Shopping Tips for Father’s Day

  
     
June 16, 2017

(South Florida- June 18, 2017) Consumers will spend a record high of $15.5 billion 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.

“Father's Day is a time to shower our dads with gifts that show how much we love and appreciate everything they do for us. It is important that we take necessary steps to avoid scams and unpleasant experiences” says Rod Davis, CEO of the BBB Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean.

The BBB recommends the following when shopping for Father's Day gifts in-store or online:

  • Do your research, do business with companies you trust. Find trustworthy businesses by searching bbb.org/south-east-florida for a company’s profile or to find an accredited business.
  • 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.
  • It's best to use a credit card when ordering online, because you can dispute charges if the vendor doesn't fulfill the order.
  • 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.
  • 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. Inquire about any additional fees, refund policies, equipment or restrictions. Do not sign anything you don’t understand.

 

ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB Serving Southeast Florida and Caribbean serves 11 counties in South Florida as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.