On Mother's Day this year, you might skip giving her breakfast in bed or treating her to brunch, and instead give a gift that serves up benefits for both of you. Try a Mother's Day gift with a caregiver bonus built right in.
Here, seven suggestions (and please, share yours"¦):
1. A whole day of hello's, so she knows she's not forgotten
Arrange ahead of time for a roster of her favorite people to take turns calling on the hour: her children, a grandchild away at college, an old neighbor, the bridesmaid at her wedding 50 years ago.
Benefit to you: Just by sending out a few e-mails or making a few calls to set up the schedule, you get a happy mom all day long -- without the cleanup.
2. An iPod, with a playlist of her favorite tunes
Get her to focus not on the scary new technology of the device but on what it can give her: all the music she loves -- dozens of whole symphonies, musicals