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Father’s Day spending expected to reach record-high $14.3 billion

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – Father’s Day is Sunday and picking out a gift for dad doesn’t always come easy.

Katie Leonard said as long as it’s from the heart, you can’t go wrong. “I’m graduating this year, and so I wanted to give him something he likes. And so he loves tea, so I wanted to make him a tea mug.”

But for those who don’t have the time for crafty gifts, there’s plenty of retail options. On average, consumers are expected to spend more than $125 dollars. That number is up $10 from last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Nearly 50 percent of Americans will be enjoying a special outing out on Father’s Day.

Barbara Safran and her husband traveled all the way from Libertyville, Illinois; to see their grandchildren in Amherst, Mass. She told said the trip was her husband’s Father’s Day gift. Safran did buy her son-in-law a gift that complements his talents. “We bought him cutting boards. And we actually brought them with. We brought them at Costco’s because he’s a great chef.”

Among those celebrating Father’s Day, Fathers and step fathers are more than 50 percent likely to receive a gift, while husbands only 28 percent.

Katherine Runyan said what makes her husband a great father. “He’s a great dad. He gets to play with him a lot. He puts him to bed. He’s just really involved with him,” said Runyan about her husband with their toddler age child.

Over $3 billion dollars will be spent at restaurants for brunch or dinner.