Mother’s Day 2020 is in a few days and what a perfect chance to honor your mom, mother-in-law, and other moms in your life. However, with the current stay-at-home orders in most states due to the COVID-19, you may be wondering how to best celebrate this special day. While options such as taking your mom out for lunch, visiting her, or treating her to a spa day will not work this year, there are numerous other ways to celebrate Mother’s Day 2020.
- Top ideas for Mother’s Day gifts in 2020
- How to find legit Mother’s Day deals
- The 7 most common scams on Mother’s Day
Top Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts in 2020
Mom deserves the best, so treat her to one of these thoughtful, creative, and unique Mother’s Day gifts ideas she’ll never forget.
1. Comfort Gift Items
While you may not be able to treat your mom to a spa session this year, you can gift her comfort items. Choose from a wide range of gifts including pajamas, robes, candles, bath bombs, essential oils, massage oils, warming sleepers, or herbal tea among others. She surely could use a calming bathtub soak while sipping a cup of her favorite tea or a glass of wine in these uncertain times.
2. Techie Gifts
Techie moms will be pleased with new gadgets like smartphones, tablets, cameras, digital watches, Bluetooth speakers, and headphones and earpieces.
3. Beauty Products and Accessories
This is one of the largest categories of mom-centered products. You can choose any cosmetics and beauty treatment product. The assortment is wide including makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance, nail polish, etc.
4. Fashion Gifts
If your mom is stylish and fashion-conscious, she could appreciate gifts such as bags, sunglasses, watches, scarves, gloves, or an outfit she has been eyeing.
Jewelry is a perfect way to show your mom how special she is. Earrings, necklaces, pendants, lockets and other precious items can make the day memorable. For truly unique Mother’s Day gifts, you can choose a beautiful bracelet and make an inscription.
6. Gifts to Support Her Hobbies
If your mother is fond of gardening, buy a gardener’s accessories kit or a landscape gardening guide. If she likes cooking, choose a new kitchen appliance, or if she loves to workout, get her some gym equipment so that she can keep up with her workouts even though gyms are closed.
Mother’s Day flowers are a common gift option. Fresh and beautifully packaged roses, tulips, lilies, daisies, etc. will certainly put a smile on your mom’s face. Make an order and have them delivered to her house. Keep in mind that deliveries may take longer due to the disruption in the supply and transport systems caused by the covid-19. Order a few days before Mother’s Day to ensure the flowers are delivered on time. Alternatively, you can order online from a florist near your mom’s location.
8. Tasty Treats
Common Mother’s Day tasty treats include chocolate, candy, and cakes. Since taking your mom out to a restaurant is not an option this year, you could order her favorite meal from a restaurant near her and have it delivered to her house.
9. Gift Baskets
You can select an assortment of items and create a personalized Mother’s Day gift set. You can either choose from a variety of the already put together gift baskets sold on various online shops, or you could custom-make one. Common Mother’s Day gift baskets ideas include: wine basket, tea basket, bath spa gift set, candy basket, fruit basket, vegetable basket, gourmet cheese, and meat basket, and beer basket among others.
10. Mother’s Day Greeting Card
Because no gift would be complete without a corresponding Mother’s day greetings card, choose some interesting printable card and fill it with inspiring quotes or a lovely message to let your mom know that you love her.
11. DIY Gift
Channel your creative energies and custom make a gift for your mom. Examples of DIY Mother’s Day crafts include a story-telling photo book with your family picture, a homemade scented candle, or a greeting card.
12. Heart-Warming Words
How often do you tell your mother you love her and say thank you to her? This day is just the right chance to do so. Write her a heart-warming letter or poem for Mother’s Day.
How to Find Legit Mother’s Day Deals
With the Covid-19 disruption on the economy, most people are looking for ways to save up while celebrating their moms. While numerous scammers are looking to take advantage of Mother’s Day shoppers, you still can find legit Mother’s Day promotions. Below are 6 tips on how to find legit Mother’s Day sales, offers, and promotions.
- Check if your favorite businesses have any deals on their official website, or call their customer service to find out.
- If you come across deals from companies you have not transacted with before, do thorough research to establish their credibility.
- For every promotion or deal you consider, carefully read through its terms and conditions.
- If the deal seems too good to be true, it’s better to pass it.
- Whenever possible, start your shopping early on so that you have ample time to research the deals.
- Beware of the quality of products on sale because some businesses put items that have been in storage for long on sale.
The 7 Most Common Scams on Mother’s Day
With Mother’s Day a week away, a lot of shoppers will be looking for appealing Mother’s Day 2020 gifts. Scam artists will try to take advantage of consumers, especially online. Below we have identified the most common Mother’s Day scams that you should be on the lookout.
1. Flower Delivery Scams
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for florists in a year. And criminals know this. They organize fake online stores with tremendous choice and low prices but they do not deliver flowers. They get your credit card number and that’s all. In other cases, the flower companies deliver low-quality flowers or they do not deliver as per the order.
For instance, in a Premium Florist review (#1531824) on PissedConsumer, the customer complained that they ordered a 50 rose basket Mother’s Day flowers for their mother but after completing the order the company representative called to say there were no roses available. The representative advised the customer to order 50 tulips instead. However, only 10 tulips of poor-quality were delivered.
Tips on how to avoid flower delivery scams:
When you are looking where to buy flowers online, make sure the business is legitimate. Look for reviews on Pissed Consumer or Better Business Bureau rating. Do not be deceived by the lowest price. And, do not rely on phone calls since scam artists are really good at conversations.
2. Edibles Delivery Scams
Similar to the flower delivery scams, scammers offer attractive deals for delivery of edible items such as cakes, cookies, chocolate, groceries, candy, gourmet cheese, meat, and wine among others. However, they have no actual products to deliver. They use the offers as a means to steal the victim’s identity and credit card information. You end up paying but no delivery is done.
On the other hand, there’ve been cases whereby the customer receives stale or poor-quality products from edibles delivery companies.
For instance, in a recent Edible Arrangements review (#1893055), the customer complained that the fruits delivered were not fresh.
Tips on how to avoid edibles delivery scams:
The key is to do due diligence on the companies. Check for reviews both on social media and on review platforms such as PissedConsumer, Yelp, and Reddit among others. Since most edibles are perishable, consider ordering from a store near you. This mitigates the risk of the products going bad in transit. Also, in case of complaints, it would be easier to follow up with a company that has a physical store near you.
3. Fake Gift Cards Scam
Gift cards are ideal Mother’s Day presents as your mom gets to choose the gift she wants. However, they arean avenue for scammers. The scammers use official logos and brand names of reputable brands to run attractive Mother’s Day sales and offers. These offers may be sent directly to your email inbox or social media inbox.
In most cases, the ad page also provides a link to another page where you are required to enter your personal information and credit card information. You also may be required to share the offer with your friends and family to qualify for an even “better deal”. However, this is a trap for identity and credit card information theft.
The top gift cards complaints on PissedConsumer.com include:
- The gift cards were not delivered.
- The gift cards delivered were of the lower value than then amount bought.
- The gift cards did not work in the recommended stores.
For instance, in an Outback SteakHouse gift card review on PissedConsumer, the customer complained that they bought a $100 gift card but they received 2 $10 bonus cards.
Tips on how to avoid fake gift cards scams:
Be cautious. and Use only trustworthy companies. Take your time before making your purchase. A lot of fake gift card scams are based on a sense of urgency. Scammers will try to convince you that the offer is limited and you should accept it asap.
4. Promotion Scam
There are numerous promotions online for Mother’s Day. However, some of these promotions can be deceiving as they may have unfavorable terms and conditions hidden behind the fine print.
Tips on how to avoid promotion scams:
Make sure to read the full description, fine print, terms and conditions, and checkto see if you are on a safe side. Keep an eye on your bank balance and report any fraudulent transactions as soon as possible.
5. Mother’s Day Ecards Scams
Ecards are a great option for physical greeting cards. They are easy, quick, and convenient to send. However, scammers use ecards to infect malware in the victim’s P.C and to steal personal and banking information.
Tips on how to avoid Ecard scams:
If you receive an ecard with a general subject line, do not open it. if the subject line contains the name(s) of your children, call them to confirm that indeed they sent you an ecard before opening it.
6. Cyber Stalking and Duplicate Websites Scams
Cybercriminals can track customers’ shopping and research trends online. Next, you come across an ad with an offer for what you have been looking for. You may get an e-mail or message with Mother’s Day greetings and interesting deals. You might as well encounter an ad on social media. The problem is that the offer is coming from a fake website. The scammers construct fake websites or duplicated online stores of well-known retailers.
Once you have shopped on this site, your credit card is compromised (and probably your identity). And you will lose your money to online scammers.
Tips on how to avoid cyberstalking and duplicate websites scams:
Be alert to all “too good to be true” offers. Check the domain name. Shop only on secure websites that have “https” in the address. Avoid paying by bank transfer. You’d rather use your credit or debit card as you can cancel the card or claim with your bank in case of fraudulent transactions. Reliable retailers usually offer secure payment methods, scammers do not. Check out reviews from other users. A large number of bad reviews is a sign of fraudulent websites.
Never use public wi-fi to make purchases. These networks can be insecure.Instead, use your mobile data if you are on the go. If you’re using a personal computer, make sure you have an updated anti-virus protection.
7. Twitter and Facebook Deals Scam
A lot of people post tweets about Mother’s Day gifts they want to buy. So, scam artists do not waste their time and respond to such tweets offering to sell whatever people are looking for.
There are also many fake deals and discounts on Facebook. Cybercriminals are pretty good at making fake offers. They look very official since an enticing language and many pictures are used.
Please check out a screenshot of the fake coupon below. It is a common Lowes Mother’s Day Coupon Scam that starts making rounds again, and it is back for 2019. The main principle behind is as follows: you are browsing your Facebook newsfeed and come across a very realistic-looking, but fake coupon offering $50 off your next purchase at Lowes to celebrate Mother’s Day.
If you click on the coupon, you will be taken to a sign-up form. Unfortunately, your information won’t be delivered to the company. It will actually end up in the hands of cybercriminals, putting you at risk of identity theft.
A video below features fake coupons on Facebook. Ahead of Mother’s Day cybercriminals spread different coupon scams on social media. These scams are disseminated by real users since you should share your friends to get the coupon. Next, you are prompted to complete a small survey. The coupons are fraudulent. As soon as you browse the page, your identifying information is collected.
Tips on how to avoid social media scams:
Avoid clicking links or coupons on Facebook unless you trust the original poster. Whenever possible, avoid paying upfront for a product and pay upon delivery. Check the profile of the seller. If he/she is following a lot of people, but nobody is following him/her, it could be a scammer or even a bot. Do due diligence of the social media page offering the deal. Even if a profile of a website has a lot of likes, pictures and followers on Facebook, the offer may be illegitimate.
Although Mother’s Day celebration options such as going out for lunch, a spa session, or going on vacation are not possible this year, there are numerous other ways to celebrate your mother. You can have her favorite meal delivered to her doorstep, or you could treat her to an at-home space session with a relaxation gift basket. Even the easiest Mother’s Day gifts such as a greeting card will do.
So, it doesn’t matter what you buy as a present for her, more importantly, it is to do something that will let her know how special she is to you. While you may not be able to visit her this Mother’s Day, call her to let her know you are thinking about her
Whatever you decide to get her, be wary of Mother’s Day scams. While it is possible to get good deals, scammers are busy at work too. Check online reviews for the company on Pissed Consumer and be on the lookout for the negative reviews.
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