3 Gifts Dad Secretly Hopes You Will NOT Buy Him


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Never seen dad wear that tie you carefully picked out for him or use that coffee mug you could have sworn he asked for? It’s possible he didn’t like them. This year, don’t waste money on Father’s Day gifts that will end up stuffed in his sock drawer or hidden in the garage; instead opt for affordable presents almost sure to please him.

3 Things Dad Doesn’t Want for Father’s Day A new survey by coupon site RetailMeNot.com reveals that dads don’t want a lot of the common gifts we give them. Nearly one third of dads say that ties are the gift they least want to receive, followed by those often-bought “#1 Dad” or “World’s Best Dad” t-shirts (27%) and coffee mugs (19%). “These results are similar to our Father’s Day survey results last year,” says Trae Bodge, a senior editor at RetailMeNot. “Dad’s don’t want the typical things.”

3 (Affordable) Things Dad Does Want for Father’s Day
So what’s a gift you can get dad that he’ll actually want — and that fits within your budget? 

The number one thing that dads say they want is to spend time with their families on Father’s Day, with 40% of saying they hope for this gift, the survey revealed. Spending time with dad, of course, needn’t cost much money at all. Bodge recommends “doing something active together” like going on a hike or having a group mini golf outing.

The second most popular gift among fathers was the gift card. Think about where dad likes to shop most and buy a card from there. To save money, buy discounted gift cards on a site like GiftCardGranny.com. Currently, the site is selling a Dick’s Sporting Goods card worth $50 for $42.50 and an Outback Steakhouse card worth $25 for $15.51.

Nearly one in ten dads say they want gadgets or electronics for Father’s Day. While, of course, dad may dream of a brand-new iPad or smartphone, those pricey gifts may not be in your budget.  But there are plenty of other tech-related gifts that dads will love. “Buy something that goes with his favorite tech item,” says Bodge. She recommends getting him a new case, speakers or another accessory for his smartphone or tablet.  For more cool tech ideas for dads, check out eHow tech editor Dave Johnson’s recommendations.

What “Should” You Spend?
It’s hard to know how much to spend on a Father’s Day gift — you don’t want to look like you scrimped on the gift, but you also don’t want to bust your budget.  Of course, you should only spend the amount you can afford (look at your budget), but as a reference point, 32% of people plan to spend less than $40, 20% between $41 and $60, and 31% more than $60, the survey found.

More importantly than the actual amount you spend is to give a gift that lets dad know he’s just as loved as mom: More than three in four people feel that mothers get more attention on Mother’s Day than dads do on Father’s Day and 16% of people don’t give dad a Father’s Day gift at all.



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