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9 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Originally published by Courtney Jespersen, NerdWallet

If you’re struggling for gift ideas for your dad this Father’s Day, check out this list of last-minute, easily-attainable presents.

Father's Day Gift CardConsumers are expected to spend $14.3 billion on Father’s Day 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s the highest reported figure in the dad-themed survey’s 13-year history.

But while many are planning to splurge on dad this June 19 (at an average of $125.92 each), not everyone will remember to plan ahead.

Didn’t allow time for an engraved watch or customized shirt? Here are nine last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can pick up in a jiffy.

A shirt and tie
Unless you have trouble matching solids and stripes, a shirt-and-tie combo is a safe bet this Father’s Day. Even better? We’re seeing an abundance of apparel deals in the days leading up to dad’s special day at places like J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Kohl’s.

A gift card
Gift cards make giving easy on the giver, but they’re equally appealing for the recipient. Just ensure you pick a store or restaurant that dad will actually want to go to. And if you can’t make it to the establishment in person, email a digital gift card directly to the recipient.

Still need inspiration? A 2016 Father’s Day survey conducted by CashStar found that, for U.S. consumers considering purchasing a gift card this year, the most popular categories for fathers are restaurants (39%), home improvement (28%), sports/outdoor (25%), department stores (23%), electronics (23%) and movies/entertainment (20%).

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