Mom, she deserves the best but she often gets the worst gifts that is.

Every Christmas, Mother’s Day and birthday you wrack your brain trying to find that perfect present for her but somehow you end up with another set of dishtowels instead. Don’t let Mom’s natural inclination to act happy fool you into making the same mistake twice. Even if your budget is miniscule, you can find something wonderful for the woman that gave you life if you use a little of that great imagination she’s always praising you for.

Handcrafted Bath Bombs from Lush

Fizzing bath bombs aren’t the same old tired bath salts, especially the upscale handcrafted ones made by the Lush company. They come in beautiful colors, delicate scents and they have a charming homemade appeal. Even better, they’re made from essential oils and other natural ingredients that are actually good for Mom’s skin. If there’s no Lush store where you live, you can purchase bath bombs or any of their luxurious body care products online. Bath bombs fall on the expensive side, at 5 to 7 dollars, but at that price you can purchase two or ten according to your budget.

Family Glassware

If your mom appreciates the quirky and artsy, she’ll love these unique drinking glasses from Uncommon Goods. At 12 dollars a glass the total expense depends on the size of your family. Illustrators Mary and Shelly Klein have created whimsical representations of Mom, Dad, young children, older children, a baby, a cat and a dog to adorn high-quality glassware made in America.

Cashmere-Lined Gloves

Most moms love those little luxuries, but they rarely ever splurge on themselves. A modern pair of cashmere-lined gloves is a bit of decadence that won’t break the bank but will make her feel like a queen; you can find quality brands such as Isotoners for around 60 dollars.

Beverage Brewers

You can’t call them coffee makers anymore. With a one-cup brewer Mom can enjoy her favorite coffee, tea, a cup of cider, hot chocolate or even health drinks rich with antioxidants to help boost her immune system. A one-cup beverage brewer is a big expense, especially when you factor in the cost of all the drink cups you’re going to have to include, but with such versatility and ease of use she will use it every day and praise your thoughtfulness with every cup.

A Major Appliance

If she’s been complaining about how her old dishwasher makes too much noise or that the temperature setting on the stove is unreliable it may be time to treat Mom to a big ticket item like a new major kitchen appliance. Before making a purchase make sure you know the size of the old appliance (don’t buy a new one that’s larger or smaller unless you want to pay for renovations as well).

The most important factor in finding something great for your mother is avoiding the generic, prepackaged “mom gift”. Nothing says “I don’t see you as a person” like a gift basket of scented lotions purchased at the drugstore. Think of each gift-giving opportunity as a chance to show Mom you appreciate her individuality and you can’t go wrong.

 

 

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