Consumer spending on Father's Day jumps from last year
Updated: 06/15/2012 05:39 PM
By: Sarah Pisciuneri
CONCORD -- Shoppers are out in force this Father’s Day weekend, hitting the stores like never before.
"Try to get the perfect gift for the perfect person," said shopper Samantha Grimm.
And consumers are pending more trying to top that perfect gift they got for Dad last year.
The National Retail Federation estimates spending on Father’s Day is up 10 percent with the average shopper spending $117.14 on gifts this year.
Electronics, clothing and gift cards are still among the most popular gifts, with $1.7 billion dished out in each category.
But topping the list is more than a gift; it's an experience.
"I was looking for something different an experience he wouldn't forget," said Kate Carpentier, who surprised her husband, Nick, with the Exotic Driving Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
About $2.3 billion is expected to be spent on special outings, up from $2 billion last year.
Although Nick Carpentier said taking a Ferarri for a spin is a lot more fun for him, it's just part of an even better gift.
"You drive a quarter of a million dollar car which you can do every day," said Nick Carpentier.
"The time together and really just taking notice of how wonderful he is all year long and taking care of him," said Kate Carpentier.
The Exotic Driving experience will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway through Sunday.
Some sessions are sold out, but you can call 1-855-822-0149 for other dates and times.
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