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Mother’s Day is Coming: What Moms Really Want! HINT: It’s Not What You Think

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, many find themselves stumped deciding the perfect gift or gesture to their show appreciation.  Sure moms love macaroni necklaces and paper tissue flowers…or do they??

This leads to the posing question: What do moms really want for their day of homage?

According to the National retail Federation, most Americans will spend on average $163 on mom this year. Totaling spending is estimated to reach $19.9 billion nationally. Based on a survey representative of 1,000 mothers and fathers, MyTime.com, the world’s most convenient way to book local appointments, found that both male and females have surprising opinions when it comes to Mother’s Day activities and gifts.

 

1.  MOMS WANT DIFFERENT GIFTS THAN THE ONES THEY GET
*  Even though 52% of men will give the moms in their lives flowers or cards for Mother’s Day, only 16% of moms actually want those gifts.

*  The top three gifts that moms prefer are something creative that involves family photos (23%), a gift certificate for a massage or facial (21%), or a gift certificate for a salon visit (17%).

2.  MOMS WOULD RATHER TAKE A BREAK

*  For Mother’s Day, 73% of moms expect to either be going out to eat or doing what they normally do on any other day.

*  But the top four Mother’s Day activities that moms prefer are taking an out-of-town trip (23%), getting some pampering at a spa (20%), taking it easy while others do household chores (16%), or visiting a salon (13%).

3.  MEN ARE WILLING TO SPEND ON MOMS

*  This year, the most popular amount of money to spend on Mother’s Day is $21 to $50 (25%), followed by $51 to $100 (24%) and $11 to $20 (19%).  Only 7% of guys say they will spend less than $10.

4.  MEN ARE DOING LAST-MINUTE MOTHER’S DAY PLANNING

*  42% of men will make plans either a few days before Mother’s Day or will wait until the day itself.  6% of men admit that in the past they have forgotten Mother’s Day altogether.

Regardless of the mom you’re shopping for, you can purchase instant gift certificates for massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, housekeepers, and more at www.mytime.com/mothersday 

 

The following are fun facts about Mother’s Day:

-The American incarnation was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the law.

-Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greek and Romans, whom held festivals honoring their mother goddesses.

-The clearest modern precedent of Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as ‘Mothering Sunday”, which fell on the fourth Sunday following Lent. Originally, it was seen as the time faithful members returned to there “mother church”.

-The american rendition was created during the Civil War era when Jarvis, of West Virginia, helped start the ” Mothers’ Day Work Club” to assist local mothers in proper care of their children.

 

 

 

ABOUT MYTIME

MyTime (www.mytime.com) is the most convenient way to book local appointments.  Representing over 2 million local businesses in the U.S. in 70 categories of local services — ranging from haircuts to massages to oil changes — MyTime users can find the best service providers, check their real-time availability, discover exclusive discounts, and book appointments in seconds.  Checking off your to-do list is now as easy as buying a book on Amazon.

 

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day

http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=1813

http://myq105.cbslocal.com/2014/05/05/mothers-day-fun-facts/

 

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