Mothers make a big impact on our lives. And this weekend, they're making a big impact on the economy!

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

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May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 7:47 AM EDT

Mother's Day is Sunday. Researchers with the National Retail Federation expect consumers to hit the stores in search of the perfect gift for Mother's Day. The NRF says the average person is expected to spend nearly $153 on gifts, up from $141 last year.

Researchers say consumers have been spending this spring, on garden supplies and home décor to fashions, despite high gas prices. So they expect it to be a strong Mother's Day.

Total spending for Mother's Day is expected to reach $18.6 billion in the U.S.

About half of consumers will treat mom to a meal at a restaurant. That will add up to $3.4 billion. 66 percent of consumers will buy flowers, totaling $2.2 billion.
Gift cards add up to $1.8 billion. Clothing; $1.6 billion and another $1.6 billion on electronics. $1.3 billion will go toward personal services such as a trip to a day spa.

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