7 facts about Father's Day we bet you didn't know

Father’s Day is accepted in most countries around the world as a celebration of our dads on the third Sunday of June every year.

But how did this special day come to be?

1. Father’s Day was invented in America by a woman who wanted to celebrate and honour her dad.

Sonora Smart Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent and a war veteran who had managed to raise six children, and she wanted to celebrate his hard work and dedication.

Sonora had heard at a church service about the newly-formed Mother’s Day and decided that fathers should have recognition for their hard work as well.

She approached the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and asked if Father’s Day could be on June 5, her father’s birthday. But it was eventually decided that Father’s Day should be on the third Sunday in June.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 10, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.

2. The idea of a day for father’s didn’t go down very well in America at first.

Despite Sonora’s success in raising awareness of the recognition fathers should have too, the idea of a day for them wasn’t taken very seriously to begin with.

Many people found the idea of celebrating a Father’s work laughable and one newspaper reportedly claimed it would lead to other ‘mindless’ celebrations.

3. It wasn’t until 1972 in America that President Richard Nixon made the third Sunday in June officially Father’s Day by signing the public law.

This made Father’s Day a permanent celebration on the third Sunday in June by law, 62 years after the first Father’s Day had been celebrated in America.

Mother’s Day had been approved by the then president Woodrow Wilson in 1913, so it was regarded as an official holiday in America for decades while Father’s Day, despite the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, continued to be viewed as an event to generate sales rather than a holiday to celebrate dads.

4. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day and traditionally the gift was red or white roses.

It is thought a red rose was to represent a living father, while a white rose traditionally represented a father who had passed away.

5. The date set for Father’s Day isn’t the same across the world. In Australia Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September, while in Thailand the date for Father’s Day is always the same date as the king’s birthday.

In Portugal and Spain the day to celebrate fathers is St Joseph’s Day on March 19.

6. Americans spend more than Brits on their dads!

According to a survey from 2013, Americans spent more on their dads compared to us in the UK.

The average spend per person in the US was £77.02, while in the UK the average dad had around £14.45 spent on him!

7. The Father’s Day we know is not the first celebration of fathers to have happened.

It was reportedly first celebrated by a Babylonian youth around 4,000 years ago.

The youngster, called Elmesu, carved a Father’s Day card out of clay which apparently was to wish his father good health and long life.

Father's Day gifts:

Why not take a look at our range of personalised Father’s Day gifts and really spoil your dad this year?

Personalised Super Dad Mug - £10.99

Is your dad a super dad?

Let him know with his very own mug! Simply tell us your dad’s name and it will feature as part of the ‘Super Dad’ design on the mug!

He’s sure to enjoy every coffee or tea when it’s out of this unique and fun mug!

Top Dad Personalised Teddy Bear - £18.99

He might be a dad, but that doesn’t mean he won’t love a cuddly and adorable teddy that always reminds him how much he means to you!

This cuddly ted is wearing a white t-shirt that is printed with your very own message especially for your dad.

We’re sure he will love it!

Personalised Dad's Taxi Keyring - £15.00

Let him know that you appreciate all the lifts he gives you, and how generous he can be with a personalised Dad’s Taxi keyring!

This sophisticated silver-plated keyring features the words ‘Need-A-Cab Phone DAD’S TAXI For Low Rates’ on one side, while the other side is engraved with your own special message to your dad!

How can he resist driving you around!

The Bestest Daddy Wood Photo Frame 6 x 4 - £19.99

A traditional and smart gift, your dad will love to display his favourite family photograph within this unique and personal frame.

The wooden frame is engraved with ‘The Bestest Daddy!’ at the top and the bottom is engraved with your own special message especially for your dad.

Best Dad Personalised Medal - £11.99

If your dad is worthy of a medal, get him one!

The Best Dad Personalised Medal is engraved with your very own message so you can make it completely unique.

He’s sure to be so proud of his medal, he will want to wear it everywhere! Your message is engraved around the edge of the medal while the centre is already engraved with ‘Best Dad’.

First Father's Day Personalised Baby Bib - £9.99

If he’s going to be celebrating Father’s Day as a dad for the first time this year, why not treat him to a gift that his little boy or girl can wear all day to remind him how great he is!

The bib is personalised with a name and wishes them a Happy Father’s Day. Not only is this an adorable gift for the little one to wear on the day, but it’s also a great keepsake to always remind him of his first Father’s Day.

Don’t forget your grandad either!

Why not treat your grandad to something special this year? We’re sure he deserves a little treat for being super special too!

No. 1 Grandad Bone China Mug - £9.99

Your grandad will love to drink every tea or coffee from his very own mug that tells everyone he is number one!

You can choose a message to be printed on the back of the mug along with your grandad’s name, so nobody will get his mug muddled up with someone else’s!

We’re sure he will love it!

Grandpa's Personalised Boasting Album - £24.99

Give Grandpa somewhere special to keep all those photographs of the grandchildren with this special personalised boasting album!

The card pages can be filled with photographs, notes and any memorable items to create a scrapbook-style book he will love to look through!

Best Grandad EVER Wood Photo Frame 6 x 4 - £19.99

Capture a special photo of you and your grandad in a photo frame that you make unique.

Choose a special message to be engraved into the wood on the bottom of the frame and make a special gift your grandad will love to display and show everyone how great he is!

You could make it even more special by adding your own photograph before you give it to him too!

Don’t forget, this year Father’s Day is on June 21, so get looking for a fun and special gift for your dad and grandad now!

You can look at the full range of Personalised Father's Day Gifts here!