She is, of course, the most important person in our lives, and Mom deserves a special Mother’s Day gift.

But like many of us, J.B. Mitchell is waiting until the last minute to pick out a gift for his mother.

“I have yet to do any shopping yet for my mom, but I promise you Mom you will get something for Mother’s Day.”

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent a record $23 billion on Mother’s Day gifts in 2018. On average, each of us shelled out $186 on gifts for Mom.

And the NRF’s survey shows we are ready to spend nearly as much again this year.

If you are looking for a gift, but can’t decide what to get, here are some ideas from professional shopper Trae Bodge from

Bodge recommends, “Things like personalized gifts and experiential gifts will be on sale.”

What exactly are experiential gifts? They are things like a day spa treatment, concert tickets or a meal at a restaurant.

The NRF survey found 29% of us will spend on gifts like that. And if you want to find the best prices, Trae says sites like Groupon and are offering big sales right now.

Bodge also suggests, “if you are looking to save a lot on mom, look to spring apparel because it is on clearance.”

The NRF survey predicts consumers will spend $956 million on housewares. And those items (plates, bowls, utensils, cookware) at many stores are marked down dramatically. Take the time to shop around for the best prices.

Then there are the old standbys—jewelry and flowers. Jewelry prices are discounted, but you’ll be spending more on flowers than any other time outside of Valentine’s Day. If you want the best prices on flowers, you may want to check out deals online.

But with Mother’s Day just a few days away, you might want to save on the delivery prices and go to the local florist yourself.

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