Best Father’s Day Gifts

By 06.10.2014 interact

June is the start of summer and the perfect time to celebrate your dad, uncle, step-dad, grandfather and any other important father figure in your life. Did you know that Father’s Day began just 100 years ago? According to the History Channel, the holiday began almost in two towns when two different women wanted to celebrate fathers for their generosity and bravery.

In 1907, more than 360 men were killed in a mine explosion in Fairmont, West Virginia. To honor the 250 of them whom were fathers, Grace Golden Clayton suggested that her church, Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, commemorate those men. On July 5, 1908 the church gave a one-time sermon explicitly honoring fathers. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd heard a church sermon about Mother’s Day. She contemplated why such a event didn’t exist for fathers. To honor her dad, who had taken care of their family after her mother died, on June 6 1910, Dodd suggested establishing a fathers day to the Sopkane Ministerial Association and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). They granted her requested, celebrating the first Father’s Day in Spokane on June 19, 1910.

Eventually, President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as the official Father’s Day in 1966. In 1972, Richard Nixon instituted the holiday as a permanent national observance.

So there you have a it, a quick history lesson about the holiday. Now all you have to do is check out our gallery below for some stellar shopping tips on what to pick up to show you care.

For the Sleepy Dad
For the Sleepy Dad

For the Sleepy Dad

Over $20: Alarm Clock
There are many different types of alarm clocks that will help your sleepy daddy start his day. From MP3 playing devices that will wake him with his favorite songs, to alarms that will require him to jump out of bed, like The Clocky, a motorized alarm with wheels that drives off of your dad's nightstand and drives around the bed buzzing until he stops the alarm.

Under $20: Breakfast in Bed
If your dad already has an adequate alarm or he wouldn't like one that makes him run around the bed in his pajamas, why not try something more traditional for Father's Day and show your appreciation for him by bringing him breakfast in bed. Not only will that earn your sleepy dad a few extra minutes of sleep in, he'll get to relax with his morning coffee.

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For the Busy Body
For the Busy Body

For the Busy Body

Over $20: Hammock
Work can sometimes make even the most fun-loving dads too busy. Help your dad take a moment to relax with a new hammock. Not only will it show him you care, it could be a nice way for you to share some time together as you set it up and then take a load off afterward.

Under $20: Create a Space
Don't have a place for a hammock? Why not clear a nice spot in your house for your dad to hang out. Maybe he has a favorite chair tucked away in storage that you can place near some nice lighting in case he wants to put his feet up and read during his downtime. You can personalize this space with some of his favorite magazines or whatever you think he might like.

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For the Tech-Savvy Daddy
For the Tech-Savvy Daddy

For the Tech-Savvy Daddy

Over $20: Remote-Controlled Airplanes
For the dad, uncle or grandpa who's a kid at heart, help them take their tech-savvy to new heights with a remote-controlled airplane. It's a quirky gizmo that will entertain the family for hours, especially if you get two and have them race.

Under $20: A 12-Month Subscription to Wired Magazine
Does your dad have every gadget Newegg has to offer? Why not subscribe him to a new magazine like Wired as a gift. He'll get to read about the latest new in electronics, technology and computers.

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For the Golf Guru
For the Golf Guru

For the Golf Guru

Over $20: A Bucket of Balls at the Local Driving Range
Spend some quality time hitting a bucket of balls at your local driving range. It'll be a great way to have fun while partaking in his plaid-wearing hobby and getting some fresh air.

Under $20: A Box of Golf Balls
Can't imagine swinging a club? Try this less expensive and less labor intensive option: a box of his favorite golf balls. You can find the name of the brand he prefers by asking or seeing what he has in his golf bag.

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For the King of the Grill
For the King of the Grill

For the King of the Grill

Over $20: A High-Tech Grilling Thermometer
Is your dad the ultimate grill-master, often talking about his barbeque as if it's his favorite appliance? If so, make his job a little easier with a thermometer that will tell him when the meat is done, even if he steps away from his beloved grill. Though you might need to split the cost with another person for this gift, it's a hot new gadget your whole family will appreciate.

Under $20: BBQTongs
If you can't splurge on a big ticket grill item for Father's Day, why not buy him new BBQ tongs? Make sure the hand grips are long so he won't burn himself, and that they are easy to grasp. You can get them with wooden handles or in different colors. Just make sure they are stainless steal.

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For the Hip Pop
For the Hip Pop

For the Hip Pop

Over $20: Concert Tickets
Ok, so we get it, your dad has an amazing sound system in the house and in his car. He also has the latest iPod model and all those new electronics you and your friends drool over at Best Buy. With his love of music and all things new, taking your dad to a concert might be just the ticket this Father's Day. It'll be the perfect way to bond and do something cool and current. Just make sure you choose an artist he likes, not Hannah Montana or that crazy underground metal band you have on repeat.

Under $20: Burn a CD
Choose some of your dad's favorite of-the-moment tunage and add some new stuff you think he might like. He'll see that you appreciate his taste and his desire to be on the cusp of the music scene. Plus, it's a great low cost option, but still requires some thought and sentiment.

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For the Super Fan
For the Super Fan

For the Super Fan

Over $20: Tickets to His Favorite Sporting Event
With baseball season in full swing, it might be the perfect opportunity to take your dad to a baseball game or any other sporting event he likes. Maybe he's a fishing fan and you guys can tackle a day on the water together. And, if you want to spend some money on him, you can splurge for the bait and some new hooks.

Under $20: One-on-One
There's nothing like quality time playing catch, shooting hoops, or even watching a sporting event on TV together. If you dad's a fan, why not become one for a day too. If you want to make watching the game even more special, try making some snacks like a five layer dip. Whether you're outside or hanging out together on the couch, a little one-on-one time is a winning way to show you care.

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For the Sports Man
For the Sports Man

For the Sports Man

Over $20: New Gear
If you dad's a sporty guy and in desperate need of a new football, basketball or tackle box, finding the perfect gift will be easy.Though it may be a little pricey to get him a new fishing pole or the new Jordan's, you can find sports equipment for decent prices.

Under $20: Your Own Sports Fest
Can't afford the latest addition to the Under Armour line or that indoor/outdoor Spalding? Head to the park with your family for your own sports fest. If your dad's likes sports he'll enjoy anything from a game of tennis, some frisbee golf, or even tag football. Remember, this holiday is all about spending time with the people you care about.

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