Father’s Day’s going to feel a bit different this year.
And even with “support bubbles” in place to combat isolation, it’s difficult to know what to do for Dad if he’s particularly vulnerable. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can still show him you care – without actually being there.
Get some face-to-face time
Although you might not be able to see him in person, there are lots of ways that you can be together virtually. Why not have a cup of coffee and a catch up over Google Hangouts or play a game together while you chat on Houseparty. The latter has everything from general knowledge trivia to karaoke, so there’s plenty to keep you both entertained. We’ve written more about how to stay connected online during isolation here.
Enjoy some home cinema “together”
Although you can’t take him to the cinema this year, you can still enjoy a film together. Netflix Party is free to download and provides synchronised video playback. And with its inbuilt chatbox, you can also message Dad during the best bits (and coordinate those all-important loo breaks). However, the app doesn’t support video chat. So try TwoSeven to see the look on his face after any plot twists. The Independent has written more about how to watch films online together during lockdown here.
Soundtrack his Sunday
There aren’t many gifts that are more thoughtful than a personalised playlist. Sure, you can’t meticulously design the sleeve and carefully inscribe the inlay as you would do with the classic mixtape. But with Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, you don’t have to worry about running out of space. Just curate his dream playlist, send him a link on Sunday morning and soundtrack his perfect Father’s Day. If Dad’s a muso, there’s simply nothing better.
Go on a virtual tour
If art or history is his thing, then why not take a virtual tour together? London’s top attractions might be closed but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the exhibits. Modern art aficionados might enjoy a virtual trip to Tate Modern; visitors can join Tate Director Francis Morris from the Switch House as she talks about the works of the late sculptor, painter and printmaker Louise Bourgeois.
And in case you missed it before they closed their doors in March, there’s also a fascinating virtual tour of the Andy Warhol exhibition. Alternatively, why not explore the British Museum’s virtual galleries for iconic works from Dürer, Michelangelo and other contemporary greats? And seeing as it’s online, you can even head further afield; Time Out has a great selection of virtual tours from the world’s best museums and galleries. In terms of art and culture, the sky’s the limit this Father’s Day.
Treat him to his favourite tipple
The pub may be out of bounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a tipple together. If craft beer or ale is his thing, why not surprise him with a delivery from Honest Brew – complete with limited edition glass – or Beer Hawk for a crate and some comfortable socks? And for something you can enjoy together, there are some great offers on group whisky tastings. Perfect for any malt master or scotch savant, raise and glass and compare notes this Father’s Day.
Obviously, nothing compares to being there in person. But that doesn’t mean this year’s Father’s Day has to be any less special. Stay safe and connected and enjoy some quality time together online. There are plenty of ways to show him you care.