Father’s Day is a time to let all the special dads in your life know how much you appreciate their love and support. But each year thousands of deployed military dads are unable to spend Father’s Day with their loved ones. While deployment is an expected part of military life, it can be especially difficult for families during holidays like Father’s Day. The best way to get through the holiday is to try and stay connected. If you know a dad who is deployed, here are some DIY Father’s Day gifts and other ideas that can help you bond, lift his spirits, and celebrate the day from afar.
Handprint Pillow Case – Kids will love making this pillow case for dad decorated with their little handprints in red and blue paint.
Fun Photos – Capture dad’s heart by capturing pictures of your children in creative poses. Whether you frame the pictures, put them in an album, or send them through email, dad will appreciate receiving adorable pictures that are sure to make him smile.
Long Distance Hug – When your children can’t be there to give him a hug, send him the next best thing – a long distance hug. This is another easy handprint craft that is perfect for including in a care package. For an extra special touch, include this sweet poem.
Plan a Skype Date – If it is possible, try to plan a family Skype date. Even if it is a quick conversation, everyone will treasure this time to connect. Time may be limited so it is a good idea to plan what the children might want to talk about or show their dad during your call. They can share recent school projects, a favorite book, or a Father’s Day card, poem, story or craft.
Send a Care Package – Creating a Father’s Day care package can be a fun family project. Decorate the box with photos and drawings and fill it will some of dad’s favorite things and a handmade card. Here is a creative idea you can use for your care package inspiration.
Father’s Day can still be a special day, even if dad is far away. It just takes a little bit more creativity.
Omni Financial wishes all military dads a Happy Father’s Day!