As parental tribute days go, Dads totally get the fuzzy end of the lollipop. For Mother’s Day, the honoree can look forward to flowers, chocolates and maybe the occasional piece of bling. But Dads, they’re often left holding just an ugly ass tie. As a primer on what to avoid, here is a list of the six worst Father’s Days gifts to give to the Dad in your life. Here’s hoping that this Sunday he has something better in store, that is if he deserves it. If he doesn’t? Well, consider this your shopping guide!
The most classic Father’s Day gift? The tie. How many Dads do you know that regularly wear ties in this day and age? Not many, these days tie wearers are far and few between. And the Dad that wears the novelty gift tie? That’s an even rarer breed. A tie like this cartoon Father’s Day tie is good for one day, maybe even just one hour. It’s a fleeting gift that just confirms to him that he trapped by his rug rats who apparently find joy in torturing him – as depicted in the image and in the motive of giving them something this hideous.
Socks run a close second to a tie as a sucky Father’s Day present. This gift say “I have no idea what you like, what you do, or who you are…but I do know that you wear socks!” You could go traditional with a plain white athletic pair. Or you can splash out on a pair like the Dad’s Stinky Feet set, with the message just adding insult to injury.
I myself have given the classic handmade coupon pack to dear old dad. And want to hear the sad part? Decades have past and he still has them . Apparently he is looking for the appropriate time to cash in the “Good for One Hug”, or “Good for One Batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie” vouchers. But this just goes to show that although the thought might be there, they are merely scraps of paper that 9 out of 10 times end up in the bottom of a desk draw.
A Gift That’s Actually For the Giver Not the Getter
Mom’ go shopping for that perfect Father’s Day gift, but instead she ends up buying something for herself. She wraps it up and makes some rationalization like; “I bought these Manolo Blahnik because you always said you loved how my legs look in heels. Don’t you just love them!?!” Yeah, he probably doesn’t. She should have gotten him that bottle of booze instead.
World’s Best Dad T-shirt
This may be something that the family may believe but it is an unrealistic statement. The world’s best dad’? Really? How is this measured? Through hugs? Gifts? Or just love? There is a lot of competition for this title. And although giving it may be one thing, he’d have to have some pretty big cojones to wear this in a non-ironic way.
World’s Worst Dad T-Shirt
This shirt really says it all doesn’t it.