Well, not just any gift basket. We here at Gordon Boswell want to be clear: this June 17, otherwise known as Father’s Day, you’re going to want to give a particular kind of gift basket to the dad (or dads) in your life. Don’t overthink it. Simply imagine what your father or the father in your life would always love to receive, and the answer becomes easy. Straight up goodies. Delectable treats and snacks that can carry him through the game, the soccer practice, the long meetings at work. A basket of dad-centric indulgence that would make anyone of that persuasion happy.
Your Dad is fun, full of life, and passionate about his hobbies. He doesn’t take life too seriously, and is always looking for the bright side. Sound familiar? If so, Gordon Boswell Flowers has the perfect collection of Father’s Day gifts to surprise him and make him smile. There may be millions of Dads across Fort Worth and across the country, but only one of them is yours – and on June 18, we’d love to help you celebrate him!
Flowers for Dad: While the florist may not be the first place you think of when you think ‘Father’s Day gift’ we just may surprise you. For instance, our unique selection of flowers for him are perfectly arranged in keepsake vases and containers that he is sure to cherish. Does your Dad love baseball? Send him daisies, lilies, delphinium and carnations in a round mug he will love for years to come. Does he love adventure, or admire classic cars? Or perhaps he lives to fire up the grill on a perfect summer evening, and enjoy a great meal with his family. Whatever your dad’s hobbies and passions, chances are we have a whimsical gift that will brighten his day.
Surveys have shown that the number one thing that men really want on Fathers Day is time spent with their families. We’d love to help you to honor that wish – plan an outing to Lake Arlington, or Trinity Park along the river – and don’t forget to bring along delicious gourmet snacks and treats to share! Gordon Boswell Flowers has baskets of goodies for every dad – from fruit to chocolates to beer nuts!
Whatever you choose, you can be assured that your Father’s Day gifts will be created with love, and delivered directly to his doorstep. You won’t have to worry about a thing. This Father’s Day, show him how much you love him, with an unexpected gift from Gordon Boswell Flowers.
Much like its counterpart for moms, Father’s Day had a tough time getting off the ground. However, the day to honor Dads had a much longer road, and although the first observance took place only two years after the first Mother’s Day, it would be six decades before it was nationally recognized.
Why did we struggle so much to establish a day to thank our dads? There were several reasons – the men themselves thought it to be too “feminine” of an idea and rejected the likely commercialism of the holiday. At the onset of World War 2, however, persistent marketers pointed out that celebrating Father’s Day was a practical way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day was not yet a federal holiday, but it was a recognized national tradition. In 1972. President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.
Father’s Day is now well loved and celebrated, although sometimes finding Dad a great gift can be difficult. This year, instead of resorting to the usual ties and coffee mugs, how about finding something he will love? With baseball season upon us, who doesn’t love kicking back on the couch to watch the game and snack on his favorite guilty pleasures? Or if Dad chooses to man the grill for his day – we know how he loves to do that – he’ll have gourmet barbecue sauce and plenty of treats to hold him over.
If Dad is a working guy, give him a unique gift from our plant department, that both celebrates the Texas climate and, let’s face it, makes any office look cool. These succulents are paired with bamboo and river rocks to create a serene and calming outdoor escape, even if he has to be at a desk all day. Not only will this arrangement bring aesthetic flair to his space, but it will be a reminder for many, many months of your thoughtfulness on this day.
So on June 19, don’t just give him any gift – show him that you cared enough to send something he doesn’t expect but will totally love – from Gordon Boswell.
Although there are several theories about the origins of Father’s Day, one of those theories has gained the most acceptance among historians, and even with the U.S. government. In a nutshell, Father’s Day exists thanks to the efforts of one woman who realized that fathers were as worthy of their own holiday as mothers. The woman knew this because her father raised her and her five brothers after her mother died while giving birth to the youngest boy. Here at Gordon Boswell, we think it’s great that fathers have a day on which they are recognized. We love to come up with appropriate gifts for any occasion, and Father’s Day is no exception.
How it All Began
Many people believe that Spokane, Washington is the true birthplace of Father’s Day. The reason for that is that is because Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd campaigned almost tirelessly to have the observance recognized as an official holiday and national celebration. Mrs. Dodd’s mother died in 1898 while giving birth to her fifth son. That left her father, William Jackson Smart, with the sole responsibility of raising six children on a farm in a remote area of eastern Washington.
Mrs. Dodd didn’t realize how hard her father worked, both as a father, and as a farmer who tried to earn a livelihood and feed his children, until she got married and had her own children. She came up with the idea to have a day that honored fathers while sitting in church for a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 at Central United Methodist Church in Spokane.
Timeline of Events Leading to Official Federal Declaration of Father’s Day Holiday
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson tried to have Father’s Day declared an official holiday. He wasn’t able to get congressional support to pass a law.
1924 – President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day be observed, but he never issued an official declaration.
1938 – The New York Associated Menswear Retailers founded the Father’s Day Council to promote Father’s Day.
1957 – Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a scathing accusation to Congress, alleging that Congress had ignored fathers for the past 40 years.
1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation that made the third Sunday of every June, Father’s Day.
1972 – Richard Nixon took measures to make Father’s Day an official, permanent, national holiday.
What to Get Your Dad for Father’s Day
Since we’re living in the 21st century now, you can forget about getting dad that dress or sports shirt he really doesn’t want. You definitely don’t want to get him another useless tie, or some tools he may or may not need. We’ve come up with some fantastic ideas that will allow you to give your dad something very different, and something he’s sure to enjoy.
Arm your dad with His Favorite Things so he’s fully stocked with snacks to munch on while manning the barbecue grill or watching the Texas Rangers cream the opposition in televised Major League Baseball broadcasts.
If your dad is a classic car lover, give him our ’65 Mustang arrangement. Dad will love the cheery look of this whimsical bouquet on his desk or a table in his “man cave.” We combine yellow Alstroemeria, red mini carnations, white mini spray carnations, blue Delphinium and more, with sword leaf fern leaves. The keepsake car will help him cherish those Father’s Day memories.