Mother's Day may still be two weeks away, but it's never too early to show the woman who carried you for nine months just how much you care.
Sure, sometimes she makes us want to pull our hair out, or she frustrates us when she tells the world our embarrassing childhood stories, but we love her just the same.
And because every mother is unique and special, our gift ideas are catered to every type of personality, from the clumsy mom to the well-groomed mom to the world's most organized mom. We can't promise you won't have to show her how these gifts work, though.
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1. For the Clumsy Mom
How many times has your mother gotten up in the middle of the night for a drink of water, only to bump into things on her way to the bathroom?
To prevent her from going bump in the night, treat her to the BrightFeet Lighted Slippers.
Invented by Doug Vick, these slippers contain sensor-activated LEDs that will light an area 20 to 25 feet in front of you.
Once you've taken off the slippers, the built-in timer will shut off automatically. Choose from six styles and three sizes for $39.95.
2. For the Camera-Happy Mom
Does your mom snap photos of every event in your life, from birth to first pimple to second marriage? Then she needs a portable SD card reader to upload photos no matter where she is.
The Ladybug SD Card Reader from USB Geek supports SD, mini SD, MMC and RS-MMC memory cards. It weighs 22 grams, is USB 2.0, and costs just $8. (You might not want to mention that to her, though.)
3. For the Impeccably-Groomed Mom
No one wants his or her mother walking around with a unibrow. That's why this Mother's Day, the La-Tweez Illuminating Tweezers should be on your shopping list.
Unlike ordinary stainless steel tweezers, these contain an LED so you don't miss catching those light hairs. It also comes with a lipstick case and built-in magnifying mirror. Purchase one for her and one for yourself for $18 on Amazon.com.
4. For the Organized Mom
It's sickening how organized some moms can be. Somehow, they always know where to find your high school diploma, or your old baby shoes. But if there's one thing they've yet to organize, it's probably their electronics.
With the Clip-On Cord Labels from Harriet Carter, moms can label their computer, printer, or stereo cables. Write the name of the device on the label, then stick it onto the included plastic clip and attach to each cord.
The set includes 10 clips and 20 self-stick labels for $3.85. Throw in a bouquet of flowers, and she'll really love you!
5. For the Bragging Mom
Every mom loves to brag about her children, so it's only right you satisfy her need to embarrass you with the Women's Digital Photo Wallet ($50) from Brookstone.
This bi-fold leather wallet features a removable digital photo viewer so that she can show her friends up to 55 photos of how much you've grown. The viewer packs a 1.4-inch screen, and photos can be easily uploaded via USB cable.
6. For the Music Mom
Is your mom down with the latest album from Gwen Stefani? If not, show her she can be cool and be stress-free at the same time with this Sound Therapy Eye Mask ($40) from Brookstone.
Utilizing TheraSpa Sound Therapy, this eye mask blocks out all light and plays five pre-loaded peaceful sounds including chirping birds and a babbling brook.
Even more, connect your iPod or other MP3 player with the extension adapter to listen to your own music while getting some shut-eye.
7. For the Spa-Lover Mom
Does your mom take the time out to relax? If not, it's about time you gave her a reason to, with these Spa Lights.
Available in white, pink, blue and green, these lights can stick anywhere on the inside of the tub, or float on the surface.
Each Spa Light operates on two AAA batteries that last for 120 hours. Let your mom enjoy a peaceful, illuminated bath for as low as $12.95 at Firebox.com.
8. For the Bookworm Mom
Is your mom always reading the latest Danielle Steel novel before you call her? Then put her love for reading to use with the Flexilite Booklight ($14.95) from MyKito.
Besides the fact that it can keep your page in place, it also lights a page with its built-in LED, powered by two button cell batteries. Plus, it's flexible, so you can move the neck of the bookmark to provide the best light while reading.
9. For the Sporty Mom
Tennis, running, gardening ... if these activities describe your mother's likes, then she'll find the The Accelerometer ($49.95) quite handy. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer, it's described as an advanced pedometer used by NASA.
Enter your weight, attach the device to your belt, and it will measure the frequency, duration, and intensity of your daily movement. As a result, your movements are converted into calories burned.
10. For the Mom Who Has Everything
Chances are, your mom already has enough jewelry to wear. But we'll bet anything that she hasn't cleaned her jewelry yet.
Surprise her this Mother's Day with the Haier Electronic Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner. Choose from five programmable cycles, ranging from 1.5 to 8 minute intervals, to clean anything from jewelry to DVD's to video games.
Just fill the steel tank with water, power the unit, and the 42,000 Hz of ultrasonic waves will remove dirt and particles. Follow the progress of the cleaning cycle on the LCD screen.
Order one today from NewEgg for $39.99.
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