Hello there. My name is Margery and welcome to the website. If you are here for the first time an even bigger welcome. This article is all about helping you find some funny gifts for Dad. Christmas is just around the corner and I hope we can make it that little big funnier together.
My Dad has a brilliant sense of humor which is why I really wanted to buy him a funny gift this year, not a prank gift. Dad has become really sensitive around people making fun of him since the death of his wife so I am going for more of a funny Ha Ha ironic type of gift than a prank gift. Personally I would hate it if someone decided to get a prank joke for me. All those people, Christmas morning, all the laughter, all the pointing, that is not something that my sensitive psyche could handle so I am not going to thrust it onto Dad this year (I have in past years – Didn’t go down as well as I had hoped).
There is, however, another range of gifts that match my sentiment exactly. I don’t know exactly how to describe them but they are more akin to a sarcastic joke or a perplexing riddle; a double entrendre more than a prank. It was referred to an oxymoron in one episode of the Simpsons that I remember. Sort of joke that is funny more because it is a contradiction of a joke with no real point beyond that. Just fun for the sake of fun. When was the last time you experienced that?
Now I hope that you are on board with the kind of sentiment that I am trying to create for Dad. I know, it is a lot different but that is what I hope is going to make it very special and memorable.
Gift #1 – Dehydrated Water
Believe it or not but this here is a can of dehydrated water. In reality it is a play on words and exactly what is says it is but another way of looking at it would be “It is nothing. The can says “Just Add Water”. I think this is hilarious because it plays on the everyday marketing jargon that you see all over the place but it also plays on your desires to get value for money. It made me remember all the times I had purchased something on a whim and got home only to open the packaging and realize that I had been conned.
There will be nothing more priceless that watching Dad’s face when he opens up the can and it is exactly
Gift #2 – A Mesmerizing Little box without a Purpose – The Useless Box
I bought one of these for my Dad two years ago and his immediate reaction was priceless. It was a mix of curiosity, confusion, dismay and a lot of queries about what it does.
I am going to try to explain it in words (which is going to be hard) but a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at the video below and see for what yourself what it does.
That’s right, you toggle the switch with your finger and the box comes back and toggles it back to the start. Most people are so compelled by the action that they are inclined to toggle the switch again. Then the Box comes back again and toggles it. Rinse and repeat. Man vs Box.
The lack of purpose really threw him a curve ball. Dad was memorized and pushed the little lever hundreds of times in a row hoping desperately that one time it would do something different than just toggle the lever back to the start again. Backwards and forwards they tossled until Dad worked himself up into some sort of trance and smoke started coming out his ears.
It was one of the few gifts I think I have ever given him that interrupted the schedule of the day. He became so entranced with it that he wouldn’t even let the rest of us have a go.
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Let me know what you thought below and how dad reacted!