How to send gifts to mom if she lives far away

Mother’s Day (10th May 2015) is around the corner and you’re probably scouring the web and shops for gifts, cards and other ideas to make your mom’s day special. But what happens if mom is not in the same town or country as you? Angelique Ruzicka peruses the services of a few websites that specialise in delivering gifts to loved ones that live far away.

Sending gifts abroad

You can buy a range of gifts on Amazon for delivery. Click here for an explanation on how to send a gift.
What we like: The variety of products on offer at Amazon.
Delivery costs: These can vary, click here to peruse the breakdown of costs.

Group buying/collective buying websites
There are a range of collective buying websites out there such as Groupon; LivingSocial, which is headquartered in Washington; Plumdistrict; and Woot to name but a few. Not all of them deliver internationally but some, like Groupon, have presence in many countries so just search for the branch that you need.
What we like: There’s variety, discounts and with some it’s possible to email the voucher to the person, saving on postage costs.
Delivery costs: These vary or are built into the cost.

Marks & Spencer (M&S)
This international multi-channel retailer gives you loads of options. Choose to send your mom clothes, flowers, food, and accessories to name but a few.
What we like: This company delivers to over 30 countries (including South Africa) from the UK site and eight international sites. Search under the ‘gifts for her’ section to find the right present for your mom on Mother’s Day. You can also peruse items by colour, price, brand, rating, reduced pricing, size and style.
Delivery costs: Delivery charges vary from country to country. If you decide to purchase items for delivery to South Africa, for example, it can set you back £15 (R273). For some countries, delivery is free if you spend over a certain amount. To find out what it could cost to send a gift to your required destination and how long it could take, click here.

Sending gifts abroad/locally

While this website’s signature gift is flowers it does have other divisions (Netgifts, NetJewel and Netperfume) that offer other present ideas for this Mother’s Day.
What we like: You can send gifts abroad too. For a list of countries that Netflorist services, click here. For local gifts, if you hurry and place your order before the 6th May, Netflorist will throw in free Lindt chocolates with any floral order placed before that date. Unlike its competitors, this gifting company offers the option of same day delivery, so if you happen to be buying a gift for mom at the last minute this option is ideal but be sure to place your order before 12pm.
If you are on a budget, why not buy your mom some Tulips, which come delivered in a terracotta pot for R149.95. Alternatively, if you have a bit more cash consider purchasing some orchids for R249.95. If you are feeling generous, there’s the chocolicious bath time treat hamper for R729.95, which includes a three piece strawberry bath set and a pink night gown.
Delivery costs: Netflorist does charge delivery fees. For the items we viewed delivery fees for local delivery were R69.95. The website does warn that if they have to deliver your gift to a far flung area that there may be an additional delivery fee added.

Sending gifts locally

Gift It
This local consumer gifting platform is certainly worth a look in. But be careful what you choose as a gift because according to the website, some of the brands are only available in certain parts of the country. You can see which stores are available by checking the brands participating stores link. Otherwise, Gift It is simple to use and you can access it via IOS, android via a free app, or online through their website, here.
What we like: Choose from vouchers, alcohol, chocolates, magazines and beauty products. Alternatively, send a ‘quick gift’ like a Magnum ice cream (yum).
Delivery: There’s no delivery cost as the recipient of the gift will have to go to the actual retailer or store to collect their present.

Tidy & Co
Use this site to deliver gifts anywhere in South Africa. You can buy jewellery, accessories, gifts for the home, books and magazines and much more.
What we like: It’s got a gift finder. If you’re not sure what to get your loved one answer a few simple questions about that person and your relationship with him or her and the gift finder will generate some ideas for you. It will even find gifts for acquaintances but if it’s a present for mom you are after make sure that you click on the ‘gushy love’ or ‘I’d take a bullet’ button when the finder asks you ‘how much you love them’. That’s, of course, if you feel that way about your mom.
What to buy for mom? Gift emporium, Tidy & Co, suggests a Tretchikoff Cushion Cover (R399); Gold plated Sterling Silver Bracelet (R565); Twisty Wreath Heart Earrings (R295) or a Curries of Origin Spice Set (R225).
Delivery costs: Delivery is a flat rate of R49 for orders less than R450, thereafter delivery is free. If you are sending a gift to rural or small towns it takes two to three days for the gift to reach its destination.

Retail store Woolworths can deliver your Mother’s Day gift provided she lives in any of the major metropolitan areas of the following cities and towns: Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Somerset West, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Bloemfontein and Nelspruit.
What we like: Woolworths has a dedicated Mother’s Day section on its website. Winter’s finally here so why not consider buying her some lined pump slippers for R140, a suspended pearl necklace will set you back R260, and if you want to splash out on mom a bit, why not consider buying this Tote bag for R550. For both the necklace and the bag Woolworths is currently offering free delivery.
Delivery details: Woolworths says on its website that the cost of delivery is determined by your delivery address and the items that you have ordered. Delivery fees range between R50 and R95. The retailer does say that it sometimes offers free delivery for customers who spend more than a specified amount on their orders. There’s no minimum amount that you have to pay for Woolworths to take on your order.

When choosing a website to deliver your card or gift make sure that it’s a secure site that you trust. If you don’t know the company or if you are unsure of the website’s security then don’t use it.

* All prices and gifts listed in the above article were correct and valid as of 30 April 2015.