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Always there with a cheerful smile, a gentle touch and a kind word of encouragement. She’s your biggest fan, your confidant and most of all, your friend. She’s your mom and she deserves the best. On Mother’s Day, why not give her something special and unique?

Choose from this list of gifts and watch mom's (or grandma's or your wife's) eyes light up:

1. High Tea

For a change of pace, treat mom to high tea. Tea, finger sandwiches, scones and pastries are typically available from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at many upscale hotels. Elegant, full English service includes fine china and polished silver. Many flavors of English tea are served, and the pot comes complete with charming tea cozies. It’s a wonderful way to relax, and provides an excellent opportunity for conversation.

2. Sign Her Up!

For a gift with a fairly long life, consider enrolling mom in a gourmet cooking class or a course in investments. Choose any subject in which she has an interest, but she just hasn’t gotten around to pursuing. She’s likely to learn something that will enhance her lifestyle, and many of these enrichment classes are a lot of fun. If it’s a cooking class, the whole family can benefit!

3. Custom Perfume

What’s more lovely than mom’s favorite scent? A perfume that’s mixed especially for her. Check your local telephone directory or the Internet for locations.

4. Keep Her on Her Toes

If mom’s an incurable romantic, she’ll love going dancing. Or, melt her heart by taking her to the ballet. It’s an even better gift if you seem to enjoy it (you can live through it just this once). And, it doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg (no pun intended!). Look for discount tickets or coupon offers. Matinee performances generally are less expensive than those in the evening.

5. Let Her Shop ‘Til She Drops

A gift that just about every woman loves: send mom on a shopping spree! Limit the spending amount or let the sky be the limit. Give her a day, or give her a few hours. Purchase a gift certificate to her favorite boutique, or present her with a certificate good at any store in the mall. Hire a personal shopper to assist with her choices. Or, go shopping with her and shower her with compliments when she models that new outfit for you.

6. Give Mom a Break

Mom will smile a mile wide when you send in a cleaning service for the day. Even better, indulge her and arrange for six months’ or a year’s worth of service. She is certain to thank you for this one!

7. Make Her a Member

For a gift that keeps on giving, consider a membership. Health clubs offer special packages and museums include many perks for their members. Both allow mom to visit on her own terms and return often. Or, purchase a theater or symphony series. Performances are spread out throughout the year for mom’s continued enjoyment.

8. Linen and Lace

Lingerie. Though it’s an old standby, if carefully selected it can make the perfect gift. If the gift is for your wife, go with something sexy or racy, naughty or romantic. If it’s for your mom, it’s a wise idea to keep it simple and delicate. Either way, lingerie is sure to make mom feel pretty.

9. Pamper Her

There’s nothing more invigorating than a day at a spa, complete with manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. Many beauty salons offer packages, and may even include the newly popular aromatherapy. After all that pampering, mom will emerge relaxed and refreshed, and look more beautiful than ever!

10. It’s the Thought That Counts

Warm her heart with a special, homemade gift. Create a coupon book with certificates redeemable for household chores, tedious errands and yard work. These are perfect for children to make, and they come in handy when you’re on a budget. And, don’t forget to include some coupons that are good for hugs, kisses and snuggles.

Try one or more of these suggestions and Mother's Day is sure to be a success!