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Mother’s Day Fun Facts 2017

May 8, 2017

From jewelry and flowers, to spa treatments and candle lit dinners, Americans aren’t afraid to go (and spend) above and beyond on Mother’s Day. After the winter holidays, Mother’s Day has the highest spending total (yup, it even beat out Valentine’s Day!). But this year, Americans are taking Mother’s Day shopping and pampering to new heights. In 2017, Mother’s Day spending is expected to be higher than it has ever been. So let’s take a look at how consumers will be spoiling their moms this Mother’s Day.

Kids surprising mom with flowers

Mother’s Day Spending will Reach Record-Breaking Highs

This year, it’s projected that consumers will spend more than ever on Mother’s Day gifts and festivities. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, Americans will spend an average of $186 on their moms, an increase of more than 10 dollars from last year (when the average was $172). When all’s said and done, it’s believed consumers will spend $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day — that’s a whole lot of love!

Dividing $24 Billion

It’s clear that when it comes to mom, the sky’s the limit. Now that we know how much people will be spending, let’s see what they’re actually spending it on. Below are the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.

Greeting Cards

Putting just how much you love your mom into words can sometimes be tricky, so thankfully, there are plenty (and we mean plenty) of Mother’s Day cards ready and willing to do the job! And though we know mom will love anything you give her, sometimes a simple, homemade Mother’s Day card is the better than the fanciest card around.

  • This year, nearly 77% of people who celebrate Mother’s Day will be getting their mom a card.
  • That means that during this holiday alone, American’s will spend $792 million on greeting cards.


Coming in just second in popularity to greeting cards are a Mother’s Day staple — flowers!

  • This Mother’s Day, 69% of people will be giving their mom flowers
  • That means that more than $2.5 billion will be spent on the sweet smelling plants.

Daughter kissing mom

Special Outings

After you’ve woken up mom with flowers and breakfast in bed, it’s time to celebrate her!

  • 56% of people said they plan on taking their mom on a special outing.
  • No surprise here, most people said they’ll be treating mom to brunch!
  • All in all, it looks like consumers are going to spend around $4.2 billion on their fun and tasty outings.

More Mother’s Day Fun Facts

  • In Greek mythology, spring festivals were held to honor the maternal goddess Rhea.
  • One quarter of all the flowers bought in a year are purchased during Mother’s Day.
  • Carnations are the official Mother’s Day flower.
  • Speaking of the official flower, Anna Jarvis was the woman who popularized them after her own mother passed.
  • Pink and red carnations are commonly given to mothers who are still alive, while white carnations are for those who have passed away.
  • In 1908, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the start of a national Mother’s Day.
  • Though Mother’s Day was created in the early 1900s, many small towns already had a day dedicated to honoring mothers well before than.
  • If you’re not sure what kind of flowers to get mom, we may be able to help! The most searched for flowers the week leading up to Mother’s Day are: roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and sunflowers.


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