DURBAN – Father’s Day comes at a strange time this year—as the world is faced with the Coronavirus pandemic. With Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures still in place the standard dad gifts, such as a tie or a watch might seem somehow inadequate and those multi-generational brunches are not socially distant enough for the new normal.
Families across the country will need to get creative with celebrations this year. More especially those living in different provinces or have members who are over the age of 65 or who are immunocompromised and have underlying conditions putting them at greater risk of complications from Covid-19.
Here are five creative ideas to make this the most memorable Father’s Day ever:
- Celebrate virtually: Use technology such as FaceTime, Zoom or Skype to enjoy conversation over a meal together or make a video greeting card; start dad’s day with a virtual greeting from his loved ones. Record each child saying something special about dad and send those videos via text messages throughout the day.
- Have a virtual dinner party or cocktail: Arrange for Dad’s favourite restaurant to deliver a surprise dinner and share a meal over video chat. If dinner requires too much coordination, You can mix up a couple of drinks and lay out some snacks to eat on while you catch up with Dad.
- Have a backyard picnic: Put in a grocery order for Dad’s favourite foods and plan an afternoon or evening picnic. You can pack sandwiches, finger foods and Dad’s beverage of choice. Then, pull a big blanket (or two) out of the linen closet and lay it across the grass, making sure there’s room for everyone in the family.
- Have a parade: If you and your siblings or friends live nearby, have everyone decorate their cars and schedule a time to drive by your loved one’s home. Make sure to honk and bring the fun.
- Gift Card: As more things begin to open up, you can get your dad a gift he can use when everything has reopened. Get him a gift card to his favourite store so he can be the first in line as soon as it opens back up, or a gift card to his favourite restaurant.
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