Indie Interests

Say hello to my new weekly ramble about the awesomeness of shopping indie! Every week I’ll feature a list of handmade goodies, sometimes with a theme, sometimes without.

This week, I figured it was time to prep for the upcoming daddy’s day!

Does your Dad rock?

I know mine does. Seriously, he has several guitars. I LOVE these handmade guitar picks.

Hand cut, stamped, and finished!

Hand cut, stamped, and finished!

Pick A Dad Keychain

Dad doesn’t play, but loves music? Problem solved!

Best Dad Ever!

Best Dad Ever!

Even if these don’t strike your fancy, Nici Laskin makes tons of beautiful metalwork pieces – take your pick on Etsy or ArtFire!

Have an Artsy-Fartsy Father?

Custom photo blocks from Perfect Prints By Lindsey

Custom photo blocks from Perfect Prints By Lindsey

If your dad likes to put up pictures, give him something artsy and personal – these custom made blocks use your family photos and can be customized to say dad, pop, or anything else!

Custom Word/Photo Art!

Custom Word/Photo Art!

Just For You Printable Designs offers a gorgeous, custom designed gift with tons of uses! You send your own photo, and you can send your own word choices or use the one shown above. Once it’s emailed to you go ahead and print it out on card stock for a unique fathers’ day card, or get a print made up. You get the file, which means you can do a million things with it!

QR Code Art - Scan to get

QR Code Art – Scan to get “You’re the BEST DAD ever” on your phone!

ColoRelish makes this awesome art print. Did dad have a rough day? Pop out the smart phone, scan the code with a free QR code reader, and watch his face light up. Once scanned, the code brings up a message on his phone. Have him keep it at work for an easy pick-me-up! Don’t love the message? They offer custom messages, too!

Have an off-the-beaten-path Papa?

Wooden Ties From Reclaimed Wood

Wooden Ties From Reclaimed Wood

Upgrade the standard Fathers’ Day tie with a wooden tie from Wood Thumb. It’s unique, a little funky, and eco-friendly. They also make bow ties, if that’s more his speed!

Best Dad Ever Coffee Spoon

Best Dad Ever Coffee Spoon

If Dad’s a coffee or tea (or dessert, I’m not judging) addict then he’s going to love these custom stamped vintage spoons by jessicaNdesigns. She’s got dozens of other sayings available, or request a custom piece! If he doesn’t need a spoon, you should still check out her shop – it’s got tons of beautiful hand-stamped work!

Drink like a sir!

Drink like a sir!

Is your dad a sir? Let him show it off with these awesome mustache decals from Art Eaves! If you’re not feeling the mustaches, you should still check out Art Eaves’ shop – they have some really cute family decals, such as monsters, super heroes, zombies, and pirates.

Bragging Rights

Think you’ve got the best dad ever? Then think outside the box! Let’s be honest, your dad would probably be happy if you called and said all you wanted to give him for father’s day was your time. Chances are he thinks you’re the bee’s knees already. But hey, something he can bring back to work or look at and smile won’t hurt any.

Oh, and don’t forget about grandpa! I mentioned that most of these awesome indie businesses offer other goodies or customization for that very reason. Some already have grandparent goodies, and others can make them.

I think the guitar pick is my favorite, because music is something I learned to love from my father. What’s your favorite, and why?

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