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San Francisco mothers are keen on a spa day for Mother's Day

Is a spa day what mothers want most for Mother's Day 2014?
Is a spa day what mothers want most for Mother's Day 2014?
Photo: Laurie Jo Miller Farr

This could change your thinking about a gift selection for Mother's Day this year. National trends indicate that flowers are fine, accessories are the least popular and that the number one answer was quality time spent with the family, although not in San Francisco.

What moms want

In a Harris Poll conducted in March 2014, a sampling from 10 US metropolitan areas revealed what mothers most want, and least want, for Mother's Day on May 11. The ten cities involved in the survey were New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The survey was undertaken on behalf of the leading online shopping and cash back site, Here's what we learned about the top wants among San Francisco moms:

1. Spa day
The top answer got number one billing from 45 percent of respondents who indicated that a bit of pampering, massaging, manicure and pedicure could go a long way in making mom feel appreciated.

2. Flowers
Gorgeous flowers followed on closely, garnering 44 percent of San Francisco mothers selecting this response.

3. Fine dining & quality time
The third most popular answer came in at a tie with 42 percent choosing a fine dining experience or quality time enjoyed with family.

4. Gift card
Just over one-third (35 percent) of San Francisco mothers indicated that a gift card to their favorite store would be their number one choice for this Mother's Day.

5. Chocolate
Holding a strong position in the San Francisco top five, above such competition as tickets to a concert or a show and a clean house, the mention of chocolate had San Francisco moms choosing it first 31 percent of the time.

No, thank you

Above all, mothers aren't keen on accessories this year. A whopping 69 percent nationwide say that their number one choice not to receive is a pair of cowboy boots. The footwear is followed closely by sunglasses at 41 percent, an item one can never have too many of; perhaps moms would rather choose their own. In a move that could save you plenty of cash, moms aren't hankering after a designer handbag (38 percent). Surprisingly, perfume is not in demand either, with one-third of all mothers suggesting they're not interested. Another top five selection not likely to impress is a new smartphone.

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