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May 4, 2012

Ideas abound for Mother’s Day gifts

TAHLEQUAH — Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, and area merchants are laying in merchandise to please almost every mother’s tastes.

Flowers are often the first choice for those seeking a way to honor Mom, and Gail Morgan, co-owner of Morris Cragar Flowers, said they are ready to help, whether the recipient lives around the corner or across the country.

“Of course we have all the Teleflora arrangements advertised,” said Morgan. “We also have Willow Tree ceramic figurines, and Dish Gardens, which, depending on the size you choose, have several little plants inside them.”

Morgan said Dish Gardens come in miniature, small, medium and large sizes.

“We are stocking a lot of tulips, hydrangeas and Calla lilies, which offer people a variety of choices outside the standard roses and carnations,” said Morgan. “We’ll also have some silk arrangements available, as well.”

Morgan advised shoppers to place orders early, and said they will deliver through regular business hours on Saturday.

For mothers who appreciate a little extra bling, Meigs Jewelry is a one-stop shop.

According to Chelsea Buttress, sales associate at Meigs, now is the perfect time to shop for Mom.

“This year, we have Pandora bracelet sets on special,” said Buttress. “Those who have purchased Pandora know they never runs specials, so this is a unique situation. Essentially, the set includes a bracelet with specific beads for a special price.”

Buttress said Meigs Anniversary Sale also coincides with Mother’s Day.

“We have our anniversary sale going on until May 12, which is the Saturday before Mother’s Day,” said Buttress. “Aside from Pandora, everything else in the store will be 20-50 percent off, including giftware and jewelry.”

Gold prices have risen lately, but Buttress said Meigs has adjusted to the change, providing a wider range of silver than ever before.

“We’re doing a lot of designer silver lines, since gold has gotten more expensive,” said Buttress. “We carry Volare, which is an award-winning designer. We have Vaughan, which is one of our most well-known designers.”

Meig’s also has gold, including M.I. Jewelry by Marika.

“Marika’s gold line is handmade in Israel,” said Buttress.

Those who are watching their pocketbooks may searching for more affordable ways to celebrate Mom this year.

According to experts at Statepoint.net, turning the table on Mom, specifically, the dining room table, may be one of the most thoughtful ways to honor her.

Instead of taking Mom out on Mother’s Day, prepare a special meal and get the entire family involved. Menus could include a variety of her favorite foods, and those who aren’t involved in the actual preparation of the meal could help out by cleaning up afterward. Also, these days, personalized gifts are easier to find.

“You can surprise and delight someone most with a personalized gift, since there is nothing more unique,” said Mariam Nacify, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store.

Personalized stationery sets make great affordable gifts for mom.

“Remember, the stationery a woman uses speaks volumes about her,” said Nacify. “Find something just right by browsing the selection of colors and styles.”

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