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Father’s Day is Sunday and we all know that Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Does he really want or need another tie or a book on Postmodern art? This Father’s Day, we’re focusing on gifts that have less to do with shopping and more to do with connection. Here at Key West Video, we’re big believers in using video to bring people together. And hey, video works even if Dad lives on the other side of the world.

Send a Video

There are so many great ideas for Father’s Day videos! Let dad know you’re thinking about him by using a platform such as Memento. You can even get your siblings join in the fun and compile the recorded videos into one big virtual hug. If your dad is also a grandpa, have the kids tell him why he’s the best grandfather around. For extra tear-jerking emphasis, share a special story as part of your video greeting and take dad on a trip down memory lane. If you’re feeling camera shy, you can still use video to reach out on Father’s Day. Try collecting pics of you and your dad through the years and make a video montage. To remind us all of the versatility of video, here’s a funny Father’s Day message from a man who was once declared People magazine’s Sexiest Dad Alive.

You’ve Got Mail

Even at the eleventh hour, you can still send an ecard to wish dad a happy Father’s Day. With a simple digital image, you can make a personalized card using a site like JibJab. They have a whole selection of Father’s Day ecards that are guaranteed to make him laugh. But that’s just one of many sites available to create and send video cards. There’s really something for everyone—all you have to do is think about what your dad would like. Then, engage with the tool that has the humour, music, art, or whatever else speaks to your relationship with pops.

Video Chat

Some people have been connecting with their far-away fathers through video chat since the inception of Skype. Others have adopted the use of video during the pandemic. Whether you’re an OG video chatter or not, this is a great option for connecting with dad on Father’s Day. There are plenty of free video chat apps connected to the devices and platforms you’re probably already using: FaceTime, Google Chat, and Facebook Video Chat are just three examples. Other platforms may offer free trials or perhaps another family member can schedule a group Father’s Day chat through their account? The Skype’s no longer the limit when it comes to virtual get-togethers.

Outdoor Father’s Day

We do have one idea for connecting with dad that has nothing to do with video. If you live in the same area as your father, schedule an outdoor visit. Our weather is finally nice and there’s lots of evidence that virus transmission is low in the great outdoors. Ask Dad if he’d like to meet for a bring-your-own-food picnic in the park or go for a walk in a nearby nature preserve. Spend some time with dear old dad if you can because chances are you haven’t seen a lot of him in the last 15 months.

Thinking of Dad

If you’re looking for a way to connect with your dad this Father’s Day, we suggest turning to video. Dads are definitely worth the effort and we suspect he’ll appreciate the time you took to remember him. Here’s some inspiration from a timeless Father’s Day video created back in 2015. Just be sure to get the tissues out before you hit play.

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