Grab a hammer, paint brush and lawn mower – it’s time to lend Dad a helping hand.
In addition to being the go-to source of advice and wisdom, dads and father figures are often famous for their practical, handy skills.
If you live nearby, consider giving back to Dad this year by offering to complete a pesky household project for him – or plan a day to work on a tedious task around the house together.
Here are a few ideas of household projects that would make Dad happy, whether he’s sitting back and relaxing or helping out side-by-side.
Offer to spruce up Dad’s yard by mowing the lawn, weeding plant beds, and watering any plants or flowers that are out for the summer. Yardwork can be hard work, so having it taken care of will likely be a welcomed weight off his shoulders.
If there is a piece of furniture Dad has been waiting to refurbish, propose doing the dirty work – think sanding, sealing or painting. If he has been meaning to assemble a new item, suggest collaborating to build it. Teamwork (socially distanced, of course!) is both practical and safe when it comes to heavy lifting and configuring small details, like avoiding scraping walls or stripping screws.
Staining and painting
Some dads may consider staining the deck or painting interior walls to be downright tedious – some could even say it’s like watching paint dry. Offer to stain or paint the parts of Dad’s house showing wear and tear. Even the gesture of touching up paint on the exterior or painting a clean coat on interior baseboards is a huge help – and makes a noticeable difference on the overall appearance of a home.
Deep cleaning the garage
The garage is a well-known hotspot for mess and clutter. For some people – perhaps Dad – it’s a storage space for their favorite belongings or exercise equipment. Go through the garage together to speed up the process of de-cluttering. You may find memorabilia along the way that makes you both nostalgic.
Setting up a complex piece of technology
If you’ve treated Dad to a new high-tech gadget, or he’s bought one for himself, offer to help set it up. Items like a new TV, printer, smartphone or home speaker system may be complicated to install, especially for those who are less tech-savvy.
Helping with that lingering miscellaneous task
Is there some other task around the house that Dad is always saying he will get around to? Suggest finally tackling it together. Completing a household project for Dad – or lending a helping hand – is a unique way to show your appreciation and celebrate Father’s Day.