Yesterday was Father’s Day, a 106-old American tradition recognizing fathers for the important roles they play in their children’s lives. It wasn’t until 1966 that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson officially proclaimed the third Sunday in June a day for people to “give public and private expression to the love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.” Today, this lofty ideal has been transformed into a day we know best for businesses encouraging people to spend big bucks on Dad swag.
We took a closer look at popular gifts that folks in three U.S. states (California, Florida, and New York) considered getting their father’s during a recent 4-week period. We researched the most popular manly gadgets and gear being viewed on Amazon, Best Buy, and Home Depot websites. We recently did a similar analysis on the top 10 most searched for products on Amazon.com, and we were a little weirded out by our findings.
It seems that Father’s Day supports our theory that people are, indeed, strange, and dads are no exception.
Californians appear more inclined to get their daddies holistic gifts like blue-green algae supplements a/k/a Spirulina, and 3 lb. containers of worms. Can you say, “yummy?”
Fathers in Florida who like to grow stuff indoors will be in for a treat if they receive adjustable-height grow light and fixture ratchet hangers, along with manly video games like “The Witcher: Wild Hunt, Collector’s Edition” and a 20-piece ratchet and socket wrench set.
Quite a few New York dads may find themselves the proud new owners of dog poo-poo septic tank systems.
Hardware and tools have always been traditional Father’s Day presents. That’s why we researched the 10 most popular items for dads on Home Depot. Ryobi lithium-ion drills and LG 8,000 BTU portable air conditioners and humidifiers made the list for Internet shoppers in NY, CA, and FL. Californians had a penchant for camo shirts and pants, while Floridians think that dads like heavy duty hand trucks. New York fathers may find themselves the proud new recipients of heavy duty Ryobi 1700 psi pressure washers to help remove graffiti from brick walls and mold from driveways.
We also looked at data on popular electronic gadgets for fathers from Best Buy. Apple MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads all made the list, as well as less-expensive portable notebooks from Toshiba, Lenovo, and HP. Video games, and Verizon’s Motorola Moto G no-contract phone.
We hope that you can spend quality time with your father this Sunday. Whether your dad is into gadgets, green algae, or grow lights, spending quality time with him can is always worth more than any gift you could ever give.