Each June, Father's Day is celebrated to commemorate dads and father figures everywhere. But it can be a difficult day for people whose fathers aren't in their lives. Whether their dads have passed away, are estranged from them, or have a toxic relationship with their kids, Father's Day presents challenges to some. If you have a friend who you know struggles on Father's Day, it can be helpful to acknowledge that they may be struggling, by letting them know you're thinking of them during the day, taking them out for a meal, or giving them a gift that lets them know you care.
Before you start the process, know that your gift, no matter how well intentioned, isn't going to fix how your friend is feeling, and that's OK. Sometimes, someone who has a complicated relationship with their father or father figure just want to be alone on Father's Day, and it's important to respect that, as a friend. But whether you want to show that you care, give them an outlet to talk about their feelings, or find them something uplifting to get through the 24 hours where everybody's going on about their great dads, here are some ideas.