Mother's Day 2009: It's the Thought That Counts

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Can't afford to spend a fortune on mom this year? NexTag offers creative and thoughtful ideas to make this a Mother's Day to remember

What's a good son or daughter to do? Sure they want to impress mom with lavish gifts on Mother's Day, but a serious economic crisis may make this unfeasible. In a time when most consumers are watching every penny like a hawk, grand gestures to mom may take a backseat to keeping food on the table or the car in good repair.

This isn't to say that mom will be overlooked this year, far from it. According to the National Retail Federation's latest Consumer Intentions and Actions report 83.3% of adults will be shopping for their moms and spending an average of $123.89 (down from a 2007 high of $139.14). The majority will opt for the holiday clichés: flowers, jewelry and greeting cards, to the tune of $4.84 billion. Other perennial favorites include outings, day spa trips, gift certificates and clothing.

Unfortunately skyrocketing unemployment rates and dropping investment portfolios have led to lean days for holiday spending, in general. In times like these it may be a good idea to follow the old adage, "It's the thought that counts." Instead of spending a fortune on mom, consider putting a little creativity and thought into gift giving this year. The perfect gift doesn't have to cost much; NexTag proves that by offering shoppers the ability to compare prices and find great deals on millions of products.

Looking for the classics? Find incredible savings on gorgeous flower arrangements, jewelry and greeting cards that will make any mother light up. Or put a sparkle in her eye with a stunning selection of jewelry just for mom.

Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to encourage the woman who does so much for her family to pamper herself a little. Maybe a spa day trip isn't in the budget this year, so bring one home to her with a gorgeous spa gift set or basket.

What mom doesn't love music? Instead of trying to figure out exactly what she's listening to today, give her an iTunes gift card and let her pick out her favorites. She can download some classic rock, well-loved show tunes, or fall in love with a brand new band.

Magazine subscriptions make fun and inexpensive gift ideas for just about anyone. NexTag offers thousands of titles covering everything from fashion to collecting. Regardless of mom's interests, there's a magazine out there she'll just love. NexTag sellers also offer a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction books at incredible savings. Find everything from the latest romance titles to popular cookbooks for less.

Still searching for the perfect gift? NexTag offers a huge selection of Mother's Day gift ideas from fragrances to keepsakes and cookies, all at incredible savings. NexTag's innovative price comparison tools make shopping for mom easy and affordable. Price Drops show a clear, concise 30 day overview of a product's value that gives shoppers the best current prices, price drop amounts and percentages. NexTag Best Value indicators are another easy way for shoppers to find the lowest price for an item in new condition from a highly rated, trusted NexTag seller. And Free Shipping Alerts show those retailers who forego shipping costs altogether so shoppers can save time and money on the best possible deals.

More Information:
For more information about the NRF 2009 Mother's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the NRF or BIGresearch, visit the NRF's website at

About NexTag
NexTag is the leading comparison shopping site for products, education, financial services, travel, automobiles and more. At the core of NexTag are proprietary technologies and algorithms that enable shoppers to quickly compare prices and find great deals on millions of products and services. More than 17 million people per month use NexTag to research, compare, and save on products and services online*.

NexTag has been named one of the "50 Best Websites 2008" by TIME magazine. The company operates comparison shopping sites in the US (, the UK (, France (, and Germany ( NexTag is headquartered in San Mateo, California with offices in London and Gurgaon, India.

  • Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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