The man has enough stuff. What he wants is time. Time to take a lengthy nap instead of cleaning the pool. Time to take a scuba class. Time to watch someone else mow the lawn.
So give the man what he wants. Hire people to do the stuff he doesn’t want to do and to help him do the stuff he does.
For the Man Who’s Fixed Enough
A lifetime of being the family handyman has left dad with an impressive toolbox and a deep desire not to use it. Here’s how you can give him a break.
How many summers have been spent cursing the state of the deck? Hire a pro to clean, seal, and stain it so dad can go outside without going nuts.
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Hire a Handyman
From changing light bulbs to hanging art to paint touch-ups to minor repairs, a professional can take care of everything on his to-do list. It would take him weeks to get around to it, but a pro can do it in a day.
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Tell him he’s got this week (or the entire summer) off because you hired the pros to come in and make sure his lawn looks good.
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For the Man Who Just Wants to Watch Sports in Peace
He knows what he wants, and what he wants in June is to watch baseball. And golf. So make his bonding time with the TV as good as it can be.
A Flat Screen TV (with Installation)
While he’ll be probably be elated even if you just surprise him with a new TV in the box, he’ll be even more excited if you surprise him with a TV that’s already been mounted, set up and ready to watch.
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A Catered Tailgate
It’s not quite football season, but you can tailgate for baseball. And golf. And whatever else is on. So set up a catered tailgate for his family and friends.
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Ok, so technically this will pull him away from the TV. But that sacrifice might be worthwhile if he spends a bit of time with a pro to improve his swing.
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For the Man Who Likes to Eat
Every family activity is organized around a meal, during which dad chews and plans the next meal. So let’s focus on the food.
BBQ Dinner Cooked by a Personal Chef
There may be some hesitation to hand over the tongs, but a personal chef can show dad a few tricks and give him the night off to hang out with you. Or watch sports. Whichever.
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Maybe he’s never cooked and has always wanted to or maybe he wants to learn to make Thai food. Either way, everyone can take a cooking lesson together. It’ll make for a nice Father’s Day.
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This is a huge, life-changing time saver. A week of gourmet meal delivery completely eliminates the need to go grocery shopping, prep everything, and clean up.
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For the Man Who Fits Zero Dad Stereotypes
Dad is neat, organized and well-dressed. He’s interested in interior design and fashion. He couldn’t care less about sports, but he’ll really like this.
A Closet Remodel
Bring in someone to remodel the bedroom closet and create more space, improve storage, or add shelving, so that he finally has the closet he truly deserves.
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He probably hasn’t done it since he was in the Boy Scouts, but we bet he’ll love it now.
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A lot of massage therapists will come to your house, so no one has to worry about traffic or parking.
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