Facts and gift ideas for Father’s Day

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Father’s Day is Sunday and an opportunity to show appreciation to your father, stepfather, uncles, brothers and other important men who have been role models in your life.

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

The Census Bureau provided some facts about fathers: (*2014 is the latest 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 cohabiting with their same-sex spouse and children under the age of 18 in 2021.
  • 2 million: The number of single fathers (without spouse or partner present) living with their children under the age of 18 in 2021.
  • 204,000: The estimated number of housewives in 2021.
  • 70%: The approximate percentage of men who took leave within 12 weeks of having their first child between 2016 and 2020, up from 20 percent between 1981 and 1985.

Looking for gift ideas for dad?

  • For the man interested in athletic activities, go to a sporting goods store for sport-specific items or book an experience like a sports training clinic or an adventure like zip-lining or whitewater rafting. Does he like sports? Pay for a gym membership. Buy for the golfer a round of golf at his favorite course.
  • If the man in your life is a home improvement enthusiast, pick up a gift certificate at a hardware or home improvement store, or book a class in carpentry, landscaping, or other home improvement skills.
  • A hard working father deserves a break from housework. There are many companies that offer landscaping, automotive, pool maintenance, and other services.
  • While many moms get a free spa day on Mother’s Day, even dads appreciate a little self-care. There are spas and hair salons that cater to men with massages, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and beard trims.
  • Is he a smartly dressed man? Many department stores sell suits with free adjustments by a tailor or offer stylist/shopping services to help him choose the best clothes for his body and lifestyle.
  • For the man looking to expand his creative and intellectual interests, book cooking or art classes, get a museum membership or a bookstore gift card.

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