Some dads are going to be very happy on Father's Day.
Kurt Snyder, manager of Insideout Home Recreation Outfitters in Maumee, said a woman recently bought an outdoor grill for about $4,500 and a hot tub for $5,000 for her husband.
"That's a nice Father's Day present," he said.
That gift probably hits the upper end of the scale, though. The average person's expenditure for this Sunday's holiday is expected to be $89 this year, according to the National Retail Federation in Washington. Total spending for the day will be about $9 billion, up from last year's $8.2 billion, the trade group said.
About a fourth of dads get gift certificates, a third get clothing, and most of the rest get books, CDs, electronics, home-improvement or gardening goods, or tools, the trade group said.
As always, the spending is far shy of that for Mother's Day, which the group said averaged $122 per person.
Statistics like that don't bother Denny Nimigean, of Swanton, who expects his daughter and his girlfriend to pay about $2,000 for new golf clubs, and he's already told them exactly what he wants, including a new Taylor Made driver that goes for about $400.
"I travel and play a lot of championship courses," said the retired die setter. He was looking over the goods yesterday at U.S. Golf in Sylvania. "That's what I wanted to do when I retired, and I'm doing it."
At the same store, Julie Beam, of Elmore, was buying a gift certificate for her husband, Ryan. "It's a tradition," she explained, adding that he "occasionally golfs."
Arthur Bell, owner of the store, said gift certificates are popular, as are golf balls ($30 a dozen and up).
Gift certificates from restaurants are also a popular choice. "I sold a couple of them this morning, and we sell them all the time," said Nadia Castilleja, of the Navy Bistro at the Docks in East Toledo. The certificates typically range from $25 to $75, she said, but relatively few will be used on Father's Day.
"Most fathers like to stay home and cook out [that day]," she said.
Not all gifts need to be expensive.
Brad Fischer, owner of the Whitehouse True Value Hardware & Auto store, said one of his most popular specials is a $14.99 bucket for the do-it-yourself car washer. It includes washing fluid, wax, sponges, and everything else a guy needs.
"I think gas prices and the economy hurt [business] a little this year, but those are selling pretty good," he said. Also popular are cordless drills, which sell for $40 and up.
William Rectenwald, manager of the Cigar Affair in Maumee, said he recommends for dads who smoke a $35 Padron handmade cigar from Nicaragua. A box of 25 fine cigars ranges from $70 to nearly $600, he added.
Mr. Snyder at the Insideout store noted that he has had success pushing an automatic pool-cleaning system for $199 to $299 because if dad doesn't have to clean the pool himself, the whole family can enjoy his company.
"But it's a little like buying your wife a vacuum cleaner [as a gift]," he said.
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