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Father’s Day Gift Tips from BBB
June 13, 2014

It’s almost Father’s Day! As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad. But don’t get carried away with great deals; be a savvy consumer. After all, that’s what Dad would want! Here are some BBB tips on finding the perfect Father’s Day gift:

Gift Cards and Certificates: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate prior to purchase to ensure that the expiration date and any other conditions won’t be a problem. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure the gift card is redeemable for Internet shopping and not just for in-store use.

Electronics: Whether you plan to give Dad a camera, GPS system, phone, music player, DVD player or other electronic device, be sure that you don’t remove it from its box before wrapping it up as a gift. Many electronics stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.

Recreational Rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes, kayaks, motorcycles or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure that you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance and time restrictions. And before you do so, take the time to visually inspect the rental equipment and get written proof of any existing damage so you aren’t charged for it later.

Guides, Tours and Classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons are a fun way to celebrate and spend time with Dad. However, it’s important to get details about these classes and adventures in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the details. Are reservations required and if so, by when? What are the total costs and features? What services and equipment are included? Are taxes or any other charges added? Are there any restrictions or special time requirements? Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?

Online Shopping and Discount Websites: If you’re looking to score a deal on a handsome necktie or a shiny new toolset, be sure to shop on a trusted site. Unsolicited emails and pop-up ads may offer super low prices on hard-to-find items, but beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. Many fraudulent sites will use the hype of the holiday to lure in unsuspecting shoppers with promises of phony deals.

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