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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Flowers, brunch and quality time with Mom is the basic format for any quality Mother’s Day.

This year, however, in honor of the holiday’s 100 year anniversary, it’s time for something big! Surprise mom with a little break from tradition with these updated gift ideas.

Florals with a Flourish. Second to mothers, florists are the ones who really benefit from this holiday as bouquets of roses, tulips and daisies have become the benchmark Mother’s Day gift. Instead of ordering an arrangement of, “white roses with greens, tightly packed in a low square vase,” ask the florist which exotic blossoms are available. Orchids, anthuriums or pincushion protea make for a mesmerizing presentation. If you’re not particular about which buds they use, request a modern or contemporary arrangement with traditional flowers but fantastically wrapped stems, fronds and leaves.

Homemade Upgrade. Any gift made by hand is going to be appreciated by your Mom because it symbolizes, above all, the time you dedicated to put into something to make her happy. If you’re not particularly crafty, however, a homemade gift basket is a thoughtful alternative. Pick a general theme based upon your mom’s personality. From there, think of the little things that would complement her interests. For the emerging sommelier, a bottle stopper, cocktail napkins and a sleeve of crackers and wheel of cheese. For the cake boss, frosting bags and sprinkles, cookie cutters and an expensive bar of baking chocolate. For the green thumb, new gardening gloves, packets of seeds and a lemonade drink mix. Arrange the items into a basket and wrap it up in a shrinkable plastic gift bag to present it to Mom.

Photographic Memories. It’s likely been years since you had photos developed. Most live on your phone, on Facebook or in a long family e-mail thread. Create a modern photo album with services like Tiny Prints which help format and lay out digital files into a sweet book. Or, bring an old and weathered photo of your parents to a photo developer and ask to have it restored and framed. Even though the photos may have already been shared, having a physical copy makes them a family keepsake.