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Mother's Day 2012: Gifts That Moms Really Want

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Mother's Day 2012 is May 13th. (Listen up, dads. According to, 44 percent of you forget the day to honor mom entirely.) This year, 62 percent of consumers polled by PriceGrabber plan to spend less than $100 on Mother's Day gifts and most will be ordered online. Flowers will be the most popular purchase; gift cards, clothing and accessories are next in line.

But the tangible items that will be given to moms on May 13th aren't exactly in tune with what they want -- survey after survey reveals that this Mother's Day, mom's greatest wish is for a little R&R, ideally an entire day off from all responsibility. polled over 19,000 women and eight out of ten said they would prefer to sleep in on Mother’s Day instead of watching the sunrise with their kids. One out of three admitted that they secretly want to be alone on the holiday.

Forty-eight percent of moms who participated in an online survey for named a day at the spa as their number one gift choice. Men, however, mistakenly ranked spa day as number three on the list of what they think their partners want, placing flowers and jewelry above.

When CafeMom readers were asked to contribute to a Mother's Day wish list, the theme was overwhelmingly the same. "A day off from EVERYTHING," one woman responded. "Just one morning to sleep in! My 9 month old loooove being an alarm clock at 4 a.m.," another pleaded.

Here on HuffPost, tweeters were in sync, too. "No presents, just peace," @MelbHab declared. Now it's your turn, tell us what you REALLY want this Mother’s Day by tweeting @Huffpostparents #momwants.

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