FRESNO, Calif. - Mother’s Day is just around the corner -Sunday, May 14th to be exact- which means last minute shoppers will be looking for some hot deals on gifts for mom.
According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 2017 is expected to break records in terms of spending.
Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39, which will put total spending at $23.6 billion. This is set to beat last year’s previous record of $21.4 billion, which is the highest in the survey’s 14 year history.
Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties recommend the following tips when shopping for mom.
In 2016, this BBB received over 5,000 inquiries from consumers searching for a trustworthy jeweler. According to the survey, an estimated $5 billion (purchased by 36 percent of shoppers) is planned to be spent on jewelry, which is up by 19 percent from last year. BBB recommend you shop for mom at an accredited jewelry store you can trust, that way you don’t have to worry about getting robbed.
Flowers are always a popular gift and this year plans to be no different. Consumers are expected to spend $2.6 billion (69 percent) on flowers this Mother’s Day. Be sure to check with BBB first and hire a trustworthy florist that will make sure moms bouquet gets delivered in perfect condition by Sunday. If they have a guaranteed delivery date be sure to get it in writing that way mom isn’t left high and dry on her big day.
The NRF predicts $2.5 billion (45 percent) will be spent on gift cards/certificates this year. When shopping for a gift card be sure read the terms and conditions of the gift card, properly examine the gift card for signs of it being tampered with, keep your receipt as long as there is money stored on it, and try to grab a gift card near the register instead of on an open rack. This will prevent scammers from getting ahold of the gift card once money is stored on it, and using your hard earned money to purchase gifts for themselves.
Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Ask Around! Ask your friends and family for recommendations of places to shop and check our accredited business as well. Also, verify references by checking out their BBB Business Profiles before doing business with them.
Check Shipping Policies
When ordering online many retailers have cut off dates for certain shipping speeds. Their website may say something like 7 hours and 58 minutes left for economy shipping. If you wait until the last minute you may have to pay extra for rush or even overnight delivery. Be sure to read the fine print before you place your order and try and give yourself an extra day, or mom’s gift may not arrive in time.
Obtain a Receipt or Contract
When shopping be sure to obtain a receipt or some sort of contract stating the specifics of your order, the guaranteed delivery date and anything else verbally spoken about. The receipt or contract will also list the return policy or what to do if mom isn’t satisfied with the product.
ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties, which was founded in 1950 and serves 11 Counties in California.