Father’s Day Gifts for Sophisticated Dads

Father's Day gifts

Father’s Day is June 18 – and although you could head out to the hardware store or sporting goods emporium as usual, we have a new suggestion this year. How about sending Dad a sophisticated, dramatic or elegant floral arrangement for his office? You may not have ever thought of giving flowers to Dad, but these arrangements are bold and confident and perfect for anyone – and are sure to be conversation piece wherever they are sent. For Father’s Day gifts that are unexpectedly beautiful, come to Breen’s Florist.

Did You Know? Father’s Day is a relatively new holiday, established in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. The inspiration behind the holiday was William Smart, a single dad who had raised 6 children single handedly. His daughter felt that he deserved the same level of praise and recognition as moms traditionally received on Mother’s Day. Even though it was decades in the making, Father’s Day was finally recognized.  Continue reading

Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Love

father's dayThere is a lot of mystery surrounding the genesis of Father’s Day – there are no fewer than five people in history who have claimed that the idea was theirs. The bill was bounced around in Congress for five decades before it was finally declared to be a national holiday – a full 40 years after we decided to honor Mom! Although it may have taken everyone a little longer to officially celebrate a father’s role in our lives, it caught on quickly. The holiday is celebrated in over 140 countries in a variety of ways.

father's dayIn over half of those nations, including the United States, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday of June, This year, they day falls on June 19 – and here at Breen’s, we’d like to help you get started on finding a truly fun and unique gift for Dad, instead of running out at the last minute to buy a necktie! This year, give him something he will love. For instance, a gift basket of indulgent snacks all for him will make watching the game all the more pleasurable. If you are nice to him, he may even let you try some of these delicious items.

father's dayIf Dad has an office and works hard, give him a gift that he will enjoy year round. He is sure to admire this succulent garden that is reminiscent of the hike through the Texas desert. This beautiful arrangement is masculine, sophisticated and long lasting – and we know he will love having it in his line of sight while he is working as a reminder of how much you love and appreciate him.

These are just two of the gifts available at Breen’s – we have much more! Surprise him with your creativity and thoughtfulness this year, with a personal gift from Breen’s Florist.

Gifts This Father’s Day

Father's DayFather’s Day is around the corner. With a June 21 holiday rapidly approaching, here at Breen’s Florist, we’ve already geared up for this special day. We’re pulling out all the stops so we can assure our customers that we’ve got the Best Father’s Day gifts they’ll find. Nothing can deter us, not even the recent Houston floods.

How Father’s Day Became a National Holiday

Most historians agree that Spokane, Washington is the birthplace of Father’s Day. The holiday was the brainchild of Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman who was raised by her father, after her mother died while giving birth to her sixth child. That child was Sonora’s youngest brother. The family lived on a remote farm in eastern Washington. Dodd’s father had to continue to maintain the farm, while raising six children all alone.

Mrs. Dodd’s mother died in 1898, and it wasn’t until ten years later, and she was married and raising her own children, that Dodd realized the extent of her father’s efforts – all as a single dad. As she sat in church on Mother’s Day Sunday of 1908, listening to a sermon about Mother’s Day, it dawned on her that there ought to be a holiday on which to recognize fathers, too.

She embarked on a campaign to establish a Father’s Day celebration, first in Spokane, and then across the country. She decided to have the event in June because her father’s birthday was in June. Originally, she wanted to have it on June 5, to coincide with her father’s birthday. She enlisted the help of other people to help her plan a large celebration, but her collaborators talked her out of having it on June 5, insisting there wouldn’t be enough time to pull off an appropriate celebration. The date was set for June 19, and the first event honoring fathers took place at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington.

Her concept for a national Father’s Day observance impressed Williams Jennings Bryan, a well-known orator, and politician so much that he offered his support. She soon garnered the support of other important dignitaries, including President Woodrow Wilson. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed that Father’s Day would be a national holiday, but he still didn’t get Congress to pass legislation making it an official national observance.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an official order, making Father’s Day an annual holiday that would be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed a congressional act that established the third Sunday of every June, as a permanent national Father’s Day holiday.

Father's Day

Chocoholics Basket

If you look at the results of national surveys regarding Father’s Day gifts, you will see that there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm anymore, for the old standby gifts like tools, ties, or shirts. Dad’s want to receive something that’s thoughtful, different, and reflective of their personalities.

If your dad has a home office, private den or “man room,” help him transform that cave-like space into a room he’ll really enjoy spending time in. Our Bromeliad Plant will certainly do that. He can even take it out to the patio during summer so he can enjoy looking at it while he’s in charge of the outdoor barbecuing activities.

Pamper dad’s love for chocolate with our Chocoholics Basket. He can munch on assorted chocolate treats while he watches the Houston Astros trample their opposition.