September is national preparedness month

Father’s Day 2019 is approaching, and you may decide a gift is the way to thank Dad for all that he does. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects Father’s Day spending to reach an all-time high of $16 billion this year. They also project an average spending of $139 per person. 

With that kind of spending, it’s important to do your research ahead of time so you can get the best value for your money. For example, 15.7% of consumers are expected to give auto accessories as gifts this year, and Better Business Bureau received nearly 600 complaints against the automotive accessories industry in 2018. To help your shopping experience go smoothly, follow these tips from BBB:

Clothing. 46% of consumers are planning to purchase clothing as a Father’s Day gift this year. If you are one of those consumers, be sure to request a receipt for the piece, ask about the business’s refund and exchange policy, and make sure to leave enough time for shipping and delivery, if applicable.

Gift cards. Gift cards are another popular choice, with the average per-person spending on them expected to be just under $20. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate before buying. If you're giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, check to see that the gift card is redeemable online, and not just for in-store use.

Special outing. The second most popular gift the NRF expects this Father’s Day is some type of special outing. If that outing is eating at a restaurant, call ahead of time to see if they take reservations. If the outing is something more specific, like a trip to the spa or golf lessons, visit the location in person to see that it is well maintained and offers all the services you want.

Home improvement or gardening supplies. The NRF expects $927 million to be spent nationally on home improvement or gardening supplies as gifts for dad. As with clothing, be sure to request a receipt and know the retailer’s return and exchange policy. If these gifts inspire dad to look for help on bigger home improvement or gardening projects, go to to find accredited contractors and landscapers.

To find accredited businesses to shop with, visit, and from all of us at Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas, Happy Father’s Day!

Emily Gaines is the public relations coordinator for the Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas. 

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