More than Just a #1 Dad Mug: The Real Scoop on Father’s Day 

Father’s Day is here, when we scramble to find a gift for dad that’s more inspired than last year’s #1 Dad mug. But before we reveal some killer gift ideas for the big guy, do you know the story behind the day? 

 How Mother’s Day and Father’s Day started 

First up, Mother’s Day. The official “Mom-Appreciation Day” found its roots in the post-Civil War era, thanks to activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother after she died in 1905. By 1914, Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday of May as the holiday. Dads, however, had to wait until 1972 for a similar honor. 

 Fast forward to Washington State, 1910. Inspired by Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd—one child out of six raised by a widower—decided dads deserved a day in the sun, too. And so, the first (unofficial) Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. 

 But like the slow rise of an indie band, Father’s Day didn’t immediately gain nationwide recognition. It took Presidential endorsements, a World War, and eventually Nixon’s signature in 1972 to seal the deal. 

 For the guy who doesn’t ask for much 

As with all hit holidays, commercialism soon played its part. Many men initially scoffed at a day in their honor, seeing it as a commercial gimmick. There was even a push for a single Parents’ Day. But when the Great Depression and World War II hit, retailers turned Father’s Day into a second Christmas for men, which won public favor. Today, Father’s Day is a billion-dollar bonanza to show our appreciation for dads with gifts and gestures. But hey, we’ve got you covered! Check out this link for some fresh, thoughtful gift ideas for Father’s Day 2023 (better late than never).  

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 No better gift than a dad joke 

And in case your card is lacking, here are a few gems we found: 

  • What did the baby corn say to the mama corn? Where’s the popcorn? 
  • It’s not a dad bod; it’s a father figure.  
  • Why are fishing dads the best? Because they’re so sofishticated. 
  • What do you call a person who is not a dad but makes dad jokes? A faux Pa. 

 Happy Father’s Day! 






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