Mother's Day Gifts a Go-Go: A Guide for Every Mom

Flowers and cards are a given. Department store perfumes are as outdated as plastic-covered furniture.

This Mother's Day, why not challenge yourself to make your gift a little more personal?

Whether your mom is a lady of luxury, a practical PTA mom or a career woman on the go — or even if she just likes to boogie — has just the gift for the No. 1 woman in your life. And she'll never know we helped you out.

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Pretty Woman

This time of year, spas are rolling out the red carpet for the matriarchs, offering enticing packages like the mother-daughter special at New York’s Rodolfo Valentin Salon, where any service the daughter purchases, the mother gets for free.

“Right now, our biggest [bookings] for Mother’s Day are the blowouts and the highlights," said George Perez, the salon's manager.

Click HERE to read about this reporter's day at the spa with her mother-in-law.

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Spa gift baskets are also fashionable, as they give busy moms a chance to relax at their leisure and timid moms a chance to disrobe without an audience.'s Mother’s Day arrangements are perfect for people wanting to give a beautifully wrapped, thoughtful present that is nearly effortless to pick out.

You can even choose from an array of pre-written cards, saving yourself the task of having to sift through the sappy cards on the racks at your local pharmacy.

“Our top baskets are the spa baskets and the breakfast-in-bed basket, which comes with a tray and pancake mix and chocolate baskets,” said Patrick Ahrendt, the site's marketing director.

Mommy Bling

Want mom to wear your gift around her neck? Personalized "mom" necklaces are very big this year at sites like and Red Envelope.

Check out Dogeared's silver mom necklace, $60, which features a pearl, a heart charm and the word “Mom” on a pendant.

Timeless pieces, like diamond hoop earrings, gold bangle bracelets and heart locket necklaces are also hot items, especially Judith Jack’s marcasite heart locket, $180.

Go Figure

Another way to personalize Mother’s Day is by starting mom off on her very own collection of knickknacks or figurines, which can be added onto as the years go by.

Swarovski crystal is an obvious choice for collecting, as their sought-after miniature crystal show pieces are both affordable and dazzling.

A bit pricier are Spanish porcelain house Lladro's handcrafted figurines, which start around $100 but go into the thousands. Lladro has been a popular Mother’s Day choice for decades, as their mother/child pieces showcase intimate moments such as a mother giving a child a bath.

Lladro's new Mother’s Day collection features images of a mother gazing into the eyes of her newborn and young girl sitting on her mother’s back while brushing her hair.

More Gifts for Mom

If your mom doesn’t quite fit into the mold of Sentimental Sally or Relaxation-Starved Rachel, here are some alternatives:

The Constant Gardener: If Mom’s thumb is Kermit-the-Frog green — or if she just loves really good Italian food — she’ll go gaga for Red Envelope’s Italian Herb Garden, $29. This window gardening kit features basil, oregano and chives and cute ceramic pots.

Hot to Trot: Frequent-flier moms might appreciate some fun luggage to give their globe-trotting a little pick-me-up. The Limited Edition Animal Print Collection from Hartmann Luggage offers everything from jewelry rolls, $195, to bucket tote bags, $695, all lined in buttery leather.

The Supermom: If your PTA president mom can bake a birthday cake while ironing Dad’s work shirts, all in time to make soccer practice and her boss’ deadline, you might want to give her the very comfortable and very befitting Supermom Pajamas, $49.95, from Included with her new red and blue jammies are a sachet, a “Do Not Disturb” sign and an organza hatbox.

Full of Hot Air: Adventure-seeking moms will love Signature Days' Mother’s Day hot air balloon special, $219, which takes off in 160 different cities across the country. Signature Days also has other great day-trip ideas for Mom.

Hungry for Your Love: Food enthusiasts will love Amazing Clubs' Dinner of the Month Club package. For $263.40, Mom will receive a gourmet meal for four once a month for an entire year. Packages can be bought biannually as well as a la carte. And what better gift to give Mom than to sit down and enjoy each dish with her?

Amazing Clubs also has 25 other clubs that mom can join, from wine of the month to chocolate, cheese, coffee, flowers and more.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go: Tailored for women in their late 30s to early 50s, go-go dancing classes can be found in Chicago, New York and Florida. Just be prepared that mom might turn her layered locks into an iron-stiff beehive. Check out for more information.

But what's the most important Mother's Day gift? As any mom will tell you: It's the gift of your presence. If it's geographically possible, here are some more fun ideas for how to spend the day with mom, as well as tips on cards and flowers.