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From Tony McEwing

What Are We Buying Our Dads?

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Just a few more days before you get to show dad just how much you appreciate him. And apparently we have some catching up to do when it comes to showing our love for dear old dad. Now we all love our moms and we are apparently more than willing to express that love in dollars and cents. According to the National Retail Federation, Mother's Day spending hit 20 billion dollars this year the average celebrant shelling out $169. However, when it comes to our dads, we are not quite so generous. Total U.S. spending on Father's Day is expected to reach just over 13 billion dollars with the average celebrant dropping almost $120. Now the good news is, that's up four and a half percent over last year but still far behind what we spend on our mothers.

So what are we buying our dads? Well, according to the NRF, we'll spend about $2.5 billion taking him on a special outing; $1.7 billion on electronic gadgets and $1.8 billion on clothing. Other popular gifts include home improvement and gardening tools, sporting goods and car accessories.

But perhaps the statistic I found most startling is that only three in ten wives will shop for something nice for their husbands. Really? Only 29.1%? What's up with that???!!! Hmmm, I'm guessing you wives out there must be showing your love and appreciation in other ways.That being said, if you are blessed to have a wonderful dad or husband in your life, you still have a few days to figure out how you're going to show it.

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