Building A Better Fathers Day With Gifts That Give Back

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Fathers-DayThe late American motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said: “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” The same is true for building a better gift with your dad. Nothing is as priceless as the gift of your time, and your dad will appreciate that over anything else you give him at Fathers Day or any other time of the year. Here are some things that my siblings and I have done with our dad in past years that proved a great success, as well as a few other suggestions. Maybe one of them will help to inspire you about something that you can do with your own dad this year!

Small Woodworking Projects

When my siblings and I were younger, it seemed like every year my dad helped us build at least one birdhouse, wind chime, picture frame, or some other small woodworking project. It’s because of these projects that I now understand how to do things like change out a bit in a cordless drill and practice time honored lessons like measure twice and cut once. The lessons our dad taught us are something we really appreciated, so to show our appreciation for him last year we got all the grandkids together. They spent the entire afternoon on Father’s Day with my dad, spending time with him just the way he did with his kids when we were young. At the end of the day, each kid went him with a bird house of their own. Thanks to the scrapbook my mom created with all the pictures taken during the day, he now has a tangible memory of that day that will last for a long while.

Home Improvement Projects

Does your mom have a list of things that she wants your dad to do around the house? If so, then take that list from her and tackle those odd jobs on his behalf. Leaky faucets, squeaky door hinges, and gutters stuffed with leaves waiting to be cleaned out take very little time and could be a thing of the past in a single afternoon. If there’s something you’re not able to do that needs the help of a professional, consider hiring someone to do the work for your parents. Your dad will not only appreciate your

thoughtfulness in taking care of those pesky odd jobs, but he’ll also appreciate the fact that now your mom might  stop complaining about things waiting to be done around the house. After all your dad has done for you through the years, isn’t that the least you could do for him?

Building the Perfect Man Cave

My dad’s favorite room of the house is his man cave, which was formerly the unfinished half of the basement. A few years ago my siblings and I helped our mom surprise him with his very own space for Father’s Day and by far it ranks among the best gifts he’s ever received throughout his entire lifetime. From the “NO DAMES ALLOWED” sign on the door to the regulation-sized pool table and retro Coca-Cola machines, everything is tailored to reflect manliness. I don’t think the room has ever seen the first shred of pink!If your dad doesn’t have a man cave and has the space to create one, he’d appreciate your time and effort into helping with the project.

Habitat for Humanity

Sometimes Father’s Day is as much about giving back to others as it is about giving something to your dad. Spending time with your dad is the important thing, and if he has a favorite charity or volunteer organization offer to spend time with him doing what he loves best. If you have no plans, Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that does wonderful things for otherwise underprivileged people. Even if you can’t spend time helping build an actual structure, Re-Store shops can always use an extra helping hand. And don’t leave out the younger children in your family – the youth programs offers volunteer opportunities for kids as young as 5 years old!

Your dad is almost guaranteed to like any gift that you give him, but what he’ll really appreciate is when you give up some of your time to focus on him. Regardless if you’re helping him on a minor home repair, building a birdhouse for the backyard, or building a home for someone who otherwise wouldn’t have one, what you’re really building is a lifetime of memories that you can always look back on together.