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By Heather Novak

I was in an awesome store called Lifestyles in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana.  It has something for everyone and even my husband enjoys shopping there.  For anyone!  (And they gift wrap for free!)

I buy or want to buy  essential oils, incense, sassy hats, kitchen gadgets, yard decor and indulgent beauty products. gifts for babes and grandparents and everyone in between.

They have an ah maze ing upstairs with art and furnishings and WOW.  When I was there last weekend buying a gift a lady and I were swooning over the really big wind chimes.  Like as big as a person deep tolling immediately soothing like a spa vacation big wind chimes.  She was saying she wanted really deep ones and I said they were probably a couple hundred dollars.  (But even crazier: Check out these three thousand dollar ones!)

She checked the price tag and they were over four hundred dollars!  She says “I think I will ask for those for Mother’s Day.”


I had several responsive thoughts:

1) What, instead of a car this year?

2) I am SO GLAD you ain’t my mama!

3) Must be nice to spend that kind of money.

4)  Our family has no debt, which is usually nicer than spending that kind of money!

5) Sometimes I would like to spend that kind of money.

6) What happened to the standard Mama Day gift of flowers?

(Though I’m hoping for a family sized hammock this year!)


7) We need a list for the rest of us who are not in the $400 gift price range.

I have compiled this list of the best gift offerings for your delighted perusal.


Real Simple Magazine’s “Best Gifts for Mom under $50” list
Just the best magazine ever.

Parenting Magazine Mother’s Day Gift Guide list

Mother Nature Network “Mommy Greenest Mother’s Day Gift Guide” list
For us hippie mamas, the thoughtful options.

Barnes and Nobles Books Mother’s Day gift list
Books.  DUH.  And so much more.

Red Envelope’s Unique Mother’s Day Gift list
This site is always elegant, great for long distance mamas and still has affordable stuff.

Family Fun Homemade Mother’s Day Gift list
Creative fun for the kiddos to create gifts and cards!

Stretching the One Income Dollar Mother’s Day Gift list
Practical and some sexy stuff too….*blush*

I didn’t find the hammock I want anywhere, but if you are a husband looking for a perfect hammock for the mama who really, really wants one, here ’tis: Menard’s two person hammock and do not forget a hammock stand. I think we MIGHT have seen the hammock and stand together as a set for about $130.  MAYBE.  And we MIGHT have talked about saving up for it.

Happy Mother’s Day, you fabulous, fair to middling, and awful mamas.  We are all one in the same!


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