Americans Expect To Spend Over $21 Billion On Mother's Day

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In 1907, Anna Jarvis began a campaign to convince lawmakers to designate a special day to honor America's mothers. Many individual states began celebrating Mother's Day by 1911. However, it was not until 1914 that Woodrow Wilson finally managed to persuade the U.S.Congress to set aside the second Sunday of May to honor moms.

The former U.S. President proclaimed it as a day to publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. Little did he know that Americans would comply with his wishes by transforming Mother’s Day into the third biggest consumer spending event of the year — Right after winter holidays and back to school/college season.

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This year, Americans expect to spend $21.4 billion, or about $172.22 per person. This is slightly higher than last year's record $21.2 billion and almost a 60% increase in spending since 2009. So what do we spend all this money on?

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Foundation (NRF), a bulk of it will be on jewelry ($4.2 billion) and dinner, brunch or other outings ($4.1 billion). Flowers, accessories, and consumer electronics are the next favorite gift of choice, with about $2 billion spent on each. CD's, personal services like spa days, and housewares, are some of the other gifts that moms receive from their loved ones on this special day.

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Not sure what to get mom? A recent survey by Offers.com revealed that mothers cherish gifts that are personal. This means that you do not have to spend wads of money to make your mom happy. A handmade card or photo of a special memory you shared with her will do the trick. Alternatively, set aside all your electronics and spend the day just chilling with mom. In addition to making her day, it will also be fun!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Resource: nrf.com, abcnews.com

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346 Comments
  • angelicdevil
    angelicdevilWednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:04 am
    CuTe
    • your motherMonday, April 23, 2018 at 10:46 am
      this is great for all the moms :3
      • tayMonday, April 23, 2018 at 10:36 am
        mom's are very important in our lives
        • ALEXISWednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm
          LOL
          • aphmaucat26
            aphmaucat26Monday, May 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm
            this is sweet
            • MysterywomenFriday, May 12, 2017 at 11:09 am
              yes i agree Dj mothers are by far the best
              • DjFriday, May 12, 2017 at 7:33 am
                Good mom are the best mom
                • Aj StylesFriday, May 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
                  Sooooooooo sweet❤️❤️💕😍
                  • girrrrrrrllllll
                    girrrrrrrllllllThursday, May 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                    like this if you have an awesome mom.
                    • kkkWednesday, May 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                      awww this is cute love you mom