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Be knowledgeable when buying Mom a gizmo
Be knowledgeable when buying Mom a gizmo

Why should Dad get all the cool toys? Mom might love an electronic gadget such as a Nook, Kindle Fire or an iPad. While a high-tech device might seem like an impersonal gift, you can warm it up by having her initials or name engraved on it, or by buying her a monogrammed case.

Most large retail stores will give deep discounts on mom-centric electronics in the days and weeks prior to Mother's Day, says Furman. So check around now. Expect big retailers to match their competitors' prices. "Just bring in the competitor's ad, and get a price match," she says.

When shopping for electronics online, make sure it's a reputable site, says Hutt. "There are a lot of look-alike sites that mimic larger websites. ... They even put a BBB logo on it to fool people," she says.

Warning signs of a fake site are spelling and grammatical errors, prices that seem too good to be true, an email address that doesn't match up to the URL of the website, or a lack of toll-free numbers. "Some of these sites don't have goods at all, they are just trying to get your credit card number," says Hutt.

 

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