Info and gift ideas for Father’s Day

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Father’s Day is Sunday and it’s a time to show your appreciation to your father, father-in-law, uncles, brothers and other significant men who have been role models in your life.

According to the US Census Bureau, the observance is attributed to a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington over a century ago. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation making the third Sunday in June a day to honor fathers. President Richard Nixon signed a law making it a permanent national holiday in 1972.

The Census Bureau provided some facts about fathers: (*2014 is the most recent year for which this data is available.)

  • 72 million*: The estimated number of fathers across the country.
  • 29 million*: The number of fathers who were grandfathers.
  • 24 million: The number of married fathers who lived with their opposite-sex spouse and their children under the age of 18 in 2021.
  • 2 millions: The number of single fathers (without a spouse or partner present) in 2021, living with their children under the age of 18.
  • 204,000: The estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2021.
  • 70%: The approximate percentage of men who took leave within 12 weeks of the birth of their first child between 2016 and 2020, compared to 20% between 1981 and 1985.

Looking for gift ideas for dad?

  • For the man who enjoys sports activities, head to a sporting goods store to pick up sport-specific items, or book an experience such as a sports training clinic or an adventure like ziplining or rafting. Does he like to train? Pay for a gym membership. For the golfer, buy a round of golf at their favorite course.
  • If the guy in your life is a handyman, buy a gift card at a hardware store or home improvement center, or book a class in carpentry, landscaping, or other home improvement skills.
  • A hard working dad deserves a break from the chores. There are many companies that provide landscaping, automotive, pool maintenance, and other services.
  • While many moms get a day at the spa for Mother’s Day, even dads appreciate the self-care. There are spas and barbershops that cater to men with massage services, manicures, pedicures, haircuts and beard trims.
  • Is he a well-dressed man? Many department stores sell suits with free fittings from a tailor or offer stylist/shopper services to help her choose the best clothes for her body and lifestyle.
  • For the man looking to develop his creative and intellectual interests, book cooking or art classes, get a museum membership or bookstore gift card.


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