlight by happyowl; Charcuterie board by newberry; Feather pattern Damascus knife by DuendeForge; Cigar Box Guitar No. 39 Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Acoustic & Electric by Squier; Atat Walker tee shirt by TypsyGypsyTees.]

I feel like dads can never have too many cool coffee mugs or Star Wars t-shirts. And these night lights by Happy Owl Glassworks look great around the house; we have three different ones at home, and the kids love them too. Also, check out this stunning, hand-forged cooking knife, guaranteed to make any dad want to cook dinner. And lastly, try searching for some cigar box guitars. They’re very simple to play, and kids love dancing around to live music in the house.

Hope you all have a fun Father’s Day!

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