This year, Father’s Day is going to look a little different for many, particularly for folks who are sheltering in place — or who don’t live near — their families. But just because you might be running up against issues of distance, that doesn’t mean you can’t help your dad, or whoever you’re showing some extra appreciation, celebrate in style.
I live thousands of miles away from my parents, and while I won’t be with them in person on June 21, I’ve put some thought into how I can make that day a bit more special. Given that we just don’t know what the COVID-19-concious landscape will look like in a month, I’ve also put some thought into the kinds of gadgets dads and parents can use while staying close to home — just in case. It’s a complicated time, but if Mamma Mia’s Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) can navigate a three-dad wedding, those of us who celebrate Father’s Day can find ways to do so that are both fun and safe, despite the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
Day 50-Something of Social Distancing: A Few Gadgets That Will Make the Great Indoors Fun Again
Sure, it’s a little bit too typical to invest in a new grill or grilling tools for Father’s Day, but what about a product that’s more than just your standard barbecue? Bonus: The Cuisinart Griddler fits on your countertop, making it perfect for city living — dad can grill some salmon or burgers without setting foot outside. What saves this one from being "just another Father’s Day grill," however, is the fact that it's a 5-in-1 machine, ready to sear steak, press the perfect panini and much, much more. In short, just like dad, the Griddler is versatile — don’t try to box either of them in.
Close-to-Home Adventures: Items That Will Help Beat Cabin Fever
We all want to enjoy the great outdoors right now, but it’s important to do so safely. It’s unclear when certain states and counties will officially reopen, meaning travel plans are still a tad nebulous for most of us. So, why not grab dad something he can use in his own backyard? (Or, you know, his neighborhood green space.) Before pops kicks up his feet, however, he’ll need the tools to spruce up his surroundings.
At-Home Creature Comforts for the Dad Who’s Hard to Buy For
If your dad is difficult to buy a gift for, these unique, functional gifts might fit the bill. They aren’t necessarily items he would buy himself, but they are the sorts of things he might mean to pick up for himself one day. Why not speed up the process? First up, Los Poblanos beard oil, which hails from an organic farm near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beard oil may sound superfluous, but it actually helps nourish, condition and cleanse. Better yet, this particular oil is made from organic lavender, a plant that not only smells great but is known for its soothing qualities. Look, it beats giving him yet another electric razor, right?