Gifts For Him: History of Father’s Day

In honour of Father’s Day 2019, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the origins of this special day, how it came to be and why it has been so successful. We also wanted to share of gift ideas for dad that will be 30% off on Sunday June 16th across our entire store!

Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in May 1909. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad , William Jackson Smart. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the newborn and his other five children.

The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5th, her father’s birthday, and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.

At the first Father’s Day celebration, young women handed out red roses to their fathers during a church service. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, bringing roses and gifts to home-bound fathers. While Congress was quick to officially declare the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 10, 1908, it took much longer for Father’s Day to be legally recognized.

But thanks to Dodd’s celebration, Father’s Day steadily gained popularity. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said that he supported it, in order to establish closer relationships between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress.

Gift Ideas For Dad

Brighten up your dad’s desk space with adjustable intensity and color tone while wirelessly charging your Qi compatible smartphone with the LED Desk Lamp. This sleek and beautiful piece has a wireless receiver already built into it, so all he has to do is pop on his phone, and it’s ready to charge wirelessly.

Make dad’s trips away from that little easier with this travel suitcase that comes with a built-in scooter. This ridable suitcase lets him zoom through the airport while resting his arms and legs. It is equipped with a saddle and three large wheels and the battery is replaceable – which not only facilitates the disassembly and replacement but also effectively upgrades the battery life.

Dad will love setting this Levitating UFO Speaker Lamp on his desk and watching as the LED lamp floats effortlessly above the base, emitting soft light and the music of his choice. It’s fully Bluetooth enabled with a range of 10 meters, so he can pair any of your smart devices or computers to it and really set the mood.

Make Shower time fun for dad with this new technology system that allows him to hear clear music and phone calls during his daily shower. He can play his favourite music, and even being able to answer phone calls this delivers up to 12 hours of music by pairing wireless up to 49 feet away with his Bluetooth-enabled device. Shop here.
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