Not all dads want BCF and Bunnings vouchers but sometimes more creative Fathers Day gift ideas can be hard to think of. But let’s face it, mums don’t like getting toasters and irons on Mothers Day so why should men be given a do-it-yourself voucher for Fathers Day?

If you’re stuck for Fathers Day gift ideas here are a few options you might not have considered.

Where did Fathers Day Come From?

Historians believe that the origin of Fathers Day can be traced back to the ruins of Babylon. Records show a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life.

Fathers Day as we know it was started in 1909 by a Sonora Smart Dodd. She decided to create an official day to honour her father, William Jackson Smart, a war veteran who raised his six children by himself. Sonora’s mother died in childbirth, so Mothers Day was not something she could celebrate, and the 19th  of June was William Jackson’s birthday, therefore, the third Sunday in June was declared Fathers Day in America.

In countries like Italy where the Catholic Church is influential, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day in March.

In Australia, we celebrate Fathers day on the first Sunday in September. Both here and in the UK it became a popular celebration during World War II as a day to remember fathers when most of them were away fighting in the war.

Fathers Day celebrates male role models

Historically, fathers day was created to celebrate any male role model and today the tradition has spread worldwide and become a day to celebrate all men who make a difference to younger generations. It doesn’t have to be a father but could be another parent, grandparent, stepparent, guardian, role model, teacher or friend.

Traditional Fathers Day gift ideas

1. Ties, Handkerchiefs and Socks – In the 1900s men would receive hankies, ties, bowties and knitted socks as a Fathers Day gift. Some men still receive these traditional necessities as gifts, most often from young children.

These things can still be a good gift if they’re useful and the man in question doesn’t already have a mountain of socks and hankies.

More Creative Fathers Day gift ideas

It’s more creative and thoughtful to think about what the men in your life deserve, enjoy or wouldn’t usually buy for themselves. That’s the kind of gift that makes a special occasion like Fathers Day special.

Think outside the square hankie draw!

2. Hampers – Men love a good hamper full of their favourite treats including food and drink. We all know the kinds of things men love, like dark chocolate, nuts, jerky, craft beer or a good bottle of wine. These are things most men don’t buy them for themselves even though they enjoy them.

These are things most men don’t buy them for themselves even though they enjoy them. Well, they might buy the beer but they’d still appreciate a special hamper put together for them in a hand-painted box or big bag.

3. Massage Voucher – Most men and fathers love to be taken care of with a massage, especially if they drive a lot, sit at a computer or work hard as tradesmen.

Dads have a lot of responsibility and, while everyone thinks massages are for mums, dads deserve to be pampered too.

Men get tired and stressed by work and family demands and a massage gift voucher is just the thing to de-stress your dad on Fathers Day.

Gift vouchers are easy to purchase online then dad can book in when he has time to enjoy a good massage and some time out on his own.

4. Hobby-focused gifts

Does your dad have a hobby, sport or favourite pastime like reading or travel? If so you could make or buy him a personal gift that helps him get more out of his hobby. Or gift him a ticket for a match you can enjoy together.

5. Cleaning fairy!

Dads seem to be harder than mums to buy for than mums but if you think about what your Dad loves, something as simple as cleaning his car, tidying the garage or spring cleaning his office can be a great gift this father’s day.

Your fathers day gift ideas don’t need to be expensive but they should make him feel special and loved.

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea for a Noosa, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane-based man?

Ikatan day spa in Noosa sells day spa gift vouchers online. You can buy them for a dollar value so dad can choose and book his own massage or other day spa treatment. He can even enjoy a beer in the garden after being pampered and de-stressed!