Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Greetings, everyone … thanks for stopping by!

So, my original plan was to have a nice Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post that would’ve given you a decent amount of time to order or pick up a nice, thoughtful gift for Mom on Mother’s Day — but, with less than a week to go until the big day, I have been left to write a Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post! Which is okay … because how many of us have scrambled to find something at the last minute?! I know I’m guilty, lol … sometimes, you have so much going on that things just slip your mind and you’re left at the mall the night before or even the day of trying to find something that will put a smile on Mom’s face.

So, here goes … last minute gift ideas to go along with Mom’s greeting card … and if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below! I would love to read your last minute ideas!

Wine – Pick up a bottle or two of Mom’s favorite wine! Cabernet or Pinot Grigio, whatever you decide, it will be greatly appreciated … and if you really want to go all out, pick up a couple of snacks to pair with the wine!

Bouquet of Flowers – A lot of the supermarkets have nice bouquets and arrangements available for purchase, just remember that the longer you wait the less of a selection you’ll have to choose from.

Do Brunch! – Who doesn’t enjoy going out for brunch? Unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis, and coffee, too! And, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to find a spot that does a buffet style brunch with all of the fixings and entertains their guests with the sounds of jazz.

Bath Bombs – If Mom knows anything about Calgon, she’ll love these … these scents are so yummy and relaxing that she’ll be sure to be taken away … and even it’s for only 30 minutes, she’ll love it!

Fragrance Sets – You definitely can’t go wrong here … you can either purchase Mom’s favorite or pick up a new perfume! And, if you go to a department store, they’ll more than likely will have free gift promotions with their fragrance sets!

Blanket – You can never go wrong with a warm, cozy blanket … it’s just something about wrapping up in a blanket, while reading a book or catching up on your favorite show.

Gift Cards – Gift cards are quick and easy! You can build a nice gift out of gift cards … movies, restaurants, retail stores, streaming services (Netflix, Hulu), gaming, etc. I’ve never been a fan of the Visa gift cards, though, because I hate to pay the additional fees – so, I always opt for the cards with no fees or penalties.

Nail Salon Gift CertificateIf Mom enjoys getting her nails done, a gift certificate to her favorite nailery will be much appreciated! Plus, the time to a get a gift certificate isn’t long at all — you’ll usually be in and out in less than ten minutes with a certificate ready to be presented to the recipient! If your gift certificate isn’t given to you in a way that’s ready to be presented, just grab a card and you’ll be all set!

Facial/Body Massage Gift Certificate – This is another in-and-out idea! All you have to do is tell them amount you’re interested in and you’re all set! Some locations will allow you to schedule an appointment, while others will let the recipient reach out to schedule their own appointment! Just the thought of having a massage relaxes my mind, how about yours?

DIY Gift Bag Ideas

Movie Night At Home – Mom’s two favorite movies on DVD, microwaveable popcorn, and a couple of boxes of theatre candy.

Wine Lovers – A couple bottles of wine, snacks (olives, cheese assortment, crackers, and/or mixed fruit), wine glass, wine glass charm, bottle opener, and a wine bottle topper.

Spa Lovers – Fuzzy robe and slippers, eye mask, hair wrap, small candle, bath bombs, body oils, essential oils, and a small oil diffuser.

Lottery Lovers – An assortment of scratch off tickets! (these tickets can be put in the envelope with the greeting card)

Gift Ideas For Moms With Children Under 12

Babysitting – This is one idea that will truly be appreciated by any Mom with small children … a day, a night, or even a weekend of babysitting is a blessing for a Mom that needs to get something done or just wants a break!

Do you have any last minute gift ideas?

A Quick Guide to Online Auctions

A Quick Guide to Online Auctions

 

To sum things up, online auctions can be fun or they also can be a real pain in the butt, if you start bidding without a plan!

I’ve been participating in online auctions for the last couple of years and have found some really great buys. Some I have won and some I have loss … And, I don’t know about you, but when you lose … it sucks, BIG TIME! Especially, when you had it all planned out, as to what you were going to do when you brought the item home.

But, enough about that, here’s my quick guide to online auctions and getting the items you want!

 

1. KNOW THE RULES OF THE AUCTION!

Knowing the rules of the auction is VERY IMPORTANT!

It tells you everything you need to know from the responsibility of the seller to the responsibility of the buyer. You’ll find out what additional fees (buyer’s premium – the most I’ve ever paid was 15%) are applied to the winning bid, along with any taxes (local/state taxes) you may have to pay.

Also, know that by participating in an auction, you are agreeing to its terms, if you are found to be the winner. You are bound to that agreement and will be held legally responsible. If you fail to follow the rules, you can be banned from participating in future online auctions and legal action can be taken against you to recover any funds owed to the seller.

 

2. Know the location of your item!

Is your item being held at a home, business or storage unit? Did your item come from a smoke/pet free environment or were there pets? A lot of these answers can be found in the description, if not, ask before bidding.

 

3. Research your item, before placing your bid!

Do not bid without knowing the value or the rating of your item, because you might have a real dud on your hands.

For example, if you’re looking to bid on 70″ flat screen television … find out the model number, review the specs, check out the reviews (visit multiple sites), check if the item has a site solely for its problems, make sure you have the space for your item, and lastly, make sure you have the help and the transportation to get your item back to your location.

It is very important for you to do your homework, because the sellers aren’t going to tell you, they’re going to let you find out for yourself. Electronics and appliances (small or large) are the main items you want to research, because if you had a television you loved, you wouldn’t want to leave it behind. You would take it with you! And, that goes for small appliances, too!

Also, it’s very important to have one or two people on standby, just in case you need help. These places often have your item in its original setting, so if it’s hanging somewhere, you’re going to need the tools and the help to get it down.

Help is often not provided by the sellers and depending on the item, it can be both awkward or heavy to move. For example, a man won a wall clock — instead, of the sellers having the clock ready for pick up, the clock was still on the wall and the buyer spent a good twenty minutes trying to remove it without damaging the wall. Now, don’t get me wrong, they did offer him a flashlight and moral support, but he still had to figure it out on his own!

 

4. Know Your Bidding System

Before you place your bid, it’s good to know what type of bidding system the sellers are using. I’ve had the opportunity to experience both … one I love, and the other … well, I’m on the fence and that’s only because you get no extra time when someone outbids you during the final seconds of the auction!

Let’s start with the one I love … the one I love alerts you when you’ve been outbidded, increases the auction time by 2 minutes or so (if it’s during the last few minutes of the auction), and allows a bidding war, if you’re interested.

The other system, is great for the buyers that like to jump in on the action during the last 30 seconds of the auction — this one sends out an outbid notice, but it does not extend the time on the auction clock.

Therefore, by the time you or the other people get their outbid notice and attempt to raise their bid, it’s often too late and the item is awarded to the highest bidder!

 

5. To Bid or Not to Bid …

I prefer to place my bids during the last 30 seconds of the auction and the reason for this is to reduce any chances of having a bidding war.

I’ve watched bidders go back and forth, only to lose to someone who watched the auction until the very end. Patience is a virtue.

Besides, I’m a firm believer that when you bid early, you’re only giving people more time to prepare and figure things out, so wait until the end and blow their minds!

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