Consumers are planning to spend as much as $4.6 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
The organization’s annual survey about the holiday, which polled 7,520 consumers between April 4 and 12, showed that about 34 percent of consumers indicated they will buy jewelry for the moms in their lives this year.
Overall, the NRF said Mother’s Day spending is expected to total a near-record $23.1 billion, falling second to last year’s $23.6 billion, the highest amount in the 15-year history of the survey at an average $186 per person.
In 2018, a total 86 percent of Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day and spend an average of $180 per person.
“This year’s Mother’s Day forecast is one of the strongest we’ve ever seen,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “With spring in full bloom, Americans are looking forward to splurging on their mothers and retailers are prepared to offer a variety of options that will allow consumers to find the perfect gift for the occasion.”
In addition to jewelry, shoppers also are expected to spend $4.4 billion on special outings like dinner or brunch (55 percent) and $2.6 billion on flowers (69 percent).
Another $2.5 billion will be spent on gift cards (45 percent), $2.1 billion on clothing (36 percent), $2.1 billion on consumer electronics (14 percent) and $1.8 billion on personal services like a spa day (24 percent).