Growing up, I always loved to go fishing with my family. Occasionally when we visit, the grandparents will take our boys fishing now as well. My husband grew up doing some fishing as well, but it wasn’t until more recently that he really got back into it. The boys are old enough to really start to understand and appreciate fishing with Dad, and Dad loves the special time he gets with the boys. We’ve decided to make fishing days more of a family priority, so the boys and I decided a fishing theme would be perfect for a Father’s Day gift idea. This “reely” cool idea is a perfect gift for dads who love fishing!
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Father’s Day, Mother’s Day…we don’t always do a lot for these days, but we do always try to do something small and meaningful with the kids to show how Dad and Mom are loved. My boys are all about giving to others, and make a point to do something special each occasion like breakfast in bed (aka frozen waffles they’ve toasted themselves…so sweet) and hand-drawn pictures. This year for Mother’s Day, we all worked on finishing up my patio makeover and bought some more beautiful flowers to plant. Father’s Day isn’t quite here yet, but we’ve already started celebrating some (because Father’s Day this year is also our anniversary!).
A “Reely” Cool Father’s Day Gift Idea for Dads Who Love Fishing
Snapfish has wonderful customizable, personalized gifts for Dad. I feel that meaningful, custom gifts are the best, because they show the time you put into it, the love in your heart, and reflect the special time you spend together (like the times we’ve spent fishing as a family!).
On Snapfish, you can find Father’s Day cards, photo gifts for Dad, or other fun custom gifts. We decided to choose all things fishing plus and one thing with vehicles because he’s also a car guy. When he got back from his TDY (that’s a military term…it means they temporarily sent him away somewhere else), we decided to already surprise him with this portion of the gifts so I could capture the joy and excitement in his face to share with you. We do plan on making some special time to go fishing together for Father’s Day and may get a few more fishing-related gifts, and I’ll share those ideas with you too!
You’ll love these Father’s Day Gifts for Fishermen
- Custom cutting board
- Custom travel mug
- Father’s Day fishing card
- Fish bait
- New reel
- New fishing pole
- New (clean) tackle box
- Fillet knife
- Custom apron
- Coffee grounds
- Fishing shirt or hoodie
- Swedish fish or Goldfish crackers
Custom Cutting Board
One of my favorite newer items from Snapfish is the custom cutting board. They have tons of pre-set options, so if you aren’t so artsy they’ve got you covered; I, however, really wanted to make it my own and give it a fishing theme. This cutting board can be taken along camping or wherever it is needed and used for filleting fish we catch.
Snapfish makes it incredibly easy to customize gifts. On their site, you will find numerous options for changing the backgrounds, adding embellishments to make your designs extra special, adding text, adding photos (which is as easy as connecting various online accounts like Facebook or Instagram) and more. You can start from one of their pre-set options and go from there, or start completely from scratch like I did.
When creating this cutting board, I was hoping for a few things–that it would look clean and spiffy (I just love that word), that it could perhaps have some sort of ruler on it, and that it would fit a poem I wrote.
Each Father’s Day gift the boys have given has had an extra special poem I’ve written (like this Father’s Day watch gift idea, this Father’s Day toolbox gift idea, and this Father’s Day “tied together” gift bundle idea). Some day, my goal is for the boys to take over on the thoughtful poem front, even if their poems are short.
Here is what this poem I wrote reads:
“Fishing with Dad is my favorite of all.
Sometimes we catch big fish, and sometimes they’re small.
Whoever catches the biggest is winner,
And if we do catch a big one, we can eat it for dinner!
I learn many things when we’re fishing together–
Like how to be patient and plan for the weather,
I learn to stay focused on my pole and my bobber,
And that it’s okay if the fish is a bait-robber.
We cast out our lines as far as we can;
Sometimes my dad has to lend me a hand.
We get to relax with our lines in the water,
Just me and the wind and the fish and my father.
We have real conversations while we reel in our line.
Fishing is special with a father like mine.”
–by Ali Marie
PS, feel free to use this poem as long as you credit the quote to Ali Marie (my artist name).
I managed to achieve this design by using the decorative options available already on the Snapfish site. Start by choosing a background (I went to “background” then “textures” then “stone”).
Next, add embellishments. You can adjust the sizes, angles, and layering of the embellishments. I found the embellishments that I used mostly in the “Cooking” category under the sub-category “From the Garden,” and from the “Sports” category under the sub-category “Fishing.” I layered a fish and various food items (that are garden-fresh and are often used to create fish dishes) like potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and more. They have tons of great embellishments to choose from.
To add the ruler, which is basically accurate (enough for measuring a fish), I chose the ruler from the “Kids” category under “Coloring Book.” To make the ruler the appropriate size, I checked out the size of the cutting board (you can find sizes under the “size” tab on the left) then increased the embellishment size until it matched the width of the cutting board (11 inches). Make sure your embellishments and text all end up within the printable area (it’s marked).
Finally, add the text, which you can find on another tab on the left of the screen. I wrote out the poem then played with the fonts and sizes and color until I was happy with everything–it fit and was readable.
I added a few more embellishments to fill in the empty spaces and balance everything out. Since I used everything available to you on the Snapfish website, you can work to re-create a version of this for yourself!
Enjoy this gift opening photoshoot outtake that sums up fatherhood pretty well.
Custom Travel Mug
Another item I really love is the custom travel mug. Some early mornings when we may go fishing, it may be pretty chilly outside (or if we go fishing while visiting family in Wisconsin…where it’s not really cold, but feels cold compared to where we live now). We love bringing coffee along. Even if the weather is actually pretty warm, my husband likes to drink hot coffee to actually cool down his body (it’s a crazy phenomenon, but it works), so coffee and fishing seem to go hand-in-hand.
This travel coffee mug for outdoorsmen is his special fishing (or hunting) mug and I made it interactive for the boys as well, using what is provided on the Snapfish website.
To create this mug, first choose a photo layout that allows you to add multiple photos. I only end up adding one and deleting the other two photo boxes for extra white space. I added a photo of one of the times we went fishing together and E caught…a leaf! What a funny family moment that was.
As a way to fill in the white space, I used the “Coloring Book” embellishments (found under the “Kids” category). Just keep layering the embellishments on top of each other. I’d make some bigger, make some smaller, rotate some to create interest, and send some to the back layer. Play around with it until you make a sort of camouflage pattern. I also had a couple larger leaves overlap the picture slightly to create more interest.
I went ahead and added wording to this travel mug as well: “The ‘World’s Best Dad’ isn’t hard to find…because the World’s Best Dad is mine!”
Once you receive the mug, Dad or the kids can color it! I chose to let the kids color it to make it an extra special keepsake. Let the kids each be involved in coloring in the white “coloring page” embellishments for a camouflage look. The rounded surface makes this a great fine motor activity too! S took one side (he was a little cranky that day, so he scribbled it) and E took the other. I helped fill in some of the extra white areas per their request, so it was a full team effort on this photo gift for Dad.
To color the design, use a variety of colored permanent markers. Be sure to hand-wash the mug to protect the coloring and the photo. If the colors you added do come off for some reason, enjoy coloring the coloring page again! If you use good permanent markers, however, they should stay put pretty well.
Father’s Day Fishing Cards
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Of course, you can’t forget the cards to go with Dad’s gift. Snapfish has many great card options. Choose from options to add photos or cards with only designs. Since both boys wanted to give Dad a Father’s Day card, they each chose one. E gave him a card that has the same photo as the mug (but I used the Sepia filter available on Snapfish so it would match the card better) and it had a fishing theme. S chose the card with a bunch of cars on it–both happened to match each other with the wooden background!
I let them use the permanent markers again to draw designs inside the cards so Dad would know just who each is from. He loved them!
Other Unique Gift Ideas for Dads Who Fish
Above, I listed several more gift ideas. These are fun items to include with the other gifts you give. A fillet knife and some cooking ingredients (batter, tartar sauce, seasoning) would pair nicely with the custom cutting board.
If Dad needs any new fishing gear, this would be a great time to get it for him. If you know what he needs, pick it up for him, otherwise add a gift card to one of the photo cards and let him bring the kids along when he shops so he can explain why he thinks those certain brands/items are the best and what tools are essential for fishing.
An apron would be a great addition as well. You can create custom aprons on Snapfish and it would go nicely with the cutting board for when Dad fillets and cooks the catch of the day!
Coffee grounds (Dad’s favorite flavor) and fish-shaped snacks would be fun gift fillers as the coffee goes with the travel mug and the snacks are the perfect way to keep your body fed while relaxing, patiently waiting to catch a fish.
Fish-themed t-shirts or hoodies are always fun gifts to include. You can create a photo t-shirt on Snapfish or purchase a fishing shirt that has already been created. Dad can wear the hoodie when the fishing trip gets a little chilly or the t-shirt when it’s daytime and warm!
Here is a fun way to wrap gifts for Dad
I don’t generally have wrapping paper, besides Christmas paper, so I have to get creative. I have a roll of this wood-patterned paper that I’ve used for photos before, so I used that to wrap the gifts! If you want to make it even more special, grab a brown marker and make it look like “Happy Father’s Day” is carved into the wood!