Fathers Day: Ten of the most disappointing gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is an awkward celebration. It often isn’t taken as seriously as Mother’s Day and the dismal gifts presented to deflated dads are often a cheap afterthought, it’s been claimed. New research suggests that fathers should once again manage their expectations as this year’s gifts are expected to be as dismal as usual. So what disappointing gift can you expect this year? Express.co.uk has rounded up the most likely options.

Father’s Day will be ‘celebrated’ on Sunday, June 20 this year.

Almost half of dads have admitted they dread opening their Father’s Day gifts in front of the eager eyes of their children.

Ahead of Father’s day, research commissioned by experience provider Buyagift has shown that despite spending an average of 3.6 hours hunting for the perfect gift many Brits will fail to impress their dads this Father’s Day.

Many will fall back on the usual options such as socks and chocs as they claim ads are the hardest person to buy for.

The main fall back gift is the dreaded pair of socks.

British dads will receive on average a whopping 35 pairs of socks as gifts in their lifetime, with one in five Brits having bought their dad a pair of socks as a present in the past year alone.

Other common culprits are the standard bottle of red or another box of chocolates.

But what gifts have Brits bought for their fathers this year?

Research conducted ahead of Father’s Day suggests that this year’s gifts will look unsurprisingly familiar.

A survey conducted by Buyagift shows what gifts Brits have admitted to buying for Father’s Day this year and in previous years:

Father’s Day gifts this year 

  1. Socks (48%)
  2. Alcohol (44%)
  3. Box of chocolates (38%)
  4. A mug (36%)
  5. A gift card (31%)
  6. A wallet (28%)
  7. DIY equipment (26%)
  8. A tie (19%)
  9. Gloves (18%)
  10. Novelty books (18%)

Despite numerous national lockdowns and more time spent at home it seems we have defaulted to our usual dismal gift choices this year.

Most Brits, 73 percent of those surveyed, admitted to falling back on purchasing the same sorts of gifts for their fathers year on year.

So for those dads hoping that 2021 may be different, you might need to think again.