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Mother's Day Personal Shopper: Mike Mc's In-Need-of-Comfort Mom

Says Mike: "This year has been very tough for my mother and I'd really like to do something special for her. I just returned from a year in Afghanistan (which caused her alot of stress) only to discover she'd just been laid off from her job as a full time teacher in FL. To make matters worse, when she flew up to MD to welcome me home, her house was burglarized and nearly everything of value was stolen. Down on her luck with no job at the moment and still upset about family heirlooms that were stolen, I want this year's Mothers Day to be very special amidst all the chaos and turmoil. Any ideas would be appreciated and thanks for your consideration." Wow, Mike, sounds like your mom could use some relaxation!

1. SpaFinder Gift Certificate (from $50) - Give her the gift of a spa day. She can redeem these gift certificates at over 4,000 spas across the country, and choose exactly which treatments she wants. It'll leave her refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on the world!

2. Coral Reef Natural Shell Bottles ($131) This set of 3 charming antique-style apothecary bottles with real shell stoppers will help her start to re-decorate her home. We think they've definitely got heirloom potential! Fill them with some hand-cut flowers or pretty stones for a lovely gift presentation.

3. Sun & Shade Garden ($35) A house feels more like a home when it's got lots of flowers blooming, so make a date to plant this set of bulbs & bare roots with Mom! It'll take her mind off her missing belongings and give you two a chance to chat and spend time together. Includes aconite, delphinium, heliopsis, blazing stars, phlox, and checkerblooms.

4. Ralph Lauren 400 Thread Count Pleated Cuff Sheeting ($100-295) - We bet your mom could use a good night's sleep, and these tuxedo pleat-trimmed sheets are about as luxurious as they come. You can even get them monogrammed for an added dose of high style!

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