Father’s Day is just around the corner in the U.S., a national tribute to the more than 70,000,000 fathers in the United States. Now strange as it may seem, Father’s Day was started by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, a woman from Spokane, Washington in 1909, but four Presidents established it so that it would never be forgotten:
- President Woodrow Wilson approved of an idea of a day for fathers in 1916
- Presidents Calvin Coolidge made it a red-letter day on the calendar in 1924 “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”.
- President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966.
- Finally, in 1972 President Richard Nixon ensured the day to honor fathers would be held on the third Sunday of June by issuing a permanent national observance of Father’s Day.
- At last, Mrs. Dodd was honored for her invention at the World’s Fair in Spokane in 1974, just four years before she died.
Father’s Day Today
Today, Father’s Day remains to be highly commercialized and we can buy anything from specialty liquor or weird car accessories and bacon themed plastic items no dad needs. Now, gifting is an act of joy and happiness. You want to give something your dad has yearned for a long time or just can’t justify spending his hard earned money on, then that’s great. However, it seems like it has merely become an exchange of material goods to the point were some Father’s Day Gift Guides even suggest to give your dad a little envelope with a store bought greeting card and money in it!
Get Your Dad Somthing Of Lasting Quality Or An Experience
Personally, I think that’s missing the point. Your father’s luck and happiness neither depends on that dollar note, nor on the car polish or grill tongs. Instead, a different way to approach Father’s Day could be about creating shared experiences or to give him something that he really enjoys for years to come, so whenever he looks back at the photos of the event or when he wears that pocket square you gave him, he will always think about you.
For the Clothes Lover
So if your dad like clothes, by all means: get him a special tie in madder silk, a knit tie or a black bow tie in grosgrain. But then consider asking him to put it on, and you should go to a club and have a drink together or experience an old school straight razor shave at your local barber. Make sure to order your things now, so they arrive before Father’s Day, don’t put it off and pay up for overnight shipping just to realize something went wrong, and it didn’t make it after all.
For The Outdoor Lover
If your dad is an outdoor lover, get him a pair of boat shoes and combine it with a boat trip or organize a canoe trip for just the two of you. With the ever-present distractions of phones, television, and computers, it can be very meaningful to devote 100% of one’s attention to simply having a conversation! If he likes a good drink, attend a scotch tasting with him.
For The Car Guy
In case your father is into cars, take him to car driving / racing weekend and if that’s too expensive, just rent a nice roadster and take it for a spin with him. I am certain he will remember these kinds of experiences vividly in a few years down the line.
For The Tech Guy
If your father loves electronics, then get him something from amazon that he loves like a pair of headphones or another gadget you know he wants. With prime shipping it will arrive before father’s day but on top of that, do something that reminds him of his childhood and go play Pinball with him the old school way while having a beer or get a few of his friends together and organize a Nintendo NES or Atari party. I am confident he will really enjoy it.
Bottom Line – Be Thoughtful & Connect Your Gift To An Experience
Altogether, make a little effort and think about how you can create a mutual experience that will really be of lasting value for both of you.
So, if you haven’t bought something for your dad yet:
1. Think about what he would enjoy.
2. Connect it to an experience you can share or just make an effort to spend some time with him doing something he really likes.
I am positive it will be one of his more memorable Father’s Days.
What were the Father’s Day gifts you are most proud of or which ones did you enjoy the most?