This Sunday is Father’s Day. We take a look on why we celebrate, come up with some fun and cheap ideas of gifts to make and have a little competition to win a voucher so that you dad’s can treat yourself.
Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?
This year Father’s Day marks it’s hundredth birthday and will be celebrated on Sunday, 18th June. This special day began with a young woman wishing to honour her dad. In May 1909 Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a sermon about Mother’s Day and she decided that she wanted to have a special day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Sonora’s Mum had died in childbirth and her dad, a Civil War Veteran, raised her and her 5 siblings alone.
How can we save the pennies this Father’s Day?
Father’s Day doesn’t have to end up costing a fortune; there are plenty of things that can be handmade, which would mean far more to a dad than some expensive gift picked up from a shop.
Let your children’s imagination go wild with fun ideas that are not too hard to sort. Talk to the kids first and see what sort of ideas they may have for their dad; you may be pleasantly surprised at their ideas. It’s not always about money.
Spend a little time having a look around your house to see if there’s anything the children can use to make a gift. You could make this a game by challenging them to think of ideas of things to make with whatever is already in the house.
You could also get the children involved in baking biscuits for their dad. You can ice and decorate them, write messages on them or ice the word ‘dad’. If you’re not the baking kind you don’t even have to bake the biscuits, you could cheat and buy a pack and get the children to decorate those. To make it even easier you can pick up coloured icing pens from lots of shops!
Go searching outside for a flat, smooth rock. Wash thoroughly, let dry and get painting! Use acrylic paint to paint a portrait, a ladybug, a loving message etc. If your child is too young to draw they can use a handprint or just paint an abstract design. Credit Parenting.com.
Take a plain cardboard box and paint it in dad’s favourite colour. Glue an item like a toy car, plastic animal etc to the top to create a handle. Then you can fill it with whatever you like, paper clips, pens, tools, sweets etc. Credit Parenting.com.
Hand and feet keepsakes
If your children are quite young hand and foot prints are always a hit, you can’t get any more personal. So get the paints out and create some works of art with a nice little poem to go with it, like this one for handprints or this one for footprints.
Win vouchers to treat dad
To celebrate Father’s Day we thought we’d have a little competition. We have two £10 high street vouchers to give away to two FamilyPoint readers, to spoil the dad’s in your lives (or to treat yourself if you’re a dad!).
To enter tell us what you do to treat your dad on Father’s Day (or any other day)? Or if you’re a dad, what is the ultimate treat that you’d love? These are things that you can do, and not the things that you buy as gifts.
Email your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, include you address details and put Father’s Day in the subject line. You can also enter by leaving a comment on one of our Facebook posts about this article.
The deadline to enter is 11:59pm on Sunday 18th June.
Our usual competition rules apply and we will draw the winners at random. Our decision is final and there will be no cash alternative. We may use competition entries for future articles and social media posts. Good luck.
If you feel you need to talk to someone about any problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.
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