One-third of dads don't want gifts for Father's Day

If you're trying to figure out what to get your dad, the best answer might be nothing.
Posted at 11:02 AM, Jun 12, 2024

When asked what they want for Father's Day, nearly a third of dads said they don't want anything, while some dads said they would enjoy a meal out or a gift card, a new survey revealed.

According to a poll conducted by YouGov, 32% of dads said they don't want any gifts for Father's Day, which is this Sunday. Besides nothing, the top thing dads said they want is to go out for a meal or drink.

Five hundred fathers took part in the poll. Here are the top gifts they said they want this year:

  • 32% - Nothing
  • 19% - Taken out for drinks/a meal
  • 18% - Greeting card
  • 17% - Gift card
  • 16% - Alcohol 

The least popular answer was an experience, such as a sports lesson or going skydiving.
As far as the top activities dads said they would enjoy doing this Father's Day, most (58%) said they would enjoy spending time with their children.

The poll also found that 42% would enjoy a meal at home, 30% would like to go out for dinner, and 24% said they would like to watch a movie or TV show of their choice.

Then there are the dads who just want some alone time. The poll found that 19% of dads said they want to spend some time alone, while 15% said they would prefer to do nothing.

The National Retail Federation estimates that $22.4 billion will be spent on Father's Day this year. Its data suggests that $4.5 billion will be spent on special outings, while $3.5 billion will be spent on clothing and $2.9 billion on gift cards.

The NRF says that those ages 25-34 are the biggest spenders and are expected to spend $275.67 on average this Father's Day.