Father’s Day 2024: Celebrating the father figure in your life

Read on for Father’s Day facts, tips, and gift ideas (for dads who never want anything)

Sunday, 16th June is Father’s Day, a time to celebrate the father figures in our lives – dad jokes and all.

This Father’s Day, we’re not just celebrating parents. We’re celebrating father figures – people who represent support, love, strength, and care.

Whether it’s a dad, a friend, a relative, or a hero, father figures come in different forms for different people. Today’s the day to celebrate them.

“I love them like my own children. Not my nephews, but my children.” 

Ion*, Nelu’s* uncle.
A father with short brown hair hugs his child, smiling. The child is a young boy, age seven, with brown hair and a green jumper.
Ion has become a father figure to his nephew, Nelu, after rescuing from an orphanage and bringing him Back to Family. Read their full story for more.
Andreea Tănase / Hope and Homes for Children

Father’s Day Facts

When is Father’s Day 2024?

Every year, Father’s Day UK falls on the third Sunday of June. This year, Father’s Day will be on Sunday, June 16th in the UK. Time to get planning.

How to Celebrate Father’s Day 2024

There are countless ways to celebrate Father’s Day 2024. Go as big or as little as you want, but make sure you take the time to let your father figure know just how great they are.

  • Spend quality time together – there’s no better gift than the gift of time. Enjoy each other’s company with some shared activities or hobbies.
  • Share a heartfelt message – sometimes, all you need is to say how you feel! Let your father figure know how much they mean to you with a kind message of love.
  • Support a charity – donating to charity is a great present to give anyone. If you’d like to make a donation in your father figure’s name, head to our Donate page.

Father’s Day is all about fun and celebration, but above all, it’s about family. No matter what gift you go for, remember the greatest gift is time spent with family.

Q: When does a joke become a dad joke?
A: When it becomes apparent!

“I decided to take the boys. I really love them, they’re my family. ” 

Kyrylo*, uncle of three.
Kyrylo, a man with blonde hair and a blue t shirt, stands in between his four nephews, all age between 11 and 19, in white, green and orange t shirts, in front of a large house in Ukraine. A fatherly figure
After their mum died, Kyrylo adopted his three nephews to protect them through Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read his full story for more.
Yevhenii Zavhorodnii/Hope and Homes for Children

Ideas for Meaningful Father’s Day Gifts

Hard to find anything your father figure likes? We’ve got the solution. There’s always one thing that’ll go down well: a homemade gift. Why? It’s personalized, heartfelt, and irreplaceable. Consider making these no-fail FIY Father’s Day gifts:

  • A photo album filled with special memories.
  • Custom t-shirt with a funny quote, picture or name.
  • Pottery like a cup, plate or saucer.
  • A compilation CD with their favourite songs, a retro idea!
  • Cooking ingredients like chilli sauces, condiments, or even a unique coffee blend.

Another great idea for a meaningful Father’s Day gift is an experience. Take your father figure out for a special meal, activity, or day trip. You can’t put a price on that treasured time spent together.

A child and a son go fishing. An image for Father's Day
Searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Sometimes, time together is the greatest gift of all.
Jeffrey Hamilton / Unsplash

Why is Father’s Day so important?

Father’s Day can be a tricky time for many people. If it’s a hard day for you, spend it with loved ones who understand. Go at your own pace.

Father’s Day is also an opportunity to remember the importance of family, and a chance to champion the people supporting children without parents.

Right now, 5.4 million children are separated from their families, living inside orphanages even though 80% aren’t even orphans. This Father’s Day, let’s champion these children, their rights to reunification, and fight for their journey back to family.

“It was the happiest day of my life, when I took my boy back. ” 

Stoyan*, Ivan’s dad.
Stoyan kisses his son, Ivan, who has cerebral palsy. Father's Day Love
Your support helped Stoyan* bring his son, Ivan*, back to family. Read their full story for more.
Hope and Homes for Children

How we can help get children back to family

Every child deserves a loving home. Every child deserves to be brought back to family. This Father’s Day, if you want to help millions of separated children, there are plenty of ways you can join our movement.

  • Get involved – whether it’s volunteering your time or your skills, you’ll find lots of great ideas on our Get Involved page.
  • Make a donation – your generosity is helping us bring separated children back to family. Donate today.
  • Spread the word – share the importance of our work with your friends and family.

If you want to find out more about the benefits of family-based care and why ending orphanages matters, read our stories of family reunification – stories of heroes helping children find loving homes.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of children. Children who deserve family.

A parent holds their baby in their arms.
Children need the love and care of family. Always.
Laura Furhman / Unsplash

Join Us in Celebrating Father’s Day

As we celebrate Father’s Day 2024, let’s remember the importance of family and the role it plays in a child’s life.

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