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A guide to finding personal gifts to suit mom's whims and wants

by Kara G. Morrison
Detroit News

You have eight days left to think of that perfect Mother's Day gift -- one that says you love and appreciate her, but also fits your budget in these lean times. Never fear; we've got you covered.

Here's a gift cheat-sheet for moms of all stripes. We think there's something here for everyone -- from the super-sentimental mom to the woman who simply oozes style.

Drama-queen mom

Here's a treat for moms who love to lunch and laugh. The Gem Theatre and Century Grille in Detroit are offering a Mother's Day brunch and theater package that includes tickets to "Menopause the Musical." The package deal is $77 per person and includes tax and tip. The brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. features waffles, pancakes, omelets, poached salmon with champagne sauce, roast beef, snow crab claws and a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Call (313) 963-9800 for reservations or visit www.gemtheatre.com.

Earthy mom

Does she drive a Prius? Stress about the ice caps melting? Try the Mum Gift from Lush Cosmetics. (Yes, Mum, it's a British company). The gift comes in a recycled box with recycled paper, and she can plant the handmade tag that's embedded with wildflower seeds. Inside, she'll find a handmade bubble-bath bar, bath bomb, massage bar, soap and Dream Cream lotion. It's $47.95 at area Lush stores. She may also like a PlantLove Botanical Lipstick by Cargo, packaged in a tube made from corn and a biodegradable box that's also embedded with flower seeds. The lipsticks are $20 at area Sephora stores or online at www.sephora.com.

Flower-power mom

If she loves blooms, check out the stunning Monet's Garden arrangement at OrganicBouquet.com. For $79.95, the colorful arrangement features pastel pink-and-yellow roses with Belles of Ireland, hypericum and purple accent flowers. Order it online or by calling (877) 899-2468. If you order today, you'll get a free Organic Mint in a Bag kit, so Mom can grow it right in her kitchen. As a bonus, your order comes in eco-friendly packaging.

Sentimental mom

If she hoards photos, here's a great gift. Get her one of Hallmark's Storytelling Albums. They quickly display 10 favorite photos in a scrapbook-like format that explains just why she's the perfect mom. The albums are $7.95 with the purchase of any three cards at your local Hallmark store. While you're there, grab a card that lets you record a personal greeting, then plays a song such as EMF's "Unbelieveable" or Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star." Recordable music cards are $5.99 at Hallmark or online at Hallmark.com.

Classy mom

This is for the woman who loves cashmere and all things classic and elegant. Let her try Chanel's latest scent: Chance Eau Fraiche. It's still classic Chanel, but surprisingly light and fresh with plenty of citrus notes. It's $82 at Nordstrom, Macy's and other department stores.

Perfect-hostess mom

If she's the kind of mom who should run her own bed-and-breakfast, then put her on the right track with a box of personalized guest soaps from ValseyandMe.com. The individually labeled soaps contain all-natural ingredients and are personalized with a two-line message. A small box of 10 single-use soaps is $20, and a sampler of 20 refill soaps is $35 at www.valseyandme.com.

Hip mom

If she's up on all the latest cool stuff, she probably already knows about Moo.com. It's a Web site with some of the niftiest photo gifts we've seen, including a set of 20 postcards made from 20 of her favorite photos for $19.99. You can also order sticker books featuring 90 stickers made from your photos for only $9.99. She can use them for everything from envelope seals to making great note cards of her own.

Organized mom

If her desk is pristine, and she doesn't like to collect photo frames and knickknacks, then load all of her prized pictures into one digital frame that plays an ongoing slide show. It's great for the working mom or anyone who can't resist smiling at a great family photo. Macy's sells an 8-inch Pandigital frame for $139.99, and Costco's 10.4-inch SmartParts frame is $129.99 at Costco.com.

Bookish mom

For the mom who loves to read, but doesn't like to travel with a stack of books, check out Amazon's popular new gadget: the Kindle. This handheld device is an electronic marvel, offering downloadable books instantly. It's $399, and there's no monthly fee, although it uses wireless technology similar to a cell phone. Find out more at Amazon.com.

History-buff mom

The Henry Ford Museum's annual Mother's Day brunch draws crowds. Tickets for adults are $48 for museum members or $56 for nonmembers, and the meal includes an overwhelming assortment of gourmet goodies: cocktail shrimp, omelet and waffle stations, apple-cheese blintzes, wild mushroom ravioli, lemon-rosemary roast chicken, salmon en croute and carved beef sirloin, plus plenty of salad and dessert choices. For the full menu, visit www.hfmgv.com. Call (313) 982-6001 for reservations.



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