Affordable Mother's Day gift ideas!

Mary Gardner's Gift Guide

Get mom something she can use all year round...
Give that special lady the "Me" time she deserves with the Luxurious Lavender Spa Set from 1-800-Flowers! She'll feel rejuvenated from head to toe with the selection of soothing body butter, body mist, shower gel, body lotion, a box of soaps and bath crystals, all with calming shea butter lavender extract and vitamin E extract. There's also a loofah, massage tool and a terry cloth bath pillow that tells her it's time to "Relax."
>> $69.99

Help mom feel special...
KN Karen Neuburger helps every mom keep her cool undercover with new KN Cool® Intimates. Featuring an exclusive Pima cotton fabric blend, the camisoles and panties wick moisture away from the skin's surface and provide a soothing base layer of breathable comfort, day or night. KN Cool is also available in mix-and-match sleepwear separates.
>> $11 - $82

Give the gift of technology for the busy mom that travels a lot...
Get your mom a portable DVD player so she can be entertained at the airport, on the plane, or in the car. The SD-P91S from Toshiba lets mom take her favorite movies along for the ride, no matter where she's going. The convenient 9 inch swivel-screen and powerful battery-life of up to 5 hours combine portability and style.
>> $179.99

Give a gift that gives back...
Why not adopt a manatee in your mom's name? Save the Manatee Club was started so the public could participate in conservation efforts to save endangered manatees from extinction. Funds from the Adopt-A-Manatee program at go toward public awareness and education projects; manatee research; rescue and rehabilitation efforts; and advocacy and legal action in order to ensure better protection for manatees and their habitat.

Homemade gifts are always a big hit with mom...
If you have younger children, help them make homemade coupons for mom. Coupons like "one free day of breakfast in bed" or "one free clean bedroom" will be the most special gift a mother can get. You can either help the kids make their own or print them out from Web sites like

Canine Companions for Independence
Trains assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities. They cover a range of disabilities, including providing assistance dogs for children with autism. They manufacture a great product called, the Companion Charm. It is a keychain for mom and a charm for your dog. It's connected by a magnet so you are always connected to your companion! It comes in five really cool colors and makes a great gift for dog owners, whether it's from the kids to mom, even for those "moms" whose only kids are dogs. Part of the proceeds from the charm go to the organization.
>> $24

The Share & Care Cockayne Syndrome Network
Cockayne Syndrome is a neurodegenerative disease that robs young children of all their milestones, causes terrible tremors and ataxia and takes their lives at a very young age. There are so few cases of this disease (only about 200-300 cases worldwide), that it has been difficult to generate enough interest and funding to get anyone to research the disease. They are hosting a nationwide (6 cities) walk-a-thon this May 24 to raise money for the cause.

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