A wonderful Dad is the soul of a loving home, with his wisdom, strength, love, devotion and understanding. Father’s Day is around the corner on 21 June, so how will you show your Dad, your child’s Dad or any father figure in your life what they mean to you and your family?
This year, Father’s Day will be a little different, with no large family gatherings or travelling to see Dads who live far away. Thankfully, in our connected world, we have the opportunity to take our traditions to the virtual realm!
In this blog post, we’ve rounded up 10 ideas to make Dads near and far feel special and loved.
1. Show off your lockdown baking skills
During the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us headed for the oven to try out some baking. Get the kids and the family together to bake Dad’s favourite treat. If he isn’t into sweet stuff, why not try your hand at some savoury breakfast muffins that he can enjoy with coffee in bed?
2. Make him a scrapbook
Even if it’s just a few pages to begin with, get to work on collecting some special memories in a scrapbook for Dad. You can include:
- Memories you’ve shared
- Anything that you want to keep special and remember
You can bring the book out every Father’s Day to reminisce and keep adding a new page every year.
If you’re unable to be with your Dad in person, you can courier your scrapbook to him or create a digital scrapbook using an online scrapbooking tool.
3. Try out his favourite hobby
Spend some time with Dad learning about or trying his favourite hobby. Perhaps you’ve always declined to join him, but you may end up enjoying it and learning from it! And your family will always remember special moments learning a skill or talent from someone important in their life.
If Dad’s hobby is something he’s unable to do during lockdown, let him tell you more about it. You can look at YouTube videos together or practice some of the skills needed. For example, if Dad is a surfer, you can watch some ‘how-to’ videos and practice some surfing drills on land that will help when you take to the water.
4. Start a new hobby or activity together
Think of something that you can learn, do or create together. Working on a project together gives you a chance for some great bonding time. Some ideas include:
- Making something out of wood, like a birdhouse
- Creating a new board game… then play it!
- Making a garden swing
- Learning photography
- Training your dog to do tricks
5. Tick some items off his ‘to-do’ list
Let him have the day off to do whatever he wants! There’s always something on Dad’s ‘to-do’ list, so why not tick off a couple of items for him?
6. Make him his favourite meal
Every Dad has his best breakfast, lunch or dinner. Spoil him to his favourite homemade meal or takeaway. Or, treat him to something new, like a Mexican-style chipotle chicken casserole.
And for a tea-time treat, who can resist some shortbread? It’s an easy, kid-friendly recipe with minimal ingredients.
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
Preheat your oven to 180°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Press dough into an ungreased square baking pan. Prick with a fork. Bake until light brown, 30-35 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.
You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart, after all…
7. Let him choose the movie!
When it comes to family movie night, Dad doesn’t always have the last say. This Father’s Day, let him pick a family-friendly movie to watch together, or give him ‘TV rights’ to control the remote for the day.
Some ideas for Father’s Day films:
- “Big Daddy”, starring Adam Sandler
- “Cheaper by the Dozen”, starring Steve Martin
- “The Pursuit of Happyness”, starring Will and Jaden Smith
- “Daddy Day Care”, starring Eddie Murphy
- “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starring Robin Williams
Classic family ‘must-sees’
- “The Sound of Music”
- “Back 2 the Future”
- “Mary Poppins”
- “The Parent Trap”
For older Dads, you can bring out a ‘blast from the past’ with a movie like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” or “The Graduate”.
8. Create a homemade card
The time and effort you or your kids take to make a homemade card won’t go unnoticed. Look around the house for items that you can reuse and recycle, like Dad’s newspaper, string, fabric and packaging cardboard.
Fill it with a heartfelt message to make it even more special.
9. Go virtual with video
Many of us won’t have a chance to see our dads this Father’s Day. Take the time to get him set up with a video calling app like Skype or Zoom. You can then ‘spend time’ together and let him be part of the family festivities online. Look at photos together, play a trivia game, play Bingo, or just have a good chat.
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A thoughtful gift is always appreciated! NetFlorist has an extraordinary array of gifts for every kind of father, from fantastic apparel to personalised gifts, edible treats, gadgets, experiences, hampers and more. If you’re shopping on a budget, NetFlorist has gifts under R299, gifts under R399 and gifts under R499 to choose from.
Especially if you’re unable to be with your Dad during this time, at least you can send him something special that will be delivered to his door.
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