Father’s Day is at the beginning of summer, making it the perfect time to buy dad a gift that’s related to the outdoors, or at the very least, your backyard. Outdoor and lawn games are also a great way to find him something he’ll use, as well as a fun way to spend time together as a family. Most of these gifts can easily be bought online or in sports stores, but if you’re up for doing some assembly work, you can make some of them yourself, too! Most are easily transportable, making them great for dad to bring to his next barbecue.
No matter your dad’s skill level when it comes to tossing a Frisbee, he can have fun with a disc golf set. Starter sets include items like a bag, driver disc, putter disc, mid-range disc, mini marker disc, as well as score cards and instructions/rules (and part of your gift can be to help him learn how to play). For those more well versed in the rules of the game, spruce up the set with a disc golf bag, or perhaps a new golf driver set.
Ladder ball makes for the perfect backyard barbecue game, whether you’re buying it already complete, or making it yourself prior to Father’s Day. If you’re going for the DIY route, you’ll need a few items like PVC pipe and tees, as well as nylon rope and golf balls. For specific instructions, check out this handy blog post. Not the do-it-yourself type? Ladder ball is available in all sorts of stores in the outdoor or games section.
Bocce can be a fun outdoor game, think of it as outdoor bowling! With a few added twists of course, as every one gets a chance to underarm toss the balls and try and get as close to the pallino as possible. If your dad already has a bocce set, you can still get him something fun to celebrate his love of bocce, like t-shirts, baseball caps, mugs, and even holiday ornaments!
Another centuries-old sport that makes a fabulous Father’s Day gift is a croquet set, complete with a carrying bag. All sets come with a number of mallets, typically between four and six, as well as wickets. Instructions in the sets also make setup easy, as it’ll detail how and where to set up the wickets, whether you’re knocking the croquet ball around as a family in the backyard, or out at the park.
Homemade Cornhole Set
One of the easiest DIY projects when it comes to outdoor games is building a cornhole set. To get started, you’ll need 2 pieces of 2×4 plywood, as well as some deck screws and nails. (Get the exact instructions here). You can also make the bags, which are traditionally 6×6 inches of duck canvas, and, as the name implies, filled with two cups of corn kernels. When everything is assembled, one of the best parts about making the cornhole set is personalizing it, perhaps with the logo or colors of your dad’s favorite sports team.
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products.