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Old 02-22-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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With Mother's Day around the corner, does anyone have any good gift ideas? My mother has had a nightmare of a year and I'd really like to get her something great. So, what is the best gift you've ever given your mother?
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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A charm bracelet from James Avery (http://secure.jamesavery.com/view_jewelry/type/charms.jsp - broken link). Every Mother's Day she'd get a new charm. She LOVED that!! I just did it again for my sister's 40th birthday. I started her off with two charms--a pizza slice (she owns Little Caesars franchises) and a cruise ship.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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a spa day.to share with you if you live in the same city.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I got my mother a mother's ring for her last birthday. It has hers, mine and my husband's stone in it. I know I know he's a son-in-law not a blood son, but he's the closest thing she has to one.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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These are all great ideas. I find it difficult to pick out a material gift for my mother. I feel like Mother's Day is cheapened by consumerism. Am I wrong? To me, Mother's Day is about taking the opportunity to tell Mom how much she means to me. Why do we have to buy something? I feel like most people do the card and jewelry. Is that meaningful?
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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I would just pretend it's not happening. All this pressure on kids to conform to these stupid Hallmark holidays. Between birthdays, Xmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and now, what? Grandparent's Day.

I hate these guilt-inducing holidays. I think it's horrible to make kids feel obligated to participate in all this phony pseudo-family stuff.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:29 AM
 
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I would just pretend it's not happening.
I think if most of us, especially adult-children, were to pretend that Mother's Day wasn't happening, a lot of our mothers would feel slighted and hurt.

I view it as an opportunity to say THANKS MOM on a special day and do.

Granted, so many of the "Hallmark" holidays have become overshadowed by consumerism and I do feel that expectations (especially at Valentines Day) can be ridiculously high. My family strives to find a healthy balance.

If you don't feel like doing anything for your mother, then don't. That's between you & your mother.

My mother doesn't expect/want much at all - a phone call and/or card always has been enough for her (I live 3000 miles away). My brother always sends flowers (& for some reason includes my name & DH's - which is fine by us!). If I happen to find something that I think Mom will really appreciate or that I know she needs at that particular time, I buy it.

As to the original question:

My mother collects pieces from Lladro (Spanish maker of porcerlain figurines) so over the years, I've bought special pieces for her. My brother & I have chipped in on occasion.

I like the idea of a spa day with her if you're in town...or if she has a best friend in town, contact that friend and see if she might be available to accompany your mom if you you were to buy your Mom a GC (maybe a little touchy depending on friend; wouldn't expect you to pay friend's way - just might be fun for your mom).

I don't know what your budget is but maybe a mini-getaway?

Hope you find something that will make you both happy (in both the giving & receiving). Good luck!
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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We went on a weekend road trip, stopped at all the places we wanted to.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Thanks for all the thoughts! I found a nice necklace at a local jewelry store and was thinking about giving her that. Is that sentimental enough for Mother's Day or should I stick to something more emotional? It was so easy when we were ten and we could make a card out of construction paper and macaroni and call it a day! What do you think?
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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LOL - KSMP - I remember making a macaroni-decorated jewelry box (don't remember what box it was but I'm sure it had something to do with food) one year; my brother made her a "brooch" from a gold plastic button out of her sewing kit. She still has those gifts - I know they meant a lot to her and they certainly were gifts we as little kids were proud & excited to make/give.

I think what is sentimental to someone is very individual. If you mom is the type that will find it sentimental simply because YOU gave it to her, then I think you've found your gift. How do you think she'll like it?
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