Americans are setting records to help dads feel special on Father's Day


It's time for dads to have their day.

Father's Day is just around corner, and children, grandchildren, spouses and others are getting ready to spend.

American consumers are expected to spend a total of $15.5 billion this Father's Day, setting a record high, according to the National Retail Federation.

This year, the average shopper will spend $134.75 on Father's Day gifts. That's up from last year's average of $125.92.

So what exactly will they be buying to impress Dad?

Father's Day Spending By the Numbers

It seems like a great bulk of spending this year will be on food, clothes and letting Dad pick out exactly what he wants, according to the National Retail Federation's data.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Special outings, like brunch or dinner: $3.3 billion
  • Gift cards or gift certificates: $2.2 billion
  • Clothing: $2.2 billion
  • Consumer electronics: $1.8 billion
  • Personal care products: $888 million
  • Home improvement supplies: $885 million
  • Greeting cards: $861 million

Though greeting cards is the category that draws in the least amount of spending, it is the most popular gift idea, with 64.3% of those surveyed saying they'd be buying one — or more.

Though these DIY card ideas were technically for Mother's Day, if you want to use these ideas for your dad, we won't tell.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son, Patrick.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son, Patrick.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son, Patrick.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son, Patrick.

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Jude Law and his model son, Rafferty.

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British model and musician Rafferty Law

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Jack Nicholson (L) and his son, Ray. The two are often seen courtside at Lakers games.

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Jack Nicholson (L) and his son, Ray.

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Jack Nicholson (L) and his son, Ray.

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Jack Nicholson (L) and his son, Ray.

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Will Smith and his son, Trey.

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Will Smith and his son, Trey.

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Will Smith and his son, Trey.

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Will Smith and his son, Trey.

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Don Johnson and his son, Jesse.

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Don Johnson, wife Kelley Phleger and son Jesse Johnson.

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Don Johnson and his son, Jesse.

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Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard and Bill Skarsgard (L-R). Their dad, Stellan, is in the middle.

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Actor Alexander Skarsgard

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Actor Bill Skarsgard

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Pierce Brosnan and his son, Sean.

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Pierce Brosnan and his son, Sean.

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Pierce Brosnan and his son, Sean.

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Donald Sutherland and his son, Rossif.

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Donald Sutherland and his son, Rossif.

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Donald Sutherland and his son, Rossif.

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James Caan and his son, Scott.

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Dennis Quaid and his son, Jack.

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Dennis Quaid and his son, Jack.

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Clint Eastwood and his son, Scott.

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Finding the Perfect Gift

Figuring out what to buy the dad in your life may be a challenge, but have you also thought about where you'll buy it? According to the National Retail Federation:

  • 40% will shop at department stores
  • 34% will shop online
  • 26% will shop at a discount store
  • 24% will shop at a specialty store

Fathers are OK With Frugality

Now there are still plenty of ways to show your love to dear ol' dad without breaking the bank — or feeling obligated to spend $134.75.

Here are over a dozen Father's Day gift ideas under $45. Grilling tools and beer seem like they would make many dads happy.

And according to the National Retail Federation, one out of four fathers surveyed said they would like a "gift of experience" rather than a material present.

So if your budget just isn't having it, check out these 19 free ways to show appreciation to the dad in your life. They make not cost a dime, but they're sure to bring a smile to Dad's face.

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A crispy, caramelized crust? We're guessing dad would say "yes, please!"

Soapstone Burger Grill Press, Food52, $30

Photo: Mark Weinberg

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Just stand back and watch dad become the host with the most.

Stone Drink Dispenser, Uncommon Goods, $18.00 - 135.00

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Yes, that's mac and cheese on that burger. Learn how this irresistible meal kit service works right here.

BurgaBox, $65

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So he can keep things classy.

VertuoPlus, Nespresso, $219

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You can technically give your dad 72 brownies. You heard us right.

Gourmet Brownie Sampler, Vermont Brownie Company, $24.99 - $263.99

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The perfect simple gift if you think dad doesn't want you spending too much money anyway.

Milk Chocolate Cigars, Godiva, $16

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We present to you: the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

People Feeder, Uncommon Goods, $48

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First off, you'd never know these are vegan. Second, the cornbread is our favorite, hands down.

Abe's Vegan Muffins, Jet, prices vary

Learn more about Abe's Muffins here.

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We're obsessed, too.

Stovetop Pizza Oven, Food52, $129

Photo: James Ransom

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Because even dad likes being a kid again even just for one day.

Candy Crate Inc. 1970's Father's Day Retro Candy Gift Box, Walmart, $39.90

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Enough said.

Beer Jelly, Uncommon Goods, $30

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Convenient, shatterproof glass packaging = perfect for a picnic with dad.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Stacked Singles, $2.49 for one 187 ml. single serving

Find it at a store near you.

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Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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