I love celebrating my Dad, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to shopping for Dad, I am stumped. My Dad literally texted my siblings and I this week to ask, nay, beg us not to get him a Father’s Day gift.

He claims that time spent together is the best gift he could receive, but I have a sneaking suspicion that its because we are clueless when it comes to shopping for him. Christmas, birthdays and Father’s Day always result in a gift that ends up in back of his closet to be forgotten until the annual garage sale.  The following are just a few of my personal gift missteps from a lifetime of bad Father’s Day gifts.

Airbrushed rug.

Remember these funky works of art? If you were 12 in the early 2000s and your regular hangout was the local mall, it was hard to pass up this kiosk. And when Father’s Day rolled around I thought an airbrushed “World’s Best Dad” rug was the perfect gift to suit my Dad’s quirky personality…I was sadly mistaken and to this day it remains one of the most regrettable purchases of my life.

Cheesy neckties.

Another gift I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why my Dad would use when I was younger. These cheesy ties hung in his closet, I assume, until he sold them in a garage sale for $.10 a pop. My Dad was obviously not a fan of this gift… and now that I work in an office-ish setting, I can see why.

Digital picture frame.

My Dad is the king of taking pictures. He has countless embarrassing family photos that he likes to randomly text me to remind me that he possess a treasure trove of blackmail material. One Father’s Day I thought a good way for him to relive all those embarrassing family moments would be a digital picture frame. And yet another gift went unused. Why didn’t those digital picture frames ever really catch on??

To avoid another Father’s Day gift disaster I heeded my Dad’s request; skip the gift and spend some quality time. What did you get your father for Dad Day?

  • In my defense, it was the early 2000’s!