by Staff Writer
One of the best ways to shower Mom with gifts is with a gift basket. Whether you choose a pre-made basket or you put one together yourself, a gift basket will be full of lovely things that show how much you appreciate her. If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift for your mom or the mother of your children, consider giving her one of these thoughtful baskets.
For the mom with a sweet tooth: If we are what we eat, then your mom must be sweet. Cater to her cravings with a gift basket full of chocolate. Baskets that include chocolate squares, chocolate-covered pretzels, cookies, and truffles make an indulgent present she'll find irresistible.
For the gourmet mom: She has a taste for the finer tastes, so get Mom a gourmet food gift basket that meets her high standards. If she likes her food on the sweeter side, look for a fruit gift basket -- a colorful, classic Mother's Day gift. If she prefers savory snacks, look for a basket that includes meats, olives, cheese, and crackers. If she likes to do the cooking herself, make your own gift basket: Just take a regular basket and fill it with a few of her favorite ingredients and a few handy kitchen gadgets.
For the mom who needs to relax: Her kids keep her busy, and she could use a afternoon to herself. Pamper Mom with a spa gift basket full of body lotions, bath gels, bath mitts, scented candles, and even some herbal teas. Make sure to choose one in a fragrance she likes; lavender, vanilla, and citrus scents are popular. If she's not into bubble baths, put together a gift basket that lets her relax in another way. If she'd rather have an evening in, wrap up microwave popcorn, sodas, theater-size candy boxes, and a few of her favorite movies on DVD in a tall popcorn bucket.
For the mom thinks globally: If your socially conscious mom would appreciate a gift that gives back, look for fair trade gift baskets, like the ones made by the Women's Bean Project. The purchase of these gift baskets benefits people who are working to make their lives better, so this is a gift that Mom can feel good about getting and you can feel good about giving.
For the first-time mom: If it's her first Mother's Day, or if she is still expecting her first baby, get her a gift basket with baby gear. Look for one that has items she's sure to need while she has a newborn, like extra outfits for her little one, a baby blanket, or baby bath products that she'll use every day.