Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) -- As Father's Day is closing in you may be wondering what to get dad for the big day but, what a new survey says he actually wants may surprise you.
A new survey from RetailMeNot.com says dad may not be looking for a traditional present. Chris Nehring, the Co-owner of Infinity Golf Center, agrees. Nehring says, "Dad really loves to get out and do the things he enjoys whether it's hunting, fishing, golfing, playing tennis, or anything like that. So, I think for people to go out and get dad what he really wants, know what his passion is, and maybe get him something that will help him be better at that thing that he's passionate about.”
The survey shows that a number of dads are hoping for sports lessons, but that doesn't leave some more traditional gifts out either.
Menard’s General Manger, Dustin Terk, says, "Some of the most popular items are obviously power tools and hand tools, a lot of people want one of those in their toolbox. Gift cards are always a great idea for the dad that's hard to shop for, we sell a ton of gift cards for Father's day and it always makes a great gift.”
Terk says shoppers have been coming in for plenty of classic Father's Day gifts which the survey showed 3% of fathers were looking for, but even more than power tools, 17% of dad's say they would like a gift card.
Nehring says he sells quite a few gifts cards during the holiday. He says, "During Father's Day, usually the week prior, we get a ton of calls for gift certificates for lessons.”
Gift cards were shown to be one of dad's most desired item, equal only to one other wish, being able to spend time with family.
The survey also says on average kids spend less on dad than they do on mom for Mother's Day. They say it's because typically dad expects less.