Ebates.com Father’s Day Survey: President Obama Named Best Real Life Dad, Cliff Huxtable Wins for Best TV Dad

Laptops and Romantic Getaways Emerge as Top Gift Choices

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Ebates.com, a pioneer and leader in online cash back shopping, today announced results from its annual Father’s Day survey that covers this year’s favorite gifts and discovered that America’s favorite real life dad is none other than President Barack Obama (31 percent), while the country’s favorite TV dad is Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” (44 percent). The national survey conducted online by uSamp on behalf of Ebates.com in May 2014 among 1,000 adults also discovered top gifts for dads and grads.

According to the survey, America’s top five favorite dads are:

Favorite Real Life Dads  

Percent of
Americans Who
Said This

  Favorite TV Dads  

Percent of
Americans Who
Said This

1. President Barack Obama 31 percent 1. Cliff Huxtable, “The Cosby Show” 44 percent
2. Will Smith 30 percent 2. Ward Cleaver, “Leave it to Beaver” 29 percent
3. Brad Pitt 27 percent 3. Mike Brady, “The Brady Bunch” 27 percent
4. Ben Affleck 18 percent 4. Homer Simpson, “The Simpsons” 12 percent

5. Tom Brady

    David Beckham

12 percent each

5. Cameron Tucker, “Modern Family”

    Rick Grimes, “The Walking Dead”

11 percent each

Dads Are Still Young At Heart

The Ebates.com survey showed that when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, dads want hi-tech items, like a laptop (43 percent), an Apple iPad (30 percent), a Samsung Galaxy tablet (24 percent), or a Samsung Galaxy smartphone (21 percent). Many are still young at heart and ask for an Xbox One (20 percent), PS4 (18 percent), or a Samsung or Pebble Smartwatch (13 percent).

Dads Also Want Romance

The Ebates.com survey discovered that dads are still romantics, with 40 percent saying they most want a getaway trip with their significant other. Other popular gift choices include tickets to a sporting event (31 percent), clothes (22 percent), “time to myself” (20 percent), and a getaway trip with a friend (19 percent).

The Father’s Day survey also revealed that while American dads want a high priced tech gift or getaway, they may not get the gift of their choice, since more than half of Americans (60 percent) only plan to spend $50 or less on a gift for dad this year.

Grads Want Cash, Not Electronics

For those who think college grads want a tablet or smartphone, think again! The Ebates.com survey asked college students what they’d most like to receive for their college graduation, with almost 8 in 10 students saying they’d most like to receive cash (77 percent). Other top choices include:

  • A job – 66%
  • Student loan payment – 45%
  • Laptop – 43%
  • Trip/travel somewhere – 42%
  • Clothes – 38%

“Finding the right gifts for dads and grads can be a challenge,” said Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates, Inc. “Shoppers can count on Ebates to let them know exactly what to buy the dad and/or grad in their life, and where to get the best coupons, discounts and cash back on those gifts. From getaways to clothes to electronics, Ebates members can save on a range of gifts for dads and grads.”

Until June 15, shoppers looking for great deals on gifts for dads and grads can receive up to 26% cash back on select retailers via Ebates. For more details on specific retailers participating in the special offer, visit Ebates.com. Shoppers can download the free Ebates.com app at Google Play and the App Store.

About Ebates.com

Ebates.com rewards consumers with cash back on purchases while also providing access to thousands of coupons, discounts, promotions and special deals, including free shipping, at over 1,600 retailers. Free membership allows consumers to shop online at their favorite retailers while earning a percentage of every purchase they make, paid quarterly in the form of a "Big Fat Check" or through PayPal. From niceties to necessities, members of Ebates benefit from incentives at top-name merchants for everything from furniture to fashion and appliances to airfare. Because shopping with Ebates is hassle-free - no rebate forms to fill out and no points or miles to redeem - the site supports a strong community of savvy shoppers across the country and around the world.

for Ebates.com
Alessandra Nagy, 310-935-2592
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