Father’s Day is only a matter of weeks away (Sunday 21st June) and much like UK Mother’s Day at the end of March, it definitely isn’t going to be the day that you would have planned or imagined. There are still a number of things that you can do, though, even if you have to be apart from dear old dad.
Here are some ideas to make your dad / stepdad / grandfather / partner feel remembered and special, even if you can’t be with them in person.
Cards and Gifts Delivered to Their Door
Thank goodness for the posties, am I right? They are still working hard and delivering, so that if you are apart this Father’s Day, the dad in your life can still know that you are thinking of them. Moonpig.com have a great range of Father’s Day cards that can be personalised with images and text, so you don’t even need to sign it in person; it will get sent straight to them.
They also have a fab range of Father’s Day gifts for all budgets, that will perfect for dad. I have got a ‘world’s best dad’ Toblerone bar from there, a cactus growing kit, F1 Top Trumps card, and some Cartwright and Butler salted fudge from there, so there really is something for everyone. Again, these can be posted directly to dad.
Get Your Hiking Boots Ready
You could meet up with your dad somewhere for a hike at a distance, so that you get to see each other, and have a long chat on the way. Now that we can drive to places for a walk, there is bound to be somewhere close that you can go to and enjoy the fresh air together.
Picnic in the Park
If you don’t want to risk going into someone’s house to get to the back garden, then why not meet up for a picnic? The forecast (at the moment) is a good one for the day itself, so you could head off with your picnic lunch, blanket, and perhaps even some games, to meet up with dad in the park. Cake and bubbles are a must!
BBQ at Home
This is what we will be doing at our house for my husband, should the weather stay as it is meant to. A BBQ in the garden with the kids is a fun way to celebrate, and enjoy plenty of their favourite meats, downed with something cold to drink! A BBQ is a chilled way to spend time together, and everyone can enjoy it. Stick on some good music and have an afternoon altogether.
Virtual Pub Quiz
Who else has been living for a quiz on Zoom? It can be a good way to see all of the family, but do something fun together too. It makes a good plan if there are family members self-isolating or shielding, as you can chat, but still enjoy the quiz.
Order a Takeaway
With many restaurants open for deliveries or pick up (hello, McDonald’s), you can get some tasty food for dad. Many places will be able to use Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats so there are many options. The bonus? There is no washing up required!
Book a National Trust Site Visit
Many places are opening up now, such as National Trust sites all across the country. Somewhere closer to us is Kew Gardens that has also opened up, so check what is local to you. A lot of theses places need to be booked in advance, because you are given a time slot for your visit, to reduce overcrowding. Now would be the time to book, before things get booked up on 21st June.
Being a parent myself I know that it doesn’t matter what you do, or what you get, it is that you have been thought of. So whether you can see your dad in person but at a distance this year, or will just be seeing them on FaceTime, it is all about making the effort.