Survey: Father's Day Statistics 2013 - Consider Making Something Nice for Dad, Says New Survey

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Survey highlights disconnect between what fathers want to receive and what sons and daughters plan to give. Nearly 1 in 4 fathers surveyed want to receive something homemade, yet only 15% of sons and daughters surveyed plan to give something homemade.

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While many dads are hoping for electronics or gift cards, others do want a more personal touch

Nearly one-quarter of dads are feeling sentimental in anticipation of this Father’s Day. In a recent survey conducted by credit card comparison website, 24.7% of fathers said they are hoping for something homemade this year. However, only 15% of all the respondents said they plan to give their dads something they have made for them. Female respondents are almost three times more likely to give something homemade (23.2% vs. 8.4%) than the sons and grandsons who responded to the survey.

“While many dads are hoping for electronics or gift cards this year, others do want a more personal touch,” says Charles Tran, founder of “Just over 25% of our respondents said they would like their children to take them out to dinner.”

Survey Findings:

Among the other findings:

  •     68.3% plan to celebrate Father’s Day.
  •     17.9% plan to spend less this year on Father’s Day, while most (67.5%) plan to spend the same.
  •     Most plan to give a greeting card (26.3%), gift cards (26%), and dinner (25.8%).
  •     We asked over 100 dads what they wanted to receive. Most want to receive gift cards (31.2%), dinner (24.7%), and electronics (29%).
  •     50.3% plan to shop online for most of their Father’s Day shopping. Only 9.1% will do most of their shopping at mom and pop stores.

To read the full survey findings and charts, visit surveyed 1,045 Americans, age 18 and over between May 24 and May 30, 2013. 68.3% plan to celebrate Father's Day. Most of the results and analysis are based on the 719 Americans who plan to celebrate the June 16 holiday. provides information on the credit issues, news, and trends facing Americans through proprietary market research and analysis. Visit to stay informed with "donkey-proof" (easy to understand) financial tips and deals.

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