By Becky Woodward

Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday I, for one,  am really looking forward to that rare lie in and if I’m lucky an edible breakfast in bed and lots of cuddles. All of which, don’t or shouldn’t cost a thing.

The subject got me thinking and as they say ‘nothing in life is free’ and Mother’s Day is now a key date in the marketing calendar for many brands. A huge amount of media budget is now spent by brands this time of year to persuade us all to part with our money to treat Mum this Sunday.

One of the reasons Mother’s Day has become such a big deal in the media calendar is that we are all fit within the target market: Male or female; young and old. A large percentage of the UK population will be making additional purchases, therefore spending more money in the run up to this Sunday and many brands want a slice.

People in Britain are estimated to have spent over half a billion on products for Mother’s Day in 2016

Leading the spending are the sons rather than daughters who will be splashing out an extra 29% more on the occasion. This can cause a bit of a headache for advertisers as men don’t tend to plan or prepare for the event as they are more likely to purchase on impulse.

According to Mintel Research, one quarter (24%) of men who bought gifts for Mother’s Day last year said they bought on impulse, compared to 18% of women. Despite this, more women than men splashed out for Mother’s Day last year – 62% of women purchased gifts, compared to 57% of men.

Nick Carroll, Retail Analyst at Mintel, said:

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest events in the retail calendar, with the majority of Brits purchasing for the event. The fact that men spend £12 more on the event than women is due in part to the fact that men are more likely to purchase gifts on impulse, pushing up the average spend. Men with young children may also have to purchase mother’s day presents for both their own mother’s and their partners which additionally impacts the average spend.”

Unfortunately, this spending trend is not mirrored by Father’s Day with less than half of Britons spending money on the occasion. Sorry Dad’s!

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Wishing all you mum’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.