Is Father's Day, only a week away now, as big as Mother's Day?
PriceGrabber.com, a consumer comparison and shopping portal, says yes.
There is no gender gap apparently between the two big parent days. PriceGrabber's survey found that 70% of consumers will spend the same amount of money on Father's Day gifts as they did on Mother's Day.
Also, the National Retail Federation (NRF) says its data shows that spending on Father's Day gifts will be up 10% this year, with the average shopper spending $117.14 on daddy's gift.
Unfortunately, neither PriceGrabber nor the NRF reported any data about how many of us would be looking for gifts that are, in some way, also charitable, but I'm betting that the idea of Father's Day for good has some traction.
Here are a few Father's Day gifts that benefit nonprofit organizations and causes:
Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) has K-Swiss's new line of performance gear for Dad in its online store. A jacket ($80), running short ($45), and performance shoe ($75) bear the SU2C logo and will bring awareness to that organization's movement against cancer.
Road Scholar gift certificate. Road Scholar, a venerable nonprofit, provides educational travel for folks midlife and up. The organization has lots of programs that appeal to men, such as exploring historic Fenway Park or polishing up the old golf game with the Jack Nicklaus Academy Certified Professionals.
Charity:water gifts for Dad. Charity:water has a bunch of gifts for fathers ranging from an iPad case, to a high-tech water bottle, to a simple gift card that funds one of the projects this great organization carries out around the world.
World Vision Dad's Toolset. This toolset won't go in your Dad's workshop, but it will, in his honor, go to a dad in a developing country. There it will help him take care of his family and overcome poverty by providing tools, seeds, and training...all for $52.
If your Dad already has a favorite charity, make a contribution in his honor and then land a big kiss on his face for good measure.
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Photo credits: Stand Up to Cancer; World Vision