Looking for last minute gifts for Mom for this Mother’s Day? Be a smart shopper!

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, which means lots of last-minute shoppers will be looking for deals on gifts.

According to a survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumers are expected to spend $21.2 billion on flowers, jewelry, brunches, spa treatments and other gifts. That’s an average of nearly $173 per mom.

Whether you plan to order flowers or arrange a special day at the spa, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin urges you to be a smart shopper.

BBB offers the following Mother’s Day shopping advice:

  • Do your homework. Before making a dinner reservation, ordering flowers, jewelry or any other gifts for Mother’s Day, check out the company’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org. For a list of Accredited Businesses, visit checkbbb.org. Be sure to look for the BBB Accredited Business seal when shopping online. All online seals should directly link to the company’s BBB Business Review.
  • Order online securely. Look for signs that websites are secure. The beginning of online websites should change from http to https on payment screens, indicating that the information is encrypted. Never enter personal information in a pop-up screen.
  • Read the fine print. Ask about the refund policy if the delivery is late, never arrives or is in poor condition.
  • Beware of phishing electronic greeting cards. Don’t open any attachments or click on links that come from an unknown source. They could contain destructive malware disguised as warm wishes.
  • Be on the lookout for fake gift cards. Scammers often use social media to post gift card “deals” at steep discounts. It ends up being a ruse to steal personal information. Use only trustworthy companies for gift card purchases.
  • Ask about guarantees. Request a written receipt for the order and ask about the business’s refund policy if the delivery is late, never arrives or is in bad condition.