Mother’s Day gifts aren’t really about the money. They’re about showing Mom you care. And the best way to do that is to demonstrate that you know something about Mom. Namely, what she’s into. These interest-specific gifts will make you the talk of her knitting circle. Or whatever it is moms do in their free time.



KOR ONE Special Edition Water Bottle
Yes, it’s a water bottle. But it’s a cool-looking water bottle. And KOR’s “Thirst for Giving” program donates a percentage of all sales to water-related causes such as Ocean Protection and the Global Water Crisis. Stick some pretty flowers in it and you’re good. From $22,

Harvest Collection by KEEN Northrup Tote Bag
The perfect combination of practicality and style, this bag provides plenty of room for Kleenex and gum and Chapstick and all the other useful stuff you bum off your mom. Did we mention it’s made from 100 percent recycled rice paper? Mother Nature smiles. $40,



Rickshaw iPad Sleeve
Rickshaw offers tons of colors and styles—plus customizable options—to craft the ultimate iPad protection. Fight the temptation to forget about Mom and get one for yourself. Just buy two. From $30,

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color
The newest version of the tablet lets mom view books, magazines and newspapers in stunning full color, as well as browse the web and check e-mail. And it’s reasonably priced if you go in with your siblings. $249, Barnes & Nobles stores and



Joseph Joseph Icon Cutting Boards
Chopping veggies is one thing. Chopping veggies while looking at a dishwasher-safe, heat and break resistant veggie mosaic of Elvis or Marilyn Monroe is another, way awesome-er thing. $32,

Kyocera Ceramic Knife Set
The forefathers of ceramic cutlery at Kyocera craft the 5.5-inch santoku knife and a 3-inch paring knife using a ten-times-tougher-than-steel zirconium oxide that will slide right through those fingers, er, chicken breasts. $70, Williams-Sonoma stores and



Aspen Bay Candles
These performance-based candles combine earthy musks and luxury in a 20-ounce jar. You can’t go wrong with the Volcano:  tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes with lightly exotic mountain greens. We just love that a candle can be “performance-based.” From $28.50, Anthropologie stores and

Jo Malone Bath Oil Collection
The master of scent combination, Jo Malone (no relation to Karl, master of the pick and roll), now offers her fragrances in a variety of gift sets. This set includes six 30 milliliter scented bath oils to help Mom relax and forget any trouble you’ve caused her. $85, Neiman Marcus stores and


EDITOR’S NOTE: Down to the wire? Like, it’s Sunday morning and you’ve got nothing? Go here, and through the ELCA’s Good Gifts program, you can donate for various necessities— blankets, microloans, an astonishing range of animals including pigs, cows and goats—to help people in Third World countries. You can then print or e-mail a note that wishes a Happy Mother’s Day while “announcing” your gift. Now Mom loves you and you’re going to Heaven. Sweet.


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