Father’s Day: History and Guide to What Dads Really Want
Father’s day is a time where we stop and acknowledge all of the hard work and efforts our fathers have put into making our lives better. While not always on the same day, Father’s Day around the world exists to ensure that the male halves of our families get the recognition they deserve.
This little guide will tell you about the history of Father’s Day and I’ll give you some gift ideas and some suggestions for special activities. While this is only a short overview, I hope that it helps get your brain moving on some possibilities and ideas for how you can make this day special for the father’s in your world.
Remember above all to give your father a hug and tell him thank you, because that is really the best gift of all.
History of Father’s Day
According to some scholars, recognizing a particular day for fathers goes back nearly 4,000 years – if not longer. But our modern rendition is fairly detached from that history. Most countries mark this day on the 3rd Sunday in June, while other countries line it up to other important events. In Thailand, for example, it has traditionally been the late king’s birthday.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 – but it wasn’t until decades later that it became a nationwide holiday in the U.S. In many Catholic countries the day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day – March 18th.
Father’s day actually came about after the successful campaign for Mother’s Day. Though there was less support for a Father’s Day, a series of events eventually helped it gain traction. Most of it came from commemorations for men who died in the line of work (like coal mining) being celebrated by local churches. By 1924 Calvin Coolidge began urging states to observe Father’s Day.
It was put on the United States’ official calendar by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 and made an official national holiday by Richard Nixon in 1972.
Father’s Day Gift Guide
There are tons of great Father’s Day movies out there (dads love movies). If you are looking for something unique you could try a book of Father’s Day poems like the special collection of poems from ‘Father’s Day Poetry’ on Geeker. Of course a tool set or even something that would get the creative juices flowing again like a drone or go-pro would be appreciated too.
The best gift depends on the person you are buying for. I could delve heavily into clichés, but the truth is, sit and think about what the fathers in your life enjoy doing with their freedom and creative energies, and find a way to support that.
Also, never underestimate the power of a nice leather jacket to make a man feel like a man again.
The most successful Father’s Day gifts I have given has probably been the Band of Brothers DVD Box Set (back when DVD box sets were still a thing) and a Dewalt tool kit. I was able to hold onto the “best son” status for like 3 weeks after that.
Father’s Day Activities
There are plenty of activities to mark this day. Some of the cutest are Father’s Day activities for toddlers and involve the types of crafts that stay on the fridge for a decade or more. Creating socks or photo frames are always a cool idea. (The socks can be done easily with black socks and 3d fabric paint). Or even the tried and true macaroni picture. Think about what items are important in his day and see if you can figure out a way to add that personal touch.
Other more family oriented activities could be as simple as a day at the park or a trip to see the local sites. Most people never even spend the time to see the best attractions right at their doorstep. I’ve lived in San Francisco my whole life and it took until I was in my 20’s for my dad and me to go to Alcatraz Island.
This is also a good day to justify spending a little extra to go to that awesome restaurant you save for special occasions.
Whatever you decide to do, it will be the effort that counts. Just showing the fathers in your life you care and love them and that you made an effort to make this day just that much more special for them is probably the only real gift you need. Oh and perhaps bacon, most dads love bacon.