It isn't mom's fault that Mother's Day gets all the deals and Father's Day gets polite recognition from retailers.
The National Retail Federation estimates that U.S. consumers will spend $23.6 billion (or $186.39 apiece) on Mother's Day this year. Last year, however, the NRF put Father's Day spending at $14.3 billion, or $125.92 per person. If it feels like that spending is always similarly skewed, you're not wrong: IBISWorld notes that the $9.75 billion spent on Father's Day in 2008 was dwarfed by the $16.76 billion spent on Mother's Day.
As a survey by DealNews found out, however, this disparity is mostly your fault. While 46% of people plan to buy a gift for their mom this Mother's Day, just 30% of people plan to buy a gift for their dad this Father's Day. Maybe it's because mothers are just better at laying on the guilt: 40% feel obligated or pressured to buy for their mom on Mother's Day, while just 30% feel the same about Father's Day. Sons are particularly susceptible to this gambit, with 62% of males feeling obliged to spend on Mother's Day, compared to just 36% of women.
That said, Mom shouldn't overdo it with the guilt. While 59% of single people and 57% of people who are single but living with a partner celebrate Mother's Day with their mom this year, just 40% of married people will spend Mother's Day with their mom. It gets worse when kids enter the picture: 44% of people with children get their mom a gift, while 56% of those without kids do likewise. It's similarly bleak for dad, who gets presents from 39% of people without children of their own, but watches that decline to just 28% once kids come on the scene.