Cliff Huxtable was ahead of his time! Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show patriarch lamented over his lack of good Father’s Day gifts, and he even dissed moms for how they promote their own holiday. Indeed, this TV dad had a closet full of unused junk from his kids, and he demanded a Father’s Day re-do — in December!
“There are fathers all over the world who get presents that they can’t use and don’t want,” Cliff declared, before unloading a box of tacky ties, gaudy shirts, and light-up accessories. Unfortunately, things haven’t improved since Cliff’s heyday. Check out these five Father’s Day gifts dads still don’t want.
This Father’s Day cliché gift is the absolute worst, and any father who owns a suit probably already has enough of them. Besides the fact that it’s a thoughtless, lazy gift that showcases the fact that you didn’t care enough to be original, ties aren’t even a wardrobe essential anymore. With today’s more casual work dress codes, most dads don’t don neckwear on a daily basis – and some don’t wear them on a yearly basis!
A mani/pedi or any kind of spa treatment
Real men don’t get manis. At least not on Father’s Day. While groomed nails aren’t a bad idea for even the gruffest of guys, there are way better ways to pamper dad than a manicure or a pedicure. If you must do a spa gift, a massage would probably be more appreciated, but stay away from the facials and foot rubs.
Best Dad Stuff
Unless you’re five, Dad doesn’t want (or need) a trophy, a T-shirt, a coffee mug, a beer cozy, a paperweight, a BBQ apron, or anything that says “World’s Best Dad” on it. He already knows he’s the best, and these sentiments can be said with a Hallmark — they shouldn’t be the gift! Ditto for engraved stuff. Dads really don’t care.
Anything that reminds him how old or overweight he is
You don’t want to put a damper on dad’s day, so t’s probably not a good time to buy him a Power Grow laser comb or an anti-wrinkle cream. And save the body fat scale and the gym membership for the day when it’s his idea to get fit.
Yes, Yankee Candle has a man-friendly section that boasts bacon, beer, and camouflage scents. (What does camo smell like, anyway?) And yes, a 13-year-old boy started Man Can, a candle company that features all natural candles in soup cans that come in scents like sawdust, cigar, gun powder, dirt, new baseball mit, Santa’s beard, and grandpa’s pipe. But that doesn’t mean dad will…. actually, these sound pretty good.