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8 terrible Father's Day presents

If you love your dad… step away from the novelty ties.

IN MARCH, WE struck a blow for unappreciated mothers everywhere with our list of the presents you shouldn’t get her for Mother’s Day.

Today, as you know (you did, right?) is Father’s Day. So what are we hoping you haven’t bought for Papa today? Here’s what. Add your worst Father’s Day present into our comments section so we can all learn from each other’s mistakes…

8 terrible Father's Day presents
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  • Novelty tie

    You might as well write him a 'I am a dad but I'm still a waaacky guy' placard and force him to wear it around his neck. Pic: Annie Mole/Flickr
  • The 'Daddle'

    It's "a saddle for horeyback rides from Daddy". Give the guy a break. Pic:
  • Olde worlde shaving sets

    Looks pretty but not practical if your dad has spent an adult lifetime shaving with a triple-blade safety razor. Safety first, kids. Pic: Dharion/Flickr.
  • A replica Torres Spain shirt

    Not after Thursday. Not ever. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
  • Socks

    Even if he has a fine set of calves on him like playwright George Bernard Shaw here, he probably has a plethora of socks. A sock drawer-ful, in fact. Pic: AP Photo/PA Archive.
  • Anything with 'Best Dad' on it

    It doesn't have to be socks. It could be the 'World's Best Dad' mug/tie/notepad/pleatherette manicure set. Nice sentiment but say it, don't spell it. Pic: nixternal/Flickr.
  • Slippers

    Unless they are dipped in gold, as this pair appear to be, avoid the pair of slippers trap which might infer that you think he's getting on... Pic: PA Photos/Reuters Rota Pic.
  • Novelty cufflinks

    Ask yourself two questions: 1. How often does your dad wear cufflinks? 2. How often does your dad wear cufflinks depicting the bottom of a naked lady? Pic:

And for the sake of all that’s paternal, please step away from the Old Spice:

(via Crommy5/

Read: 8 terrible Mother’s Day gifts>

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