Celebrate dad this Father’s Day

2018-06-20 06:00
Excited to celebrate Father’s Day are (from left) Nomcebo Vilakazi, Luke Morgan and Jahan Seery.PHOTO: Supplied

Excited to celebrate Father’s Day are (from left) Nomcebo Vilakazi, Luke Morgan and Jahan Seery.PHOTO: Supplied

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JUST like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a real tendency to sneak up on us, don’t you think (despite the “subtle” hints in all shop windows)? In fact, it is this coming Sunday, June 18, to be more specific.

The idea of a special day to celebrate and honour fatherhood was first introduced in the United States, in 1910, when a 27-year-old woman from Washington proposed it to honour the man who raised her when her mom died during childbirth.

So, on the third Sunday of June every year, we get to celebrate our “go-to” guys.

Dads are playing their part and should be recognised for that. They have more emotional relationships with their children, from day one, than ever before. Did you know that fathers who take a week or more off to spend time with their newborn are closer to their child during every stage of their life, right up into young adulthood? Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

So, how could you thank your pops this Father’s Day, without breaking the bank? C’mon let’s think outside the box now. No more socks, ties, belts and soap-on-a-rope (you’re welcome dads).


• Make the day ALL about him. Find out what he wants to do for the day, and enjoy it together. Hang out watching sport, movies — whatever he wants to do (with a big smile!).

• If your dad enjoys a good whiskey, help him to sip in style with a great tumbler.

• Is he a sports fan? Make a rugby hamper and include some biltong, a few craft beers, maybe a bag of his favourite sweets.

• Does he play golf? A bottle of water to keep him hydrated, a chocolate bar to lift his spirits (if he’s not winning) and a few new balls for when he whacks one into the water.

• To the Grill Master, a.k.a. Dad — grill tools. Perfect. A utility apron for all purposes may be just what he needs. Great for grilling, cooking, bike maintenance, etc.

• A leather wallet, perhaps customised with a favourite quote.

• Does he love gadgets? Is he always struggling to find the remote? get him the remote-control finder from Yuppie Gadgets. Or, if you have a bigger budget, 3D glasses for his smartphone.

• Does he have a beard? Help him to keep it shiny and healthy with beard oil and a beard comb.

• For DIY dads, a cordless screwdriver may be just the thing.

• For the nerdy dad, a trendy striped or a wooden bowtie could do the trick. Maybe a Batman hipflask will put a smile on his face!

• Since it’s winter, a hand-knitted scarf or a fluffy gown to spend weekends in may be much appreciated.

• If Dad is a bit of a foodie, treat him to a mouth-watering brunch — if this is your thing, book now!

• A travel gift bag with pampering goodies for his next trip?

• A dad-friendly book for snuggling under the covers on cold Sunday mornings is always a winner.

Remember, no matter what you get your dad, he will appreciate the love and the thought that went into it.

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.” — Anne Geddes.

So, happy Father’s Day to all who go by the name “Dad” -Supplied.


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