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Top 5 Mother's Day gifts for practical moms

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Believe it or not, some moms don't want jewelry, flowers or trinkets for their special day. If you're looking to pick up a gift for a special mom who prefers something practical and useful, here are a few options to consider.

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Moms with kids small enough to need a booster seat may appreciate a Bubble Bum inflatable car seat. It's perfect to take on trips or keep in the vehicle for use with car pooling or unexpected passengers. It comes in black or purple and sells for about $29.99 at Bubblebum.com and Walmart.

Squeez'ems and Pack'ems reusable food pouches and snack bags are great for taking along healthy foods when the family is out and about this summer. Mom can avoid having to pull into a fast food drive-through by creating her own take-out snacks. Squeez'ems and Pack'ems are available for about $10 online at Booginhead.com and in Babies R Us stores.

Splurging on an extra-special mom? Mothers of all ages can enjoy a new tablet computer for winding down after a busy day, reading Kindle books, storing recipes and even entertaining the kids for awhile.

You can add an Elipsis 7" tablet to your existing Verizon Wireless account for about $10 a month with the tablet itself often costing either nothing or about $50 on contract. Other great options include the Kindle Fire HDX, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" or one of the Motorola Xoom larger tablets.

For the ultra-practical mom who comments about the large numbers of batteries her kids go through, consider picking up a set of rechargeable AA batteries along with a battery charger.

Probably the best gift you can give a mom is time. Offer to watch the kids so she can shop, relax with friends, see a movie or just go somewhere quiet. No matter what type of gift a mom prefers, few would turn down a couple of hours of free babysitting so they can do things they either need or want to get done.

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