Father's Day Sunday 16 June 2019 (UK)
‘Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society.’ We have been celebrating for over a 100 years as per America. Recorded history tells us we followed their lead although in the UK it was never made an official holiday as it is in the USA. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson added it to the official calendar and in 1972 President Richard Nixon went one better by making it an official holiday.
Father's Day History
It was arguably an American woman Sonora Smart Dodd that started the trend to celebrate Father’s Day. She requested her church hold a celebration for fathers’ and she asked for it be held on her father’s birthday 5 June but there was not enough time to arrange. Therefore it was agreed to hold a celebration on 19 June 1910 at the YMCA, Spokane, Washington. To celebrate Fathers and her father William Jackson Smart who had single-handedly raised his six children there after their mother died during childbirth. He was a civil war veteran. As a result, she had the idea after hearing a sermon about Anna Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909. Others similarly were credited with celebrating Father’s Day slightly earlier after Mother’s Day had been established in 1908. But it didn’t really become recognised everywhere until later due to timing and other things going on. In addition, Sonora Smart Dodd was the one to keep pushing for Father’s Day to be more widely celebrated. For more information see Wikipedia listings
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Other Dates For Father's Day Around The World
Also worth noting Catholic Europe has always celebrated Father’s Day on March 19. Which is also St. Josephs Day since the middle ages! Spain in particular and also other European countries celebrate and the two celebrations were given the same date. While other countries have their own dates. In the UK, USA and Canada it was decided to celebrate on the third Sunday of June each year.
Seems like, others believe Father’s Day was to do with Pagan Sun Worship. As the summer solstice occurs at the same time of year and some have the belief that the Sun is the Father of the Universe. But you can go Google more on that!
More Father's Day Ideas
We discovered a great Father’s Day BLOG from Greeting’s Island we think you’ll love it – ‘Father’s Day Ideas To Make Dad Feel Special’ check it out here even more perfect ideas for a gift or activity to share with your dad.
International Men's Day
As loving and inspiring as it was meant to be, it has caused a few issues. We now also have International Men’s Day celebrated in many countries on 19 November initially set up in 1992. This is intended to honour the men and boys! who are not fathers’. It is also followed by Universal Children’s Day on November 20. Although these are not so widely recognised or celebrated. But they are readily available if you wish to send cards, join in on Twitter using the hashtags and send gifts etc. Nobody should be left out. No doubt they are.
Other issues are in education. This could also be seen as an opportunity for teachers and schools to address different emotions. By introducing the broad family situations at home. Ensuring nobody is alienated or uncomfortable when the topic is Father’s day and they do not have a Father at home. The whole class need to consider how others live.
Therefore why not suggest to children if making cards to make the card for the ‘Father Figure’ which could be a mum it could be grandad it could be a stepdad. It’s better to be thankful and let children think about who does look after them and who they would like to direct their thanks to. Also, young adults can have the chance to discuss gender equality and our ever-changing diverse family structures in a real-life situation.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
This is a great educational website it’s an American project via the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, but it tackles inclusive ways to celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day. Pointing out that children should be helped to focus on what they have and not what they don’t have. It’s called WelcomingSchools.org nevertheless you don’t need to be in education to benefit from some of the tips. Especially relevant they have a piece on the celebrations.
Well, now we know a little more about Father’s day what are you intending on doing? However, you decide to celebrate or think about Father’s day we’ve highlighted a few ideas for you. From the little DIY thank you gift, the cheap but thoughtful idea. The middle of the road but I got you sussed dad gift. Or the fairly expensive but let us pamper you or even this looks exciting can we do it together please gift.
Awesome Gift Ideas
Gifts shouldn’t be about how much money you have spent. Many of the best-remembered gifts are the thought that went into it. So maybe a treat such as breakfast in bed, make lunch, bake a cake. Do a few chores, such as washing the car walking the dog (but that should be fun maybe you can go together). Maybe make a little gift hamper with pickles, sauces, spices, and any fave cooking ingredients. Our most popular image on Pinterest last year at this time was an image of what looks like a six pack of beer but filled with dad’s fave sweets. So it’s not too late to make a gift or similar why not pick up a mason jar and make a sticky label for Best Dad or a personal message and fill with sweets or cookies. Here’s the original image and check our Pinterest board for more ideas.
Unusual Father's Day Gift Ideas
Check out T. K. Maxx they always have unusual gift ideas. Things for the home, books, pictures, as well as great priced designer bags, sunglasses, T-Shirts. Maybe sports accessories. Note if you shop online you can always return to the store if you need to exchange on the quick. As much as we love shopping in T.K. Maxx store, it’s always a treasure trove, but a lot quicker to find what you’re after online. So worth a search GIFTS FOR HIM SHOP HERE T.K.Maxx
How about Music ideas an original vinyl might go down a treat they have all sorts here check out Oxfam Online. It’s a great website and truly authentic original gift ideas, that’s a link to their Vinyl page but they also have DVDs and other loved before inexpensive gift ideas. Plus your purchases help a leading UK charity in their quest to end global poverty. So any money spent goes to a great cause. Also, another fantastic idea let dad know what a thoughtful and caring person he helped raise by choosing an Oxfam Charity Gift. Gifts from £5 you could get a bag of poo (manure) love it for £10. Sure he’d love that delivered to a family in need to help grow crops. Check out the link there are lots of other life-saving gift ideas. You’ll both get a kick out of – Get a GIFT THAT CHANGE LIVES
Does Dad have a sense of humour?
Love this idea if your dad has a good sense of humour, warning if he doesn’t steer clear think of something else. There’s T-Shirts or Sweatshirts/Hoodies and mugs with many a humorous thing we’ve highlighted a couple of our faves via Shot Dead In The Head
Examples we discovered this must-have ‘I Speak Four Languages’ T-Shirt no doubt go down a storm, for the father who has a sense of humour. Rather like the Retro Offensive mug can he take that, perfect for the office or man cave, or the rude grammar mug. What about the Warning; Miserable Old Sod T-Shirt lol these are £16.99 at moment and mugs £9.99 but SHOP HERE Shot Dead In The Head link for others too. We think to keep birthday in mind as we think they’re perfect dad gift ideas.
Father's Day Gifts For Football Fanatics
More Father's Day Gift Ideas
Maybe a piece of jewellery, cuff-links a nice cool shirt, fancy tie or boxers for mum. Or a popular and fantastic DVD.
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Experience Days for Father's Day
Then you’ve got experience days to look forward to. Check out what Red Letter Days have to offer they are the pioneers of experience day vouchers. Founded in 1989 by Rachel Elnaugh and owned by Dragons! Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones. So you know you’re in safe hands. There are some awesome opportunities available and even better you can decide last minute and send an e-voucher with details of the gift. Check the info on the page, but if you do get it wrong they offer exchanges. So don’t panic if you get it totally wrong. Maybe dad wasn’t up to deep sea fishing with you in Brighton or didn’t fancy afternoon tea with you either! Tell him it’s the thought that counts and then let him swap it. So Red Letter Day gifts are well worth strong consideration, and not just for Father’s Day.
Red Letter Days Driving Gift Ideas
Here’s another fancy treat for dad if he likes cars and driving. Book a Motor Racing thrill at Silverstone. Currently, £119 spectators allowed so the crew can get in to take photographs. If that sounds appealing check all the details and SHOP HERE Also, Red Letter Days have other supercar related gifts, some offers, check for any restrictions such as days of the week or weekend etc. But remember you can swap, check the website before booking.
Also, discovered a bit of a luxury but worthy of a mention The Sports Car Treasure Hunt. A whole 9 hour day for the gift holder with shared driving. Maximum of twelve participants sharing six fabulous sports cars. (Check info re driving license and insurance obviously they won’t allow anyone to drive their beauties). The six cars are an HMC MK IV, a TVR Griffith, an E-Type Jaguar, a Porsche 911 Targa, a Morgan +8 and an Aston Martin DB7. Imagine that! Whilst one navigates the other drives the open road. You get to drive (not race) through Hertfordshire searching for clues (I know not what sort of clues). Swapping cars and taking turns in the driving seat. The day starts with coffee, briefing, registration, schedules and you are given suggested route(s) to take. Costs £352 pp but that’s quite an adventure for your money. Lunch and refreshments included. SHOP HERE
Thought That Counts
Hope we’ve given you food for thought, still confused? Take dad to the pub sure he’ll love a pint or to the cafe for a full English. Have fun.
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