Personalized Father's Day Gifts

Poor dad. Let's be honest, he gets the short end of the stick for Father's Day. A lot. Whether its new socks, his fifth wallet, or maybe another dress shirt that makes its way to him every June, the practicality of these gifts aren't exactly teeming with meaning.  Typically, dads aren't the mushy type, but I know first hand that they melt when they realize they've passed something down, when they know they've instilled something - anything - in their children.

While I do home illustrations with lots of custom colors and details, I never fail to see an increase in orders for house sketches for Father's Day. Sometimes, it's of a childhood home from a father's youth. Sometimes, it's of the house grandpa built with his own hands that one summer when he and grandma moved the whole family across the country. Sometimes, it's of the cabin passed down from father to son, generation after generation after generation.

Personalized Father's Day Gift Ideas from The Near & Dear Gift Collection

Either way, it's a single sketch with a line or two of minimal text, and the impact goes a long way. It's a simple gift that says it's ok to be sentimental; it's ok to reminisce. It's ok to honor a memory, to recognize that there is a shared moment, something historic between you and the man who raised you.

Gifts for Dad - Personalized Father's Day Gift Ideas

After all, a man gets a lot of meaning out of sense of place - even if he's the traveling type. So this year, try surprising him with something a little different like  his favorite city skyline or coordinates to a memory you share together. The topographic map is an especially good choice for decorating masculine spaces.

Now that I've got you dreaming of all your best memories with dad - or grandpa - let's get shopping:

Enchanted Forest Nursery Inspiration for a Baby Girl

The enchanted forest is almost always the preferred destination for a child's imagination, so what better way to introduce the setting for a new baby girl than with an Enchanted Forest baby nursery? 

With the addition of nursery wall art to the Etsy Shop, I wanted to create something elegant and modern that could grow with a child. My floral monograms are available in different colors to match any theme, but I just love the dark teal with neutral wood tones and light gray, don't you?

Enchanted Forest Baby Nursery Inspiration 

1. Floral Baby Monogram Wall Art

Deck your new born baby's walls with a personalized monogram print with her first and middle name, along with her birth date and size. Want different wording? I made it really easy to customize - Choose a color and add up to 3 lines of personalized text in the "message to seller" box at checkout!

2. Woodland Animal Wallpaper

Create a subtle accent wall to inspire baby's imagination with a magical wallpaper or wall stencil, like this one with deer, squirrels, and rabbits.

3. Juliette Mirror

It's not an enchanted forest without something straight out of a fairytale like this elegant Juliette Mirror from Restoration Hardware. 

4. Weathered White Baby Crib

Keep in the theme of neutral and subdued colors with a simple, natural looking crib like this kiln dried solid wood one one from Pottery Barn. Convertible, too!

5. Marquee Letter Hooks

These aged, iron alphabet hooks add a whimsical touch to a practical storage solution. 

6. Bunny Love Tooth Fairy Pillow

What could be more enchanting then two dancing bunnies. A tiny pocket is placed between them for the time when baby's old enough to lose her first tooth, or store little treasures of her own.