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3 On Your Side: Father’s Day Gift Suggestions

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By: Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Father’s Day is coming up this weekend.  Have you picked out a card and gift yet?  If not, 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has some ideas for last minute shoppers.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will shell out on average $119 dollars to honor dear old dad this fathers day.  Combined, shoppers are expected to spend a whopping 13 billion dollars on gifts.

$2.5 billion will be spent on special outings like sporting events & dinners, $1.7 billion will be shelled out on electronic gadgets, $1.8 billion will be spent to purchase clothing and another $1.8 billion on gift cards.

If you’re still searching for the perfect gift Consumer Reports has a few ideas.  If Dad is looking for a tablet, the $400 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is recommended for its versatility. Or if Dad likes video games, Consumer Reports suggests the Sony Playstation Vita, which will let him stream content from the PlayStation 4 once it’s released later this year.

Other gift ideas from Consumer Reports include.

- A full-sized HD camcorder, which will give Dad better image quality than a Smartphone or tablet.

- A pair of high-quality headphones

- A bike helmet

- And even a wine chiller

For additional gift ideas, click on the links below.

Gifts for older Dads:

http://news.consumerreports.org/money/2013/06/fathers-day-gifts-for-older-dads.html

Gifts for active Dads with babies:

http://news.consumerreports.org/baby/2013/06/three-fathers-day-gifts-that-get-dad-and-the-baby-outside.html

Best Gifts

http://news.consumerreports.org/holidays/2013/06/best-fathers-day-gifts.html

GPS Units for Dads

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2013/06/the-best-gps-navigators-for-fathers-day-2013.html