Consumer Watch: Father's Day spending


by Andy Treinen

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Americans are expected to spend more than $13 billion this Father's Day.

The average American will shell out about $120 to honor dad according to the National Retail Federation. That's an increase of 2 percent over last year.

The NRF said many givers will splurge on outings, like sporting events or dinner. Tech savvy dads will open electronic gadgets, including tablets and GPS systems. Dads can also expect clothing and gift cards.

Still searching for the perfect gift? Consumer Reports has a few ideas: If dad's looking for a tablet, the $400 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is recommended for its versatility. If dad likes video games, Consumer Reports suggests the Sony Playstation Vita, which will let him stream content from the Playstation 4 once it's released later this year.

Other gift ideas from the magazine include:

  •  a full-sized HD camcorder, which will give dad better image quality than a smartphone or tablet.
  •  a pair of high-quality headphones
  •  a bike helmet
  •  a wine chiller

If you really want to give dad a treat, Orbitz recommends some Father's Day getaways. At Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch outside Las Vegas dad can get behind the wheel of a real race car on more than four miles of track. Take your father golfing at Pinehurst resort in North Carolina, or treat him to a spa day at Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

If your father is anything like me all he really wants is some quality time with family, getting along, and making memories. It can go a long way toward making us feel like we’ve done something right along the way.


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