Big Fat Balloons celebrates 100 years of Father’s Day


2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Father’s Day celebration. According to research from Big Fat Balloons, the online helium balloon and gift store, it’s readily accepted that Father’s Day was established in Spokane, USA by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.

While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Sonora, who was brought up by her father following the death of her mother, had the inspiration to establish a day to honour fathers. Her campaigning led to the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane on Sunday, 19 June 1910.

In the UK and around 50 other countries, Father’s Day is still celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

“Today, whatever your age, Father’s Day is about taking time to show your ‘Dad’ how much you care. Yet it needn’t be your biological father. It’s about showing the man who is most influential in your life – be it your natural father, step-father, or grandfather – how much they mean to you,” said Sophie Baxter, director, Big Fat Balloons.

Big Fat Balloons suggests that while expensive gifts are always welcome, often it’s the little things that mean the most to a Dad on Father’s Day. Starting the day off right by treating Dad to breakfast in bed can be followed up by giving Dad control of the TV remote control for the day. Taking over those summer Sunday chores, like cutting the grass, can also be a welcome gift.

“Yet many children will still buy or make a card and Father’s Day Gift for their Dad. Traditional gifts like ties, socks and chocolates are always high on the list, but more personal presents that show how much thought has gone into the gift are often most valued. Perhaps you could get your Dad a book by his favourite author, a CD by his favourite group, or even tickets to a favourite sporting or music event, if budgets allow,” said Sophie.

For younger children keepsake Dad teddy bears, home-made cards, pictures or stories drawn and written by their children can make delightful Father’s Day gifts. Similarly framed photos of their children are also excellent ideas.

While it’s easier for adults to simply spend money on their Dad, time can be a wonderful gift on Father’s Day. Taking Dad out for a meal or cooking him a homemade meal is a great way to spend more time with Dad on Father’s Day. It also returns to the root of why this day was first established – to appreciate all the things that fathers do for their children throughout their lives.


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