What happens on the third Sunday in June? Well, if you guessed Father’s Day, you would be right! That one time of the year when we take the time to reflect and appreciate all of the great Dad’s of the world. Just like with any other National holiday, there is a history of how Father’s Day came to be. Father’s Day originated in the early twentieth century as a compliment to Mother’s Day, and Sonora Dodd has been credited with its founding. Although the United States Congress first introduced the bill back in 1913, it took until 1966 for Congress and President Lyndon Johnson to make it official. After reading the full Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day Father’s Day history article, it gave inspiration to find a really cool gift for Father’s Day this year.
If you find it hard to get a really unique gift for your dad on Father’s Day, you are not alone. Unique, for argument sake, is defined as useful - not food or a gift card - and something that could enhance the things that our Dads do. The second criteria for my Father’s Day gift is that the gift has to be about, involve, or use water, since this is after all, a water filter blog. So, with these parameters I set out searching high and low, and below is a list of some really cool gifts that I uncovered.
If your Dad loves to travel, this gift idea could be worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately when you travel outside the United States, drinking water can be the biggest obstacle and something that can ruin a vacation or business trip. Contaminated drinking water is one of the leading sources of health problems for travelers, and can cause anything from mild gastrointestinal distress to serious bacterial diseases. The solution and a great gift idea is a SteriPEN handheld UV water purifier. The SteriPEN is a small portable devices that uses (UV) ultraviolet light to purifier water. The Steripen is capable of purifying water for over 10 different contaminates, including bacteria, parasites, and viruses. http://www.freshwatersystems.com/c-614-handheld-uv-water-purifiers.aspx
Ever thought about the time and cost of taking clothes to the dry cleaner? With this father’s day gift idea, Dad will not have to worry about having wrinkled clothes, and he can also avoid the hassles and cost of going to the dry cleaner. With the Best Garment Steamer and only about 90 seconds, Dad’s wool suit, silk tie, or cotton shirt will be wrinkle free! http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=82069&promo=Apparel-Clothing-Care&catid=81
After a long day working outside in the yard, or even upon waking up, most dads can really appreciate a good shower. The Culligan Raindisk Shower Head has many benefits, including reducing 97% of the chlorine and sulfur found in shower water. And the best feature of this particular shower head is the wide spray pattern. So if you have ever heard your Dad say, “I had to dance around in the shower to get wet!”, then this would be the perfect gift ! http://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-5935-culligan-rdsh-c115-raindisc-shower-filter-head.aspx
Most Dads will find themselves outside during the summer months, where the heat is always an issue. Keeping cool while doing yard work or playing golf can make a difference between drudgery and the enjoyment of outdoor activities. A unique gift that can help keep Dad cooler during these hot summer days is an Evaporative Cooling Hat. These hats work by simply running them under cool water and shaking off the excess. The hat then uses evaporation to keep Dad’s head up to 30º F cooler than the outside air temperature! http://www.healthandbodystore.com/ranger-cooling-hat.html
Cooking out or relaxing outdoors is something most Dads long for. But once again, the summer heat can limit the time Dad can spend outdoors. Couple this heat with all of the various insects, flies and mosquitoes, and it can ruin Dad’s outdoor plans. To help with these issues, you might want to consider getting your Dad a Misting Fan. Like the one shown here, many of these fans emit a fine mist of water that actually helps to lower the ambient temperature by up to 30 degrees! Not only does it keep Dad cooler, but since flying insects typically avoid wind and moisture, the fan helps to reduce these outdoor nuisances as well!
We hope you like these original and unique water-themed gift ideas for Father’s Day. No matter which of these gifts you decide on for your Dad, it will show your appreciation for him on this Father’s Day.