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17th June is Father’s Day in the Netherlands – that special time of the year when you get to show dad, just how much you really care!
Fathers Day was originally established in the United States in the twentieth century. After the huge success of Mother’s Day, many wanted to create a day that specifically celebrated the father figure and promoted male parenting. The idea of Father’s Day was actively championed by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910. Sonora particularly wished to honour her own father, William Jackson Smart, an American Civil War veteran who successfully raised his children single-handedly, after his wife tragically died giving birth to their sixth child. A bill affording formal recognition of Father’s Day was introduced in 1913, but it wasn’t until 1972 that it was finally signed into American law by president Nixon and made a permanent national holiday.
Today Father’s Day is celebrated in numerous countries around the world, including the Netherlands. Yet it’s sometimes difficult to demonstrate your love and appreciation for dad in a fresh or exciting way. And whilst good old dad never shows his disappointment in a pair of new socks, we thought it would be nice to surprise him with something different for a change.
So, here are five great ways to positively spoil your dad and give him something to truly remember this Father’s Day!
1) Give dad the day off!
The amount of cash that you spend is not important and in the current economic climate, you are quite likely to be searching for a thoughtful gift that doesn’t necessarily break the bank. One of the simplest and cheapest ways to thoroughly pamper your father is to take over his household chores for the day! Let him relax in front of the football with an ice cold beer, while you take out the rubbish, mow the lawn, or fix that leaking tap that he’s been promising to get around to. If money really is no object, then you could even arrange for the garden to be landscaped or the house redecorated by professionals, as an utterly unique surprise!
2) Buy him tickets to a top sporting event or popular show
Why not treat dad to the luxury of tickets to a top sporting event or a popular show and consider accompanying him? Not only will it give you both a chance to reconnect and spend some quality time together, this fun and enjoyable experience will create lasting memories that dad will cherish for a lifetime. Priceless!
3) Participate in dad’s favourite hobby
Does your dad love to play a round of golf or a spend the day sailing? Does he often nag you to go on that camping or fishing trip, but you’ve been far too busy lately? In today’s hectic world it’s all too easy to become wrapped up in our own work and family commitments. In fact, we often only contact our fathers when we need his help or fatherly advice on some practical matter. Why not free up your social calendar and join dad in his favourite leisure activity this Father’s Day? He’ll appreciate this much more than an expensive gadget that sits gathering dust in the drawer.
4) Pamper him with goodies
Dads like to feel pampered too! The modern father often takes pride in his appearance and is certainly not averse to a little male grooming. So why not indulge his feminine side this year with a visit to the local spa, a relaxing massage or even a selection of his favourite toiletries for him to enjoy in the comfort of his own home?
5) Arrange a magazine subscription
Does your dad like nothing more than curling up in his favourite armchair with the latest copy of his preferred sports or car magazine? If you’re struggling for ideas this Father’s Day, why not arrange an annual subscription for his magazine or journal of choice? That way your dad gets a regular reminder of how much he means to you, throughout the entire year!