Father’s Day Gift Gaffes and Guide

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Father’s Day. Didn’t it come around quickly? If you’re anything like me, you forgot that it’s this weekend, and you’re racking your brain trying to decide what to buy the new dad in your life.

I’m gonna do what I can to steer you in the right direction.

Don’t buy …

A gym membership. With this gift, he might think you’re saying, “you’re looking a little flabby, babe.” Even if he is, that’s not the message you want to send on Father’s Day. (Remember, you didn’t want that skin-firming cream for Mother’s Day.)

Instead, consider …

Sports tickets. Football fanatic? Bonkers for baseball? He’d probably appreciate seeing his favorite team play in person. Buy two tickets and tag along — make it a date!

Don’t buy …

Meat. M’kay. This, to me, feels like gifting a vacuum. It’s not really about him. It’s not personal. Everybody’s gonna benefit from it. If you buy your guy a case of steaks, you’re probably gonna get one or two. And one of you will be stuck doing cleanup.

Instead, consider …

Dinner. You’re thinking this sounds generic. You might be right, but hear me out. If your man gets all tender over a stellar cut of prime rib, treat him to a one-on-one at the best steakhouse in your city — or the best your wallet can handle. He’ll enjoy the meal, the thought, and the company, and neither of you will have to load the dishwasher or clean the grill afterward.

Don’t buy …

Barbecue-scented cologne. I gotta break this one out again …

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He might very well love barbecue (so that case of meat might be right for him). Maybe cologne is his thing, too. That does NOT mean the two should be combined. He doesn’t want this. You don’t want it for him. I don’t want it for either of you.

Instead, consider …

Any cologne, body wash, soap, or cleansing kit that won’t leave him smelling like he spent the day roasting a pig over an open flame. I’m a sucker for Dior Sauvage, but to each his own.

Don’t buy …

A gag gift. He might get a kick out of a guy romper or a copy of “What’s Your Poo Telling You?” If your guy is a gag-gift guy, forge ahead. If he’s not, don’t try to force a square peg into a fart hole

Instead …

Consider that he just wants to feel valued. You know that, in reality, what I say really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you make him feel appreciated.

Be thoughtful. Think “personal.” Make the day all about him.

Father's Day: What to Buy and What You Should Pass By

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