How Americans celebrate Mother's Day, in 5 charts

Save big on your Mother's Day meal

Do you remember the first Mother's Day gift you created with your own two hands? Mine was a potted plant. I can still picture the oddly shaped bugs and smiling suns, drawn in Sharpie, decorating the small clay pot — just as I can remember my mother's face radiating pure delight at the simple gesture.

As children, we lack the awareness to fully appreciate all the things our mothers do. Luckily, Mother's Day provides us with a perfect opportunity both in childhood and adulthood.

The team at FindTheData wanted to look at Mother's Day spending over time and 2016 projections to see how Americans are honoring the maternal figures in their lives.

Understandably, Mother's Day spending fell during the Great Recession, but has steadily climbed over the last six years. According to Prosper Insights & Analytics' Monthly Consumer Survey, Americans are expected to spend $21.4 billion this year on Mother's Day, representing a 60 percent increase since 2009.

According to 2014 NRF data, those who turn to online shopping venues tend to spend more — a whopping 38 percent more, to be exact.

While many moms would appreciate a kind gesture no matter what the cost — even if you go the DIY route and end up with something a 5-year-old could have produced — last-minute shoppers have plenty of options to choose from.

Compare Holidays on FindTheData

More from AOL.com:
30 dog breeds that are least expensive to own
The best places to retire in 2016
4 things you didn't know you could buy at Costco

RELATED: Affordable Mother's Day gifts under $50

20 PHOTOS
Affordable Mother's Day gifts under $50
See Gallery
How Americans celebrate Mother's Day, in 5 charts
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Can't get enough personal finance tips?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from consumer news to money tricks delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.