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Chocolates? Flowers?
Chocolates? Flowers?

Two very traditional Mother's Day gifts are chocolates and flowers. But today's calorie-conscious moms might tell you to save your money on the sweets. "I certainly don't want a 2-pound box of chocolates!" says Hutt.

So, you could give your mother just a few of the best chocolates you can afford, and couple the gift with a nice bouquet of flowers.

If you do choose flowers, stay away from the "petal pushers," Hutt's name for flower sellers who sprout up around holidays then quickly fade away.

"These flowers may look expensive, and they may even cost a lot, but they are second- or third-rate," she says, meaning they will not last very long in a vase.

Instead, order directly from a local florist or nursery, or use a major delivery service such as FTD, 1-800-Flowers.com or Teleflora. Look for free-shipping deals these companies may offer for Mother's Day, advises DeBlasi.

"Most important, watch the deadlines on these deals," he says. "Although (flowers) make great last-minute gift ideas, last-minute rushed shipping can be costly to get it to the recipient."

 

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