This story was written by Ian Lang and posted on AskMen: How Much To Spend On Father's Day
Offers.com combed through their data to determine what the average person spends on Father's Day gifts, and how they spend it. Most people spend less than $50, spread across a variety of popular brands and categories.
Gift-giving is never easy, but at least things like weddings and anniversaries have schedules and registries. Birthdays are unique for the person of honor, but lesser holidays like Mother's and Father's day fall in a weird in-between area. Before answering the question of what to buy, you first have to decide how much you're willing to spend: no one wants to be a cheapskate, but most people aren't made of money, either. For those unsure of their budget, deal site offers.com compiled their data to put together this handy infographic as a guide for what to spend (and what to spend it on).
The biggest takeaway here is that you don't have to go overboard. Or rather, if you want to go above and beyond, doing so won't break the bank: Most people spend between $1 and $50 on Father's Day gifts, and only 61% of all people plan to spend any money at all. A decent percentage (27%) plan to spend between $50 and $100, but the numbers drop dramatically after that. You also needn't feel bad about shopping online and having the gift shipped directly, as nearly half of all people plan on doing exactly that.
As for what to buy, what dad wants probably isn't all that different from what you'd buy for yourself, depending on his lifestyle. Outdoorsy dads will enjoy things like hammocks, homebrew kits and apparel from Carhartt. "Foodie" dads appear to be a little more eclectic than their foodie offspring, with limited-use items like juicers and sous vide cookers among the top gifts. The same popular brands we prefer will go over well with dads who stay in shape, techie dads will flip for all things Apple or Microsoft (depending on their allegiance) and the well-dressed dad will appreciate thoughtful accessories.
Of course, this is all what Offers.com already knows people are buying for their dads on Father's Day. There's ample opportunity here to observe the trends and go in a different direction, ensuring your dad has bragging rights at work the following Monday -- remember, Baby Boomers invented the concept of "keeping up with the Joneses."
It's also a chance to show your dad that you really appreciate what he's done for you over the years. Sure, having a child automatically makes the child's success a parent's responsibility, but that doesn't make it any easier. Given the way people used to live and run their households, there's a good chance that everything you had growing up came at the expense of dad's wallet. If you have the means to swing it, dropping a couple of Benjamins on dad this year would still be but a drop in the bucket of what he sacrificed to help you get to where you are today.