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Father's Day gifts: where to go for the best buys

Father's Day is approaching. Here is a guide for where to go for the best deals on everything from athletic clothing to Apple products this Father's Day.

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Father's Day is fast approaching, and if you're like most consumers, chances are you're still looking for a gift for dad. That's where we come into the picture.

DealNews is here to show you what sales you should shop in order to save the most money. So whether your dad is into sports, gadgets, or designer polos, these are the sites you should visit in the days leading up to Father's Day.

Clothing

Clothing made up 25% of all Father's Day sales we saw last year, so it's definitely a reliable option, no matter what you're looking for. If your dad is of the more athletic stripe, we saw tons of popular discounts from NikeFinish LineASICS, and Reebok, taking up to 90% off select items.

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For more dapper dads, look for up to 70% off Brooks BrothersAllen EdmondsJoseph Abboud, and Calvin Klein. And don't forget watches: We saw deep discounts on these accessories from JomashopAshford, and The Watchery.

Electronics

Every dad needs a few good gadgets in his life. Although this time of year isn't generally the best season for electronics deals, you can still score some bargains with a little digging. A respectable 13% of sales in early June were on electronics last year. So keep an eye out for discounts up to 70% off from Fry'sMicrosoft, and Canon.

As for Apple products, we'll likely see tons of discounts after the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2016) on the 13th. Rumored new MacBooks, Apple Watches, and iPads could mean price drops on older generation items. But remember, don't buy directly from Apple, as its prices are almost always beat by stores like Best BuyeBay, and Groupon.

Tools

Tools are not only the perfect gift for your favorite handyman, but with the weather getting nice, it's likely everyone is tackling some outdoor projects and home repairs. Expect SearsHome Depot, and Lowe's to discount big-name brands like Craftsman, Ryobi, and DeWalt up to 70%. While power tools remain pricey, some hand tools and small pieces of hardware can start at under $1.

Outdoor Gear

For the rustic father, there are some (though not many) deals to be had on everything from hiking gear to grilling accessories. Walmart really stepped up last year, offering camping, fishing, and boating items for as little as $1. One of their most popular deals was an 8-person tent bundled with two queen-sized air mattresses for an $87 price low. Otherwise, check out Amazon, eBay, and 13 Deals for up to 85% off these items.

Non-Traditional Gifts

It doesn't have to be all neckties and power tools for Father's Day. In years past, we've seen everything from airfares to steaks go on sale. Around this time, we regularly see sales on gift baskets from 1-800-Baskets. And last year, Guitar Center cut up to 50% off amplifiers, guitars, and music accessories for its Father's Day Sale.

No matter which route you take, your dad is bound to love his gift. The best part is, he'll never need to know just how much (or how little) you spent on it.

This article first appeared at Dealnews.com.

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