Retail group says Nevadans to spend $293 million on Mother’s Day

The Retail Association of Nevada said Mother’s Day spending in the Silver State is expected to reach $293 million and consumers are expected to spend an average of $162.94 on gifts this year.

Average spending for Mother’s Day, according to the Retail Association of Nevada, ranges from $31.26 for a special outing, $29.96 for jewelry, $19.96 for flowers, $17.27 on gift cards and $14.28 on clothing and accessories. The least amount of money is spent on housewares, gardening tools, greeting cards, books and music.

Las Vegas resident Elizabeth Luneza said because Mother’s Day is about honoring that special woman in your life, it shouldn’t be centered on money.

“I feel that this is a holiday dedicated to love and there shouldn’t be a price associated with it,” she said. “My mom likes the finer things in life and she deserves it.”

Luneza added that she spends about $75 on her mother as she typically treats her to dinner and a gift such as a designer purse or a gift card to one of her favorite stores. “This year I am planning on taking her out to play Bingo,” Luneza said.

James Boucher, a North Las Vegas resident, said he usually spends $50 on his mother.

“I always get her flowers and a card and I also cook for her,” he said. “This year, I spent more on her because I have more money this time around so I was able to order her flowers … .”

Boucher added, “While my mother and all mothers are worth it, times are tight.”

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