Give Dad a Desirable Gift

This Year, Avoid a Father's Day Flub

Give Dad a Desirable Gift

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MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2014) - (Family Features) While Father's Day is meant to amp-up dad, a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. dads shows that most aren't feeling the love on "their day." This year, Harley-Davidson rides to the rescue with a list of fresh ideas for unique Father's Day gifts to let dad know how cool we think he really is.

A few lucky dads will also win upgraded gifts in exchange for sharing photos of past years' flubs on Twitter or Instagram and tagging the post with #HDGiftSwap.

The survey, commissioned by Harley-Davidson, interviewed more than 1,200 American dads about their Father's Day gifts and experiences. The findings are clear that not all dads get their due on their day. The following are a few of their confessions:

  • Forgotten Fathers: Nearly a third of American dads (32 percent) confess they have had family members who have completely forgotten about them on Father's Day.

  • My Family Missed the Mark: More than half (57 percent of fathers) confessed to receiving a Father's Day gift they did not like.

  • Take it Back: More than half of dads surveyed (53 percent) said they have received gifts they wanted to return. Perhaps that's because more than half of the dads also confirmed they've received the same type of Father's Day gift more than once.
  • Not All Gifts Are Created Equal: When asked about the worst gift they have ever received, dads were pretty candid, sharing the following gifting gaffes:
    • "A painted rock."
    • "A tie with Santa Clauses on it."
    • "A coffee mug -- for the 4th year in a row."
    • And, perhaps with mixed emotions: "My 45-year-old, unemployed daughter moving in."

Make His Day
"We love our dads, but oftentimes we hit a roadblock when it comes to ideas for Father's Day gifts," said Karen Davidson, creative director, General Merchandise, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "That's why we're amping up Father's Day with some great gift ideas so families can get out of the dad's day gifting rut and give him what he really wants."

#HDGiftSwap = Gift Upgrade
Through June 15 (Father's Day), the Harley® Gift Swap invites dads to share on Instagram or Twitter the strangest, goofiest or worst Father's Day gifts they've ever received. When they tag it #HDGiftSwap, Harley-Davidson will surprise a select few dads with free gear.

Stumped? Check out the Father's Day Gift Guide at
Harley-Davidson has the ultimate in cool Father's Day gifts -- from classic vintage tees and glassware to motorcycle accessories.

For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at

About the Harley-Davidson Father's Day Survey
The Harley-Davidson Father's Day Survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global insights firm. The survey was conducted May 8-15, 2014, with 1,242 adult American men who are fathers, using an email invitation and an online survey.

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