Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, you can make Father's Day 2021 special with these gift ideas and safe activities that Dad will love.

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It's time to celebrate Dad! Mask mandates and social distancing guidelines have shifted as more Americans get vaccinated, but life still isn't completely back to normal. If you're hoping to avoid crowds this Father's Day—which may be especially true if your family hasn't received their COVID-19 vaccines yet—check out these fun, unique, and tasty ways to celebrate at home.

Grill an Italian Feast

Father's Day is prime time to fire up the grill, but instead of traditional steaks, how about a meal that that's also an activity for the whole family? Queue a grilled pizza party! Mancrate will send all the supplies you'll need, including a personalized pizza peel for Dad, recipe book, and pizza stones for the grill. Added bonus: Dad has to pry open the wooden crate first with the included crowbar. Then you all get to spin some dough before you crisp up that homemade crust on the grill.

The Spunky Stork Grill Master T-Shirts on a patterned background
Credit: Illustration by Francesca Spatola; The Spunky Stork (1)

Breakfast and Sports in Bed

If Dad loves professional sports, you can hit a home run with this twist on the classic "breakfast in bed" idea. Dial up any sporting channel that dad will enjoy, whip up some homemade pancakes, and let him lounge in bed all morning!

Play a Few Old-School Outdoor Games

Get out and enjoy the June sunshine with a few classic outdoor games for the whole family. Consider a one-on-one game of catch (maybe with a new Father's Day mitt) or a relay race for the family. You can also try the Boredom Relief Kit with soft knit versions of family favorites like Bocce and frisbee.

Give the Gift of Gym Time

Is Dad itching to return to the gym? Bring it to him by setting up a Fyt Virtual Personal Training session. He'll break a sweat and keep up his fitness routine with a personalized workout, done one-on-one with a trainer. Sweeten the gift by throwing in a few resistance bands or new workout clothes.

Commemorate the First Year with a Craft

For new dads, consider crafting up something special. Preserving baby footprints in a keepsake frame is a great first Father's Day project (just make sure to use baby-safe washable ink or inkless print paper). And while you're at it, order some of the cute Big & Littles Collection shirts and onesies from Spunky Stork for Dad and Baby. A few of our favorite matching sets: Taco / Taquito, French Fry / Tater Tot, The Legend / The Legacy, and Grill Master / Grill Novice.

Host a Virtual Game Night

Give Dad some grown-up time with a virtual game night complete with pro tips complements of Masterclass. Two cool gift options: Poker lessons from "Kid Poker" Daniel Negreanu and chess strategies with grandmaster Garry Kasparov. Toss in some new cards and chips or a fun new chess set. Bonus: It's possible both parents can play in real life after the kids go to bed.

Set Up a Tiki Bar

Of course, every great game player deserves a great cocktail. Instead of stocking the bar, make dad his very own Tiki Bar—with a few added juice boxes for the kids! Beer and wine are easy to include in the setup; try some of Tussock Jumper's sustainably sourced options, like a lush Malbec from Argentina. Or try out a refreshing summer recipe for a classic Piña Colada from Caribe Hilton: Blend 2 oz. light rum, 1 oz. coconut cream, 1 oz. heavy cream, and 6 oz. pineapple juice. Add ½ cup crushed ice and blend for an additional 15 seconds. Serve in the sun with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.

Go Backyard Glamping

If you have some outdoor space, skip the campground and plan your own fun outdoor experience for Dad. Pitch a tent or set up some lounge chairs, pile up the pillows and blankets (for the comfy part of "glamour" camping), and create a "DIY" concrete bowl fire pit (if you don't have one already) for a camping adventure at home. For a fun gift, order Dad the O-Yaki Skewer System, which lets you grill multiple hotdogs and marshmallows at once, and some special snacks such as Eastern Standard Provisions Co. hand-twisted pretzels delivered right to the door. And for a final magical touch? Download a stargazing app like SkyView to help pick out the constellations overhead as you unwind from celebrating Father's Day 2021.