The concept of setting aside a day just to celebrate dads began in 1910. Sonora Dodd was raised solely by her father after her mom's death, and when listening to church sermons on Mother's Day, she was determined to honor her dad in a special way, too. The idea spread, and in 1966, Father's Day was proclaimed an official holiday. The journey of establishing this special day highlights all the roles dads play. As with Dodd's father, some men play the part of both parents. Some stay at home, some work and others do it all.
Father's Day lands on June 21 this year, and the date is quickly approaching. For the man that has passed down many words of wisdom and always has a classic joke on hand, make sure your dad gets a five-star treatment this Father's Day. Instead of wrapping up another tie, celebrate this special holiday by giving him a gift that fits his personality. Here are a few ideas for a variety of dads:
Creating professional, personalized stationery is a great way to celebrate those business-minded dads. Not only does personalized stationery serve a practical purpose with contact information permanently stamped on the page, but the creative freedom provided with designing this gift will allow your father to showcase his personality with every note he sends. Select a design and format that really demonstrates your father's charisma (or give him a gift card so he can design the stationery himself), and whether he sends a letter to colleagues or clients, he's sure to make a good impression.
Are game days sacred to your father? Whether he's crazy about his favorite football team or wouldn't miss a game of hockey for the world, team swag is the perfect gift for those sports-enthusiast men. Make sure your dad is decked out in a jersey, hat, socks or even a team foam finger this Father's Day. If you dad has a man cave dedicated to watching games on TV, consider gifting some sports decor such as a framed jersey or poster. He'll appreciate that you remembered who he cheers for, and it gives you a chance to hang out with your dad on game day, too.
Some fathers defy generation gaps and are just as tech-savvy as millennials. If your dad is always checking out the latest gadgets, make sure he gets his technological fill this Father's Day. AskMen suggests getting dad the latest fitness-tracking watch. Not only will he enjoy discovering all the features of this new device, but it can also help him stay in shape. Consider selecting a model that tracks sleeping patterns, body composition and heart rate. It will encourage him to stay active and have fun while doing it.
No two fathers are alike, so think about what makes your dad so special. Use his personality as inspiration for your gift to ensure a great Father's Day celebration. Also, let your dad know how much he means to you with a thoughtful greeting card. Not only will you cater the present to his character, but you can tailor the message to how you feel about your dad – and that's a priceless gift.