Stateline residents, businesses prep for Mother's Day shopping

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Mother's Day is two days away and many people spent the day shopping last minute for the moms in their lives. Flowers and jewelry are always popular gifts, but demand for one particular item at Crimson Ridge in Rockford prompted the store to expand.

Sales Associate Katrina Johnson says the popularity of bath bombs is a new thing for the holiday this year. Johnson says, "Mother's Day is a huge time for us here. The busiest time is between Mother's day and Christmas. The thing about Mother's Day is that everyone comes in the week before Mother's Day.

She says, "So we have a huge rush this week, which is fun for us, it keeps us busy. Bath bombs are pretty big this year, it's nice to have something that the mom can just indulge in and not have to worry about other things going on, just have time for herself."

Mother's Day is a busy holiday. According to the National Retail Federation, 84% of U.S. adults plan to celebrate the holiday this year. 75% of shoppers will buy greeting cards, 67% opting for flowers and 55% treating mom's to a special outing. In addition to it being a busy holiday,

Brendan McGarry shops for his mom each year in Rockford and says while the numbers are high, that won't turn him away from shopping each year.

He says, "You can really throw a grain of rice here anyways and anything it hits is going to be something she likes. We owe everything to our parents, especially our mother's and our dad's who took care of us and provided for us. I think celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day is honestly one of the most important things you can do because these are the people that raised you, why not do it twice a year?"