Not only is my mother is really hard to buy for, she's a bit ungrateful to boot. She told my sister yesterday not to get her a gift for Mother's Day because she was probably going to have to return it anyway. Nonetheless, I can't show up at her house empty-handed, so I began to look though my emails for ideas for last minute Mother's Day gifts that might pass muster. Here's a roundup of what I found:

Flowers: I recommend 1800flowers, where you can opt for fresh flowers or plants. I'm considering the gardenia (mom's favorite flower) in a green planter for $29.99. If you order-and have them delivered today-there's free shipping although some products are not eligible. Also, you can save money by ordering bouquets without a vase, which most moms have plenty of.

Chocolate: My inbox has several notices from Redenvelope with Mother's Day specials like a lily of the valley bulb kit in a bamboo box for $38 and the Queen for a day chocolate set, reduced from $38 to $28. At this point, you'll need to use 2 day shipping to get it there in time.

Gift baskets: Wine country gift baskets has a collection to suit moms with a variety of tastes-spa-goers, tea drinkers, coffee lovers and of course, oenophiles, to mention a few. They'll charge you an extra $10 for shipping but it's guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day. They ship wine to 39 states but alcohol-free baskets can go anywhere.

Gift certificates: Stop by the local nail salon or spa and pick up a gift certificate-or go to Spafinders, where you can send a gift certificate to participating spas nationwide.

Clothes: It's really hard to buy clothes for most moms, mine included, but I know where she shops, so I may just stop by the local mall and pick up something at Coldwater Creek. Lord & Taylor had some beautiful summer sundresses I might check out too. Otherwise, I received an email from Appleseed's – which let's just say appeals to a certain demographic, which encompasses my 73 year-old mother. They have apparel that looks like her style for up to 70% off! Aside from the flowers, this option might be the best suited for my mother, although I'll have to look into the return policy.


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