Five Marvelous Mother's Day Gifts
by Susie Cortright
What do moms really want? For
starters, you'll want to avoid the Vacuum Cleaner Effect. You don't want
to give a mother anything that has to do with cooking or cleaning.
It's also important to give a mom something that will help her enjoy
herself in her daily life--something that she can't turn around and use
for someone else. With those two rules in mind, here are five great gift
ideas for the moms on your list.
1. A Spa Gift Certificate
A gift certificate to a local day spa
she'll take a little time out for
herself. (Make sure
to throw in a personal offer to take
care of her kids
while she indulges). Here's a website
that will get
you the best rates on the day spas in her
2. Something to Help Her Sleep
Quality sleep can be a problem for
giving her a natural sleep aid or
two. One idea is
the Serenity Set ($50), silk
neck and eye pillows containing
with complementary herbs packaged
60-minute CD, "Adagio Music for
For $99 more, you can pair it with
the Dreamate Sleep
Aid, which will normalize her
biological clock to
reduce insomnia. The band works by
micro-massage to specific pulse
points--known as the
Sleeping Golden Triangle in
medicine. These sleep aids are both
Gaiam.com. For more ideas, search for "sleep"
3. Scrapbooking Supplies
Lots of moms love to scrapbook. It's
a great way
to express ourselves, plus it shows
how much they mean to us. But it's
hard to find
the time. Give the gift of creative
with some good scrapbooking materials
won't want to wait one minute to use.
A few rolls
of film (or some good photo paper if
she's got a
digital camera), an album or two, and
subscription to an auto-delivery
program that brings
new themed scrapbooking materials to
her door every
month is a great gift idea. Here's
one such program
that comes highly recommended:
or check under "what's new" here for
Mother's Day gift
sets filled with elegant papers and
even a special album:
4. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers
Treat her to a pretty centerpiece or
wreath of dried flowers.
The web has all kinds of flower
1800flowers.com gets my vote for the
Here's the direct link to Mother's
5. Something Eternal
Give mom a star of her very own this
year. You choose the constellation
(what's her sign?). Packages start at
$39, and come with a certificate,
constellation map, a mythological
explanation of her star, and a map for
locating her star in the sky, from
the Universal Star Council.
Here's the link to special package
prices for Mother's Day:
Need more ideas?
Surprise.com is a well-kept secret.
find categories of perfect gifts for
a wide variety
of tastes, characteristics, and
quirks. (The site
even has a category of gift ideas for
are always cold" and "people who want
a little peace
and quiet," which, come to think of
more than a couple of moms we know.
Of course, you mothers should feel
free to share this
article with anyone who is in the
position to buy
these things for you.
Happy Mother's Day!
About the Author:
Susie Michelle Cortright is the
author of several books for women
and founder of Momscape.com, a
to help busy women find balance.
and get Susie's *free*
course-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress."