With restrictions being lifted, it's exciting to think of all the ways we may be able to go back out into the world. However, it looks like things may still be a little different than last year. Never fear! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate dadthat don't cost a ton of money or require a night on the town! Check out these ways to make the dad in your life feel cared for and special while spending Father's Day at home.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdown can lead to some extra stress - especially for parents. So our first two tips are for all those stressed-out parents out there:
1. Let Him Work on His Hobbies!
Whether he's working on his car in the garage, tinkering with electronics, or even playing video games-- let him spend a significant part of the day pursuing his passions.
2. Give Him Some Peace and Quiet
One of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan says it best, "There should be a children's song: 'If you're happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep'." Sure, breakfast in bed may be a fun idea, but maybe one of the Father's Day gifts that dad really needs is an extra hour or two of snoozing.
3. Take a Fishing Trip
Okay, we know this isn't exactly "at home," but it still promotes social distancing. Fortunately, fishing is still permitted both commercially and recreationally! Grab a pole and some snacks and head out to his favorite fishing spot to enjoy some peaceful, father's day fun.
4. Build a Fort Together
One of the simple joys of childhood is fort-making. Grab some pillows, blankets, cushions, and make a stellar fortresswhere you can watch a movie, read a book, play a game, or just hang out together! Bonus points if you include a moat! Just kidding, mom probably wouldn't be too thrilled about the baby pool in the house.
5. Hold a Family Olympic Games
This is a great activity for both the sporty and not-so-sporty families. Make sure everyone knows it's about healthy competition, but mostly just having fun! Make some medals for the winners (gold, silver, and bronze, of course!). I may be modeling this a bit off The Office's "Office Olympics" episode, so if you're looking for inspiration, go check that out!
6. Play Backyard Games for Father's Day at Home
From corn hole to ladder ball, there's no shortage of options when it comes to outdoor lawn games. Pick a game and spend some time outside enjoying the weather!
7. Do Some Yard Work
Some dads love yard work and for some, it's a chore. Either way, ask him if there's anything you can do to help him out. If the kids are old enough, maybe the lawn could be mowed, the driveway swept, or the gardens weeded. It's a great way to get exercise, spend quality time together, and it spruces up the house!
8. Set up an Indoor (Or Outdoor) Movie Theater
Complete with blankets, pillows, popcorn, drinks, and snacks! Ask him one of his favorite movies from childhood, and check and see if you can rent it on demand.
9. Father's Day at Home: Camp Under the Stars
Spending time in nature is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. Pull out the camping gear and spend some time star-gazing. You could even bring the binoculars along!
10. Cook His Favorite Meal
Whether it's a yummy barbecue or tasty takeout, he'll be sure to appreciate being the one to pick what's for dinner.
11. Host a Father's Day At-Home Beer or Wine Tasting
You don't have to go out to have the brewery experience. Grab a bottle or two of different craft beers as a Father's Day gift and make a flight for him to test. If he's a beer connoisseur, you could maybe even turn it into a blind taste test to see if he knows his stuff! Once you've opened all those beers, someone's going to have to drink them. I'm sure dad wouldn't mind taking one for the team.
No matter how you end up celebrating, don't forget to thank him for all that he does! Families come in all shapes and sizes, and dads can sometimes have a thankless job. These inexpensive ways to celebrate the dad in your life at home are sure to be a hit! If you're not able to celebrate with your dad in person, you could always get the family together and create a group card, like these from Kudoboard.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Dad? Let us know some of your own ideas in the comments! And don't forget to tell him how much you care on FamilyApp!