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What to Expect From 2018 Father's Day Deals

You can find great offers if you think outside the (tool) box. Show Dad your appreciation with a new TV!
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Father's Day is June 17, so now's the time to think about gifts.

Not sure where to start? We're here to help. Read on for everything you can expect from Father's Day deals in 2018. Get your dad something special and impress him with your frugal sensibilities!

TVs Make Terrific Gifts

Maybe you spent years fighting over the remote control with your siblings. Or perhaps you always commandeered the set to channel surf. Either way, your dad deserves his own TV to watch in peace.

SEE ALSO: 13 Terrible Father's Day Gifts to Avoid

In the month leading up to Father's Day last year, we saw plenty of TV deals for every budget — even 4K TVs with HDR. A respectable 24% of these offers earned our Editors' Choice designation. Walmart was one of the biggest vendors, offering 43% of the TV deals we saw during that month (plus a few days beyond Father's Day). If you don't mind refurbished models, Walmart had big-screen sets with serious savings. For instance, we saw a refurb Vizio 70" 4K Smart TV for only $700! (It was the lowest price we'd seen for that model, and $450 cheaper than a new set.)

Refurbs not your thing? Dell Home featured excellent TV deals in 2017, too, and many were bundled with hefty gift cards. In early June of last year, we saw a Samsung 65" with a $450 Dell gift card for $1,200. If your dad is big on tech, he'll appreciate the extra bonus the gift card provides, but you can also opt to keep it for yourself.

Give the Gift of Games

If your dad's hobbies include gaming, Father's Day is a good time to indulge him. During the month before Father's Day last year, we saw the most deals on video games for consoles, although there was a good number of computer game deals, as well. In fact, almost 25% of those computer game offers were Editors' Choice-worthy, and 31% of deals on console titles received that designation.

In the past, Dell Home and Best Buy have been popular places to get these kinds of deals, but around Father's Day 2017, the Microsoft Store was the big winner. It was responsible for 18% of the Editors' Choice deals we saw for console and computer games, and offered many highly rated games for under $10 — or even for free.

Consider buying the gamer dads in your life a gift card to Steam. Last year, the big Steam Summer Sale kicked off just a few days after Father's Day.

Amazon had notable deals, as well, especially if you shopped super early (think mid-May). During that time, it offered preorders of Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch for only $48. It was the best deal by $12. That might not sound like much, but considering the game hadn't been released yet, it was worth checking out.

Newegg didn't feature as many deals on video game titles in the month before Father's Day last year. However, it did offer Resident Evil 7 at the lowest price we'd seen at the time. The horror title was released in January 2017, so seeing it drop so low was more than a little appealing. Newegg did have a good number of electronics deals in general, though, with about 11% being Editors' Choice picks. We saw everything from refurbished drones and Smart thermostats to computer peripherals such as mice, headphones, and speakers.

If you're still drawing a blank, consider buying the gamer dads in your life a gift card to Steam. Last year, the big Steam Summer Sale kicked off just a few days after Father's Day. For 2018, the sale is expected to start on June 21, which means those gift card dollars could go further right away.

Great Savings for the Great Outdoors

Maybe your dad is more into channeling his inner survivalist. If that's the case, know there are bound to be plenty of deals on outdoor gear around Father's Day.

If you waited until early June last year, you could get up to $300 off select boats at Dick's Sporting Goods. It was a great opportunity to snag a 2-seater kayak or canoe, so you could spend the day on the water with your dear old dad.

SEE ALSO: How to Buy Camping Equipment and Hiking Gear

General sales were popular, too, with REI Garage (now REI Outlet) taking $20 off orders of $100, and Cabela's taking up to 70% off outdoor apparel, tools, and gear. Look for these stores to have similar sales again this year. Similarly, Bass Pro Shops discounted a wide variety of its inventory last year, dropping prices to as low as 69 cents during its Father's Day sale. Plus, it's already launched its Father's Day sale for 2018.

If you want to stock up on rugged gear for your dad, look to stores like Eddie Bauer to discount outdoor items, as well. In 2017, it took an extra 40% off its clearance items around Father's Day.

Think Outside the (Tool) Box

Unfortunately for the DIY-loving dad, tool deals are less common this time of year. We saw a sale at Amazon pop up a few times leading up to Father's Day last year, but with a max discount of 20% off, it wasn't very enticing. However, if you're a serial procrastinator, time was on your side. On June 16 — just two days before Father's Day — that discount jumped to as much as 40% off. If you aren't seeing your dad on Father's Day itself, or if he doesn't mind receiving a gift a little late, this could be a good strategy for this year, as well.

Additionally, Home Depot had an extensive Father's Day sale, and offered up to 50% off select tools, hardware, grills, mowers, and electronics. We saw a Ryobi string trimmer for $99, but buying Dad lawn tools might be similar to buying your mom a new vacuum for the holidays — unless they specifically ask for it, maybe steer clear.

Is your dad a grill master? Consider getting him a gift from Omaha Steaks. Last year, you could snag a Father's Day combo pack from $25.

Does your dad already have a sizable tool collection? Instead of buying him another screwdriver set, try to think outside the box. If he's a grill master, consider getting him a gift from Omaha Steaks. Last year, between late May and early June, you could snag a combo pack from $25. The packs contained a variety of steaks and burgers, and typically at least one side item, such as potatoes au gratin.

If you want to gift your father something classic, look to stores like Ties.com. Around Father's Day, it took up to 20% off orders of $75, offering a good chance to provide Dad with new dapper looks. Additionally, you could get up to 60% off on a new watch for Pop by shopping on Amazon.

Apparel sales might not be common around the holiday, but there should still be a handful. Stores like Ralph Lauren, Allen Edmonds, Kohl's, and Jos. A. Bank are all likely to have their own Father's Day sales in June. (In fact, the Father's Day sales at Allen Edmonds and Kohl's have already shown up.) Expect savings in the 20% to 30% range, or maybe a buy one, get one free promotion.

Readers, how will you shop for Father's Day? What are the best deals you've scored for the holiday? Let us know in the comments below.


Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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