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Mother's Day 2014: Gift ideas and deals for mom

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 11, and according to a New Jersey News report on May 9, a time when most of us will remember fondly the memories of how our mothers inspired us, and also the day when we pay tribute to our mothers with heartfelt cards, gifts, and flowers.

Mother’s Day is the busiest time of the year for florists, and according to a National Retail Federation survey, nearly two-thirds of all shoppers will spend close to $2.3 billion on flowers. If you do the math, that comes to American’s spending about $163 each on Mom this year, and their survey showed that’s actually down from $169 per person from 2013! That seems a bit high for the “average” American to be spending on a Mother’s Day gift, which obviously ranks me in the ‘below average’ range of gift giving. The survey also showed that most consumers, about 81 percent, will give Mom a greeting card and a gift, while 43 percent decide to go with a gift card.

Let’s face it, you know that your mother deserves something special, but when it comes to shopping for her it can sometimes be stressful, especially when she says she does not need, or want anything. That’s when you have to put on your thinking cap and dig deep to find that uniquely “perfect gift.”

Celebrating your Mom this Mother’s Day does not mean you have to spend a lot of money, but here are a few steps to help make your gift giving dilemma a little less stressful. First you need to define what type of mom she is. Is she an on the go mom, crazy for crafts, loves to bake, or would she prefer something more on the sentimental side, or a homemade gift; once you know what direction your taking, the creativity and fun begins.

Personalized gift baskets or decorative boxes make an excellent gift idea and are creatively simple, have endless possibilities, and can be as budget friendly as you need. Here are just a few Mother’s Day gift basket ideas:

Pampering Bath Basket – roll up a fluffy white towel, add a loofah, bath salts, essential oils, and music, don’t forget a copy of her favorite CD.

Bakers Best Basket – everything mom would need to bake her favorite cookies/cake, including a vintage apron, cookbook and cake plate.

Gardening Basket – gardening hand tools, watering can, hat, gloves, knee pad, and seed packages of her favorite vegetable or flowers.

If you are not feeling your creative energy, there is still plenty of time and great deals available. If you like to shop online, Mother’s Day gift ideas by Amazon is by far the easiest way to go, with everything for the kitchen, to books, movies, music and more.

And don’t forget your Mother’s Day card. If you are looking for something different you can send your Mom a beautifully animated musical Ecard by visiting 123greeting cards here.

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