Fathers Day, like so many of our modern celebration days, was originally conceived in the USA as a compliment to the popular Mothers Day celebration (which has its origins in the church). See our Mothers Day BLOG for details.
Interestingly, it was opposed for decades by the powers that be, for fear it would become a commercial opportunity for the big corporates and therefore loose its significance as a day of thanks (which has obviously happened - as these things often do!)
It is traditionally a day to recognize fathers and a way of saying thank you for all the lovely things they do for their children over the year. However, it has become the norm to give gifts on Fathers Day, which is lovely in itself, but here at Sue Ryder we thought we would mix it up a bit and give some ideas for Fathers Day that go beyond the traditional gift - in to the realms of the more thoughtful!!!
Basically - how can you spoil your dad with more than just pressies (but with a few little treats too - because everyone loves treats!)
So here is a list of 15 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers day that will earn you serious brownie points for months to come!
Sooooo... 15 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers Day
1: Hip Flask - £4.99
One of the most traditional gifts you can get, to stainless steel hip flask will go down a treat (especially if you get a bottle of his favorite tipple too!)
2: Sports Mad dads...
How about an early Fathers Day treat by giving him full rein of the remote control on Saturday night! The 14th is the England vs Italy game in the World Cup and kick off is at 11.00pm.... Provide a few of his favorite drinks and snacks and you will be his number one daughter for a looooong time!
3: Service Bell £3.99
For those of you brave enough to offer your services for the whole day, this vintage service bell would make a great novelty gift! Just give it to dad in the morning and he can ring whenever he needs something!
*WARNING* Not for the faint hearted.... This product may result in desire to dispose of it in creative ways if dad dings it too much!
4: Make your own card...
There is nothing more special than a home made card! We are not just talking about little kids either (although a home made card is a necessity for small children!)
Grown up's can make cards too and trust us- it will be so much fun colouring, gluing and sticking you will have so much fun making it! (Your dad will also hopefully appreciate the time and effort you put in.. we live in hope!)
5: Newtons Cradle - £2.99
The ultimate retro desk accessory.... apparently the the pendulum sound in motion helps to aid creativity, focus and relaxation... just what every hardworking dad needs!
If all else fails, it might send him to sleep and give you a break from the service bell above!
6: Pub Grub!!!
(Image source BBC)
They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach... so what better way to show you care than taking dad out for a nice pub lunch! He gets a nice pub dinner, and you don't have cook or wash up! Happy days for everybody!
7: Frame a picture...
Choose one of your favorite pictures of you and your dad (or your children and their dad) for a special, personal gift that he will love!
In these days of digital photography, many pictures get lots in the depths of the computer and never get to see the light of day. A great picture, already framed is one of the best presents (in our opinion)... just make sure its a good one of you both because its bound to take pride of place in the house!
Me & Dad Photo Frame £11.99
8: Cook his favorite dinner, pudding or both!
If the pub option above is out for one reason or another... how about cooking his favorite dinner? Sundays are not just for roast dinners so it could literally be anything! Steak and chips, a big plate of spaghetti bolognaise, sausage and mash, treacle sponge and custard, banana split or even a pile of chips and dips with a beer! Anything goes as long as its his favorite.
(If you have small children, get them to help too - although you might have to keep on top of quality control and hand washing to keep it edible!)
9: Gift of Music - Ukuleles from £14.99
There is literally nothing more fun than siting down with a Ukulele and having a a little strum.
Choose a colour (maybe a bag too) and watch dad turn in to a big kid as he tries to play his favorite tune on it!
Top Tip... If he channels his inner 'embarrassing dad' and tries to play a rock tune or something, be sure to film it to share at your next gathering, or even better - on social media to ensure everyone gets to share in his special talents!
10: Bottomless Coffee or Tea
So if he likes his tea and coffee, how about a promise to keep him topped up all day? You could even get him one of these cool mugs too...
Mugs from £3.99 - £5.99
11: Sweets - £6.99
Who can resist the lure of delicious sweets from their childhood? Think Fizzer rolls, Parma Violets, Love Hearts, Fruity Pops, Drumsticks, Double Lollies and Refresher Chews.... the perfect gift for dads who like sweeties... yummy!
*WARNING - may produce 'Kid in a Candy Shop Syndrome'. If he refuses to share and eats them all in one go and gets a sugar high, send him to his room to think about moderation and sharing with others.... especially you!
12: Make your own car - £3.99
The ultimate boys toy.... stand back whilst dad reverts to childhood to build this mini masterpiece. Concentration will be at an all time high and a seriousness atmosphere will fill the room during the building phase of this important project.
*Warning - dad will probably want this displayed prominently somewhere after to showcase his master engineering skills. If you don't fancy this taking pride of place on your mantelpiece for years to come, you may need to identify an alternative 'special place' for it to live.
13: Arts & Crafts with the kids from 99p (for dads with little ones)
It's not unusual for dads to request 'me time' on Fathers Day, which is fine for a little bit ... BUT.... Fathers Day is a celebration of Fatherhood so we think that this means spending quality time with your little people!
So for a 'special present for dad' why not treat them to a selection of arts and crafts? Lay out a table full of sticky stuff and paints and let them get creative! The children will love it and we are 99.9% positive dad will love it too...
If you're stuck for inspiration, we have a great range of arts and crafts kits from just 99 pence!
(Last warning.... arts and crafts may result in the appearance of 'competitive dad'. This will involve dad trying to out-do the children with his creations, and he will require lots of praise for his work... you have been warned!)
14: Call him...
If none of the above is possible for one reason or another, then nothing beats a nice phone call with your dad.
Remember that old BT advert where the daughter calls and her dad goes to put her on to her mum and she says no, she wants to speak to him? That's a really happy face he has there and sometimes its easy to speak to mum on the phone (women like to chat - funny that) and forget about poor old dad!
We're sure a phone call will make his day and yours too!
15: Remember him...
Finally, if you have lost your dad, then Fathers Day can be a hard day all round. You might not be able to spend time with your dad, but you can remember him in your own ways...
Conversations about him, funny stories, happy memories, a visit to his resting place, a toast with his favorite drink or something else personal to you and your family... are all lovely ways to celebrate your dads life.
However you choose to remember him, we hope a little moment of remembering your dad brings not just a few tears, but also some smiles and laughter as you remember the happy times.
And to everyone celebrating Fathers Day this year, try and remember ... they might drive you bonkers, and they might still treat you like a child... but everyone deserves spoiling once in a while, and what better excuse than Fathers Day?
Have a fabulous day from all of us at the Sue Ryder Online Shop Team!
Competition - win these lovely prizes...
We have a fantastic competition running over on Facebookto win lots of lovely presents for Fathers Day... all you have to do is:
- Like our page
- Share the post
- Tell us why your dad is / was the best dad in the world!
Whatever you choose to do, we wish all the lovely dads a Happy Fathers days!
The Sue Ryder Online Shop Team
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