EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Takenya Martin walked the aisles of Boscov’s department store last week with no idea what she would buy her fiance for Father’s Day.
“He is very appreciative of anything,” said Martin, 41, of Atlantic City, who added her fiance is a father. “This year, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have a few ideas, but I’m not sure. … I will think of something.”
Father’s Day spending this year is expected to total a near-record $15.3 billion, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.
Seventy-seven percent of Americans will celebrate Father’s Day and will spend an average of $133 per person, NRF data show. The projected spending for this year would be second only to last year’s $15.5 billion.
The Father’s Day gift Martin’s fiance appreciated the most, she said, was a meal she cooked a few years back that included steak, lobster and crab cakes.
Martin said the decision on what to buy a man for Father’s Day is complicated by how simple men are, but at the same time, she didn’t want to be accused of not putting any thought into the gift.
“Y’all just need the necessities, the bare necessities,” said Martin, laughing.
At Boscov’s, the most popular Father’s Day items this year are shorts, ties, slippers, golf shirts, Levi jeans and Gildan shirts, Boscov’s human resources associate Karen Walrond said.
A new men’s cologne — the first masculine fragrance in 10 years by Dior called Sauvage, which has actor Johnny Depp as its face — also has been selling well, Walrond said.
In the past, Joseph Marchiani, 27, of Margate, has purchased clothes, Nike sneakers and tools for his father, Phillip Marchiani, 71, also of Margate.
“You can never go wrong with buying him tools. He loves tools, but he has enough,” Marchiani said.
This Father’s Day, Marchiani plans to take him to lunch or dinner at Robert’s Place in Margate because he loves the wings.
Originally, Marchiani thought he would be taking out only his father, but he also will be treating his older brother, Dominic, 30, who became a father for the first time four months ago with the family’s first grandchild, Dominic Joseph Marchiani.
Joseph Marchiani is the baby’s godfather.
Marchiani said the best Father’s Day present he bought his father was a bunch of Philadelphia Eagles gear two years ago.
“He loved it. He’s a huge Eagles fan. The whole family is,” Marchiani said.
Shilpa Modi, 48, of Galloway Township, was looking through racks of clothes at Boscov’s for her father, Kantilal Bharia. Modi said he likes good clothes and wears a dress shirt and dress pants even if he is not leaving the house.
“My father likes the shirts from here, Boscov’s,” said Modi, who added over the years, she has bought her father dress shirts and pants, shoes and a watch. “He has a passion to wear the nice clothes.”