I haven’t shopped for Mother’s Day yet, and I bet I’m not alone. There’s still time! Americans are expected to spend nearly $175 on mom this year, up $10 from last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Mother’s Day Spending Survey. The Chain Store Age article highlighting consumers’ anticipated spending habits for Mother’s Day claims department stores will be big winners. I contaend small retailers will also win big, assuming they’ve done some work to let people know what they have that mom would want. And considering I’m not likely the only one who has not shopped for mom yet, like I said, there’s still time to capture a slice of the $175 I’m supposed to spend.
Mother’s Day is the third largest retail holiday in the U.S.
- $1.9 billion: total amount of money spent on flowers for their mothers on Mother’s Day
- $20.7 billion: total amount of money that will be spent for mothers on Mother’s Day
- $671 million: total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually
According to the list of popular gifts for mom this year, the majority will grab a card of course. So, if you’re a shop with unique, funny, out-of-the-ordinary cards to honor mom let me know. I’ll be looking for two cards – one for mom and mom-in-law. As for how to let me know … Marketing tip for small retailers – snap a photo of your favorite Mother’s Day cards in your inventory and share it with your customers via social media, email, your website, a stand up sign outside your store or even a flyer in your window can grab attention.
The next most popular gift may be flowers, obviously — fresh or potted. If you offer anything related to flowers or gardening you can capitalize on this gift by pulling together some floral related merchandise — vases, pots, gardening tools and accessories. Display these items together, take a photo and follow Marketing tip for small retailers above.
- 66% of Americans will shop at boutiques or small retail businesses for Mother’s Day gifts
- 84% of Americans feel that gifts from boutiques and small retail businesses are more personal and unique
- 64% of Americans feel that gifts from boutiques or small retail businesses are better quality
Clothing is number three on the list of top items for Mom’s Day. If you sell women’s apparel you surely have some outfit suggestions that would make Mom look good. If possible, have someone model a few ensembles, preferably a familiar face to your customers. If not show them off on hangers or mannequins, take a photo and follow Marketing tip for small retailers above.
Personal services are the next most popular gifts for Mom. Considering these would most likely be given in way of gift certificates, what does your gift certificate buy… and what does it look like with Mom’s name written on it? Mock up a few samples, take a photo and follow Marketing tip for small retailers above.
Finally, food and beverage are always on the list as the majority of consumers will treat Mom to breakfast in bed, brunch or dinner. If you’re a restaurant or stock food or cooking items you ought to be showing off your wares to spoil Moms… and, take a photo and follow Marketing tip for small retailers above.
Keep in mind some people will wait until the last second – even the morning of Mother’s Day to buy (not me, I swear). So one final Marketing tip for small retailers … don’t stop showing off what you’ve got for Mom’s till Mom’s Day is all the way over.