Traditional Fathers Day gifts of tools and socks went to the wayside this year, as millions of children were unable to get to the store due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
The lockdowns imposed by many states have prohibited children from taking trips to the mall for the annual tradition of buying dad a gift. Many moms encouraged kids to make gifts out of things they find around the house.
Some dads were less than impressed.
“I’m not really a shirt and tie guy, but I always appreciated the clothes my kids gave me on Fathers Day,” said Peter Simmons of Topeka, Kansas. “This year, I got a drawing. What kind of bullshit is that?”
One dad expressed concerns over safety from the gift he received. “I know it’s the thought that counts, but a paper mache ashtray just seems kind of dangerous,” Greg Sanders tweeted.
Steven Feldman is father to a pair of nine year old twins. He was excited to wake up to the sight of a large gift-wrapped box at the foot of his bed. “I didn’t even mind that the box was wrapped in Christmas paper,” he said. But Feldman was taken aback when he opened it to find a tree branch painted with the words “I love you” on it.
“Nine year olds in China are making iPhones, but a ‘love stick’ is the best you can do,” Feldman disappointingly asked his boys. “Awful, just awful.”