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Of course, when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, it really is the thought that counts. And, what with high gas prices to contend with, 2011 is certainly the year for spending money wisely and finding a thoughtful present you know Dad will enjoy. So if you’re looking for a little gift inspiration this Father’s Day, you might want to consider what not to buy with these all-time worst Father’s Day gifts.
Number one on the list? It’s none other than the novelty tie! Yes, let’s face it, if Dad wears one to work he’ll most certainly be the laughing stock of the boardroom. No doubt about it, Dad might enjoy kicking back and watching a little Sponge Bob Square Pants, but that doesn’t mean he wants to take him into the office wrapped around his neck! The same goes for the novelty boxer shorts. So instead of setting Pops up for embarrassment in the office or gym locker room, go for a men’s accessory he’ll really appreciate like a new gym bag, a great pair of cuff links or even a luxury non-iron suit shirt. That way he’ll need to spend less time ironing or heading to the dry cleaners and have more time to hang out with you.
Next up, gag gifts. We’re thinking talking animals, singing fish and basically anything that’s only really humorous to a two year old. If you really want to make Dad smile, get him tickets to see a comedy show or buy him that latest laugh-a-minute memoir from his favorite comedian. And, talking of funny gifts, make sure to avoid As Seen On TV gadgets and tools. Sure some have reached epic notoriety. Wearable blanket anyone? But few have what it takes to really get the job done.
Or how about workout gifts for making Pops feel out of shape? Dad doesn’t want reminding he has a beer belly or needs to spend a little more time on the treadmill. Unless Dad is training for a triathlon, steer clear of the guilt gifts and instead, indulge one of his vices with some great beer, a cigar or simply a cool hamper filled with his favorite candy or snacks.
The same goes for pampering gifts. What more can we say? Save those for mom! And don’t even get us started on nose and ear hair trimmers! Nobody wants to feel like they need to spend a little more time in the personal care department. So nix the cologne or aftershave and let Dad be Dad.
As for pricey gifts, expensive pens always seem popular. But, chances are Dad spends a lot more time on the computer than scribbling away with a silver plated, engraved and bejeweled fountain pen. Instead, opt for a far more 21st century practical desk accessory for dad like one of RedEnvelope’s cool charging stations. Failing that, you could even update Dad with a few super-useful smart phone apps that could help him save time or money.
Then, on the other end of the price spectrum comes the crafty gift. Yes, Dad is flattered that you spent so much time knitting a coffee cozy, but is it really going to stand the test of time? Instead why not make Dad’s coffee for him each morning or get his breakfast ready on a whim. Which brings us to the gift coupon. Yep, you know the ones, the IOU for mowing the lawn, the gift certificate for a hug. How about a real gift certificate or simply actually just surprising Dad by doing something nice out of the blue?
And finally the worst gift of all? Not giving Dad any Father’s Day present whatsoever. So what if Dad says he doesn’t need anything this Father’s Day, even if you’re broke it is the effort that counts. So, get creative and bake a batch of Dad’s all-time favorite cookies or head out for a cool hike together and enjoy the day. Just don’t forget the Father’s Day card.