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Mother's Day gift guide 2011

Make sure mom knows just how special she is this Mother's Day with a thoughtful gift that's perfect for her.

It's not always easy shopping for the perfect Mother's Day present. But it doesn't have to be a head-scratching, sweat-inducing endeavour either. Forget the standard flowers and chocolate (unless of course they're her faves!). There are a myriad of ways to show your appreciation. It's all in the approach. First there's the personal touch: something you've made or that evokes a wonderful memory for the two of you. Or - you can go for beauty, choosing an eye-catching object that she'll admire for years to come. Novel gifts are great because they're humourous, charming and unexpected. Of course, moms are known for putting everyone else ahead of themselves, so why not buy her something completely indulgent? Or you can go a completely different route and buy her something practical that she either needs or is bound to use. And practical doesn't have to mean boring or unimaginative. Look at her interests, tastes or hobbies for inspiration. Are the wheels turning yet? To get you going, here are 10 suggestions for making this Mother's Day one she'll never forget.

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Forget the customized photo albums and coffee table books. We think this option tops them both! Turn your photos into gorgeous wall art with a gift from CanvasPop. Whether you make it a single canvas or several panels, reproduce it as-is or add colour and texture, exercise your inner Van Gogh to give mom a one-of-a-kind gift. CanvasPop, $30-$419.
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