Father's Day has been promoted as a nationwide event in the USA since the 1930s, and was eventually a big enough deal to be made a permanent national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. From there the idea crossed the pond to the UK, where it is now celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.
Of all the gift giving occasions throughout the year, this is the one I dread most. It's just so difficult to buy for men who claim they already have everything! So, if you're anything like me, you'll appreciate these five categories of Father's Day gift ideas...
#5. Food and Drink
They do say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Chocolates, alcohol, and sweets are the obvious options. But don't be afraid to pick up any of the dad in question's favourite food and drink, be that pork scratchings, super hot chilli sauce or shortbread biscuits. You can even set it all up in a basket with some fancy paper and cellophane and, hey presto, personalised hamper!
#4. Looking Good
Clothes, accessories and grooming products make perfect Father's Day gifts. The exact items will differ from dad to dad, but beard oil, funky socks, character t-shirts, posh pullovers, and trendy plaited leather bracelets are all options.
This year we have been sent a lovely tie from House of Fraser which Marianna is going to give her daddy. If you splurge a little on the main item - £25 in this case - you can snap up some accessories for super cheap on ebay. Tie clips, pins, and cufflinks can all be bought for pennies, with free postage. Just use advanced search on worldwide, free p&p, and the price parameters you're willing to pay.
#3. Staying In vs. Going Out
Books, music, video games, DVDs - any dad will appreciate some well chosen entertainment. Last year, for example, Marianna got Anthony a Star Wars boxset (with my help), while I got my dad the Blue Planet DVDs. Perhaps your dad prefers going out? Concert tickets, experience days, cinema passes - they're all great choices for Father's Day.
#2. Gag Gifts
Like no other time of year, Father's Day provides an outlet for the creative, the unique and the downright silly gift. From a gallium spoon to a zombie gnome, the possibilities are endless.
My favourite gag gift is an empty mason jar with a label telling your dad just how difficult it was to track down the one thing he doesn't have - a jar of nothing! Accompanying card containing money or vouchers optional. ;)
#1. Getting Sentimental
Father's Day is the day for getting soppy about all those special fatherhood moments. Framed childhood photos, a vintage find of something you both used to enjoy back in the day (board games, books, scaletrix...), or personalised items. I'm a big fan of The Book of Everyone which offers a Father's Day themed version from £7.50.
You could also go handmade. There are so many cool craft ideas out there, both for you and for the kids. Check out my Pinterest board below for inspiration.