All is quiet on Father’s Day

This Sunday (21st June) is Father’s Day in the UK, so if you’re a dad or buying something for your dad, what are you getting or hoping to get – if anything?

fathers-day-giftFull disclosure here – I’m a dad to a young child, and of course it’s lovely to get a home-made card and a bit of extra-nice good behaviour thrown in. But once you get past that age, does Father’s Day matter? And what should you give?

In March we wrote about Mother’s Day and found that Mintel research reported that Britons spend 53% more on gifts, cards and the like on Mother’s Day than on Father’s Day.

Thankfully, many Father’s Day gifts are no longer the result of last-minute dashes to the larger supermarkets, and picking up some sale-price body spray, tie-and-socks combo or a mid-range electric razor.

As a dad myself, I’d be hoping in my dotage for something a bit more imaginative, perhaps along the lines of vintage football sticker albums, back issues of music weeklies I might like, framed posters of my favourite films… I could go on!

Not that I actually need a present of course. A home-made card, and lots of love, is doing me perfectly fine at the moment.

How did it start?
Father’s Day started in 1910 in Arkansas, USA, and was originally planned to complement Mother’s Day.

By the 1930s it had become popular nationwide, thanks mainly to support from the kind of trade groups that would benefit from it, such as manufacturers of ties, pipes and other such typical presents for a man at that time.

It took a while, but eventually it spread and now there’s a Father’s Day pretty much all over the world – the majority being, like the very first, on the third Sunday in June. It became a national (federal) holiday in the US in 1972, though it hasn’t quite got to that stage in the UK – yet.

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