Father's Day Sales for 2021 Are Live! Here's What to Expect

Save up to 80% on tech, clothing, and outdoor gear, among other popular gifts.
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Father's Day sales are officially here, deal-seekers! While we don't recommend ordering items online if you're hoping for delivery by Sunday, you can still shop great deals.

The big day is Sunday, so if you haven't started planning for it yet, it's definitely time to start. With many restrictions ending and COVID-19 vaccines being more widespread this year, more people will probably be comfortable visiting home. And that could mean Father's Day gifts will sell out sooner, as consumers buy earlier or even extra to make up for being absent last year.

Fortunately, we're here to help you navigate all the Father's Day sales in 2021. Keep reading to learn about the stores to shop, the savings to expect, and when the holiday sales begin.

When Is Father's Day 2021?

This year, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 20. The holiday will be here very soon, so don't wait long to begin your shopping, if you haven't already started.

Wondering how many folks will be buying for the dads in their lives? We recently conducted a poll about Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts, and of the 2,800-plus respondents, about one-third said they were planning to purchase gifts for both holidays, or for Father's Day alone. But even if you're not planning to get a present, you could still save big on tech, outdoor gear, and more when shopping Father's Day sales.

When Do Father's Day Sales Start?

We saw the first early Father's Day sales pop up on May 11 and May 12 in 2021, and they were from REI and Kohl's, respectively. This was an even earlier start than last year! Father's Day fell on June 21 in 2020, and we saw the first branded sales appear as early as May 20. That's when Costway rolled out their Father's Day discounts on tools, recliners, and other items.

What to Expect From Father's Day Sales

Tools are a traditional Father's Day gift, and we're expecting plenty of sales for the holiday to reflect that. Watch for stores like Home Depot, Northern Tool, Lowe's, and even eBay to offer tool deals to treat dad this year. Discounts will vary widely, so you may have to dig through the offers to find the perfect present. Even so, expect these sales to feature plenty of discounted items that are worth shopping — including both power and hand tools.

SEE ALSO: 7 Must-Have Power Tools for Homeowners

Keep an eye out at stores that aren't traditionally known for home improvement products, as well. For instance, last year Best Choice Products offered up to 50% off on select items, including gear for crafty dads.

For the dad who prefers new tech, there's no shortage of excellent Father's Day deals to shop. Some sales, like the one at B&H Photo Video, will likely have discounts on everything from MacBooks and iPads to cameras and SD cards. We also expect Newegg to offer a wide variety of products, including security cameras, hard drives, headphones, and laptops. If you're buying tech for your dad, be sure to check out stores like Case-Mate for cases to protect the new gadgets; last year, the retailer took 30% off around Father's Day.

Is your dad an audiophile? Bose, JBL, and Harman Audio could take up to 70% off during their Father's Day sales.

Need gifts for an audiophile father? Bose will almost certainly have special prices like last year, when headphones started at $100 and speakers were priced from $150. JBL held its own event and took up to 70% off, with wireless earphones starting around $15 and portable speakers costing as little as $50. And Harman Audio could bring back the same wide range of discounts it had last year — anywhere from 10% to 70% off.

Treating dad to something tasty is a great alternative to the more traditional gifts of tools and tech. And you'll have a variety of food and drinks to choose from. For instance, if your dad loves to grill, consider Omaha Steaks. Last year, they cut up to 51% off gifts like burgers, franks, chicken, lobster, and, of course, steaks.

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Other tasty gifts are available, too. Perhaps your dad prefers a good cup of coffee to start his day, or a good bottle of wine with dinner. In that case, watch for brands to take up to 20% off coffee, including Jamaica Blue Mountain varieties, and for online stores to offer wine gifts from as little as $20. Don't overlook simple gift baskets either — last year $15 could buy Dad a package at Belk containing chocolate chunk cookies, steakhouse burger blend seasoning, fruit and nut mix, and two Dad's root beers.

Whether your dad already has a great sense of style or you're hoping to impart some new sartorial wisdom, you'll have a number of Father's Day clothing sales to shop. Designer goods should be among the items up for grabs — last year, Nordstrom took up to 60% off brands like Nike, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, and adidas. Kohl's, meanwhile, cut up to 80% off and had graphic T-shirts for as little as $6 each. Allen Edmonds took up to 40% off items like dress sneakers and other dress shoes, as well as various wardrobe pieces dapper dads could appreciate.

Watch for Nordstrom Rack to host its own sale; if last year's offers return, you'll be able to get up to 80% off daily deals for Father's Day. Add some accessories by shopping events at stores like Fossil, which could take up to 70% off in a flash sale. Keep an eye out for retailers like Happy Socks to take 15% off select items, as well, including "mini & me" styles that let dads and kids have matching looks.

If your dad prefers the great outdoors, help outfit his adventures with new gear. Shop stores like Steep & Cheap to save up to 81% on clothing, shoes, backpacks, and camping gear. Watch for Academy Sports & Outdoors to feature more modest discounts — in the 40% off range — on products like athletic shoes, boots, golf gear, and more.

Grab discounted camping gear and more at Steep & Cheap, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

On a budget? Look for stores like Dick's Sporting Goods to offer gifts for dad under $25, so you can treat him without breaking the bank.

Most dads can appreciate an excellent grill to use for backyard barbecues. While we often see the best grill deals in the fall, when retailers begin to clean out their summer stock, it's not exactly a deal wasteland before then.

Watch for the Home Depot Father's Day sale to include grills as part of the event — same with Cabela's, Sam's Club, and Target. Deals will vary, but last year we saw grills and smokers for up to $250 off at Cabela's, while Big Lots cut up to 50% off their selection. Also count on stand-alone deals — last year we saw a Landmann Vinson vertical smoker discounted to $162.

If none of the items we already mentioned sound suitable for your dear old dad, why not think outside the box? Consider shopping department stores, where you'll find items like fragrances for as little as $28. And order year-long magazine subscriptions from $5 at retailers like DiscountMags. Does he need new luggage? Watch for Samsonite to offer 50% off a variety of items in its Father's Day sale.

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Shopping at Target

If your dad enjoys a good movie night, consider stocking up on his favorite titles. Look for stores like Best Buy to take up to 50% off, and for Target to offer a "buy more and save" sale — last year, the bull's-eye retailer had a "buy two, get a third free" deal on movies, as well as video games, books, and music.

Want to start scoring great deals? Check out these Father's Day discounts and freebies.

The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Cafe: Buy $100 in gift cards online and receive a $30 bonus eCard. This offer is good through June 20.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Get $2 off any breakfast sandwich as a loyalty member, and save 20% when you buy digital gift cards. This offer is good through June 20.

Jane: Shop special discounts on the Father's Day collection.

Red Lobster: Purchase $50 in gift cards in-store or online, and receive a bonus coupon for $10 off an in-restaurant, to-go, or delivery order of $30 or more. This offer is good through the end of June, and the bonus coupon is valid on orders in July and August.

Super Coffee: Shop the Father's Day sale and save 15% on Father's Day bundles when you use the code "DAD21" at checkout. This deal runs through June 20.

TCBY: Dads get a free 6-ounce cup of frozen yogurt on Father's Day, no purchase required.

Ready to shop for Father's Day? Check out our top deals now!

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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