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.
“All of those most sought after gifts are readily available online,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “But with the convenience of online shopping also comes some concern, and the need to take precautions to not get scammed.”
Bernas notes “Because you are not at a brick and mortar store it becomes even more important to make sure to get information on refunds, exchanges and warranties.” Additional information for safe online shopping is available on our website.”
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 http://ask.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:
Are reservations required and if so, by when?
What are the total costs and features?
What services and equipment are included?
Are taxes or any other charges added?
Are there any restrictions or special time requirements?
Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?
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