In many countries worldwide Mother’s Day is a national holiday when people have a chance to reflect on the importance of motherhood and mothers and thank them for unconditional love and constant support. Find out interesting ideas for gifts for Mother’s Day and tips on how to avoid common Mother’s Day scams!
Why and When is Mother’s Day Celebrated?
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” Robert Browning
In the USA Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day as a national holiday in 1914 being created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. She first campaigned for a national day when all people in America would focus on the importance of motherhood, maternal bonds and the role of the mother in the society. Anna Jarvis appealed to the President for a federal support and he signed the creation of a national holiday into the US law.
Since then, the holiday has been commercialized to a great extent. Anna Jarvis, a peace campaigner, thought of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifice mothers made for their children. And she fought against commercialization till the end of her life. However, the holiday is getting more and more popular. The Americans keep their traditions and look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day that truly counts.
Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts
While your mother will probably be pleased with a hug, kiss, and a happy mother day card, there are so many other ways to thank her for love and care. Focus on your mom’s tastes and hobbies, and you will find a present, she’ll cherish. And do not forget about grandmas. Check out our Mother’s Day gift ideas.
The Gift of Style
All stylish moms who follow fashion will be happy to get their favorite branded accessories like bags, sunglasses, watches, gloves, etc. You can also look for a new scarf or a hair slide. Think about what can make your mom a bit happier while choosing a perfect stylish present.
The Gift of Comfort
Offer up a token of your appreciation with pajamas, warming sleepers, tea to go bottles or tea bag pocket mugs. You can choose everything that will make the life of your mom more comfortable. 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. Techie moms will be pleased with new gadgets like smartphones, tablets, cameras, digital watches, etc.
The Gift of Flowers
A standby of Mother’s Day is flowers. Fresh and beautifully packaged roses, tulips, lilies, daisies, etc. will certainly put a smile on your mom’s face. And you may have them delivered. Looking for unique Mother’s Day gifts, do not forget about flowers. By the way, the official flower of Mother’s Day in the USA is carnation.
The Gift of Beauty
Actually, this is one of the largest categories of mom-centered products. You can choose any cosmetics and beauty treatment product. An assortment is really huge: makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance, nail polish, etc. A lot of department stores offer interesting Mother’s Day deals for beauty must-haves. But you shouldn’t limit yourself just to products. Think of alternatives. For example, buy a spa or a beauty salon certificate, put it in a happy Mother’s Day card and your present is ready.
The Gift of Elegance
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 consider a personalized present. Choose a beautiful bracelet and make an inscription.
The Gift of Taste
Common Mother’s Day gifts include chocolate, candies and other treats. But you can give your mom a day off from cooking and take her away somewhere. Treat her with special Mother’s Day restaurant meals she likes. Book a table beforehand. Moreover, a lot of restaurants offer Mother’s Day deals and special offers to save some money. You can also organize an outing for the whole family with barbeques, delicious wine, and good humor.
Of course, this list of ideas isn’t limited to above-mentioned tips and there is always space for your imagination. You can present your mother, for example, with a hand-made thing that you can create yourself and it will be no less appreciated than a piece of jewelry. Celebrating Mother’s Day is all about showing our moms how much we love, value and respect them!
How to Surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day
If you really want to make your mom feel appreciated, you should try to surprise her. This is not about very expensive gifts. The question is an interesting and heart-warming idea to show your love and care. Think of what your mom really likes and make her feel special on this day. You may start with preparing her favorite meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Consider making her some sweets like chocolate cookies, cakes, biscuits etc. If you are not good at cooking, ask somebody for help.
Next, prepare some DIY present. But it should be thoughtful. For example, you can make a story-telling photo book with your family pictures or a poster with wishes. Surprise her by singing a heart-stirring song or by declaring a poem. It would be great if you could write a poem yourself. Remember, your mom doesn’t expect ideal performance, but she will be touched by your attention. And the last but not the least, do not forget to tell your mom how much you care and love her. Hug and kiss her. Be sure, your small surprise keeps that beautiful smile on her face.
The Most Common Scams and Issues on Mother’s Day
Following Christmas and Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day is considered one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. So, scam artists try to do their best to make money off unwary consumers. Check out the most common scams and issues below not to fall into a trap.
Flower Delivery Issues
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for florists in a year. And criminals know this. They organize fake online stores and attract visitors with a tremendous choice and low prices. In fact, they deliver no flowers. Their task is to get your credit card number and that’s all. People who fail to complete a thorough research become victims.
Another case of flower delivery issues is represented below. The author is disappointed with the order quality. He purchased roses for his mother for Mother’s Day and paid extra cash for early delivery. Unfortunately, the flowers weren’t delivered as agreed and were all dead within 3 days.
"Ordered roses for my elderly mother for Mothers Day, paid extra to have them delivered the day before. The arrived late in the evening on Mothers Day so wasted the extra cost and they were all dead within 3 days with most of them never having been open and apparently frozen. What was supposed to be a multi-color bouquet was a single color - brown..."
Tips on how to avoid:
When you are looking where to buy flowers via online services, make sure the business is legitimate. The World Wide Web will help you with this. Look for reviews on Pissed Consumer or Better Business Bureau rating. Do not be deceived by the lowest price. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. You’d better research the location. And do not rely on phone calls since scam artists are really good at conversations. They will tell you just what you want to hear, but you’ll receive nothing.
Fake Gift Cards Scam
Mother’s Day 2018 is approaching and a lot of people are looking for perfect presents. A gift card is a good option since your mom will be able to choose a gift she really likes. Scam artists do their best to take advantage out of this trend. They offer gift cards to retailers having posted ads on the Facebook or Twitter. Scammers use official logos and brand names so such deals appear to be legitimate. In fact, they are not. As a rule, you are asked to accept or forward the offer. Having done this, you are directed to a well-constructed web page where you should enter your personal information and bank account details.
Tips on how to avoid:
Be cautious. Verify all unsolicited offers. Check out websites of retailers from which you are going to purchase a gift card. Use only trustworthy companies. Consider your privacy. You shouldn’t provide your bank account and personal information to organizations you don’t know. Take your time. A lot of fake gift card scams are based on the sense of urgency. Scammers will try to convince you that the offer is limited and you should accept it as soon as possible. Do not believe and reconsider!
In the example on Hoax-Slayer.net Brett M. Christensen analyzed Lowe’s $100 gift card scam. The post about the possibility of getting a $100 gift card from Lowe’s was published on Facebook. It appeared to be fraudulent and had no connection to the company. Brett M. Christensen discovered that this scam was designed to trick Facebook users into releasing their personal data.
Mother’s Day Bestsellers Scam
If it comes to gifts for any special occasion a lot of people use web engines to look through possible variants. Cybercriminals can analyze the most relevant requests to find out consumer shopping trends. Next, they offer people what they are looking for having constructed fake websites or duplicated online stores of well-known retailers. You can get an e-mail or message with Mother’s Day greetings and interesting deals. You might as well encounter an ad on social media.
In any case, 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. Be aware, a lot of free vouchers, generous coupons, extremely profitable/discounted online deals redirect users to websites run by scammers. Some can also upload malware.
Tips on how to avoid:
Be alert to all “too good to be true” offers. Check the domain name. Shopping online you should use only secure websites with “https” in the address. Avoid paying by bank transfer. You’d rather use your credit or debit card to be able to get you money back. 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.
Twitter and Facebook Deals Scam
A lot of people post tweets about Mother’s Day gifts they want to buy. This practice is common these days. So, scam artists do not waste their time and look for unwary consumers to make money off. They respond to such tweets offering to sell whatever people are looking for. There are also many fake deals and discounts on Facebook. Scammers try to take advantage of people who want to save some money. Cybercriminals are pretty good at making fake offers on Facebook. They look very official since an enticing language and many pictures are used.
A video below features fake coupons on Facebook. Ahead of Mother’s Day cybercriminals spread different coupon scams on the 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:
Before accepting any offers from unknown people, think twice. Avoid paying upfront for a product you want to buy this way. Unknown users can appear to be sophisticated scammers. You can check a profile of a 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. And you may compromise the security of your PC. And check all great Facebook deals out. Even if a profile of a website has a lot of likes, pictures and followers on Facebook, an offer may appear to be illegitimate.
Celebrating Mother’s Day is all about showing your mom how much you love her. So, it doesn’t matter what you buy as a present for her, more importantly, is to do something out of the ordinary, something that will let her know how special she is to you. Mother’s Day is not only about the money, it is about spending time with your mom. Enjoy each other’s company, the spring weather, good music and cheerful conversation. Sometimes the most treasured moments are spent simply together.
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