Let’s Hear It for The Man! How to Celebrate Your Dad This Father’s Day

NixonFathersDayYou may not realize this, but you have Richard Nixon to thank for a nod to all the dads on Father’s Day.

Yes, it was President Nixon (he, of Watergate infamy) who signed a proclamation in 1972 making the second Sunday in June a federal holiday. The fact that Mother’s Day had a 58-year head start says everything about how we’re jsut now starting to realize the impact father’s have on their children’s happiness and sense of well-being.

“Paternal involvement seems to predict adult adjustment better than does maternal involvement,” Psychology Today reports.

Smart Tech Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads

In June, many families are celebrating dads and grads. Dad certainly deserves a special Father’s Day with all he does throughout the year. And graduating students also merit recognition for all they have accomplished. Now, it’s up to you to find gifts that celebrate these special occasions.

This year, skip the usual suspects, and opt for items tailored to their specific style and personality. For instance, tech gifts are perfect to begin your search, so get the scoop from someone who knows. Emmy Award-winning technology and trends reporter Brett Larson offers his take on the top five tech gifts for both dads and grads.

Father’s Day Shopping: How to Do It Right

To celebrate Father’s Day properly, all you really have to do is remind the father figures in your life how special they are.

Estimates put Father’s Day spending at nearly $12 billion each year. That’s a whole lot of love—but for the 70 million Dads in the U.S. alone? It sounds about right. Thankfully, loved ones don’t have to resort to the standard polka dot tie or another Home Depot gift card. Find a new way to recognize Dad (or Grandpa!) that’s as original and unique as the men who helped mold you. They deserve just as much.

How to Sweeten Up Father’s Day With a Splash of Watermelon

Honor Dad with a healthy dose of creativity and sweet treats this Father’s Day.

These two ideas, courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board (www.watermelon.org), are guaranteed home runs. First, an eye-catching basket shaped like a golf ball (made from the watermelon rind) filled with sweet watermelon balls to celebrate his favorite hobby. Second, a tangy, finger-licking chicken wing glaze for Dad to enjoy—and hopefully share!—during his special day.

Golf Ball Watermelon Carving
1 small-medium very round seedless watermelon
Kitchen knife, paring knife
Cutting board, large bowl
Melon baller