All I want is for you to be happy – a gift guide for Mom

Everyone is looking for a comprehensive gift guide that will help them find the perfect gift for Mom and Grandma and Aunt Susan. The nice ladies at the office better get something, too, or your life will definitely be more difficult next year! There’s no way to list everything that would be suitable for all the people on your list, but you might remember just a couple of things before you tear out your hair trying to decide:

1. It really is the thought that counts as long as you aren’t cheap, tacky, or offensive. A gift of candy, cheese, candles, soaps, chocolates, or better yet, a gift certificate wrapped in a candy box, is the perfect gift for the majority of your miscellaneous list. No one expects a personal, handpicked gift from the neighbor or the cubicle mate. Save that agony for Mom or Dad.

2. Creative idea: Buy the same thing for everyone on your list. Make small changes in size or color or style, but pick a theme or a gift and stick to it. That will cover about 90% of your shopping. Team sportswear, auto gadgets, iPod cases, puzzle books – maybe you could be the guy who gives everyone on his list scissors every year. Different kinds, different styles – but scissors. Now everyone he loves has scissors for every room in their home.

3. Seasonal themed gifts work, too. Not everything has to be useful. Women spend a lot of time and money trying to find decorative items for their home, and you could make it easier with soap or lotion dispensers, small towels, or figurines for the areas of the house that guests use the most.

4. Don’t get too personal with co-workers or couples you socialize with. No matter how much time you spend together, don’t display any intimate knowledge you might have that would need public explanation. A good rule of thumb might be to stay away from things that touch. No jewelry, no clothing (except funny shirts or hats), no expensive perfumes. Never, never, never give an item so personal that it would embarrass someone to open it in public. Even as a joke. Undergarments, explicit books or magazines, toys that can be misconstrued are not funny, even as a joke. Save them for your brothers.

The items below just happen to be on my personal wish list. And while I’m a Mom, my children know how much I love gift cards for book stores, travel, home improvement and restaurants. So the showcase here is meant to help you with the lovely ladies on your list. It’s not complete, because I couldn’t find Fannie May chocolates. If you know me, and love me $20 worth, send vanilla buttercreams with dark chocolate coatings.

La Bonbonniere Candy Dish - 22"H X 9"Round, Clear

La Bonbonniere Candy Dish - 22"H X 9"Round, Clear

$169.00

La Bonbonniere Candy Dish - Our La Bonbonniere Candy Dish, With Its Oversized, Footed Design, Will Greet Family And Friends With Anything From Candy To Almonds. The Dome Lifts With The Glass Knob. Beautiful Etching Completes The Look. Makes The Perfect Gift For The Candy Lover In Your Life.

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Eye Candy Makeup Bags

Eye Candy Makeup Bags

$8.00

When traveling, or even at home, keep all your beauty essentials close to hand in this luxurious and fun make-up case with bow zip pull, handy mirror and spotty lining. Available in four bright colors with contrasting spotty lining, 15 x 10cm.

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Original Star K(tm) Loving Mother With Child Hugging Pendant With Heart Shape Simulated Amethyst

Original Star K(tm) Loving Mother With Child Hugging Pendant With Heart Shape Simulated Amethyst

$79.99

This attractive Original Star K(tm) Loving Mother With Child Hugging Pendant With Heart Shape Simulated Amethyst, crafted in 925 Sterling Silver. This amazing design is set with 1 stone bezel set violet Heart Shape Simulated Amethyst, 1 stone bezel set colorless Round Cubic Zirconia. This style measures 11.00 mm wide, 22.00 mm long. Amethyst is February Birthstone: From the Greek 'amethystos' meaning 'sober'. A symbol of trust, Amethyst is thought to protect against seduction and provide peace. Free 18 inches chain included Designer: Star K - This beautiful design, is part of the exclusive Star K. jewelry collection. Star K. designs are copyrighted, so please be aware of cheap imitations selling online. Only original Star K. creations are made using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, backed by an exclusive Lifetime Warranty. Warranty: - This item is covered by Finejewelers exclusive Silver Shield Lifetime Warranty. This exclusive lifetime coverage is offered ONLY by Finejewelers so please shop with confidence, our quality is guaranteed for life!

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Three Graces - 18K Gold Rose Mother of Pearl Cameo Ring

Three Graces - 18K Gold Rose Mother of Pearl Cameo Ring

$838.00

An extraordinary display of technique and craftsmanship, Tagliamonte's 18K yellow gold ring showcases stunning, hand carved mother of pearl portraying the Three Graces in a soft rose pink hue. Gift box included, Made in Italy.

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hand-stamped mother + children necklace

hand-stamped mother + children necklace

$49.95

Hand-Stamped Mother + Children Necklace: Thank Mom With This Truly One-Of-A-Kind Necklace, Personalized With The Names Of Each Of Her Children. Destined To Become A Family Keepsake, The Necklace May Be Ordered With Up To Four Discs To Represent Each Child Or Family Member. Choose Two Discs To Represent Mom And Baby. Each Disc Is Individually Hand-Stamped Creating An Organic Look And Feel.

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silver mother's embrace brooch

silver mother's embrace brooch

$54.99

Silver Mother's Embrace Brooch: A Modern Take On Classic Jewelry, This Brooch Features Up To Five Birthstones That Represent Children And Family. The Elegant Circle Serves As A Symbol Of The Never-Ending Love A Mother Gives A Child, And The Single Artful Twist Subtly Suggests An Embrace. Exclusively From Redenvelope. 1 1/4" Diam. Available In Sterling-Silver Or 14K-Gold Vermeil; See Above For Available Styles Choose Up To Five 3Mm Birthstones

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Blue Candy Striped Beach Bag With Red Monogram

Blue Candy Striped Beach Bag With Red Monogram

$29.98

This Personalized Candy striped Tote Bag adds a nautical touch to any outfit. Use it for a day at the beach, a quick trip on a plane, or just as an everyday purse. This roomy bag has handles long enough to carry on the shoulder, a zipper for keeping essen

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Candy Sweetness - Persnickety Pear - Photo Mothers Day Holiday Card

Candy Sweetness - Persnickety Pear - Photo Mothers Day Holiday Card

$1.29

Show your mom how sweet it is to have her in your life with a card that looks good enough to eat! With a pink background, tons of chocolate treats, and your favorite photo decorating the card, she'll practically be able to taste the love! 8" x 4" Flat Card

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Mother We Love You Charm by Forever Charms - Personalized

Mother We Love You Charm by Forever Charms - Personalized

$37.50

Charm is available in Vermeil (Gold-plated Sterling Silver), Sterling Silver, 10k yellow gold and 14k yellow or white gold. Chain is not included with charm. Optional matching Curb chain bracelet available for purchase. Personalize the back of your charm with a monogram, name or message of up to 4 lines, 15 chars. per line, in Block or Script font. Personalization charge is $3 per letter. If monogram style is selected, the middle of the 3 letters will be engraved larger. Personalization note: for BLOCK font all letters are capitalized; for Script font all letters are engraved EXACTLY as entered in upper and/or lowercase. All engravings are automatically centered unless otherwise indicated. Measures: 0.77"H x 0.77"W Designer: Forever Charms Shipping Time: Ships in 1 to 2 days for non-personalized charms; 7 to 10 business days for personalized charms.

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Mother's Marquise Birthstones Ring 10k Gold

Mother's Marquise Birthstones Ring 10k Gold

$335.00

Our 10k Gold Tilted Birthstone Ring - Personalized features a flowing design with your choice of 2 to 6 4mm x 2mm marquise birthstones set in a solid 10k gold rounded band. Features: Quarter sizes from 4 through 11. Available in 10k or 14k yellow, white or rose gold (rose gold at an additional charge). Choose Simulated stones or Genuine stones. Simulated stones are Swarovski created stones - genuine lab-created stones manufactured by Swarovski, different from Swarovski Crystal which is glass made by Swarovski. Additional charge for precious stones (Diamond). Click on thumbnail to view birthstone position diagram for the placement of birthstones for options ranging from 2 to 6 stones. Also available in Sterling Silver. Click here to order Sterling Silver. Designer: Jewelry by Bella Shipping Time: This item is custom made especially for you upon order. Please allow 4 to 7 days to ship out.

Store: BlissLiving

Gardener's Delight Gift Basket

Gardener's Delight Gift Basket

$59.99

Gardener's Delight Gift Basket: Green Thumbs And Gardening Amateurs Alike Will Love To Dig Into This Gift. We Pack The Green And White Tote With Mini Trowels And A Rake, Plus All The Snacks You Could Want For After The Garden Party.

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Deluxe Cocktail Gift Basket

Deluxe Cocktail Gift Basket

$89.99

Deluxe Cocktail Gift Basket: The Minute They Receive This Festive Basket, They'll Be Ready To Party. This Extravagant Gift Overflowing With Margarita And Pomegranate Cosmo Mix, Rim Salt, Lemons And Limes And An Abundant Amount Of Snacks Is The Perfect Way To Celebrate Any And All Special Occasions. Break Out The Glasses!

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Classic Godiva Gift Basket

Classic Godiva Gift Basket

$79.98

Classic Godiva Gift Basket: Classic Godiva Chocolate Never Fails To Impress And It's The Ideal Gift For Everyone On Your List. Beautifully Presented And Tied With A Bright Red Bow, This Natural Wicker Basket Holds Godiva Dark Chocolate Pretzels, Godiva Chocolate Gems, Godiva Chocolate Covered Strawberries, A Raspberry Chocolate Bar, Godiva Truffles, Godiva Coffee And A Godiva Chocolate Bar.

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I Love Cats! Gift Basket

I Love Cats! Gift Basket

$49.99

I Love Cats! Gift Basket: Perfect For The Feline Who Fancies The Finer Things In Life. Welcome A New Dog Cat Home Or Treat Them Just Because With Our Cat-Centric Gift Basket. Fluffy's Favorites Are All In There - Sturdy Cat Feeding Bowls, Treats And Toys.

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