U.S. retailers are getting ready for Father’s Day as consumers are expected to spend $15.3 billion on gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
Their survey on 7,681 consumers showed that about 77% of shoppers will spend an average of $133 each, while big spenders from the 25 to 34-year-old age group will shell out $188 each.
“We are pleased to see consumer confidence continue to rise, leading to another near-record holiday spend on Father’s Day…Leading into the second half of the year, Americans are looking forward to treating their dads and retailers will be prepared to offer a variety of gift options that will create new memories on this special day” Matthew Shay, NRF President and CEO
The Father’s Day Sales Opportunity
47% of the survey respondents plan to give the most important man in their life a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner which is estimated to cost a whopping $3.2 billion.
Meanwhile, 43% said that they’re going to spend $2.2 billion to update Dad’s wardrobe, 42% are spending $2.1 billion on gift cards, while 20% will spend $1.8 billion on consumer electronics.
Since most, if not all, fathers have innate handyman skills, 16% of shoppers are considering spending $878 million on home improvement supplies.
The survey also revealed that majority of shoppers (39%) will do their shopping in a department store while 34% of them will shop online preferably with their smartphones.
This year’s Father’s Day spending forecast comes a close second to last year’s $15.5 billion mark, with the average spending per person hitting $135. However with a busy week it could well be the record breaking year for Father’s Day spending.
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