By the time the 21st of June comes around some lockdown measures will have been lifted (fingers crossed) and families will start to come together again, however, for some of us here in the office, home isn’t exactly over the road. Being based in Nantes, France the UK team won’t have the chance to pop home right away to see family, so we have come up with a few ideas on how we can all celebrate the Dad’s in our lives - partners, stepdads, granddads and other father figures - from afar or in person (with or without social distancing).
Get out & about
We may be able to meet our close family members once the lockdown measures start to lift so for those of you living nearby, why not go for a walk outdoors to one of your favourite spots or your local park for a catch up with Dad, all the while keeping your social distance.
Lunch al fresco
Weather permitting - why not put together your and his favourite bites to eat and head out for a picnic. Enjoy being back in the outdoors while nibbling on your favourite tapas as you soak up the sun and the wonders of nature.
Top tip - pack the snacks separately so each household has its own food and Dad/Grandad doesn’t have to worry about making his lunch.
The Big Video Dad Quiz
Organise a virtual quiz about Dad. The majority of us have more than likely participated in or hosted a virtual quiz with friends over the last couple of months so why not channel your inner Bradley Walsh. Ask the siblings and other family members to get involved and create a quiz where all the questions are based on him. Set up a video call with the whole family and see how much he knows about himself and what memories stand out the most for him. “The chase is on”.
The Story of Dad
Ask the family (except Dad, of course) to send photos, videos, funny quotes or classic Dad jokes they have from over the years and put them together in a video. Send it through to him while on a video call or in person and see his reaction live. He is sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into creating something genuinely unique.
Surprise Dad with a virtual dining experience with the whole family. If he is a bit of a foodie why not set up a cook along with him and the siblings? If cooking is not his forte, you could order in his favourite takeaway dish and enjoy the meal via. video call as if you were all together.
Create a family keepsake
Turn your favourite photos with Dad into a timeless photo book or a personalised poster print so that next time you see each other you can look through and chat about all the amazing memories you have made together as you start planning new ones. If time is not on your side, and he seems to be a wizz with technology, get him a gift card. He can create his very own keepsake and give him something to distract him for a few hours.