Fathers don't always get the credit they deserve! Let’s change that this Father’s Day. Even though we’re in a Lockdown, we can still celebrate and honour those in our lives who have taken on the role of a father. Can you think of someone like this in your life? It could be your biological dad, your grandfather, your uncle or family friend — someone who has supported you through the bad times to prepare you for greater things.

This Father’s Day, let’s take a moment to say “Papa, thank you, we appreciate you”. Yes, we are restricted due to the National Lockdown, but this can still be a day to remember. If you are lucky enough to be at home with your dad, or you’re living apart, there are many creative ways to make him feel special and tell him how much you appreciate him. Here are a few tips to make this Lockdown Father’s Day one to remember.

If you’re lucky enough to live with your dad, here are some meaningful ways to make this Father’s Day special:
  1. Spoil him with his favourite meal — What’s your dad’s favourite thing to eat? Every dad has that one meal that makes him smile on the inside. Why not spoil him by making something he truly enjoys eating? This could be breakfast in bed, a braai in the garden, or even a warm sweet treat. Preparing a delicious and tasty surprise will fill him with happiness.
  2. Create something for him — Being home during this Lockdown means that there’s plenty of time to get your creativity going. With the budget being tight for many, and shopping restrictions limiting what you can buy, a DIY gift can send the perfect message of love. You could personalise a diary, create a scrapbook or build a memory box — do something that your dad can keep long after this Lockdown Father’s Day has passed.
  3. Join him in doing what he loves — There’s always that one thing dads enjoy doing that makes us roll our eyes, right? However, it would mean the world to him if you could show some interest in the things he loves. Spend some time learning his favourite games, doing some garden work with him or even watching his favourite action movie. You might end up having a good time and will forever remember this day as a special daddy-child moment.
  4. Have a home spa — Dads work hard and, once in a while, they need some pampering too. While spas are closed, there’s nothing stopping you from running him a hot bath at home or treating him to a foot massage right where you are. Grab some oils and candles, make a nice cup of tea or coffee, and treat him to a home spa.
If you’re far from your dad, here are some ideas for making this Father’s Day memorable:
  1. Host a virtual Father’s Day party — Being away from your dad due to the Lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t see him at all. Thanks to technology, there are apps that allow you to video call and have a virtual get-together. Gather your friends and family and host an online Father’s Day party for the dads in your life. You can share family memories, tell your dad how much you appreciate him, and perhaps sing a song or two if you’re vocally gifted.
  2. Courier something he loves — With the Level 3 Lockdown now in place, many online gifting businesses are operating and delivering around South Africa. Make your dad smile by ordering something and send it to his house. Even while you’re away, you can make your presence felt with a thoughtful gift delivered to his doorstep.
  3. Take it to social media – We learn a lot from the father figures in our lives. Take this day as an opportunity to let your friends on social media know what you’ve learnt from your dad. Even if it sounds preachy, corny, or over-protective, the advice we've gotten from our dads sticks with us — this is what we want to hear from you. Go to our Facebook or Twitter pages and share your #Dadvice with us for a chance to win R1000 in an African Bank MyWORLD bank account.

Father’s Day in this Lockdown doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. There are plenty of ways to take advantage of such a special day and show your dad or father figure just what they mean to you. Make this Father’s Day a truly special one, filled with fun and laughter.

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