My Father was pretty unique. He didn’t like a lot of attention and preferred a simple quiet life after retirement. It was nearly impossible to buy my father a gift for any occasion let alone Fathers day. Whenever I visited him in The Rio Grande Valley, I would have to inconspicuously hide a gift somewhere in the house.

The market research group One Poll says, 3 out of 4 fathers prefer an experience, instead of receiving a gift, like a tie or other clothing.

Nearly 50 percent would be happy just getting a phone call from their children. The study says, if you still want to buy something for Dad the top gifts include steaks, tickets to a ball game, or a cold beer.

Top 10 gifts dads want for Father’s Day this year

A phone call from my kid(s) 47%
A big juicy steak 41%
Peace and quiet 38%
Taking in a ball game with the family 38%
An ice cold beer or two 35%
A cheaper, practical gift (socks, tie, etc.) 35%
Glass of wine 34%
Watch whatever I want on TV 34%
Glass of whiskey 29%