Father’s Day is only 4 weeks away (Sunday 21st June) and it definitely isn’t going to be the Father’s Day you had planned, but remember, there’s no lockdown on fun! Whether you’re together on Father’s day or spending it apart, there are still loads of inventive ways to celebrate as a family and make it a unique Father’s Day to remember. Here’s some ideas to make Dad feel remembered and special whether you’re with him in person or not.
1. Breakfast in Bed
If you’re lucky enough to be together, start Dad’s special day with breakfast in bed and a brew (Yorkshire tea of course). Make sure to sweeten him up with all his favourites, whether it’s a pain au chocolat, waffles with honey and banana or a good old pork pie, head down to Sainsbury’s or M&S to pick up his favourites.
2. Get your hiking boots on
When bellies are full and the dishwasher is loaded, dust off your walking shoes, find a nice route and let your legs lead the way. Whether you live in a built-up urban area or a rural village, there are bound to be some fabulous walking trails to explore and picturesque natural spots to sit and relax. Smell the fresh air and flowers, listen to the birds, run from the bees, enjoy the quality time together.
3. Watch his favourite movies
If a walk isn’t his thing, or the British weather is living up to its name and the heavens have opened, pull out your pillows and blankets and create a family fort in the living room. Settle in and watch your favourite family movies via Amazon or NowTV, or your favourite series on Netflix.
If the sun is shining that can only mean one thing – BBQ (and an ice-cold beer)! If you don't have a BBQ already, not to worry, with Argos and B&Q stores open until 4pm on a Sunday and convenience stores open until later in the evening. Make sure you're being careful and following social distancing rules (or try if you're prepared, try ordering online first)!
5. A Home Cooked Meal
Dad might prefer a home-cooked meal and this is something the family could do together, with a designated family member on each course and even a bartender! You could theme your family meal, maybe Mexican, Chinese, Italian, or good old English food. Make it fun by dressing accordingly too!
6. Order a Takeaway
With many restaurants now offering a contact-free doorstep delivery service via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, the options are endless and stress-levels at home are kept to a minimum. Added bonus, no clean up required!
7. Video Call with the whole family
If you don’t live with dad, there are still ways to celebrate and share your day virtually. With Zoom being the most popular video-calling/conference calling platform that is being utilised at the moment, but Skype, FaceTime, TikTok and video calling through Facebook are also still good options to catch up and see your (hopefully tech-savvy dad) grinning into the camera with beer in hand because today is all about him.
8. Virtual Pub Quiz
With Video-calling, you can hold an online pub quiz, with dad taking charge and fulfilling the role of Quiz Master of course, allowing him to reel off his dad jokes and flair for general knowledge. Why not take your Pub quiz to the next level for Dad and set up a Virtual Pub Crawl. You’d need to decorate every room as a pub, and you’d obviously need to offer to be chauffeur for Dad (laptop rather than limo though!).
9. Virtual Day Trip
Virtual day trips are also very popular at the moment, with many museums and galleries worldwide allowing you to access them virtually, for free. With hundreds to choose from, the full list of the attractions with their doors open can be viewed here
. Locate your dad’s favourite artist or city, and explore.
Don’t forget though, your dad is just a phone call away. Sometimes all a person needs is a 5 minute call and their day is complete. Gifts such as aftershave may run out, chocolate will be consumed, a gift card and money may be spent, but memories and laughter shared with the ones he loves the most will be remembered and treasured forever.
10. Additional Ideas
As well as all of the above great ideas, don't forget you can still send Dad a special gift. We've chosen 3 ideas for gifts that are perfect for a Father's Day in lockdown.