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Father’s Day gift ideas for all budgets

Author Alex Bellamy
Submitted 11-06-2008

With Father’s Day approaching, many people will be starting to think about picking up that perfect present. Dads are notoriously difficult to buy for, which is why most people resort to buying socks or a novelty mug when it comes to presents for pops.

However, with the National Retail Federation reporting that people expect to spend an average of $94.54 this Father’s Day, it makes sense to spend that money wisely on a gift dads will appreciate.

CBS News’ financial journalist Vera Gibbons has come up with a number of gift ideas for all budgets, to help take the stress out of present buying.

For those looking for a gift that is $50 or under, she suggests a seasoning hammer for barbeque-loving dads who want to add salt and pepper to their steaks without singing their fingers.

Another fun gift idea for this budget is a remote-controlled floating tray, which will allow the man in question to relax in the pool or hot tub with a beer without ever having to get up.

For those looking to spend between $50 and $100 whose dads are golf-mad, a 22-piece golf grill set could be the perfect gift.

Finally, for people looking to splash the cash on a Father’s Day gift this year and spend over $100, a Baseball ScoreCast is likely to be well-received. It provides scores, stats, and schedules for every pro baseball team on a desktop scorecard.

It is also worth bearing in mind that Father’s Day presents need not cost the earth. A simple hand-made gift from a child will do the job just as well as a flashy gadget.
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