Zeeff's store does not see the kind of spending they see surrounding Mom in May.
"I think less money is spent on dads because they are tougher to buy for. Many of them just say they don't need anything," Zeeff says.
Thom Villing, of South Bend, received tickets to a major league baseball game to share with his grandson.
Jim McClain, of Osceola, loved the coffee mug that his then 6-year-old daughter painted by hand.
Since becoming a dad, James Barath, of Chesterton, Ind., has made the Brickyard Chicago Lego event an annual trip with his son, Jai.
"This will be our fourth consecutive year and he talks about the event all year round," Barath says. "I'm not the guy that needs a lot of accolades and want to share my special day with my wife and son. My wife doesn't get the whole Lego thing, so it became a bonding experience for Jai and I."
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Treating our dads
Father's Day spending is expected to reach $13.3 billion nationally this year. The average consumer will spend about $119.84, up from $117.14 last year. Here are some of the most popular ways money will be spent on Dad:
Special outing (sporting event or dinner): $2.5 billion
Electronics (tablet or GPS): $1.7 billion
Clothing: $1.8 billion
Gift cards: $1.8 billion
Home improvement or gardening tool: $755 million
Sporting goods: $710 million
Personal care items: $707 million
Automotive accessories: $592 million
Source: National Retail Federation