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Ever heard the statement that your mom will love whatever gift you get her? This seems to ring true with 73% of Americans stating that moms get very excited about a gift regardless of the price, according to a Mother’s Day survey by Slickdeals.

There are exceptions, however. According to mom respondents of the survey, that excitement wanes with gifts like toilet paper, snarky teen attitudes, and a raccoon, some of the items that made the list for worst gifts ever received.

In order to avoid ending up on the worst gift-giver list, the survey of 1,400 U.S. adults who celebrated Mother’s Day in the past year, found that most stick to more traditional items. The top categories gift-givers plan to shop this year include food items (59%), personal care products (54%), clothing and shoes (54%), accessories including jewelry (48%) and gift cards (38%).

Eighty-six percent of respondents plan to spend the same amount or more than they did last year on this Mother’s Day and 32% said they spend more on their Mother’s Day gifts than on Father’s Day. 

Brick-and-mortar reigns supreme when it comes to gathering inspiration for Mother’s Day gift ideas, with 56% of respondents stating that they go to a store and browse. Fifty percent ask friends and family and 42% search on social media.

Eighty-four percent of respondents hold off their planning until a few weeks before or even the week of Mother’s Day. Since 79% state that Mother’s Day is very important to the mothers in their life, consider this a reminder to start planning now.

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted via Suzy, a connected research cloud, on April 4, 2023. The survey queried 1,400 US general population adults who celebrated Mother’s Day in the past year.  


Malia Wooten