5 Fun Facts you didn’t know about Father’s Day:
- The first local Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.
- The word ‘dad’ dates as far back as the 16th century and is thought to have originated from child-speak as dada and tata are commonly used around the world.
- Only 7 million dads receive a Father’s Day card each year compared with 13 million mums.
- One of the most famous sayings about dads is by Mark Twain “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.”
- The most common gifts in the world on Father’s Day is the necktie, golf club and surprisingly..hammers.
I’m sure all Dads out there know how much they are loved and appreciated regardless of getting cards and hammers, but we’re going to shake things up a bit this year and share our guide to celebrating Father’s Day with a difference.
Made by the kids
No matter how they are (and no matter how much they protest) Dads always love something handmade by their children. We love the Origami Corner Bookmarks ideas from Maggy at Red Ted Art – so easy to try even if you’re a crafting novice – and she includes easy to follow step by step guides to each. Happy crafting!
For something less cute try her Darth Vader tutorial below which can be achieved with stuff you have lying around the house – black card, scissors, nail varnish, a sharpie, silver pen and glue.
So if your Father is a wannabe Jedi then why not give him something a little different this year? Team it with this Ultimate Star Wars book, which is said to be the only guide that explores the entire Star Wars universe in amazing detail, and you will definitely make his day. Our all time favourite is the now infamous Chewbacca mask.
Gifts for the daring dad
Many Dads will talk the talk, but how many of them would walk the walk; or jump the jump as the case may be? Does your Dad fancy himself as a bit of a daredevil? Then call his bluff and get him this amazing bungee jump off the 02 London Arena.
Or for something a little less drastic, try an outdoor adventure kit and plan a weekend in the wild with your dad.
Ashley Cawley from Natural Bushcraft shares a ton of great tips, there’s an essentials kit list including firelighting tools like the fire starter, Ampercell camping lantern and a hammock for those nights spent under the stars. Let your dad channel his inner Bear Grylls and get some tips on using his new kit too:
The trouble maker
To keep your dad out of trouble and bring him into the 21st Century, get him a gift that will keep him amused all day; like this virtual reality headset. It’s compatible with most smartphones and has 360degree head tracking to totally immerse you into the word of 3D.
Luckily, Tech reviewers Mobilefun have tested it out for us and recommend it as an up and coming must-have:
‘The Zeiss VR ONE makes for a convincing demonstration of the current state of VR, and is sure to impress your friends and family. You can even wear eyeglasses while using it, which will be a big feature to anyone that relies on corrected vision.’
Is your Dad always fooling around, playing tricks and telling awful jokes? Give him a new prop with this backwards watch – perfect for confusing people and will provide him with hours of entertainment.
So just for one day, let’s all show those Dads how much we love them, a give them something a little different this year!
Happy Father’s Day!