If Mom is the casual type, she'd love a T-shirt with a funny saying on it that suits her personality. Cafepress and Snorgtees are two great sites with all kinds of witty and whimsical shirts that will appeal to geeky moms, bookish moms, pun-loving moms, coffee and wine drinking moms, and every other kind of mom you can imagine. Most tees priced between $12 and $22 on both sites.
Not all moms are "girly," but most moms do enjoy some kind of pampering, whether it's a massage, a mani-pedi, some fancy bubble bath or bath bombs (I love the ones from Lush, $5-$8 apiece), or even a box of her favorite expensive tea or gourmet cookies (a 1-pound tin of David's Cookies is $25). I love gift certificates combined with something tangible, so you could wrap a GC for a hot stone massage from a local spa with a beautiful painted stone for her garden or bookshelf (check out the pretty selection at Syndala Designs), or a GC from Teavana or Republic of Tea (single tins of tea run about $10-$15 at both sites; Teavana samplers start at $20 and RoT start at $7) with a few scones from a local bakery or a pretty mug, or a GC from her regular manicurist with a bottle of nail polish or a nice new diamond dust nail file.
If your mom is more the outdoorsy type who likes puttering in her garden (or, like me, just sitting in the yard watching her garden grow), there are plenty of fun gardening tools and decorations that she might enjoy, like these:
$20 from UncommonGoods.
$40 from Gardeners.
$30 for a large stone and $15 for small, from PersonalCreations.
$32 from Best Nest.
If your mom is a jewelry-wearer (or even if she's not, she might change her mind for these), there are plenty of lovely pieces that acknowledge each of her children (and/or grandchildren) with an initial, name, or colored stone.
$30 from Eve's Addiction.
$50 from oNecklace.
This pretty stretch bracelet has up to six colored beads corresponding to family birthdays. $30 from Pearls by Laurel.
Some moms love to cook; others consider it a chore. If your mom is the former, she might love an unusual or really well-made kitchen gadget.
This clip-on spout makes draining water from pasta and vegetables, draining fat from ground beef and bacon, and pouring batter neat and easy. You can also use it to neatly pour paint or stain from a can if Mom is more at home in the workshop than in the kitchen. Not the same one, though, so you might want to get her two. At $10 from The Grommet, you can.
$10 for the pair from Pampered Chef.
$8 from Williams Sonoma.
I was never much of a coffee drinker until I had children, and now I can't start the morning without a mug in my hand, so coffee and motherhood are inextricably linked for me.
$25 from Coffee Beanery.
$24 from Crazy Cups.
$17 from HomeZens.
Whatever it is that you choose to give your (or someone else's) mom for Mother's Day, sive it to her with a smile, a hug, and a heartfelt "I love you." Speaking as a mom myself, that's always the best gift of all!