Fathers Day Presents

Father's Day

Father's Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honour and commemorate fathers and forefathers.

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, although the date varies worldwide. It typically involves gift-giving and special family-oriented activities.

The first Father's Day observance was held in a church in Fairmont, West Virginia, on 5 July 1908, inspired by a mine explosion that killed 361 men, many of them fathers.

President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Father's Day became a national holiday in 1924.

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries, most often on November 19.

Gift ideas

Time: Dad's Day

Treat your Dad to a well-deserved day off. Offer to do his usual household chores for him and let him enjoy some free time. Give him a magazine he likes (think about his hobbies) and let him put his feet up for once. If he likes his sports, why don't you order in dinner, get him a few beers and let him enjoy his favorite game on TV? If he is not that much into sports, rent a movie he will enjoy.

Food: Driving you nuts

We all drive each other crazy sometimes, yet the people close to us still put up with us even when we are being difficult or annoying. A big bag or basket of different nuts, peanut brittle, chocolate-coated nuts, along with a note saying "I know I sometimes drive you nuts. Thank you for loving me regardless!" makes a great gift to show appreciation or to say sorry.

Electronics: MP3 Player

Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.

Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!

Symbols

Cat

During the depression, hobos had a secret way of letting others know where they could find nourishment. They carved the face of a smiling cat on a fence post outside of homes where they had been fed. This meant a kind and generous person lived inside.

Salt

Legend tells of a Roman king who asked his three daughters to describe their love for him. The oldest said she loved her father as much as bread, the middle one said as much as wine, but the youngest said she loved him as much as salt. Offended at being compared to such a common substance, the king banished his youngest daughter from his presence. To show him how precious her comparison had been, she had her father served a completely saltless meal. At the blandness of the food, her father recognised the depth of her love and welcomed her back into his life.

  • Gypsies use bread and salt to confirm an oath.

  • In the early European days, salt was used to ward of evil and to protect against the witches. Superstitious people still follow this tradition by sprinkling salt over the threshold of a new house to prevent the entry of evil spirits.

Quotes

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.

Anne Geddes

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.

Sigmund Freud

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.

Mario Cuomo

For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time, each eager to help the other to his side, but neither quite able to desert the loyalties of his contemporaries. The relationship is always changing and hence always fragile; nothing endures except the sense of difference.

Alan Valentine

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain in "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874