WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Consumers are expected to spend more on Dear Old Dad this year. A survey from the National Retail Federation finds Americans will spend about $12.7 billion on the event. That averages about $117 per person, which is up about 10 percent over last year.

Shoppers will spend about $2.3 billion on a special day out with Dad. They willl also spend $1.7 billion on apparel because you know how much Dad loves those new ties.They are expected to plunk down $1.7 billion on gift cards, and another $1.7 billion on electronics.

Gadgets are always popular with dads, and Consumer Reports says tablets and smartphones will be among the most popular Father's Day items.

It almost goes without saying, researching those prices and products online. That way you won't be running from store to store.

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