Mother's Day spending to top last year

WASHINGTON — If NRF's predictions come true, moms will be in for an especially good Mother's Day this year. According to NRF’s 2012 Mother’s Day consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person celebrating the holiday is expected to spend $152.52 on gifts, up from $140.73 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $18.6 billion.

"Despite grappling with high gas prices, Americans will look for sentimental and unique ways to shower mom with affection this year," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. "As one of the most important holidays of the year, consumers can expect to see a wide range of promotions from mom’s favorite retailers leading up to the big day, including savings on apparel and electronics and even special Mother’s Day menu options at restaurants."

Of the 86.5% celebrating Mother's Day this year, nearly 65% will shop for their mom or stepmom, while others will buy gifts for their wife (22.4%), daughter (10.5%), grandmother (8.2%), sister (8.4%), friend (7.6%) or godmother (2.1%).

"While still very mindful of their finances, consumers will open their wallets a little more this year to ensure Mother’s Day is extra special for the women in their lives," BIGinsight EVP Phil Rist said. "Many will use the opportunity to comparison shop and research products to save a few bucks, utilizing their mobile and tablet devices at home and in stores as they look for gifts and other ways to celebrate."