The celebration of Father’s Day’s been around since the middle ages in Catholic Europe and was celebrated on March 19, known as St Joseph’s day.
Nowadays, we celebrate Father’s Day in June which is thanks to a lady called Sonora Smart Dodd who, more than 100 years ago was inspired by the American Mother’s Day to have a day where we celebrate our fathers and fatherhood on the third Sunday in June which still resonates today.
It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our fathers and to show our appreciation of them on this day, however, sometimes it’s difficult to decide exactly what to buy them and it’s just too easy to go for the traditional pair of sock, latest book in the charts, a bottle of his favourite tipple or the latest DVD.
So why not treat them to something more imaginative this year? We’re sure you’ll find some inspirational ideas here to treat your Dad on Father’s day.
1. Annual National Trust Membership
National Trust Memberhsip gives you access to hundreds of houses, buildings and gardens to countryside and coast across the UK and the best bit is young children or grandchildren can go for free! Find out more about National Trust Membership.
2. Champagne or Cheese Hamper
Hampers are always a great treat to receive and there are a wide variety on the market to suit all tastes, but instead of buying one, why not make your own and fill it with a pile of your Dads favourite gourmet treats!
3. Golf Accessories
If your Dad’s a keen golfer, he will probably appreciate some golf accessories such as a golf glove, cap or a personalised gold green set.
4. Ale or Craft Beer Sampling Selection Box
Craft beer’s really fashionable right now, there are lots to choose from and gift packs with multiple varieties can be found in many leading supermarkets.
5. English Heritage Membership
Joining English Heritage gives you access to hundreds of historical places in the UK. In addition, the membership also includes a magazine and handbook and kids go free.
6. Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Membership
Joining the RHS gives unlimited free access to four RHS gardens and exclusive discounted access to RHS shows such as the iconic RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It also includes a garden magazine and expert gardening advice.
7. Day Out on a Steam Train
Wherever you live in the country, there’s sure to be a traditional steam train nearby. One that’s still running is the Watercress Line in New Alresford in Hampshire. Here you can step back in time and enjoy dinner or supper on board a traditional steam train and admire the view.
8. Free Days Out
You don’t have to spend the earth to show how much you appreciate your Dad, why not pack a picnic and choose one of these amazing places to visit and the best bit is they’re all free! https://myageingparent.com/life/keeping-busy/free-days-out-for-you-and-your-parent/
9. Garden Tool Stool
If your Dad’s a keen ‘hands-on’ gardener, he may appreciate a garden tool bag that doubles up as a stool, so he can enjoy the garden for longer without getting any aches and pains from standing too long. These are available from general high street shops and online.
10. M&S Men’s Tasty Tuck Box
Instead of the traditional hamper, supermarkets such as M&S are offering a box of goodies perfect for a Father’s Day gift. The Tuck Boxes include treats such as Pork Scratchings, shortbread, lager and chocolate.
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