Father's Day 2012 Gift Ideas

If you are asking, “when is Father’s Day in 2012?” Father’s Day in the United States is always celebrated the third Sunday in June.  In 2012, Father’s Day lands on Sunday June 17.

Here are some gift ideas for Father’s Day 2012 sorted into three categories:

Gifts ideas for Dad to spend time with the kids:

Video Game consoles such as X-Box 360 ($229 and up Wal-Mart)

Canoe  ($479 Wal-Mart)

Basketball Hoop ($349 Wal-Mart)

Give Dad the gift of movies for a chance to win free movie tickets for a year.

Gifts ideas for Dads who need clothes:

Socks, Underwear, Undershirts.  Ironically, many dads are seasonally in need of these garments and rely on Father’s Day for their annual replacement.

Wal-Mart, JC Penneys, Target, Sears, and L.L. Bean all have great Father’s Day Gift ideas.

Gifts ideas for Dads who live far away:

You can never go wrong with a gift card.  Look for gift cards that offer a bonus with the purchase of a gift card, such as a second $5 gift card which is often offered in-store by Target.

Dad probably wouldn’t mind a gift card to Home Depot either.

Have dad come visit you, or visit your dad at hotels.com

Does you Father have a boat? Find thousands of products for boating, sailing, fishing and watersports at WestMarine.

The idea for Father’s Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother’s death during childbirth. While listening to a sermon at church on Mother’s Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Because Dodd’s father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910.

Over the years, the idea spread, and people lobbied Congress to establish the holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, who had signed a proclamation establishing Mother’s Day, approved the idea, but never signed a proclamation for it. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”

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