Overall spending trends
Consumers who plan to celebrate Mother's Day this year will spend $152.52 on average on gifts, compared to $140.73 last year, for a total of $18.6 billion. (Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin /May 7, 2007)
Here’s a twist on buying Mother’s Day gifts, whether a meal out or a box of chocolates.
Pick from more than 2,600 online retailers and dozens of Baltimore area restaurants that make a donation to a favorite nonprofit charity for every purchase through GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that works with more than 100,000 charities and schools.
GoodShop.com, an online shopping portal that links to national chain stores such as Bloomingdales
, Lands’ End and Sephora, gives a percentage of each purchase back to the shopper’s designated charity. And restaurants listed on GoodDining.com donate up to 6 percent of the tab to the customer’s selected charity or school. In Baltimore area, dozens of restaurants have signed on, including Sotto Sopra on North Charles Street
, Salsarita’s on the West Side and Aldo’s in Little Italy
Some of the Baltimore-based non-profits are Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
, Mental Health Association – Maryland, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and First Candle – sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance.
It works like this: Go to GoodShop
, designate a charity or school, then click through to online retailers. A percentage of your bill goes to the selected cause.
, register and select a charity or school. Each time you dine out at a participating restaurant, a percentage of the check goes to the non-profit.