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Father’s Day

Jun 17

Written by: Merit Insurance Group
6/17/2015 3:52 PM  RssIcon

Time to Honor Dad

With summer drawing near and the weather warming up, Chicago and the suburbs come alive with the sights and sounds of the season: lawnmowers, power tools and backyard barbecues, to name a few.

For many people, those things all bring to mind one specific person: Dad. And since Father’s Day is just around the corner, we at Merit Insurance Group thought we’d give you some gift ideas - and some fun history trivia, too!

The History of Father’s Day

Marked on the third Sunday of June in the United States (and in many other countries), Father’s Day was first celebrated in 1910 to complement Mother’s Day. According to Wikipedia, the day was created by Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., who wanted to honor her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart.

Although Dodd originally suggested her father’s birthday in early June, she had not provided organizers with enough time to arrange the event - and the celebration was delayed until the third Sunday of the month.

Although Mother’s Day has been an official national holiday since 1914, Father’s Day had a tougher road. Congress refused to make the celebration official in the years immediately following Dodd’s first observance, fearing that the day would become commercialized. (Some would say those fears were well-founded; the creator of Mother’s Day later came to regret the commercialization of that holiday.)

It wasn’t until 1966 that Father’s Day received an official proclamation, thanks to President Lyndon B. Johnson. And six years later, President Richard Nixon signed a law making the day a national holiday. 

Facts and figures (from government website USA.gov)

  • There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the nation

  • An estimated 1.7 million men are single fathers

  • Approximately 176,000 fathers are stay-at-home dads

What to get Dad?

Once you’re past the age of, say, 10, the “Old Spice and a tie” routine probably won’t cut it anymore when it comes to getting a gift for your father. Here are some better ideas from AskMen.com:

  • Grilling tools (this way, perhaps he’ll even cook for you on Father’s Day!)

  • Alcohol (to be enjoyed in moderation, of course)

  • Fishing gear

  • Golf clubs, balls or other sporting goods - or take him out for a round of golf

  • Books (particularly grilling cookbooks)

  • Electronic Gadgets (something with a GPS; after all, many dads don’t like asking for directions)

  • Landscaping services (so he can take a break from mowing the lawn)

Aside from ties and cheap cologne, you’ll probably want to avoid the most clichéd gifts, especially “World’s Best Dad” items (even if it’s true!) and socks.

As with all gifts, though, it’s the thought that counts. And we’re sure your dad will appreciate simply being appreciated. And if you’re a dad yourself – Happy Father’s Day! We hope you’ll enjoy your day.


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