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Father's Day and Father's Day Gift Ideas

Updated on January 5, 2021
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Father's Day 2021

Father's Day is on 20 June 2021

Father's Day


Being a Father and a Dad

Simply put, a father is the male parent of a child. But. this is just the scientific coinage of the term, not a measure of his role and responsibility. Being a dad who is a father in the real sense of the term, calls for much more as anyone can father a child but it takes a lot of hard work, and a lifetime, to become a father, a child can be proud of.

A father's role in a child's life cannot be filled by anyone else. How he plays this role can ultimately shape the child's future personality. A father has to mould his child to become a responsible, respectable and kind adult which means he has to remain actively involved in his child's life both by teaching and practically implementing this in his own life as well to become a role model. A child has to have the assurance of his father's back if he is true and correct and to be guided when he falters, stumbles and falls. This and much more is the role the father has to play in a child's life.

History of Father's day

Father's Day was first celebrated by Sonora Dodd in Washington in 1910, on the 19th June, the birthday of her father whom she wished to thank her father, William Jackson Smart, for having raised her and her siblings alone after her mother died.

She was listening to a Mother's Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, which made her desire to honour her father, for the sacrifice, love, and selflessness he had shown in bringing up his children.

In effect, Mother's Day became a source of inspiration for the celebration of Father's day.

The National Father's day committee whose is headquartered at New York was formed in 1936. The committee selects a "Father of the year" each year.

Father's day is celebrated every year on the 3rd Sunday in June, in most countries of the world including the US, Canada and the UK.

It is celebrated as a day to honour fathers and express gratitude and appreciation for having

Though initially the idea was mocked and laughed at, Richard Nixon in 1972 signed to make it a law and declare it a national holiday and celebration.

Today, Father's Day honours fathers as well as a fatherly figure like uncles, grandfathers, elder brothers and the like.

The white and red rose was made official flowers for the father's day celebrations. The white rose was a declaration of love and gratitude for a deceased father, the red rose declared the same, for one who was living.

Activities Undertaken On This Day

Retailers, especially, gift stores, promote gifts for fathers well before the D-day. It is a day of high sales for them. Most of us prefer to gift hand tools, yard gear, DVD sets, popular gadgets, watches, clothing or accessories, books, etc depending on what our dad likes and prefers.

Schools and cultural societies in India organize cultural activities on this day. The idea is to inspire children to give due respect to fathers and making them aware of their responsibilities of taking care of them when they grow old.

Children are also encouraged to take part in activities such as making gifts like ties, cards, wall hangings, picture frames and other craft items for gifting to their fathers on this occasion.

Some Ideas For Celebrating & Gifting On Father's Day

Though everyone has his own idea, way and style of celebrating father's day, here are some ways that you might wish to explore.

  • Family Outings & Get-Togethers

Father's day would be more treasured if the entire family gets together and goes on a sightseeing trip to any spot decided preferably by father himself. If one is short on time during the day a family get together in the evening followed by a dinner would be in tune with the occasion.

  • Spending Time With Your Father

One can surely take a day off work once a year for such an important day. It would not be asking for too much if one realizes the time and effort a father goes through to bring us up. This day could be spent in many ways, some of which could be :

Watching your childhood videos, enjoying a movie together either at home or at a theatre of your dad's choice, playing indoor games, taking your father to visit a place he has longed to visit,

  • Gifting A Hand Made Father's Day Card

A hand made card made specially by you on this day will speak volumes about the love you have for your father. It will touch him deeper than if you present him a machine-made card.

  • Gifts For Father

There is so much of choice out there these days in terms of finding gifts to give on this occasion. Some of them are :

Ties, hand tools sets, garden tools, favourite music DVD's and CD's, latest gadgets, clothing & accessories, cameras and camcorders, jogging and athletic shoes, watches, books etc.

It would be more appropriate to gift him something of his liking and preference. As a son or daughter, you are in a better position to choose the most appropriate gift for him.

  • The Family Dinner

If the family gets together at home for dinner it would be great if you could work up his favourite dishes today.

If cooking is not your forte, you can take him and the family to a restaurant of his choice. It is not necessary that one goes to the finest and the most expensive restaurants to show your love. It should be where he would feel comfortable having a meal of his choice.

  • Winding The Day

After spending the better part of the day, reliving old memories, sharing glorious moments, enjoying doing things, just being together, it will be time to say goodbye and goodnight. What better way to say it with flowers of his liking or maybe a single rose. It sure would delight him.

I can think of not many better ways than offering flowers or a rose to say 'I love you', more effectively.

Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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my dadmy dad with my son circa1989.I with my dad, wife and daughter circa1989.I with my son, daughter and wife, just before the marriage of my daughter-August 2011.
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my dad | Source
my dad with my son circa1989.
my dad with my son circa1989. | Source
I with my dad, wife and daughter circa1989.
I with my dad, wife and daughter circa1989. | Source
I with my son, daughter and wife, just before the marriage of my daughter-August 2011.
I with my son, daughter and wife, just before the marriage of my daughter-August 2011. | Source

A Poem For My Father

It has been 20 years since my father passed away one morning suddenly. Although not a day has passed without his thought, of the love and affection he showered on us in his own special way, I wish to offer a tribute to him by way of a short poem written for him on this occasion. A very amateurish effort but my love for him gives me the strength to pen it down here.

Missing your comforting touch father

Life can never be the same again

Darkness prevails

Father, you are always missed and loved.

Father's Day Dates 2012 Onwards

Father's Day 2012
June 17, 2012
Father's Day 2013
June 16, 2013
Father's Day 2014
June 15, 2014
Father's Day 2015
June 21, 2015
Father's Day 2016
June 19, 2016
Father's Day 2017
June 18, 2017
Father's Day 2018
June 17, 2018
Father's Day 2019
June 16, 2019
Father's Day 2020
June 21, 2020
Father's Day 2021
June 20, 2021
Father's Day 2022
June 19, 2022

Father's Love

Father's Love - An Inspirational Song

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


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