Everything you need to know about the history of Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is a great opportunity to honour the dads, grandads, step-dads and father figures that have made a significant impact on your life. While a card will do the job, it is no comparison to a curated hamper filled with a delightful assortment of goodies tailored to your dad's tastes. We offer a range of Father’s Day beer hampers and food hampers, perfect for showing your love and appreciation.

Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday of June in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom. But how did this day evolve into the celebration we see today?

Father’s Day in the UK

Before it became an official holiday in 1972, Father's Day was celebrated in the UK. In the early 20th century, it was celebrated on June 5, which is the feast day of St. Boniface (the patron saint of fathers). In the years that followed, Father's Day in the UK was celebrated on different dates. Many people in the UK observe the holiday on the third Sunday in June (like the US). Others celebrate Father’s Day in November (like Australia and New Zealand). 

How did Father’s Day come to be?

Unlike Mother’s Day, which dates back to the Ancient Greeks, Father’s Day was not recognised in the UK until 1972. In fact, Father’s Day only began in America in the early 1900s. 

1908: A Church in West Virginia held a special sermon honouring fathers following a mining accident that killed 362 men. Parishioners gave out red and white flowers to honour the living and the dead. This is often seen as the very first Father’s Day.

1909: A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was upset that there was a Mother’s Day and no Father’s Day, so she petitioned her local government to set up a Father’s Day. Initially, she wanted Father’s Day to be on June 5th to honour her father, a Civil War Veteran who raised six children alone after his wife died during childbirth.

1910: Washington State celebrated its first Father’s Day, although it was delayed until June 15th. Father’s Day slowly spread to other states but was not as popular as Mother’s Day. 

WW2: Advertisers used Father’s Day to promote the troops on the field, and by the end of the war, Father's Day was incredibly popular.

America 1972: President Richard Nixon declared Father’s Day a national holiday and signed it into law in the middle of his re-election campaign.

United Kingdom 1972: Father’s Day was officially recognised as a national holiday in the UK. 

Father’s Day Controversies

Although Father’s Day is widely popular now, it was not always this way. 

  • Mother’s Day was significantly more popular than Father’s Day for many years. This is partly because women were seen as more sentimental and appreciative of gifts and expressions of thanks. Ideas like this seem outdated now, but they were common beliefs in the early 1900s.
  • In 1930s America, there was a campaign to get rid of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and replace them with an inclusive Parents’ Day. This campaign was defeated because the two separate events boosted the economy.

Nowadays, Father’s Day is just as popular as Mother’s Day, showing our love for our dads. Many dads today appreciate sentimental gifts and tokens of appreciation from their children, and the holiday has become a meaningful occasion for families to celebrate fathers.

Father’s Day traditions around the world 

Father’s Day is a very diverse celebration. From differing dates to traditions, Father’s Day looks different around the world.


In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5th, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade, considered ‘The Father of the Nation’. Traditionally, everyone wears yellow, and children start the day by presenting their fathers with a Canna flower.


In Russia, Father’s Day is known as ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ and is celebrated on February 23rd. President Putin made it a state holiday in 2002, created to support those in the armed services. 


Flowers are an integral part of a Father’s Day celebration in Japan. Children also give their dads handmade beer glasses or a box of Japanese sweets.


Family values are strongly emphasised when celebrating Father’s Day with a city-wide 21-kilometre race in Mexico City’s Bosque de Tlalpan, an open space used for hiking and jogging.


Father’s Day is a day to fill the stomach, where Brazilians hold huge feasts and all-you-can-eat barbecues.

South Africa

In South Africa, children give their fathers gifts like flowers, cards, neckties, and other novelty items. Families tend to enjoy picnics on Father’s Day or spend the afternoon fishing.

Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day has become a hugely popular celebration, no matter which day of the year you honour it. Throughout the world, people thank their fathers on this day by giving gifts and cards and spending quality time together. 

Many celebrations centre around food, and Father’s Day is no exception. Our dads are often showered with fancy meals, delicious treats, and beverages. What better way to combine this than by gifting your dad a luxury food hamper this Father's Day?

Take a look at some of our favourite Father’s Day gift hampers:

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Father’s Day gift hampers from Peach Hampers

Bespoke hampers are a great gift to show your love and appreciation. A Father’s Day hamper allows you to carefully select which products to include and create a personalised appearance to tailor your gift to your loved one’s tastes.

Our Father’s Day gift hampers feature hand-selected and taste-tested products, so you can be sure your present is top quality. It is not just what’s inside that counts.  Our creative team has designed extraordinary packaging to make our hampers a gift to remember.

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