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What to buy for Motherís Day
Finding the right gift to show mom you care
Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

Gifting expert and blogger Simone McDowell, author of the HoneeBee Gifts blog, said that when it comes to Mother's Day gifts, it truly is the thought that counts. So take your time and don't wait until the last minute.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and deciding on the right present can be a challenge.

It’s not always easy to find the perfect gift to show mom how much you care and appreciate her for all that she’s done.

However, Simone McDowell, gifting expert and author of the blog HoneeBee Gifts, said it can be done. McDowell said the perfect gift is thoughtful and well-planned.

“A great Mother’s Day gift is one that will make your mom cry, smile or render her speechless, in a good way,” said McDowell. To find that perfect gift, McDowell recommends that you take your time shopping and avoid waiting until the last minute.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $19.9 billion on Mother’s Day gifts this year. Most will express their gratitude with a greeting card (81.3 percent). Two-thirds (66.6 percent) will buy mom her favorite flowers, and 33.5 percent will look for spring sweaters and blouses, spending $1.7 billion on apparel and accessories. Other popular gifts include books and CDs, housewares, jewelry and gardening tools.

This year, many people are also opting to forego actual gifts and treat mom to an experience she will enjoy, like a day at the spa. If mom is a foodie, prepare her favorite meal and serve it by candlelight, or pamper her with the tried-and-true classic – breakfast in bed.

If it has been a while since you and mom spent some quality time together, consider getting away for the weekend. It’s a great time to take a trip to the mountains and reconnect with Mother Nature on a scenic drive through to Blue Ridge Mountains to gaze at wildflowers of spring in all their glory. Take in the beauty of a Transylvania waterfall, or head north, and spend a day or two in the Yadkin Valley on a wine tour. Take note of mom’s favorite and buy her a bottle on the way home.

How much can you expect to spend? NRF estimates Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on Mother’s Day gifts this year, but many will spend well below that amount.

McDowell said regardless of how much you spend, the day is all about finding a way to make mom feel special.

“It’s about the care, love and thought you put into the gift,” she said. “Even if you don’t have a lot to spend, make sure you took time to pick up something that you know your Mom would enjoy and appreciate.”

Shopping on a budget? McDowell recommends the following tips to help you celebrate Mom’s special day without breaking the bank:

Create a budget and stick to it. Do your research and make a list of potential gift items for Mom that fit in your price range. “Don’t visit stores that are not in that price range, it may be too tempting,” said McDowell.

Incorporate your talents and skills into your gift. For example, if you can you bake, McDowell recommends gifting Mom with her favorite cake on a beautiful cake plate that she can keep.

Find the deals. Visit sales racks at your Mom’s favorite stores. You may find a great deal from one of her favorite retailers. Look into discount shopping sites (like Groupon, Living Social, etc.) for a gift/experience that doesn’t break the bank. Livingsocial is offering some great deals on Mother’s Day gifts this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday shoppers get $5 off a purchase of $15 (US only) with code 5FORMOM.

For more gifting ideas, pick up this week's edition of The Charlotte Post. You can also visit McDowell’s blog www.honeebeegifts.com or follow her handle @honeebeegifts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. 



Thank you for the beautiful article. I hope it helps Moms get fab gifts this year!
Posted on May 7, 2014

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