So if you have a mom like me on your list this year, here a few suggestions of what to get her. To my family and friends, you're welcome. And thank you, too.
1. A gift card for clothing. Moms are notorious for heading out to buy something for their wardrobe and ending up with something "cute" for their husbands or kids instead. Find a specific store that only carries women's clothing or at least demand that the mom on your list use the gift card ONLY for herself. My store this year is Motherhood Maternity. What's yours?
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3. Some time off. It's an oldie but a goodie -- give the mom in your life a day all to herself. If she enjoys the spa, send her there with a gift card. If she would just like some peace and quiet in her own home, offer to take the kids out for a few hours. If the mom in your life is not your own mom or your wife, offer to babysit so she can put her feet up for awhile. Remind her that she can't use the time to do laundry or pay bills online and maybe even put a good book in her hand before bidding adieu.