Mother’s Day Consumer Spending to Reach Record High

The most popular gifts are flowers, cards and special outings.

May 01, 2023

WASHINGTON—The majority of Americans (84%) plan to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, with total consumer spending on the holiday expected to reach $35.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Spending is anticipated to be nearly $4 billion more than last year’s record high of $31.7 billion.

Consumers plan to spend $274.02 per person, the highest in the history of the association’s survey and up from the previous record high of $245.76 in 2022. The top spenders are those ages 35-44, who are expected to spend an average of $382.26 on Mother’s Day. Of those celebrating Mother’s Day, most (57%) are purchasing gifts for a mother or stepmother, followed by a wife (23%) or daughter (12%).

NRF finds that the most popular gifts to give are flowers (74%), greeting cards (74%) and special outings such as dinner or brunch (60%). Consumers will spend a total of $7.8 billion on jewelry, $5.6 billion on special outings and $4 billion on electronics. Expected spending is up across all gift categories, and gifts of jewelry, electronics and apparel are the primary drivers of growth this year. Not only are consumers planning to spend more on these gift categories, but more consumers are interested in gifting these items than ever before.

“While most consumers shopped online last year for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, we are seeing just as many people turn to department stores as a shopping destination this year,” Prosper Executive Vice President of Strategy Phil Rist said. “Gifts of experience continue to grow in popularity, with nearly one-third of those celebrating Mother’s Day planning to give a gift of experience.”

Still, consumers continue to prioritize thoughtful gifts. Respondents said the most important factors in purchasing a Mother’s Day gift include finding items that are unique or different (47%) or those that create a special memory (42%).

In addition to online (34%) and department stores (34%), consumers are also planning to shop at specialty stores (30%), local and small businesses (24%) and discount stores (23%). And more are looking at product subscription boxes, with 46% interested in this option, up from 39% last year.

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