What are You Buying Your Mom for Mother's Day?

With Mother's Day around the corner, you hopefully have a gift planned.

If not, it's time you get one, make dinner reservations or at least plan to spend some time with mom.

An online survey conducted by Maru/Matchbox for RetailMeNot.ca reveals that 47 per cent Canadians agree that mom would be upset if she didn't receive a gift for Mother's Day.

But do moms care about gifts? Apparently not. You don't have to burn a whole in your pocket for mom.

Ninety-seven per cent of Canadian moms believe that it's the thought that counts more than how much is spent on Mother's day.

You can afford to skip the gifts altogether too as 85 per cent of Canadian moms would rather spend time with their kids.

And while moms love a simple day with their kids, turns out that 60 per cent of moms end up spending their own money on their special day which is surprising because 62 per cent of those surveyed kids said they should cover the cost.

Another way to make your mom's special day better is to give her a break from her duties. Seventy-nine per cent of Canadians agree that it's the ideal way to spend the day.

While moms across Canada are looking forward to quality time with family, their kids are purchasing gifts or at least planning a special dinner.

The survey reveals that on an average Canadians will spend $87 on presents and $155 for an overall experience.

The most common purchases include a dinner ($72), an experience together ($70), gift card ($55), flowers ($36), chocolate or candy ($20) and a card ($12).

But while you're busy trying to make sure that your mom feels special on Mother's Day, it's best not to leave out dad.

The survey shows that with Father's Day only a month away, 87 per cent Canadian dads agree that Mother's Day is usually more in the spotlight. Furthermore, 78 per cent fathers agree that people usually celebrate mom more that dad.

While most fathers (79 per cent) don't expect a gift for their special day, 44 per cent Canadians said that their father would be upset if he were forgotten.

Moreover, if you do celebrate Mother's Day more than Father's Day, one in three fathers or 30 per cent said their feelings would be hurt. (So make sure that daddy dearest doesn't feel left out).

The average spending on dad is 37 per cent less compared to mom. Canadians are planning to spend $93 on presents and $119 on the overall experience for Father's Day this year.

On dad's special day, the most common purchases involve tickets to an event or show ($98), dinner ($79), round of golf ($76), clothing ($75), experience with children ($62), sporting goods ($66), gift card ($52) and a card ($9).

In the end if you can't decide how to make your mom and dad feel special, get creative. A homemade gift means a lot more to moms and 87 per cent of Canadians agree.

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