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Last-minute online gifts for Mother's Day

So Mother's Day is rapidly approaching and you still haven't gotten around to buying something for your mom? Check out these last-minute gift ideas ranging from extravagant to simply thoughtful.

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Let the flowers bloom
Brighten up her special day with flowers. How about a bouquet of Timeless Elegance or a basket of Beloved Bouquet? Any FTD florist, found in nearly every town across the country or on the Web, should be able to take the real thing to your mom's doorstep if you move quickly. To guarantee Mother's Day delivery, most florists need your order by Thursday, May 6, but many will take orders through Saturday, May 8.

No time? Head to Virtual Florist's Virtual Bouquet selection and send her a loving note or poem.

Cards and endearments
Forget about sorting through leftover cards on your lunch hour. Keep your seat and go to Blue Mountain or Awesome Cards, pen a personal endearment and ... zap! Your thought is in the air in seconds.

Still prefer the thoughtfulness of snail mail? Thanks to Hallmark, you can personalize, address and mail directly a greeting card to Mom!

Does mom have a favorite sugary extravagance that is just too decadent to buy for herself? If chocolate is her preferred indulgence, See's Candies will send old-fashioned treats in temperature controlled boxes so your gift won't melt in transit. For a mix of fruit, chocolate, cookies and other delectables, Harry and David has gift baskets available for Mother's Day delivery if you order soon. If you're lucky, she'll share.

Fragrant bliss
Whether it's floral, fruity, spicy or aquatic, Sephora has the perfume you're looking for. For a complete fragrant bliss, try stress-relieving aromatherapy products from Bath & Body Works and Yankee scented candles.

Luxury, luxury, luxury
Treat your mom to a day at the spa with all the pampering and special treatment she deserves for putting up with the whole family. Indulge her with a SpaWish certificate, the perfect way to say "thank you," welcomed by its participating day spas nationwide.

Sentimental movies or music
Whether it was those Friday nights you and mom would watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or the Diana Ross and the Supremes kitchen concerts, reminisce the bonding moments you shared together by getting her a DVD copy of a favorite movie or a boxed CD collection. Amazon offers a vast list of movies and CDs to choose from.

A good read
Mom's an avid reader? Pick up a gift card from Barnes & Noble and please her bookworm psyche. If you care to splurge, Herrington offers Reader's Friend, a bed pillow designed to support her back for a more relaxed and anatomically-correct reading time.

Memory book
The older mom gets, the more she appreciates memories, so what better way for her to be reminded of these than by making her an accordion photo album from With a little time, paper and photos, you'll have a unique, personal gift.

Maid service
Think of how many times mom picked up for you. With Molly Maid services you can have mom come home to a clean house -- a clean house that someone else cleaned, that is -- for up to one year!

Great gift certificates
If you are still clueless and would rather let your mother do the shopping, kiss up a little more by tossing in a gift certificate. Check out the large selection at where they also offer restaurant and hotel certificates.

Sheyna Steiner contributed to this story.

-- Updated: May 4, 2006




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