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Mother's Day Mom Heart Giftby Lia Blanchard

It’s tough to be away from your mom on Mother’s Day. We can’t help thinking back to the days when we’d spend weeks at school painting or sculpting or growing something just for her, and having to hold back the secret of this wonderful gift until The Day.

What can we do now? Unless we’re still painting or sculpting or growing things – or doing something equally crafty – it gets difficult to shower a long-distance mom with the gifts she deserves and you are happy to give. Here are some ideas:

Experience Gifts

Get Mom out of the house and doing something she loves to do! If pampering is her thing, try www.spafinder.com for a gift certificate good at any of hundreds of spas, salons, and hotels. For pampering at home, try a spa bath and body gift basket from Art of Appreciation!

If Mom is adventurous, many rock-climbing or zip-lining places will offer certificates. If she enjoys a trip to the casino, there are often packages available that provide transportation as well as spending money.

If the Mom in your life has children at home and just wants some time to herself, paying for a babysitter is a priceless gift. Whether you hire a professional to come to her house, or arrange for a reliable teenager for a few hours (maybe once a month for a year?), we’re sure she would be ecstatic.

Delivered Gifts

Your Mom prefers to be home, and enjoy something pretty or yummy? For flowers, www.ftd.com is offering a special through www.Groupon.com good for half-price flower arrangements.

Mom gourmands will of course love Art of Appreciation’s gourmet gift baskets of delectable treats; or perhaps something for her sweet tooth? If fruit is more her thing, Edible Arrangements’ stunning fresh fruit bouquets are fun to receive.

Practical Gifts

Some Moms claim that they don’t want gifts, or that gift-giving is a frivolous waste of money. Show her you love her while appealing to her practical nature with one of these ideas:

  • Food: Try www.schwans.com or Amazon Fresh or even her local grocery store to have every day food items delivered to her door.
  • Housecleaning: Asking www.merrymaids.com or a similar service to come by and give the Mom in your life a break from this chore is a double gift – while the service is being performed, she has time all to herself to spend as she pleases, and when it’s over the house is company-ready!
  • Car detailing: Many dealerships and detailing shops offer specials this time of year. Would your Mom love to have a car that sparkles like new, inside and out?
  • Charitable giving: If your Mom has a cause that she is especially passionate about, a gift to that cause would be greatly appreciated. Whether made in her name or anonymously, you are showing that you care about what she cares about. Some charities have great “gift catalogs” for just this purpose, and the recipient receives a token acknowledgement of the gift made on their behalf. Visit Heifer International, WWF, and Operation Smile for beautiful ways to give a gift that will really mean something to the Mom in your life AND do wonderful things in the world.

Mother’s Day is closer than you think

Mother’s Day, of course, is on a Sunday, but most delivery companies only make deliveries Monday through Friday. If your Mom lives across the country from the place where your gift will originate, it can take a week to arrive when purchased with ground shipping; the least expensive shipping option. Check the individual shipping policies for any company you buy from for their specifics; Art of Appreciation guarantees arrival by Mother’s Day for ground shipping orders placed by Monday.

What are some creative gifts that you’ve sent to your mom, or that you have been given?

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