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MENSXP: 10 Worst Father’s Day Gifts

June 15, 2014 by staff 

MENSXP: 10 Worst Father’s Day Gifts, Lunch – check; plan – check; gift – uncheck. Think you have your Father Day’s planned and sorted! Well, you probably do, until you come to buying your father a gift.

Gifting is a conundrum of sorts – exciting and oh so tricky. But, MensXP, the major-domos of all things makes life as easy as possible. Here are 10 worst Father’s Day gifts you should avoid like the plague!

1) Ties

The gift screams ‘I-was-short-of-time-couldn’t-really-think-of-anything-else’. Clichéd and boring, your dad must already have a zillion in his closet! Pick an accessory he’d cherish forever, like a classic pair of sunglasses!

2) Hair loss creams

Maybe he needs one and will probably not buy that himself. But, Father’s Day isn’t the best day to remind him that he’s getting bald. Relegate the gift for another day. Get him a fedora or a baseball cap instead.

3) ‘World’s Best Dad’ T-shirt…

Or mugs or caps, or bottle openers, or cards: you get the drift. You name it and there will be an object with the message ‘World’s Best Dad ’painted, stitched or printed on it. Not only is it tacky but these gifts can be highly patronizing for your dad. One of the worst of the lot!

4) Crocs

If you’re even contemplating this option, then we’d like to believe that you don’t really like your father. Crocs may be the need of the hour considering monsoon is almost here, but one look at their hideousness, and that’s enough to keep them at bay.

5) Apron

It doesn’t matter if it says ‘Danger, Men Cooking’ or ‘King of the Grill’ or even if he likes spending time in the kitchen. Chances are that he’ll never even wear it. No one expects an apron as a Father’s Day gift. Build him a custom-made barbecue grill in your backyard. He’ll be ecstatic.

6) Personal hygiene gifts

No dad would want to spend the Father’s Day grooming himself with personal hygiene products such as a nose hair clipper, electric shaver or even a toe nail cutter. He gets enough of that from your mother or sisters.

7) Sweater or socks

Men don’t like receiving clothes as gifts, and more so if they are socks or sweaters – you out of all the people should know that! Besides, your dad will perhaps never even wear that and might feel guilty later. Please don’t subject your dad to that kind of trauma, not on Father’s Day at least.

8) Picture frame

While your dad might like it if you send him a picture of the two of you via email, it is one of the worst Father’s Day gift. Most picture frames don’t even make it out of the box and they end up lying in the attic or the basement!

9) Cufflinks

Remember the last time your dad wore a tuxedo with fancy those cufflinks? He looked his best, didn’t he? Yes, because he was getting married to your mum. Stop buying your dad pairs of cufflinks; he will never wear them twice.

10) Breakfast in bed

Trust us, fathers don’t like getting up early on a day that’s totally meant for them. We know that it’s the thought that counts, which is why we are asking you to take your dad for lunch to his favourite restaurant instead.

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