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Fruit baskets: Only Mom should be spoiled
Fruit baskets: Only Mom should be spoiled

Better for the waistline than chocolates are fruit gift baskets. For a personal touch -- and to save money -- put together a basket yourself with the freshest fruits and berries from a farmers market or high-quality organic or natural grocery store. If you're short on time, you could order a basket online.

"With fruit baskets, you get what you pay for," says Hutt. To ensure the fruit is fresh, she suggests ordering from places with solid reputations in gift baskets such as Harry & David or Edible Arrangements.

Get discounts by scouting around for online coupon codes from these companies, says Furman, who also suggests shopping Amazon.com for fruit-basket deals. But she says the big, national florists may not be your best option when buying fruit. Their offerings can be expensive and can come with a lot of fees.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, so you'll want to make sure you get your fruit gift basket Friday or Saturday. Place your order as early as you can, Hutt says. "A lot of complaints for holiday purchases have to do with things being delivered late."

 

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