By Ellen Sturm Niz
June 19, 2015
dad with daughter

Father's Day is this Sunday, so if you haven't figured out what your kids should give their dad—or what to give your own dad—you'd better get cracking! The good news is that you don't have to spend a lot of money or even buy anything at all: Most dads just want to receive a handwritten card.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 dads by, more than 33 percent said they would rather receive a personally handwritten card for Father's Day, instead of material items like electronics or tools.

"Our survey revealed dads want gifts made with love they can showcase on their desk at work or refrigerator rather than the latest technology, tools or even sporting goods," said savings expert Howard Schaffer. "As a dad myself, I would have to agree that sentimental gifts are always something I hold onto longer and bring me the most joy."

The survey shows that twice as many U.S. fathers want a handwritten card compared to dads who want electronics (16%) or sporting goods (15%). Other Father's Day gift preferences included tools (13%), outdoor items (9%), clothing (9%), and an activity tracker (5%). Run, daddy, run!

Surprisingly, traditional Father's Day gifts such as shaving tools, socks and ties were on the bottom of dad's wish list. Maybe they have just gotten too many of them over the years and they're well stocked in those departments? When dads were asked which items they wanted the least, these items were on the no-thanks list: gift baskets (25%), personal hygiene products (22%), undergarments (21%), old technology items (18%), and gift cards (14%). Gift cards? How decidedly unpersonal, jeesh. Undergarments, however, too personal.

So, open up that craft box, dig out some crayons and glitter glue, and start writing a card for dear old Dad. He deserves it!

Ellen Sturm Niz is a New York City-based editor and writer who would like to wish her dad a Happy Father's Day. The card's in the mail! Follow Ellen on Twitter and Pinterest.

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