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DIY: The Perfect Father’s Day

Going out is so last year. This Father’s Day, treat him to an awesome day at home with Pinterest-worthy meals and activities he and the kids are sure to adore. Celebrating DIY-style is a great option because it’s affordable, lets you to customize everything to his unique tastes, and keeps dad happy and relaxed in his favourite place in the world — right at home.

This year, try these easy do-it-yourself ideas that include ways for the kids to help so they too can feel like they’re making dad’s day extra-special. And don’t  forget to take lots of pics to show off your Martha Stewart-levels of perfection and tag us on Twitter @Tfal_Canada.


1. Create your own gift with the kids (and no, not a construction paper tie card). Honestly, you can spend hours browsing the web and find tons of amazing do-it-yourself crafts. One cool gift your children can help with no matter what their age is a pocket tray where dad can dump his coins, keys and trinkets when he comes home. Find a ceramic tray at a dollar or craft store, have the kids use paint or sharpies to decorate it, and then bake it in the oven to set the colours. Older ones will be able to make really intricate designs or paint his favourite sports team logo, while little ones can scribble for some abstract art. If you have babies, you can help them make hand or feet impressions on the tray.

2. Grill him a meal. If there’s one thing all dads love, it’s a good barbecue. Give him a break from cooking duty on his special day using the T-Fal OptiGrill. This intelligent indoor electric grill has pre-set cooking temperatures for six types of food and senses food thickness and size to automatically adjust the time and temperature for the desired doneness. Spoil him with barbecue staples like burgers, steaks or chicken knowing you’ll ace that restaurant-perfect cooking time and balance the meal with grilled healthy veggies. Get the kids to help with setting the table or give them the super special job of tracking beeps and the colour-coded system that indicates the level of doneness letting you know when the food’s ready. Rest easy knowing clean-up will be quick and easy with the OptiGrill’s dishwasher-safe juice tray and detachable non-stick plates.

3. Spend the day together doing what he loves. Plan simple activities with him in mind. Does dad love to watch movies or listen to music? Have the little ones help you create a playlist of his favourites. Can’t get enough of the outdoors? Go for a walk in an interesting neighbourhood and do some quick research with the kids beforehand to point out heritage buildings or a neat pastry shop. Or make him a cute coupon book together featuring clever activity ideas like charades, board games or gathering in the family room to each read your favourite book separately but together.