Are you ready for Mother's Day?

  • Many people are gearing up by flocking to greeting card displays and flower delivery websites to select gifts. While these presents are certainly appreciated on Mother's Day, this might be the year to go the extra mile and say "thank you" in a more personalized way. Start with these exclusive gift suggestions and choose something from the heart.

    Shopping by personality is one of the best overall gift-giving tips for any holiday. This Mother's Day, why not show Mom how much you admire her by surprising her with something that she'll really put to good use? We have gifts for every personality, including the moms who love fashion, cooking, sports, gardening, travel, and party planning. A new leather wallet, a top-of-the-line panini press, or a beautiful set of wooden garden planters shows Mom that you really do know her as well as she knows you.

    Homemade gifts are surging in popularity, even at weddings and birthday parties. Remember the pasta necklaces and painted tin-can pencil holders you made for Mom in grade school? It might be time to put your art skills to the test again. With a few pretty scrapbooking supplies, you can create an elaborate homemade card that features personal touches and a heartfelt message. Your jewelry-making days may not necessarily be behind you, either. Beaded necklaces and bracelets are not complicated to make, and they pack an impressive punch, especially when they feature Mom's favorite color or birthstone.

    The best gift this Mother's Day might be time spent together. Make it special with a gift that the two of you can enjoy on a weekend or a Tuesday evening. Craft kits, cookbooks, and camping gear tell Mom that you love the activities you do together.