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Handy Things to Do on Father's Day for Dad

Does your dad know his way around a toolbox and can he correctly repair things around the home? If so, these hands-on projects are great gifts you can do for him!

Father's Day Ideas

It’s Father’s Day, so of course, you can’t go wrong with offering to mow the lawn or take any other items off your dad’s typical to-do list. Want to kick it up a notch this year, though? In honor of your handyman dad, here are some practical things to do on Father’s Day that are sure to make him feel loved (and proud!). In fact, since he’s such a handyman — and since these projects are right up his alley — don’t be surprised if he wants to join in on the fun on his special day.

Create an Updated Workspace for Him

Go beyond simply organizing the garage and create a true handyman’s paradise for your dad. That means utilizing the wall space with an updated pegboard and hook system or another type of organization system, clearing the clutter from around his workspace by hanging a storage shelf from the ceiling and making room for a reasonably sized, solid workbench (bonus points if you build it yourself!), to name a few examples. Just be sure to keep his typical projects in mind when you’re designing his updated workspace, so the space is as functional for him as possible.

Give His Car a Tune Up

You can perform a surprising number of DIY car maintenance tasks on your father’s car, even without a lot of auto know-how. Changing the air filtercleaning the battery and replacing the windshield wipers, for example, are tasks that need to be done and that require minimal knowledge and effort. If you want to really impress him, however, try your hand at changing the oil or replacing the spark plugs yourself.

Build Him a New Place to Relax

What’s more satisfying for a handyman dad than completing a DIY project? Seeing his child complete one. And nothing says “make your handyman dad proud” like showing off those skills he taught you to make him a new go-to piece of outdoor furniture. Consider building a freestanding arbor swing or Adirondack chair set from scratch. Or go all out and create an entire backyard lounging area for him, complete with tables, benches and chairs. The best part? When it’s all said and done, you’ve just created a new place where you, your dad and the rest of the family can all relax and make new memories together.

Complete the Finishing Touches for Him

And speaking of showing off those skills, make your father’s new garage workbench or outdoor oasis complete by going the extra mile and staining and sealing the furniture that you just built for him, rather than leaving it up to him to do. While you’re at it, go ahead and freshen up the deck stain, too. Whether you’re staining a table or staining a deck, taking the time and putting in the effort to stain it versus painting it will mean that he will be able to enjoy it much longer with little to no maintenance required.

And, as far as the car goes, it could probably go without saying that you should give it a special Father’s Day detailed cleaning inside and out after you perform your maintenance.

It’s guaranteed to put a smile on his face.

Want some Father’s Day ideas your kids can help with, too? Check out seven of our favorite DIY Father’s Day gifts, as well as these additional homemade gifts from the heart.


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