Beyond the classic staples of booze, aftershave and socks, what else is there to buy in the shops for Father’s Day? And how much should you spend on it?
Consumers in the UK are predicted to spend just shy of £800m on Father’s day this year, up nearly £100m on 2017. It’s still only half of what we spend on Mother’s Day, but clearly a lot of stuff is being bought for some lucky dads.
A poll surveying Father’s Day shoppers found that 45 per cent of people said they’d be spending more on gifts and food and drink than they did last year.
Shoppers in the north of the UK are, according to the poll, more likely to get involved in Father’s Day than their southern counterparts, while consumers aged 35-44 are most likely to participate, followed by those aged 18-24.
But the survey also found 70 per cent of people are bored of the Father’s Day products available in shops – and 58 per cent of people said they’d spend more if better gifts were on offer.
It seems it may be a case of people wanting to spend more, but not finding the enough variety in what’s on offer…
Thinking outside the box
But there are plenty of unusual ideas for Father’s Day gifts out there, you just have to look for them. How about a ‘flamethrower’!?
It’s basically the most ridiculous Father’s Day gift ever. pic.twitter.com/MeqmUicLZb
— CNET (@CNET) June 13, 2018
Ok, maybe not. But something really practical could be an option?
Today is the final day you can enter our #FathersDay #competition! RT & follow us by 12pm today to #win your dad one of these Flexi-Fix toilet seats. UK entries only #WinItWednesday pic.twitter.com/5aWoULS9c6
— Croydex (@Croydex) June 13, 2018
Who wouldn’t want to receive a toilet seat for Father’s Day? But maybe the best gift’s can’t be bought, as some have pointed out:
IMO, last-minute father’s day gift guides really underestimate how much my dad just wants to be left alone.
— Ella Cerón (@ellaceron) June 13, 2018
A sentiment shared by many:
My dad said for Father’s Day he wants us all to move out the house 😂
— Kristen 🇬🇭 (@_kristenaf1) June 13, 2018
I may sound like a bit of a Scrooge here, but I usually just send my Dad a card for Father’s Day (though in reality this often translates into a text message…) but perhaps I’m in the minority?
Are you celebrating Father’s Day? What did you buy your dad, if anything? Or what did you receive from your children?