This year, instead of giving the same old flowers and scented soaps, why not consider some ideas for clever, outside-the-box items as alternatives to the usual?
On “the Early Show on Saturday Morning,” Gilt Groupe Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post suggested several – all for $50 or less:
Instead of Breakfast in Bed — take your Mom on a picnic!
There’s no better way to spend time with a loved one than in the fresh spring air this Mother’s Day. Give Mom this basket and then fill it up with her favorites and head out to a local park to enjoy the day!
Picnic Basket by Household Essentials, $49
Luxury Picnic Basket GILT.COM, $175
Instead of another store-bought card in the mail for Grandma, create a personalized card!
Shutterfly.com:- Award-winning photo books, cards and stationary, prints, calendars, photo gifts and personal websites. Mothers day card $1.04, Photobooks: $12.99
Tinyprints – Non-profit organization, DIY cards $1.99-$3.99 per card Kelly Ripa, Pink, Jessica Capshaw, Vanessa Minnillo, Reese Witherspoon and Ali Larter are fans of this personalized stationery company. Bonus: A portion of proceeds from their Mother’s Day cards will go to Baby Buggy, Jessica Seinfeld’s non-profit organization.
Instead of your typical soaps and lotion, give Mom something that will really help her relax, such as an aromatherapy gift set!
Aromatherapy Basket: Eucalyptus Spearmint, $27.50 from BathandBodyWorks.com
D L & Co. Diffuser Sets and Home Fragrance Candles, Starting at $20, GILT.COM
Instead of a gift certificate, give Mom fun Spring accessories that she can enjoy right away
Selection of Jewelry from GILT.COM, $50 & under
Hats by GILT.COM, $49
Scarf $3.95 from H&M.com
Instead of another framed family photo…give Mom a work of art!
This year, give Mom a gorgeous custom piece of art with everyone’s handprints! Create your own wall art with this set of four vibrant canvases and paint. Just add your child’s handprints or make a family collage with everyone’s prints to create this keepsake artwork. Set includes non-toxic white paint and paint tray. Canvases measures 10″ L x 10″ W x 3/4″ D each.
Pearhead Handprint Wall Art Set, www.bedbathandbeyond.com and www.buybuybaby.com, $18
Instead of a Coffee Pot give her a membership to a Coffee of the Month Club
Each month, they’ll deliver a pound of one of their best-selling coffees. A wonderful way to sample coffees from the world’s major growing regions.
Peet’s Mother’s Day Tasting Tour, $49 for 3 months
Instead of Flowers, give Mom a Gardening Tote Gardening Tote!
Great for the mom with the green thumb – help her to grow her own flowers
Casual Style defines this durable multi-pocket gardening tote.
Set includes three top quality, heavy gauge stainless tools with comfort grip handles.
Roomy interior is great for transporting supplies & side pockets have room for a beverage and snack
Perfect for the Mom who loves her garden!
Tote and Tools by Picnic at Ascot, Gilt.com, $29.00