Fathers Day 19th June 2016

My Father and Mother in 1952
My Father and Mother in 1952

Father's Day is on 19th June 2016 in UK, Ireland and Europe

Father's Day is on 4th September 2016 in Australia and New Zealand

Homemade Fathers Day Gifts

Below I have outlined some gifts that you can look at online that will inspire you to show your dad how you feel about him in a very public way by celebrating Father’s Day.

I will give you some gift ideas and presents that will suit your family situation, your financial situation and your own father’s unique ideal gift. Making a gift or a card for your father is a much more personal option than just dropping out to the nearest store to buy one.

Father's Day Celebrations Across the World

Father’s Day is celebrated in fifty two countries across the world on the third Sunday of June every year. These would include America, Canada, United Kingdom, France, India and Ireland.

Australia and New Zealand celebrates Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September. Most other countries celebrate this special day but on other dates of the year. Unusually Bulgaria celebrates Father’s Day the day after Christmas Day on 26th December.

Fathers Day

A very public show of love to your dad on Father's Day. The blessing of a loving father in your life. Choosing a gift for your father and celebrating this special day can be tricky, enjoyable, or stressful.

It all depends on the family circumstances. Some grown up children show their fathers their love every day in small but important ways. They are there for them when they are needed, for a chat or to fix that broken fence.

They visit with the grandchildren and involve them in their daily lives. Other families through economic or other reasons do not have this luxury of seeing and enjoying their fathers’ daily lives.

They only manage phone calls or special intermittent visits during the year. Others have no contact at all with their fathers because of past hurts or rows. For those of us that are blessed with a loving father this special day is a public celebration of our love for them,

Digital Cameras
Digital Cameras

Father's Day Gifts That Cost No Money

Gift Ideas for you to make as presents for your father on Father’s Day.

Make Your Own Fathers Day Card

A very personal and loving card could be made by you. If you are able to use a digital camera, scanner and a computer you could very easily gather up old photos of your father with his children.

Make a Personal Gift

Again with the use a digital camera, scanner and a computer you could very easily gather up old photos of your parents and family and create a very unique father’s Day present.

A small booklet of photos and messages from you and his grandchildren would be easy enough to make on the computer. If you know how to use Windows Movie Maker you could transfer these photos and messages and photos to produce a video which he could either watch on his own computer or you could put in onto a DVD for him to enjoy.

None of these father’s Day gifts above cost a lot of money but they do take time. If you haven’t got the time but have the money then I have some suggestions below that might interest you.

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts from the Kids

Ideas for your small children to give as presents to their father on Father’s Day.

  • Make Your Own Card

No matter how young the child is this is both enjoyable and cheap. A great tradition to start would to hand paint a baby’s hand onto their first Father’s Day card.

Then every year after that even as the child is old enough to make their own card they could still keep up the tradition and put a painted handprint inside the card.

  • Make Your Own Gift

Again you have the fun element for the child and the personal touch for the father. What father would not rather have a Father’s day gift that has been especially made for them by their child.

  • Make an IOU of Services to be Completed

For younger children this could be a promise to share their toys with their siblings or to help to put their toys away. For older children this could be to help with an extra chore around the house for a week or to have more patience with their younger siblings.

A Personal Poem to My Father

Create your own reality

You create your own reality.

Your thoughts are your tool.

Use them wisely!

It’s not what happens in your life

that creates your reality.

It’s how your thoughts deal with them

that defines your reality.

Don’t dwell on the things you can't do

Enjoy the things you can do!

Don’t let your physical limitations imprison you.

Enjoy the freedom of time it gives you

To focus your thoughts on new endeavours.

Think in the present and you enjoy your reality.

Think in the future and your limitations

And you allow your thoughts

To give up the pleasures of

Enjoying your life in the present.

Take control of your thoughts!

Think happy. Be happy!

Your decision. Your life!

So take control now and

Create your own reality.

Make Your Own Father’s Day Cards

My father is seventy nine this year and yet I still make him a card for his birthday and Father’s Day every year. It is a lot easier for me to buy a card but this shows him I have put in the work and the effort to show him he is worth it.

With the great features on the computer I get more adventurous every year.

Digital Cameras

There is so much that can be done with digital cameras and software like Picasso. Last year he was having a very bad time with his health and was unable to continue with his two most passionate past times, gardening and walking.

He was due a heart operation which he was terrified of and was depressed and frustrated. I made a Father’s Day card with an extra four pages to form a booklet with photos of him enjoying his gardening and walking,

I wrote him a poem to lift his spirits too. He believes in the idea that we all create our own reality and our thoughts are very powerful in creating this reality in our own lives. So I wrote this very personal message to him on the Father's Day card.

You can Read it on the Right

He is over the operation now and is on the road to recovery. He still cannot be as active as he used to but he is enjoying his life again within his physical limitations. As a father’s day present he receives money so that he can buy the many books he loves to read.

Photography is a Relaxing Hobby
Photography is a Relaxing Hobby

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gifts that apply to his hobbies. Your dad would very likely have one hobby that he is passionate about. He may even have a few interests especially if he is older.

Below I have highlighted a few hobbies and the gift idea that will suit each one. If your dad's interest is not shown here, Google it and you are sure to be presented with many gift ideas.

One of my Brother in Law's Hobbies is Fishing
One of my Brother in Law's Hobbies is Fishing

More Expensive Father’s Day Gifts

If you are lucky enough to have that little bit extra money to spend on your father then these gifts for leisure purposes may give you some ideas.

A new computer would be an ideal gift if your father can not get around too easily. He will have hours and days of activity to look forward to with the internet.

If you live far away he could keep in touch through Skype Facebook or Google+. If he is still active then a digital camera would be ideal too

Make Your Own Card

Even if you do have enough money for a Fathers Day Card I believe it would be so much nicer and more personal if your made your own.

Fathers Day 19th June in Europe: 4th September in Australia in 2016

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

I hope you have found some inspiration from my list of gift ideas for your father above. If you have the money to buy an expensive gift online then here are some options.

If you have plenty of time to make a precious personal gift then there are some great ideas above too. You can show your father in a very special way that you value his love and friendship during your years together on this very special day, Fathers Day.

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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Very nice hub.


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shelby22 6 years ago from Houston

Great hub, it's cool to see you still make him a card. I gave up on hallmark a few years ago and now I get him a little something different.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thank you BJ Benson and shelby22 for reading and your comments, much appreciated


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calicoaster 6 years ago

Cool hub....Really loved the gift ideas. Its been a long time, I made any card. I remember I used to make cute cards on all the occasions when I was a kid. Gone are the days now! (sigh!). Thanks for reminding. I'll try to make one for sure now!! :D.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Wonderful hub. I like making movies. I made one for my mother and father. Maybe I'll have to make another one. Aloha!


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Calicoaster and Elayne001 for reading my hub and your comments. Yes we all kind of think we should stop the fun things we did as a child, I suppose it is just society's conditioning.

Making cards and movies if fun and I believe so personal too. Time is a precious commodity and by showing someone you love that your are prepared to use some of your time to create something for them is a wonderful act of love.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Great insight to what can really make a difference to a father. Only I could have expressed it better, er I mean if I could only express my thoughts as well. Haha, just kidding. My father has been gone for quite awhile so now every year, I wait to see if my son will remember me. He might sometime, you never know. Thanks for the great inspiration, I wrote one hub on the subject, but now I am motivated to do another one.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks for reading the hub and your comments, much appreciated


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin

Oh great hub viking and thanks for reminding me of fathers day, sure its only a few weeks away now,,, 20th June... I must get my thinking cap on and decide what I am going to treat my father too this year...

Thanks again for a great hub and I will catch you again ... Garlic Angel :-)


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Glad to help Garlic Angel lol. Father's Day has become very commercial as has most things in our society these days. So I hope I have given some good ideas for a more personal gift or card. As Calicoster commented she used to enjoy making cards as a child. Well just because we are all grown up doesn't mean we can't still have fun and create a personal and original gift too lol.


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Casangel 6 years ago

Yes I agree ts become so commercial but you hub just goes to show how you can personnalise it. Some great ideas, got me thinking now.


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Jaypyramid 6 years ago

Great hub. The cards I enjoy most are the ones that are handmade. They are so much more personal and as you said, you know that someone has gone to the trouble to make it for you. I have kept all my cards, from my children, nieces and nephews and others throughout the year and when I look back at them, the ones that stand out are the ones that were made. Great ideas on presents, I would have never thought of making a video. I made a scrapbook of pictures for my sons 21st, that included his baby pictures, school, holiday, family, friends etc,which was four years ago. He was thrilled not only with the book but the thought that I had gone to so much trouble. He still looks at it to this day at times. His recent girlfriend saw it and was touched to tears! He did one for her for her birthday (after scavening old photo's from her family'.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks for reading the article and your comments Jay. Yes I always believe it is better and more personal to make your own cards and gifts for birthdays, Christmas and other special days


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thomas30 6 years ago

Informative hub.............Carry on it.


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almasi 5 years ago

Wow, an excellent hub. Voted up, useful and beautiful. Thanks.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Yes I always prefer to give homemade gifts and cards to my father on Father's Day. He appreciates them more too.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Thomas and Almasi

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