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What mothers really want for Mother’s Day 2021 (instead of flowers)

Plus, find out what Florida mothers’ favorite brunch food is

Lobster Eggs Benedict at Blue Heaven in Key West, Photo by Nicole Lopez-Alvar.
Lobster Eggs Benedict at Blue Heaven in Key West, Photo by Nicole Lopez-Alvar. (Courtesy of Nicole Lopez-Alvar)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, (Sunday, May 9), and although it may be tempting to run to the nearest grocery store or pharmacy to grab a Mother’s Day greeting card and flowers, you may want to hold off.

In a study by RetailMeNot, they discovered that Americans plan to spend more on Mother’s Day in 2021 than in 2020 ($120 vs $97). However, according to a recent survey from TopCashback.com, 76% of Americans plan to give their mother a gift this year — albeit, the wrong one.

People plan on giving the following gifts to their mothers:

  • Flowers (45%)
  • A greeting card/acknowledgment that mom’s doing a good job (36%)
  • A gift card (28%)
  • A phone/video call (23%)

However, out of the 565 moms TopCashback surveyed, these are the top four things mother’s really want:

  • A clean house (34%)
  • An acknowledgment that mom’s doing a good job (32%)
  • A break from the mom routine (30%)
  • Delivered breakfast, lunch, brunch and/or dinner (26%)

It may seem obvious, but it seems as though it’s the little things that truly matter to mothers — even on a day like Mother’s Day.

Although we can’t suggest how you should help clean the house, how you should acknowledge her hard work, or how you can give her a break after nearly two decades of raising you, we can offer some food-related advice.

King Crab Benedict at Swan. (Courtesy of Swan)

According to a new study by Zippia, they used Google Trends to find out each state’s favorite brunch dish on Mother’s Day. Overall, people are piling their plates high with meat and dishes like pancakes. So, instead of bringing mom to an expensive brunch that is impossible to make a reservation for, you may want to go grab some brunch at a local, family-owned restaurant (or make some at home).

The study states that in Florida, mothers in the Sunshine State prefer omelettes of all varieties over any other brunch staple.

However, sausage is the most popular breakfast meat, beloved by mothers in 13 states, followed by bacon with eight states.

Just as important as breakfast meat? Alcohol. Idaho, Maine, Vermont, and Wisconsin moms choose Bloody Marys, while Montana moms want mimosas.

And yes, mothers get oatmeal in New York. Sorry.

Below, check out mothers’ favorite brunch foods in each state.

Each states' favorite Mother's Day brunch food, according to Zippia. (Courtesy of Zippia)

However, despite all of this information, according to RetailMeNot, almost half of Americans are still planning to surprise their mom with beautiful flowers.

About the Author:

Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a Miami-born and raised journalist and TV personality covering South Florida and beyond for Local10.com.