There is a reason that your dad has so many ugly ties.
Luckily, there are all kinds of surveys out there that purport to help us figure out what our dads really want. Like many surveys, the ones for Father's Day gifts often tell you more about the group doing the survey than about what fathers are seeking.
According to a survey by a meat company, 86 percent of fathers would prefer to be given a thick-cut T-bone steak—if their only choices are steak or another tie. Or maybe most fathers want "a pen holder with a paperclip magnet," according to a survey by a trinket liquidator. Somehow, tech companies always discover that our fathers really just want gadgets.
CNBC took a look at this year's batch of Father's Day gift surveys and tried to determine what—if anything—we can learn about what our dads actually want.