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Spoil mum with a present from an Ipswich business

MOTHER'S Day is on this Sunday and retailers are geared up for big trading this week.

Stores across Ipswich have a wide range of gift ideas for mums.

Traditionally we spend twice as much on mum for Mother's Day compared to what we spend on dad.

Australians will spend close to $2 billion dollars on mother's day and Ipswich retailers are set to get their share of the dollars.

Booval Fair marketing manager Lauren Roche said trading was going well at the centre.

"We have a free gift with purchases promotion. We are giving away free body mist courtesy of the centre. People love to reward their mum," Ms Roche said.

Jewellery and fashion stores are trading well but Ms Roche said beauty vouchers were also popular.

"Fashion accessories are strong. Mothers love bling and sparkles," she said.

Riverlink has gone all-out for mum offering a special competition, Choose a Cruise.

Marketing manager Robyn Bannister-Tyrell said it was a popular competition that customers could enter after spending a $30 in specialty stores or $60 in major stores.

"Our customers just take their dockets to a booth near Best and Less or to our centre management office.

"It's worth $10,000, so worth being in with a chance," Ms Bannister-Tyrell said.

Gift wrapping for mums is on offer for a gold coin donations that supports the work of Lifeline.

Riverlink is also running a Bling Your Bra competition in which customers are encouraged to decorate and old bra, bring it to the centre, with the gold coin entry to support Breast Screen.

Taking mum out for a meal is typically popular and according to Ms Bannister-Tyrell, restaurants and cafés have strong bookings already for the big day.

"Limelight cinema is another popular location, especially for mother's day," she said.

Brassall Shopping Centre manager Jessica Chim said trading was good.

"We are giving a free potted Chrysanthemums with a rustic, hessian wrap," she said.

"These are available between set times and to be eligible customers need to spend $80 or more at Woolworths or IGA or $30 in a specialty store or just $15 from a food court outlet. They look great and its our way of celebrating this special day.

"We are seeing good trade and while we have had some cooler mornings it has been enough to see winter boots become good sellers."

Brassall Shopping Centre is also supporting charities including the Salvation Army and Share the Dignity this week.

There are plenty of options in Ipswich to help you treat mum to a great gift this Mother's Day. Keeping your dollars local assists in employment and maintaining access to the services and products we all need to be available in Ipswich.

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