Father’s Day officially turned 100 back in 2010. The idea to honor dads was the brainchild of Sonora Smart Dodd. Dodd was raised by her father after her mother died during childbirth. The Spokane, Washington native’s dad cared for the newborn along with her four siblings. In 1909, Dodd decided she wanted to do something special for fathers after listening to a church sermon honoring mothers. She initially petitioned the Spokane mayor to hold Father’s Day on June 5, which was her dad’s birthday. In the end, the first official day devoted to dads was celebrated on June 19, 1910.
Unlike Mother’s Day, it took a bit longer to get Father’s Day recognized as a national holiday. It only took six years for Congress to declare the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon inked the law making Father’s Day a yearly event.
Today, fathers across the nation take center stage on the third Sunday in June. On Mother’s Day flowers and brunches to honor mom are huge, but if you’re searching for fun gifts and activities to celebrate dad this June 17, we have some cool ideas for dads young and young at heart.
Go Beyond the Tie
A necktie is a traditional Father’s Day gift, but not every dad wears ties to work or needs a new addition to his collection. When it comes to gift giving this Father’s Day think outside the tie and try something different.
- Go for a practical gift suiting the times with a keychain that doubles as an iPhone charger. Amazon and Nordstrom both have keychains fitting the bill.
- Dads love gadgets and with a functional, stylish blender in hand, fathers can blend everything from a healthy smoothie to a margarita. Nutra Ninja has the perfect pick, letting you blend and go with the accompanying travel cup.
- If dad is a foodie and is out on the deck grilling in the middle of winter, perhaps a complete grilling set is in order. Amazon has a stylish set that comes complete with 14 pieces. The spatula even includes a bottle opener.
- Some dads really like it sizzling when it comes to hot sauces. So, what’s better than a hot sauce subscription delivering deliciously scorching tastes? FOOD52 offers a quarterly hot sauce subscription.
- Perhaps dad is a beer connoisseur and would enjoy partaking in one of the Craft Beer Club’s subscriptions which delivers samplings of the top craft beers around.
- If dad is older and in need of a bit of companionship, consider finding a compatible four-legged friend. Studies have shown pet ownership lowers blood pressure as well as having positive effects on heart patients. Many shelters offer older cats and dogs in need of a home. Puppies and kittens are generally not recommended for older adults.
Fun Father’s Day Outings for Kids Big and Small
Of course, gifts and cards are a noteworthy way to celebrate dad, taking your father out is another fabulous way to spend this Father’s Day. Participating in a cooking class or heading to a wine or beer tasting are perfect picks for grown children looking for fun ways to spend the third Sunday in June with their father.
Enjoying a movie together is another different destination for Father’s Day. Whether going to the theater of making popcorn at home, dad with love the opportunity to kick back and relax.
Golf and fishing may be cliché ways to mark Father’s Day, but it can still be an ideal way to enjoy an outing with dad. Mini golf is a perfect pick regardless of age and is an activity that includes the entire family. If dad is a baseball fan, many minor and major league teams offer up special giveaways for games on Father’s Day weekend.
For rocker dads, head to an area club to check out some local bands.
Delicious Dad’s Day Destinations
Mother’s Day brunches are widely popular. If your dad is a foodie, taking him to a Father’s Day meal is top-notch. Make reservations at an area steakhouse or BBQ restaurant, pull up a booth at his favorite diner, or do something totally different and make breakfast or dinner for dad. The Food Network has tasty recipes for crispy grilled chicken thighs, whiskey glazed flat iron steaks with grilled potatoes and yummy breakfast burgers among others. Making a special meal for dad is also a fun way to get the entire family involved in the endeavor.
If you’re not up for putting together an entire meal, how about just creating a fabulous dessert in dad’s honor? Of course you could go healthy and carve a grill out of a watermelon and fill it with fruit or you could just think chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Chelsea’s Messy Apron has some totally delectable ideas including the watermelon grill on her blog. Another perfect pick for dad is to take an empty basket and load it up with a bunch of his favorites. Top of the Father’s Day Goodie Basket with a colorful, homemade card.
Regardless of the way you choose to make Father’s Day special for your dad, the effort big or small will most certainly be appreciated. Dads are good that way.