Are you overwhelmed by how prolific your little Picasso is? Turns out you’re not alone. A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Canvaspop found that the average mom could fill a museum with their “made-for-mom” masterpieces.

A study of 2,000 moms found the average mother has been gifted six drawings, four finger paintings and four watercolor paintings for Mother’s Day and other special occasions. Most moms love receiving these and having a record of their child’s artistic ability through the years. 

Mom Gift Research

When it came to showing off their family at home, over three-quarters of moms have framed a child’s artwork, but many said they wish they had more family photos to adorn their walls.

The average mom estimates that she’s only featured in less than half of the photos of her immediate family. Sixty-two percent of moms agree they’re usually not in photos because they are the ones in charge of taking them.

“Moms are amazing about making sure that their family’s biggest moments are captured,” said Brittany Norris, Brand Marketing Manager for Canvaspop. “That’s why it’s important to take the time to go through your favorite photos and print the ones that say thank you for always being there.

Nearly seven in 10 respondents said they would enjoy a personalized Mother’s Day gift this year.

“Showcasing all of the hard work the mom is your life does with a gift that features a cherished family photo a great way to make her feel special this Mother’s Day — and it ensures that the gift will be both unique and memorable, a special, personalized gift she’ll always remember,” said Norris.

Some of the moms even admitted to holding onto their child’s creation for 16 years while 15% of those surveyed kept artwork for longer than 30 years. 

The survey also found that a little over a third of the moms had to stifle laughter upon receiving a gift that didn’t quite look as their child had expected. 

“A family picture where everyone was a hotdog,” “a painting of a cow with his snout where his eyebrows should be” and “a picture of me that looked like an elephant,” were among the gifts in this category.

“All Mom really wants is a gift that is thoughtful and heartfelt,” added Norris. “A picture is worth a thousand words, so gifting mom a high-quality print or canvas of a family photo is a great way to say ‘I love you’ this Mother’s Day. It doesn’t take an expensive gift to show her how much you care, a simple photo can say it all. It’s the grown-up equivalent of the totally unique homemade gifts you made for your mom as a child that she held onto all those years – and something she’ll likely cherish for even longer.”