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How much should you spend on Father’s Day?

How much do you think you should spend on Father’s Day?

A composite image of a father and daughter laughing and a person holding Australian money to represent Father's Day spending.
Aussies are planning to spend big on Father's Day this year. (Source: AAP / Getty)

Dad’s are notoriously hard to buy for - at some point, socks and undies just don’t cut it - but surprisingly, Aussies are planning to spend more on Father’s Day than they did on Mother’s Day.

In fact, those planning to mark the occasion said they planned on spending $109, according to a Finder survey of 1,073 respondents.

That’s substantially more than the $82 Aussies forked out on their mums for Mother’s Day.

So, what are we planning to do for dad?

Clothing (12 per cent), a meal at a restaurant (11 per cent), and alcohol (10 per cent) were the top gifts Aussies were planning to purchase for their father figures.

Chocolate (9 per cent), homemade gifts or food (8 per cent), and something for his home or car (8 per cent) were also popular.

Finder shopping expert Chris Jager said Aussies were gearing up to celebrate their dads in a big way.

“While many Australians are feeling financially fatigued, the desire to spoil fathers on this special day remains,” Jager said.

“Our findings reveal that Aussies will be spoiling dad more than mum this year. Gift-givers intend to spend approximately one-third more on Father’s Day compared to Mother’s Day.”

Top tips to save this Father’s Day

Jager said Father’s Day didn’t have to be expensive.

“Many households are grappling with the challenge of wanting to celebrate their dads while also navigating growing financial constraints due to the rising cost of living,” he said.

“Some are getting creative, opting for heartfelt gestures and DIY presents that carry sentimental value without breaking the bank.

“Those who have siblings should consider pooling their resources together and purchasing a joint gift.”

Budget friendly Father’s Day ideas:

  • Experiences: Sites like RedBalloon, Groupon and Adrenaline allow you to book an incredible experience for your dad to enjoy at a later date. There are a huge range of experiences available, from clay target shooting to BBQ cooking classes. RedBalloon and Adrenaline are currently throwing Father's Day sales with 20% off dad-friendly experiences.

  • Photo books: For something more personal, a photo book is pretty hard to beat. You can order a fancy version through sites like Vistaprnt or head down to your local shopping centre and do it yourself. Big W and Officeworks offer affordable options, with prices starting at less than $10.

  • Potted plants or herb gardens: For green-thumb dads, a small potted plant or herb can be a thoughtful and cost-effective gift. You can usually save money by purchasing the plant and a discounted pot separately and combining them into a single gift.

  • Gift cards: When all else fails, go with the trusty gift card. Many retailers and online stores allow you to add messages and even photos to the card for a personalised touch. You can also order a digital version and print it yourself - handy if you’ve left things to the very last minute.

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