If travel where you live is still restricted then a BBQ at the park, pub lunch or family trip to the cinema are all out the window this year, but that doesn’t mean Father’s Day in lockdown can’t be fun!
The spectre of COVID has put pay to any elaborate plans Father’s Day on September 5 for the second year running. For many it means any celebrating has to be done within those same four walls you’ve been staring at for weeks, while others won’t even be able to spend the day with their dad.
But at BIBO, we’re not going to let a pesky pandemic stop us from making the big day special. Here are 6 activities that are way more enjoyable than the usual cold toast in bed and family bar of Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations bought the night before from the servo. It's time to start planning your own very special Father's Day in lockdown.
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We’re sure he’s always enjoyed that scene in Ghost, and this is, well, a bit similar! Choose from a selection of online classes and you’ll be sent a kit to make your own pots, vases or even a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug.
You don’t even need to be in the same building, so no one misses out!
Who needs a cinema when there are so many movies to watch at home? The only preparation is to select Dad’s favourite all-time flicks from Netflix, Binge, Amazon Prime, Disney+ or SBS On Demand and then hand him the schedule and supply regular top ups of popcorn and mugs of hot chocolate.
Many of the well-known streaming services offer free trials, so open an account the day before and you won’t even have to pay.
Just because you can’t go to his favourite steakhouse doesn’t mean the steak can’t get to your house. Many of the well-known delivery services like Uber eats, Deliveroo, Gourmet Dinner Service and Menulog have special offers for first time customers, so shop around a few days before so you’re all ready for a feast to remember.
Join a live, online art class and let your paint brush do the talking. You’ll find everything you need to whip up a masterpiece in the special kits that are delivered to your door, and then all you have to do is log on to join the class and receive (hopefully positive) feedback on your efforts. Either organise a special class for your friends and family, or join fellow creative geniuses from around the world.
Have your BIBO² standing by so when you need a caffeine hit, you don’t miss a vital instruction waiting for the kettle to boil!
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He’ll love the idea of a tasting pack of different whiskies, or having new ones delivered each month. There’s even a pack of delicious Aussie single malts. Is there a better way to end Father’s Day in lockdown?
let him win at cards
There are loads of ways to play a range of free card games and chat online. Just don't let Nan get too competitive!
most importantly, get him a present he’ll really like
If there’s one thing that Father’s Day is famous for it’s genuinely terrible gifts! If you still haven’t chosen one, here are a few that you should definitely not choose…
Gaudy tie Floor mats for the car
Old fashioned shaving kit An aftershave bought at the school fete
Whisky blended in a Tokyo prison Hair loss products
Novelty socks REO Speedwagon’s Greatest Hits
Personalised mug BBQ apron expressing fondness for beef
Ear and nose hair trimmer Useless desktop gadget
Box of checked handkerchiefs AFL-themed cufflinks
Faux leather manbag Bottle of extra hot chilli sauce
Deadliest Catch boxset Singing trout to mount on the wall
600-page novel by an author you think he should like
the Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving
A BIBO² water bar delivers instant boiling and chilled water that’s been filtered and purified so he’ll get delicious tasting water at the touch of a button.
The stunning next generation model has an enlarged touchscreen with multiple menu settings including temperature, quantity and energy modes, and has just gone on sale in Australia for the very first time.
The only tricky part is deciding which of the 10 vibrant colours Dad will love the most. If you can’t decide between the likes of rich ruby, serene green, perfectly white and silver chic, maybe this will help you.