She fed you, bathed you, and clothed you. She dried your tears, kissed skinned knees, and changed your diaper. And don't you forget it.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11, and gone are the days when a card colored outside the lines will cut it. Yes, pedicures are pretty, and bouquets are always appreciated, but more effort doesn't mean less memorable -- or less sentimental. We've compiled a gift guide for every mom on your list, from new mother to grandmother. Slip her one of these between brunch and the madness of Monday morning as a token of your appreciation. We can't guarantee she'll love it -- but we know she'll be glad you did it.
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Great gifts from Frances boutique
When shopping for mom, there is no better one-stop shop than Frances. The two-room boutique houses everything from deliberate cookwear to handcrafted jewelry -- all perfect presents. Specifically for, or about, mom, try My Mom. The hardcover interview journal ($12) is filled with questions like, "What was your old neighborhood like?" created as an heirloom to keep for generations. For kitschy gifts that will make her smile (and won't send her back a few decades) try hand towels ($15) with cute phrases such as "kiss my grits" and the always popular "eat your veggies." Or, for $42, wrap up a hand mirror -- a step up from the everyday compact with detailed designs like flowers on one side.
You know your mom better than we do, so take an afternoon -- or at least an hour -- and wander around the little shop. Take our advice and avoid heading for the clothing racks: If guessing sizes for any woman is a gamble, buying the wrong outfit for your mother might be a matter of life and death.