18 Father’s Day gifts for dads who are total jokesters
Yes, dad jokes are actually funny.
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There is no tangible evidence, but I think there’s a secret underground class for men on the verge of fatherhood that teaches them how to be corny dads. How else would you explain the arsenal of dad jokes that they seem to acquire overnight? One day a man will be so cute and charming and next thing you know, he’s telling a joke that only he thinks is funny while wearing “dad sneakers.”
While I wait for the CIA and CDC to get back to me on what’s going on, you can help fuel his arsenal of dad jokes with a few hilarious gifts for Father’s Day. After all, who would he be if he didn’t say, “Hey, Hungry,” in response to you saying “I’m hungry”? Below, find 18 funny Father’s Day gifts that will surely crack a smile on any dad in your life.
1. For the dad that needs to hear some jokes that are actually funny: Comedy show tickets
Summer 2021 might be called “Hot Girl Summer,” but dads deserve their own summer too. With increasing vaccinations across the summer, many comedians have announced summer tours and you can fill your dad’s social calendar with professional joke tellers that he can learn a thing or two from. Tom Segura, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney, Ricky Gervais, Jay Pharoah, and Gabriel Iglesias are just some of the comedians going on tour, and getting tickets for the two of you is a hilariously easy way to spend some time together.
2. For the dad who quotes 'Father of the Bride': MasterClass subscription
Steve Martin didn’t become a dad until he was almost 65 years old. But he’s had the last 30 years of his career to prepare as he was Hollywood’s favorite dad in favorites like Parenthood, Cheaper By The Dozen, and of course, Father of the Bride. All of those years as a comedian and playing a dad has solidified his place as the greatest (pop culture) dad of all time. Your dad actually can learn the art of joke-telling from Martin himself with his comedy MasterClass. While taking this class does not guarantee that your dad’s dad jokes will suddenly become funny, our editor-in-chief took this course from MasterClass and found that it was engaging and easy to do on his own time. Plus, your dad can use his subscription to take courses from his other favorite celebrities as well, like Gordan Ramsay, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.
3. For the dad with funny jokes: Dad Jokes Father’s Day Card
I’m willing to stand corrected, but I don’t think there’s a single non-dad that actually finds dad jokes to be hilarious. Most of the time, we go along with the joke and pretend to laugh because it always brings the jokester joy. If you’re looking to enable a dad to tell more jokes and validate his humor, then this card is just the endorsement and confidence boost he’ll need to keep telling his jokes. With nearly 1,000 reviews on Etsy, reviewers boast that this card comes exactly as pictured and the shipping was quick.
4. For the dad who needs to protect you from his own jokes: Dadvil
This is the kind of gift you give to a dad but it’s really a gift for yourself. It’s your little way of using a little dad humor on a dad while letting him know that headaches might be the side effect of his joke-telling. Plus, you don’t have to worry about these getting in the wrong hands because they’re actually just candy. Reviewers say their dads were amused by this bottle and appreciate that a pack of Skittles came with the order.
5. For the dad that’s stuck in the 20th century: DVD box set of a sitcom about dads
You might be streaming all of your shows, but dads are single-handedly keeping the DVD industry alive. Why not grab a box set of a good ole fashion sitcom he loves that isn’t available on streaming services like Married With Children, George Lopez, American Dad, The Simpsons, My Wife and Kids, or The King of Queens? If Dad ditched the DVD player, though, you can't go wrong with a subscription to one of our favorite streaming services. He can catch Everybody Loves Raymond on Peacock or The Fresh Prince of Bel Air on HBO Max.
6. For the chemistry obsessed dad: I Tell Dad Jokes Periodically Mug
While Walter White (a la Breaking Bad fame), might be the most well-known chemist dad, he’s not the only one who’s familiar with science (and dad jokes). In the event that someone both has a child and knows the contents of the periodic table, this mug will have him going Boron-Erbium-Sulfur-Erbium-Potassium (BErSErK). This mug has a near-perfect rating from nearly 1,000 reviews, who can attest that the printing on the mug is clear and high-quality.
7. For the dad that likes to wear his jokes: Dad Joke T-Shirts
Wearing dad joke shirts should be against the law, but since there’s nothing stopping dads from telling jokes, we might as well let them wear them, too. This shirt is bound to be a conversation starter. The setup of the joke is in massive text on the front of the shirt, but the punchline is small and pretty much unreadable on the back. Be prepared for the unsuspecting to walk up and ask, “Well why couldn’t the pony speak?” thus falling into the dad joke trap.
8. For the dad that thinks he is as cool as he is funny: Slang Flashcards
While dads are developing a mysterious gene that tricks them into thinking they’re funny, a second gene also appears that tricks them into thinking they’re cool. Being cool means keeping up with the latest terms that the youth are using, so save yourself the headache of teaching your dad slang and just hand him these flashcards. He can have a self-guided lesson on how to kill it with all of his other dad friends when they roll deep to the spot so he doesn’t look janky and embarrassing. With a 4.6-star rating from more than 200 Amazon reviewers, dads and “old people” alike adore this gag gift while gifters say it’s hilarious to hear them “use the words in awkward phrasing.”
9. For the dad that might actually be hilarious: Improv classes
The Upright Citizens Brigade started in the early '90s as a Chicago-based comedy group and included some now-famous names like Amy Poehler and Adam McKay. Over the years as careers took off, the Upright Citizens Brigade opened training centers in New York City and Los Angeles. The NYC location is now closed, but the LA outpost is offering online improv classes that you could sign your dad up for if you think he actually has the chops. Both Broad City and The Chris Gethard Show were born out of the Upright Citizens Brigade, so who knows what kind of magic your dad could create after a few lessons.
10. For the dad who needs to retire his joke collection: ‘Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes’
Do you find yourself knowing the punch line of all the dad jokes in your Dad’s arsenal? Get him the Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes to help him freshen up his material. We can’t promise that any of the jokes will actually be that funny to you, but at least he’ll learn a few new ones to throw in his rotation and you can give him a laugh or two. It is Father’s Day, after all. Some reviewers have purchased several editions of this book with one 5-star reviewer writing, “I’ve used a few of these over the years, but now I have lots of fresh material to torture my kids with.” It clearly doesn’t get old.
11. For the dad with a family just as funny as he is: Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is ideal for anyone who is hilarious and a quick thinker. So if your dad thinks he’s the funniest person you all know, you might be able to humble them (or prove them wrong) with a few rounds of this game. This game is super popular with more than 97,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon and makes for the perfect party game as the judge decides whose hilarious card best fits their chosen prompt card. Note that this game is quite raunchy, so keep the little kids out of this one (look to Apples to Apples for a family-friendly alternative).
12. For the granddad that likes to say “I got your nose” to his grandchildren: Emergency Clown Nose
When fathers become grandfathers they unlock a new level of silliness, probably because it’s all fun playing with grandchildren that you don’t have to raise. Grandpas are the ones that make silly faces and do ridiculous things and to ensure that a grandfather is prepared for extreme cases of the sillies, gift him this clown nose so he’s prepared regardless of the situation. This nose was created by professional performers, and reviewers say the packing makes it easy to access in case of an emergency.
13. For the dad who likes to wear his bad jokes from head to toe: Dad Joke Socks
Once you graduate from macaroni art, socks and ties are the standard Father’s Day gift. We’ve all somehow convinced ourselves that dads really enjoy these gifts. I mean, you can never have too many socks. You might as well combine his love for socks and bad dad jokes into a gift that speaks to his funny (toe) bones. These socks come from Blue Q, a humorous brand one of our editors is obsessed with.
14. For the dad who is the perpetual prankster: Fake Scratch Off Tickets
If your dad’s humor is based on pranks (that you somehow fall for every time), this is the perfect gift for you to give him to flip the script. Hand him these eight fake scratch-offs and tell him not to spend his earnings in one place. Then, watch his face light up when he “wins” big, and be sure to have someone ready to capture his face when he finds out that the prank master got pranked. With more than 1,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, reviewers say that these dupes do look legit, but warn that the aftermath of handing them out can be severe.
15. For the dad with an endless supply of bad jokes: Dad-A-Base Mug
The worst part of dad jokes is that they are literally never-ending. Dads will cue up a joke that you’re certain you’ve heard before only for a new punchline that’s somehow less funny than the last. If you’re more impressed with the continuous supply of dad jokes, gift your dad this mug and let him know you’re impressed with his internal dad-a-base of jokes.
16. For the dad who is jokes intensive: Dad Joke Loading Beer Glass
Combine your dad’s love of his favorite craft beer with his favorite dad jokes with this cheeky beer glass that says “dad joke loading.” Warning: The closer this glass is to empty, the closer you are to hearing another dad joke. Happy reviewers say that this glass ships efficiently and that the words etched in do not fade over time.
17. For the dad whose jokes make him laugh: Corny Jokes Father’s Day Card
Sometimes the non-dad community needs to flip the dad jokes back onto fathers everywhere. This card does just that. Paired with a serious gift or a hilarious one, this card lets your dad know that you appreciate him in all of his corniness and will make him say “aww, shucks” after reading it.
18. For any dad: A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes: 365 Truly Terrible Wisecracks
In the event that your dad already knows pretty much every dad joke out there (which is more likely than we initially thought), A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes will give him a new joke to try every day. It even features some witty lines from joke experts like Tim Allen, Chris Rock, and Homer Simpson. It’ll hold him over until you have to scour the internet for a new book of dad jokes before June 19, 2022.
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