Quick Question: Have You Ever Given Your Dad 'Beauty' Products For Father's Day?

You know--aftershave, hair gel, etc. Or hell, I dunno, maybe your dad likes lipstick.
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You know--aftershave, hair gel, etc. Or hell, I dunno, maybe your dad likes lipstick.

My father has more or less insisted that I don't buy him Father's Day gifts for most of my adulthood. It's not that he's opposed to receiving gifts or has some kind of eff-Hallmark-invented-holidays agenda. He just wants me to put every cent I don't spend on rent, utilities and food into an IRA.

I think my father's 1979 glasses were a major influence on my affinity for quirky glasses.

I think my father's 1979 glasses were a major influence on my affinity for quirky glasses.

I've been a beauty editor for the better part of a decade, though, which means I've received a whole lotta product, some of which has been for dudes. That has allowed me to give my dad Father's Day gifts without spending money. YAY!… I think?

Honestly, I have no idea if he's used some of the things I've given him. I gave him some ClarinsMen stuff once, which prompted what sounded like a sincere thank-you but looked like a WTF expression.

He's not as tan today as he was in the mid-80s, so maybe he's been listening to me about wearing sunscreen.

He's not as tan today as he was in the mid-80s, so maybe he's been listening to me about wearing sunscreen.

The only time he's ever actually asked me for "beauty products" was when he was going through radiation for throat cancer (from HPV--high five, Michael Douglas!), and he was sick of the dryness. But he got really picky about textures--the man hates ointments. It's like watching a cat tap its foot into a full bathtub.

How much embarrassment can we pack into one picture? He's gotten cooler glasses since these. Not that I should talk--check out my since-removed next-to-the-nose mole. Could 15-year-old Marci BE more '90s?

How much embarrassment can we pack into one picture? He's gotten cooler glasses since these. Not that I should talk--check out my since-removed next-to-the-nose mole. Could 15-year-old Marci BE more '90s?

He's not getting anything right on Father's Day this year because I'm seeing him next month when my sister gets married to the Irish-Italian firefighter of her dreams (thus proving we don't necessarily marry men who are similar to our fathers). I'll probably bring him some products then.

Mom, me and Dad (wearing better glasses!) in 2003 in... Omaha?

Mom, me and Dad (wearing better glasses!) in 2003 in... Omaha?

But I have an alternative theory for why he doesn't want me to buy him gifts on Father's Day. I think he's the happiest father he can be not when he gets a present or even when he get a call on Father's Day. He's happiest knowing that I'm doing well and as close to happy as my brain lets me get. And considering I finally have nothing short of my dream job, I'm pretty sure that'll make for a happy Father's Day this year.

That was a mushy and roundabout way to get to today's Quick Question: Have you ever gotten your dad any "beauty" products for Father's Day?