- FREDERICK, Md. - Its easy to express how you feel about the man who taught you a lot, like how to ride a bike and grill a mean steak, but when it comes to buying a gift for your dad, it can get a little challenging.

"I sent him a card and that was about it," said Tisha Sobel who says her family isn't big on the holiday.

According to the National Retail Federation, Father's Day barely leaves a dent on the retail sales radar compared to Mother's Day. The survey found that the average person will spend about $113 on tools and other dad friendly goodies compared to around $163 spent on mom last month.

Of the gifts on dad's hot list, the NRF lists tools or appliances as some of the most desirable.

"What father wouldn't want a grill for Father's Day. I'll probably throw some steaks on the grill later," said Dustin Dewese, who was shopping for a grill with his son at Home Depot.

According to the NRF, total spending for the knickknacks that will bring a smile on dad's face will reach about $12.5 billion this year compared to an estimated $19.9 billion for Mother's day.

For the Rogges, they're celebrating Father's Day later in the week on Wednesday, when their dad comes home from Korea, where he helps operate satellite communications for the Army.

"Very excited he gets to come home in a couple of days. We are holding off Father's Day for a couple of days until he gets here," said Rogge.

And for their two children Matthew and Bennett, dad's arrival will be the highlight of their week.

"I miss him," said Matthew.

"He's awesome," Bennett added.

But no matter how much you spend or how you celebrate, the best part of the day is honoring the special guy in your life.

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