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Crossroads retailers weigh in on this year's hot Mother's Day items

By ALLISON MILES
May 10, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.

Vivid, tropical themed Consuela bags are on display at Foster Creek Station.

MOTHER'S DAY SPENDING IN US:

$3.4 billion

Brunch or dinner

$2.2 billion

Flowers

$1.8 billion

Gift cards

$1.6 billion

Clothing and accessories

$1.6 billion

Electronics

$1.3 billion

Personal services, such as spa trips

SOURCE: NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION NEWS RELEASE

From bandaging boo-boos to baking up goodies and spinning that perfect bedtime story, Mom has always been there through the ups and downs. But, as Mother's Day approaches, what do you give the woman who has given you so much?

Here, the pros weigh in.

People are expected to spend an average $152.52 on gifts this Mother's Day, according to a National Retail Federation news release. That's up from last year's $140.73.

Overall spending will reach an estimated $18.6 billion.

While flowers are this year's most popular seller nationwide, other gifts such as meals out and clothing also join the ranks.

Locally, small vases with tealight candles are popular Mother's Day gifts, said Janie Fitzgerald, with Hudson's Engraving and Gifts, 3208 Sam Houston Drive. Heart-shaped ornaments, which allow shoppers to include an engraved message also go over big.

Personalized items are always a nice touch for Mom on her big day, Fitzgerald said, noting that could range from ID bracelets to coffee mugs and even trophies acknowledging Mom as a superstar.

Edna's Davis Jewelry and Gifts, 112 W. Main St., also personalizes items with its laser engraver, said owner Marcy Davis. It works on wood surfaces, glass surfaces and more.

She recommended personalized picture frames or crosses for this Mother's Day, but said jewelry - especially crosses and hearts with diamonds - is always a good option.

"It lasts a lifetime," she said.

Jewelry doesn't have to break the bank, Davis said, noting an 18-inch strand of freshwater pearls sells for $39.95 in her store and buyers receive a free pair of earrings.

Clothing and accessories were big draws at Foster Creek Station, 504 E. Crestwood Drive, said co-owner Susan Teinert.

Consuela handbags were the No. 1 gift for Christmas and have continued to sell well, she noted, while Yellowbox shoes also remained popular.

A new promotion, allowing shoppers a free pair of Brighton earrings if they purchase the earrings and necklace, also drew shoppers to that counter.

Teinert said she expected the store to be busy throughout the week, but especially on Saturday, as last-minute shoppers make their way in to find gifts.

"Most men wait until the last minute," she said with a chuckle, noting she advised people to avoid putting off shopping if possible.

"Try not to wait because, then, things are picked over," she said. "But, if you do, the safe bet is to go for a gift certificate."

Flip-flops, clothing, jewelry and spa products are all good Mother's Day possibilities at Cattails, a Matagorda shop and art gallery at 22996 state Highway 60, owner Sue Milberger said.

Still, for those who prefer something a bit different, she suggested making a day of it and giving Mom an outing. Cattails, for instance, will host an art festival Saturday, where visitors can peruse vendor booths, taste wines, take in live music and visit.

"It's something a little bit different," she said.

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