USA TODAY columnist Steven Petrow offers advice about digital etiquette.

Tick tock. Tick tock. You know Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, right? It’s always the third Sunday of June. But maybe you’re like many people and have forgotten to pick up an actual paper card for your dad. Suddenly, you’re realizing it may be too late to depend on the trusty U.S. Postal Service to deliver your greetings on time.

Sound familiar?

Well, all is not lost, thanks to a host of e-cards designed specifically with dear ol’ dad in mind.

For those who are regular readers, you know I’m generally in favor of the old-fashioned paper card, the kind Dad can leave sitting around the house to show everyone how much his kids love him—or just keep on his desk as a year-round keepsake. That’s still true for Boomer and Greatest Generation fathers (like mine), but e-cards are pretty much the norm now for Millennial and Gen X pops.

To make your e-card hunting extra easy, here are some of my favorites. PS: Don’t forget to personalize them with your own sentiments, which all of these services make quite simple!

Blue Mountain boasts an extra broad repertoire of e-cards, from Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Father’s Day (fully animated to Williams’ original song) to those customized from sons and daughters; for sons and husbands who are also fathers; and so on. You can even write your card ahead of time and schedule it for delivery next weekend. (Membership is required.)

Someecards, known for its sardonic sense of humor, spares no dad or child with its Father’s Day line. Choose from those that read: “I love how we don’t even need to say out loud I’m your favorite child,” “I hope this blue-tinted Father’s Day card makes up for the fact that I wasn’t a boy,” or “You’re the world’s greatest dad even though my frame of reference is limited.” Many others, too. (Free)

Care2 has a simple mission: “to help make the world a better place.” By sending your dad one of its many Father’s Day cards, you’ll help generate donations to some great non-profits like the Human Rights Campaign, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States, among many others. Can be sent by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. (Free)

And if you’re looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift, here’s an idea that just about any dad will appreciate. Heifer International, best known for donating cows instead of cash (among other longer-term, sustainable approaches to charity), explains: “In many cultures, the dad provides for his family’s well-being, but many fathers around the world struggle to feed their children. A donation in honor of your dad makes a unique Father’s Day gift idea.” I agree—and really, who needs another tie?

Happy Father’s Day!

How do you plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Let me know in the comments section.

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