Whether you have a techie dad, an early adapter dad, or an outdoorsy dad, all fathers have one thing in common: they cherish their kids. One of the best gifts you can give dad is your time. The second best gift is a self storage unit because what dad wouldn’t like to have a little more space to better enjoy his favorite hobbies?
Maybe you share in some of his interests or have the same skillset, and maybe you don’t. Either way, he will appreciate finding a little extra space around the house or in the garage.
Give your dad a day off and allow him to do the things he loves—with you. You can learn a lot about the man you love by simply hanging out with him this Father’s Day.
Spend Time in the Garage
My father-in-law recently reorganized his garage and unearthed several old volumes of a popular woodworking magazine from the 70’s. This lead to a father and son furniture building project that yielded a handcrafted wooden bench for the backyard. Other projects soon followed and as a result, we now have beautiful handcrafted wood furniture to pass down to future generations.
Whether your dad has a cluttered garage, a well-organized garage, or something in between, you would be amazed at the hidden treasures you can find there. Spend time with dad in his garage and the two you might discover a fun building project to share together this Father’s Day.
Spend Time with Family
Just like moms, dads with young families are often uniquely challenged to find enough time for everything and everyone in their lives. Work, household responsibilities, recreation, and relationships are just a few items on dad’s list. However, you can make it simple for everyone this Father’s Day if you have kids between the ages of 3 and 17. How? Grab some cardboard boxes.
Available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, cardboard boxes are easily found at your local storage facility and can be made into any number of imaginative creations. From castles and spaceships to a game of tic, tac, toe, dad and the kids can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. All in an afternoon.
Not only is this a budget-friendly activity, but it also gives the kids a toy or activity that will endure long after Father’s Day is over.
Spend Time with Pets
If you have a pet-loving dad who takes his dog everywhere he goes, then planning a day for dad and his favorite canine might be the best Father’s Day present you can give him. Enjoy the day with dad and his best friend by planning an activity that will make them both happy.
If your dad loves to fish but isn’t usually able to take Fido on fishing trips, plan a pet-friendly excursion to a lake or river. Maybe dad doesn’t have a rod and reel but loves the outdoors. It is easy to find a dog-friendly hiking trail in your area and venture out for the afternoon. If you are fortunate enough to live near the ocean, you might be within driving distance to one of the dog-friendly beaches in the United States.
Don’t forget to pack the following items for your dad’s dog: Extra pet food, a towel, a leash, poop disposal bags, pet dishes, and water if you are going to the ocean.
Start a Business
Famous father and son duos can be found in Hollywood—just think of Kirk and Michael Douglas or Will and Jaden Smith. In the music industry, it would seem father and daughter duos rule, however. From Elvis and Marie Presley and Steven and Liv Tyler to Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, when it comes to rock star dads and their talented offspring, good things come in pairs.
If you and your pops don’t dance, sing, or act, start a business together this Father’s Day. There are world-renown companies that have been operated by family members for generations like Fidelity Investments whose current CEO, Abigail Johnson, is the fourth Johnson to be at the helm of the successful financial institution. And, a little less known but still very successful, are a variety of businesses run by parents and their kids all across the country.
Whatever you decide to do with your dad this Father’s Day, remember a hug or phone call, and a show of genuine gratitude goes a long way to letting someone know how much he is appreciated.