It’s hard to believe that Father’s Day is just around the corner. When your dad is nearby it’s a bit easier to sneak in a last-minute gift, but if he’s far away it takes a little more planning.

Whatever you do, don’t put it off, or you could end up with nothing for Dad when the big day rolls around. Here are some suggestions for how to celebrate Father’s Day when you can’t be together.

Do a Video Call

It’s not the same as being in the same room, but a video call can help you feel closer to the special dad in your life on Father’s Day.

Pick a time when neither of you is in a rush, so you can enjoy these moments together. If you have children, be sure they’re there, too, so they can wish Grandpa a happy day.

Send a Gift

You don’t have to be in the same city to give a great gift and you don’t have to waste time and money shipping your items to dad.

Most online stores have great Father’s Day sales and many offer free shipping. If you are stumped for ideas, this can be a great resource since these virtual vendors always offer endless recommendations, so you’re sure to find one that is perfect for dad. 

Provide a Special Meal 

You don’t have to be in the same city to treat dad to dinner. There are many delivery options that allow you to pay online and have the food sent wherever you want. Whether it’s pizza, Chinese food, a fruit basket, or just a bag of special items from the grocery store, there are many ways to treat dad, even if you are far away. 

Send a Handmade Surprise

You may not be able to spend the day making memories with dad, but you can spend some time making him something special. A cozy hat or pair of sox, a batch of cookies, a photo you’ve taken or a drawing by one of your children—handmade treasures are cherished far more than anything money can buy. Get creative and let him know how much he means.

Frame a Great Picture

One of the hardest parts about being far away is that you don’t get to see each other on a regular basis. Dad is probably missing out on all of the ways his grandkids are changing and growing up.

Take a great photo (or two), be sure to get high-quality prints, put them in a nice frame, and send your gift to dad. 

It’s hard to celebrate Father’s Day from a distance but with a little planning and creativity you can still make it both special and memorable.