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There's a good chance mom secretly hates her Mother's Day gift

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She said she loved the gift you gave her. But was your mom just faking it?

A recent survey revealed 42 per cent of moms only pretend to like their presents, and 34 per cent would rather spend Mother's Day shopping for themselves – and by themselves – according to a report on Shine by Yahoo.

Granted, the poll comes from Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre (and, unsurprisingly, it encourages people to give gift cards), but could there be a nugget of truth to its results? Could Mom's reassurance that yes, honey, she loves those rhinestone earrings you bought her actually be bogus? Could her pleas for nothing but a warm hug and a hot cup of coffee – enjoyed in peace, for mercy's sake – really be all she wants?

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As BMO reported, Canadians are willing to spend an average of $84.16 on their moms for Mother's Day. Twenty-eight per cent will take mom out for a meal, 27 per cent will buy her flowers, and 15 per cent will give her nothing at all.

(Hey, don't judge those 15 per cent. They may have a weighty reason for their boycott.)

It can be tough to navigate the Mother's Day market, considering many polls out there are commissioned by certain interests. As an Ipsos Reid survey showed, most mothers would be honoured if their children gave them a gift that benefited a charitable cause. But that survey was conducted on behalf of the Christian Children's Fund of Canada. Interestingly, it also revealed some of the worst gifts that mothers said they had received: a chainsaw, divorce papers, household appliances, cookbooks, oversized clothing and, further down the list, shoehorns.

Divorce papers? Shoehorns? Ouch. There are some gifts you can't fake liking.

How much thought do you put into your Mother's Day presents? Moms, have you ever had to fake it?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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