June 14, 2017 –Consumers will spend a record high of $15.5 billion dollars on Father’s Day Gifts, which falls on June 18th this year, according to the latest National Federation Survey. That’s the highest total since NRF first began surveying consumers about the holiday 15 years ago. Special outings and experience gifts top the list of presents for fathers, followed by clothing, gift cards, and consumer electronics, according to the survey. Consumers will spend on average $134.75 on those gifts, up from $125.92 last year. As shopping surges higher than ever this year, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that it’s important to shop carefully for a hassle-free gift.
BBB offers the following shopping tips for Father’s Day gifts:
Start with trust:Make sure you are dealing with a reputable business. Go to bbb.org and check out any business reviews.
Gift Cards and Certificates: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate prior to purchase to confirm expiration dates and conditions. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure the gift card is redeemable online. Make certain on a gift card that the security number hasn’t been revealed prior to purchase.
Electronics: Whether you plan to give a camera, smartphone tablet or some other electronic device, be sure that you don't remove it from its box before wrapping it. Many electronic stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.
Recreational Rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes 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. Also, take the time to visually inspect the rental and get written verification of any existing damage before renting.
Guides, Tours and Classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons are fun ways to celebrate and spend time together. However, it’s important to get details in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the factors listed below: