Sunday is the day we celebrate the dads in our lives. A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation showed that greeting cards and special outings are the most popular choices for Father’s Day gifts. But if you don’t live in the same town as your dad, neither one of those is a great option (let’s face it – nobody is putting a greeting card in the mail). And, what if dad has passed away? You can still pay your respects to the husbands and father’s in your life using social media with these 3 ideas.
1) Buy gifts online
The National Retail Federation survey found that the number of people purchasing Father’s Day gifts from online retailers has doubled from 15% in 2006, to 28% in 2014. Make it fun by using Greetabl, who will send your dad pop rocks – because pop ROCKS. Share your purchase on Facebook to let dad know his gift is on the way!
2) Posthumous posts/pages
Do you have pictures or video of your dad? You can post great memories of you and him for your friends and family to enjoy on your social networks. Alternatively, you can create a separate Facebook page for your dad so friends and family members can share their memories of him too. You could even take over your deceased father’s personal Facebook page – the social network now allows people to create legacy contacts. The friend or family member named on the account can contact Facebook once the person has passed, at which point the account will be memorialized. The new account owner is then allowed to:
- Write a post at the top of the page (to provide information on a Memorial service, for example)
- Respond to friend requests
- Update the profile picture and cover photo
3) Make a video – If you’re out of town and haven’t been able to make it home in a while, fire up the video or webcam! Nothing is more special than seeing your smiling face, the kids or grandkids, and a personal message. You can live stream using Meerkat or Periscope, make a funny gif using Vine, upload a video to Facebook or Instagram, or even put it on YouTube!
So even if you can’t be with dad this Sunday, no matter what the reason, social media can bridge the gap. Get creative! Even if dad is social media challenged, there’s no time like the present to bring him up to speed. Happy Father’s Day!