6 Little Ways to Show You Care (From a Distance) this Father’s Day

There’s nothing quite like Father’s Day to bring home the reality of social distancing. Luckily in this modern age there are a myriad of ways we can stay connected, even during these trying times. Thank goodness for technology! So, if you can’t give Dad a real hug this Father’s Day, here are some little ways you can make his day from a distance and show you care.

1. Give him something to look forward to

Think about what you’d be doing with Dad if you could actually get together. Is it going to the footy? Having dinner at his favourite restaurant? Or getting a relaxing massage at Body & Balance? Surprise him with a homemade invitation via snail mail (yes! Australia Post is open) and he’ll have something to look forward to later in the year. No expiry date necessary.

2. Stage a virtual lunch

Is a delicious Father’s Day lunch usually on your schedule? Keep tradition going by hosting Dad for a virtual family meal. Have takeaway delivered straight to the door from his favourite restaurant – think Cantonese dumplings or a pulled pork burrito with chipotle sauce. If Dad is within the 5km radius, you can find out which Pacific Epping restaurants are standing by here. Order for your household too, so you can all enjoy it (almost) together on Facetime, and share a glass of wine. Don’t forget to order dessert!

3. Throw a virtual party

Invite him to an online meeting (Zoom, Skype, Facetime, whatever it is you do!) then send an invitation to all the extended family and make sure everyone has joined the meeting before Dad dials in. Make sure everyone has sent him a gift in advance, so he can open them while everyone watches. A surprise bottle of his favourite whisky from Dan Murphy’s on the doorstep is always a winner.

4. Watch a movie together

Netflix Party has been around for a while, but it’s really exploded in popularity while so many of us were forced into isolation. It allows users to watch movies online together via a shareable viewing link. When one of you hits play, the video on both your screens begins simultaneously. The good news is that only one of you needs the extension, so it won’t matter if Dad is a bit tech challenged. Don’t forget to send him some popcorn and a craft beer or two from Coles and Liquorland for the full cinematic experience.

5. Start a book club

Books make a perfect gift, especially if Dad’s staying safe at home. It’s not just Hawthorn fans who will enjoy Roughie, the just-published autobiography of AFL legend Jarryd Roughead; or pre-order John Grisham’s latest crime thriller, A Time for Mercy from QBD Books. Grab yourself a second copy so you can discuss it as you read. Remember, sometimes a five-minute phone call or a few meaningful words are worth more than all the rest.

6. Give him the gift he wants

If you’re still struggling with choosing the right virtual gift, or you’d like to give Dad something a little extra, why not give him the gift of choice? Buy a Pacific Epping Gift Card here, to use when we return to normal centre trading times.