I can't stand made-up holidays! Ugh! I pamper my wife (as she is a mother) enough as it is every day!
[For Father's Day I tell her the best thing she can do is not even mention it.]
I used to agree with this before my life went crazy. Now I don't see my parents, especially my Dad, very often so I'm grateful for the excuse to take them out to dinner/get them something nice/whatever.
Different dynamic of course but the fingerprinted card IMO is an awesome idea.