Apparently, people don't have too much of a problem saving money on Father's Day gifts.

A consumer survey reported by the National Retail Federation this year found that total spending on dads' gifts came to $12.5 billion, about $7.5 billion less than what consumers said they'd spend for Mother's Day gifts this year.

While it may seem like we're not as willing to splurge on dads, perhaps we're all just spending too much on other gift-giving holidays.

I say keep saving money on gifts; just make sure you're finding good deals on quality items.

Here's how to do it.


Dads who like the outdoors fall into several sub-categories, like the hunter, fisher, camper or kayaker. Maybe he's a combination of all these things. Dick's Sporting Goods is making it easy to shop for the dads who love the great outdoors with a storewide sale of up to 50 percent off.

Top chefs

If your dad is constantly watching the cooking channel on TV, then you may want to find a fun kitchen appliance or cookbook.

Walmart has some interesting gadgets, such as an oil-less fryer or waffle maker for less than $80. Kohl's also has a sale on kitchen gear for 20 percent off or more.

Digital dads

Gadgets or smart phone accessories never seem to get old for tech enthusiasts. If he doesn't have a way to stream movies on his TV, the Roku Streaming Player for $89 at Target may be a good idea.

You also can find smaller gadgets like Bluetooth speakers or smartphone cases at extra-low prices at Big Lots and Marshall's.


For the dads who spend a lot of their weekends in the yard or in the garage, Sears has a sale on pretty much any tool he'd need. Larger appliances for lawn and home maintenance are 20 percent off, and tools are up to 50 percent off.

The catch-all

If your dad doesn't have any prominent hobbies or interests, it's never a bad idea to go with tickets to an activity you can enjoy together. It can be as simple as movie tickets or something like an offshore fishing trip.

Social deal sites are always a good resource for affordable activity packages.

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