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Mother's Day is the second-highest gift-giving day of the year

April 30, 2012 |  5:20 pm

Cinco de Mayo
In only a few hours, it will be May, and that means a lot of interesting dates will be coming up. Tuesday, for instance, is May Day, which could mean something sweet, like leaving posies on a friend's doorstep, or something strong, like participating in a worker's rights march. But I don't get excited till the somewhat more fashion-focused events come along. Cinco de Mayo, for instance --- ok, so I consider margaritas fashionable -- on Saturday. And the celebration does involve colorful costumes, like the one shown here. Saturday is the same day as the Kentucky Derby, and I'm looking forward to the hats we'll see in the stands.

Then there is Mother's Day, celebrated in the U.S. this year on May 13. I was surprised to learn it is the second-most gift-giving day in the country, after Christmas. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $152.52 on Mother's Day gifts, up about 8% from $140.73 last year, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the National Retail Federation, with total spending expected to be around $18.6 billion, CNBC reports.

Check out our gift guide if you're looking for ideas.

May 19 is Armed Forces Day (who can resist a man or woman in uniform?) and May 28, Memorial Day, which ushers in summer and a change in our basic wardrobes to swimsuits, sandals, sundresses and shorts.

All in all, it seems that May will be a busy month indeed.

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Photo: Lazaro Arvizu, of Xipetotec Dance Aztec, plays a flute during a performance that was part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities at El Pueblo de Los Angeles on May 5, 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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