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Father’s Day is a big deal in Spokane! From Father’s Day events in Spokane, to brunches, dinners, fun gifts and so much more, Spokanites take Father’s Day seriously.
Why? Because Father’s Day began in Spokane! It’s true, keep reading to see how. If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year, take a look at the gift ideas, brunches, camping trip, and craft ideas below.
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Did You Know Father’s Day Started in Spokane?
It’s true! In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd (one of six children raised by her father, William Smart, a widower) established a Mother’s Day equivalent for male parents. She wanted to create a holiday to honor the work her single father did.
Dodd was inspired after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, and she believed her father, a Civil War veteran who cared for his six children after his wife died in childbirth, had plenty of reasons for praise.
According to History.com, Dodd went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea. She used her prominence in the Spokane community to gather endorsements, and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.
You can actually visit the Dodd home, a 2010 addition to the National Register of Historic Places, while walking through the East Central neighborhood of Spokane.
Father’s Day itself however did not gain national prominence until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge recognized Father’s Day and encouraged states to do the same. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an official proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father’s Day. And to think – it’s all thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd’s hard work and love for her father!
Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Of course, Father’s Day has evolved a lot since the early 1900s. Nowadays, many people get together to celebrate Father’s Day, showering Dad with love and sometimes gifts, crafts, activities – and of course, food!
Whether you’re spending time this year with Dad or celebrating from afar, these gifts below will show him you care – and occasionally listen to him!
1) Custom Cookies from Three Birdies Bakery
One of our favorite cookie bakers, Jamie from Three Birdies Bakery, is making custom Father’s Day cookies! You can still place your order, and you can gather inspiration for a beautiful (almost too good to eat!) Father’s Day cookie design here.
2) Discounts on Local Gift Baskets for Father’s Day from Weav
You won’t want to miss this Father’s Day deal and discount from local gift basket company, Weav!
This Father’s Day gift basket from Weav is absolutely amazing! Dad will love any of these delicious and thoughtful gifts, including:
- Booey’s Gourmet Red Pepper Sauce and Vaquero Rub
- Ms. Dot’s White BBQ Sauce
- Creamy caramels from Buttercup and Blossom’s
- and more!
Father’s Day deliveries will be made on June 19 and 20, and you can use the promo code DADSARETHEBEST for 10% off. Check it out here!
Want to learn more about the creative genius behind Weav local gift baskets? Read our interview with Annie from Weav Spokane here!
3) A picnic or cheese platter from Wanderlust Delicato!
If your Dad loves picnics, cheese, or charcuterie platters, there’s no better place in Spokane for all three of those things than Wanderlust Delicato!
4) A free drink for Dad at Daily Habit!
On Father’s Day only, one of our favorite coffee shops in Spokane (drive thru), Daily Habit, is giving away free drinks to Dads! Go get your coffee-based drinks, Lotus, or 16 oz. granitas at their locations below:
4627 N Assembly St. and 6702 N Country Homes Blvd.
5) An epic donut from Casual Friday Donuts
You could, of course, also order your Dad a Texas-sized donut from Casual Friday (one of our favorite donut places in Spokane!). Take a look at this donut below and place your order now!
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6) Subscription to the Grill Masters Club
Speaking of grilling, your Weav gift basket for Father’s Day would pair incredibly well with a subscription to the Grill Masters Club! Known as ‘the best BBQ box’, your Dad will receive a monthly delivery of the best grilling and BBQ goodies hand-selected by a certified BBQ pitmaster. What could be better than that?!
7) Personalized Grill Tools
Get your Dad some personalized grill tools, like a new spatula, tongs, and more. You can have the gift personalized with his name, a quote, or an inside joke!
8) Celebrate Father’s Day with Some New Hops!
Maybe Dad is less into grilling and more into trying cool new brews – in that case, get him a subscription to the Hop-Heads Beer Club!
Every month, your gift recipient will receive a variety of hoppy beers from two or more breweries, plus a newsletter detailing tasting notes, beer and brewery profiles, and recommended food accompaniments. If your Dad (or the Dad in your life) loves hoppy beer and learning about it, this is the perfect gift!
9) Personalized Decanter Set
This personalized decanter set is perfect for the Dad who likes to sip! Best of all, it’s very sturdy for being glass, making it elegant but durable. Check it out here!
10) Shaving Box Club
At this point, who couldn’t use a good shave at home? If the Dad in your life wants to have his own unique and efficient shaving instruments, the Shaving Club Box is perfect!
Once a month, he will receive a shaving soap or cream, 10 replacement blades and 2 full-size grooming products. Learn more and order Dad a subscription here!
Father’s Day Outdoorsy Gifts
11) A gift subscription to Hikewize!
If your Dad is active like mine but seemingly has everything, blow his mind with this Hikewize subscription box. It comes 4 times a year and is packed with hiking gear, National Park tips, and 5 to 7 full-size products in every box.
12) A family-friendly hike
Sometimes the best gifts for Dads are free, and that’s absolutely true here in Spokane. Take your Dad out for a hike among one of the many family-friendly hiking trails in Spokane.
Some of these hikes will require a Discover Pass, which, if you don’t have it already, makes a great Father’s Day gift too!
13) A camping trip
What else could be more fun than stepping up a hike into a full-blown camping trip? Some of my best memories with my Dad were spent camping, even if things went terribly wrong (like a rainstorm while we were making s’mores!).
Make those same memories by picking a close by camping spot this summer. We recommend Farragut – it’s beautiful, with tons of space and even offers a lake for swimming and picnics!
Take a look at our video featuring Farragut below:
14) Personalized camping mugs
15) A portable, personalized fire pit
Your Dad might have a lot of personalized grilling or other fire-related items, and he may have his own fire pit… but does he have a portable, personalized fire pit? I doubt it!
Get your Dad this very cool and unique personalized, portable fire pit. It’s perfect for the backyard or on a camping trip!
More Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day
16) Creative, homemade gifts for Dad
How cute are these fingerpainting card and gift ideas? This idea from Mama’s Chaos and Cuddles is super cute, and incorporates your child’s fingerpainting and a current photo of them. A keepsake!
This idea from the Printables Fairy gives older kids an opportunity to get even more creative with the fingerpainting craft gift for Dad! It’s also very easy and doesn’t require many extra supplies – just paint!
17) Happy Father’s Day to the whole neighborhood
For a variety of reasons, some Dads can’t see or spend as much time with their children thanks to COVID. Some are front line health care workers who are staying away to keep their families safe, and some Dads are working more hours to take care of their family and the community. Others are in the hospital.
If you want to acknowledge the fathers in your neighborhood, get this Happy Father’s Day yard sign. It’s simple and beautiful – a wonderful way to bring cheer to the community!
18) Pun-ny Dad jokes
Does your Dad love telling corny jokes? It’s probably an ingrained trait in most Dads, but if you want to lean in and embrace Dad’s jokes, get him this t-shirt (you can personalize it, too!).
As another sign of the times, you can get Dad this silly ‘Dad joke, still loading’ face mask here! He probably needs another face mask, so why not cave to his puns and let everyone else know what a fun goofball Dad is?
Father’s Day Events, Brunches, Dinners and More Around Spokane
19) Pick up a Father’s Day BBQ meal to go from Max at Mirabeau
Take a look at this incredible menu from Max – they never disappoint! Make sure to call ahead and place your order by Thursday, June 18. Learn more here.
20) Father’s Day Weekend at the Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is putting together a 4-course Father’s Day meal for $49 per person. It includes free garlic & wine seasoning and a 12 oz bottled beer for Dad! You can get it to go or for dine in. Learn more here.
We hope you and your family have a lovely Father’s Day, however you choose to celebrate it. Stay safe!