Mother’s Day is coming up and with any day that involves thinking of loved ones and the purchase of special gifts, BBB wants consumers to do their due diligence when it comes to spending money. According to the National Retail Federation, spending for Mother's Day is expected to reach $23.1 billion this year. Much of that spending will be online. And with online purchasing scams identified by BBB's Annual Risk Report as the riskiest types of fraud, you need to be careful while shopping for Mom.BBB offers the following shopping tips for Mother’s Day gifts:Shopping Online. Avoid suspicious websites and glossy pop-up ads. Make sure the website has the https:// and the ‘lock’ icon in the URL. Don’t click on hyperlinks in unsolicited emails. Don’t input personal information such as Social Security Number or Social Insurance Number. Pay with credit card or PayPal. Understand return and refund policies. Read the fine print. BBB has more tips for online shopping.Flowers. Since Mother’s Day flower sales are the second highest sales period for your local florist, it’s important to choose wisely and find someone you can trust with your order. Complaints filed with BBB about florists included flowers being late, wrong, or not delivered. Also, it is not uncommon for local flower shops to be affiliated with third-party entities. BBB advises consumers to confirm that the business they are placing their order with is in fact affiliated with that online source. If you are sending flowers to you mother in another city, it is best to check online for a florist in her area. Make sure you have enough time for delivery, ask about all fees associated with your order and make sure the date is specified clearly and guaranteed when you order. Read more about buying flowers.Electronics. Whether you plan to buy Mom a new phone, tablet or other electronic device, make sure you leave it the original packaging. Many retailers require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges. Buy from reputable dealers.Gift Cards and Certificates. Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate before buying so that it won’t be a problem. If you’re giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, check to see that the gift card is redeemable for Internet shopping, and not just for in-store use. Make sure the gift card has not been tampered with. Before you buy a gift card, consider these additional tips.Guides, Tours and Classes. Art classes, wine tastings and cooking lessons are fun ways to celebrate and spend time with Mom. However, it’s important to get the details of these activities in writing. Be sure to clarify total costs and features, if there are reservations needed, if there are any restrictions, special time requirements or cancellation fees.Book Restaurants in Advance. Mother’s Day is a very busy day for local eateries. Make sure you’ve booked long in advance and understand they may have two seatings, so your dining time may have a limitation.BBB serving Mainland BC contributed to this tip.