Father's Day is a fairly new holiday, and wasn't given national recognition until President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance on the third Sunday in June. Father's Day was originally conceived in 1909 by Sonara Smart Dodd, who was raised by her dad after her mother died. Her pop's birthday was in June, so she held the first Father's Day on June 19, 1910 in her hometown of Spokane, Washington.
Award your Dad a Father of the Year credential with these customizable, printable certificates. Choose from a variety of borders, add your name, a special message, and just hit the "Make It" button. Additional printable certificates include rewards for students, spelling bee winners, teachers, moms, or "you can even reward yourself!" For printable Father's Day cards (instead of the certificates) visit their sister site, 123 Print Cards. You'll find a link in the middle of the page.
Care2 is an activist network that promotes causes such as animal welfare, climate change, and human rights, while giving consumers a selection of free ecards to send to their dads and other important folks. There are nearly eighty Flash Father's Day cards to choose from, as well as cards for Mother's Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick's Day and so on. For every ecard sent, Care2 makes a donation to an environmental nonprofit to save a square foot of rainforest. They also connect site visitors with over 350 non-profits, promoting many ways to make a difference in the world.
Although the first craft on this Father's Day page is for paying members only, the rest of the Father's Day projects here at Danielle's Place are free for everyone to enjoy. Most of the two dozen illustrated Father's Day crafts are fancy homemade cards, but a few fall into the gift category. For example, you could learn how to make a "Dad Rocks" paper weight, a collage pencil holder, or a "Daddy's Girl" picture frame. Other craft categories include garden, fall, safari, animal, fun foam, and colonial.
"To My Daddy / I hugged this little card real tight / And kissed it, Daddy too! / Then I packed it full of love / And sent it off to you!" DLTK offers Father's Day cards with matching gift bags, cards for grandpa, cards with poems, cards to color, and cards with super heros (your choice of Batman or Superman.) A few of the cards are simple enough for two-year olds (with mommy's help, of course) and each project is available in a printable version without ads.
These homemade cards are really unique. For example, the Answer Feather Card is based on a "traditional a traditional healing tool for those seeking answers. Pick the feather you are attracted to, ask it a question and keep it with you. You will receive your answer within the next day. Thank the feather and release it back to mother earth or cleanse it in the moonlight and use it for another question." Okay, this card may not be for everyone. But they also have a cool Fish Card for fisherman, and a lovely, more traditional card made with cutout "D", "A", "D" letters.