How to Celebrate Father’s Day From Afar
June 17, 2021
For many dads, Father’s Day begins with breakfast in bed, followed by quality time spent with close family—and maybe a gift or two. But for families whose fathers are deployed or TDY, the third Sunday of June looks a little different. That doesn’t mean, however, that Father’s Day isn’t cause for celebration; it just takes a little ingenuity and creative thinking to show Dad how much he’s loved and appreciated. Here are a few ways to celebrate Father’s Day from afar!
Send a care package: Nothing will brighten Dad’s special day like a tangible gift from his favorite people, especially if it’s filled with a few of his favorite things. For inspiration, pack items that will help Dad feel more comfortable and remind him of home. You might include his favorite candies and snacks, his preferred toiletries, or other items that he’s unable to access while deployed. Don’t forget to include some photos, drawings, and a handwritten card!
Create a virtual photo album: Put together a photo album of moments he might have missed while deployed or TDY. That way, he won’t feel as though he missed out on any big moments! One major perk of emailed photo albums is that you can include videos. Whether the video is of a baby’s first steps or just a silly moment caught on camera, Dad will get to share in the experience from afar.
Plan a vacation: Surprise Dad with plans for a future getaway. Even if it’s just a quick family camping trip or a weekend staycation, he’ll have something to look forward to when he gets home. You might also throw in a coupon book good for a future experience, like a foot massage, chore, or breakfast in bed.
Schedule a video call: Set aside a few minutes with Dad to connect via video call. The simple pleasure of seeing the faces of his partner and kids is sure to brighten his Father’s Day and help your family feel more connected.