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9 Great Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

9 Great Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

    There’s nothing like waking up the day before Mother’s Day 2012 not having any clue what you are going to get for the lady that put up with you for so many years. It’s a little too late to order anything online but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something awesome for your Mom on her special day.

    Here are 10 last minute Mother’s Day gifts that are both thoughtful and easy to procure at a moment’s notice.

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    Surprise breakfast (or lunch or dinner)

    You can really show your mom that you care by cooking her a meal and bringing it to her for a surprise breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Cooking her one of her favorite foods is the best way to get her Mother’s Day started on the right foot. Oh, and if you are a terrible cook, then may you just want to buy and bring her some food instead.

    Flowers (duh)

    While flowers aren’t  the most “creative” type of Mother’s Day gift, the are one of the most popular. You can go all out and get a huge pre-made arrangement with all of your Mom’s favorite flowers. Or you can hit a store that sells single flowers where you can create your own bouquet. This will put a little “uniqueness” in a somewhat non-unique gift. And don’t forget the chocolates.

    Gift certificate for traveling spa treatement

    It may be a tad late for this one, but if you have a local spa that is open on Saturday give them a call and see if they do home visits. If so, get a gift certificate for your mom for a home spa day so she can have herself pampered. A good “side-gift” with this one is some candles and bath gels or even some of her favorite perfume.

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    Bake

    All mothers like sweets and pastries. Ok. Everybody likes sweets and pastries. So, look up some recipes online, write down some ingredients, go to the store and procure them, and have a little baking day before Mother’s Day. Make her favorite cookies, cake, or pie. This is a good gift because you are putting some of your time and thought into it.

    Create a Mother’s Day mix

    I remember growing up and listening to a lot of the music that my mom liked. It was quite an eclectic mix. Show her you know what she likes by buying her some of her favorite music on the Amazon MP3 store or iTunes and make her a mixed CD. Or, if you want to get real crazy, go grab an iPod Nano and fill it up with all of her favorite music. This works really well for a “non-techy” kind of mom who may not know exactly how to load up all of her songs to an MP3 player.

    Clean her living space

    I personally can’t stand cleaning, so if I cleaned my Mom’s house for her it would be probably one of the most astounding things she has ever seen. Ever. Instead of just doing regular cleaning which gets done on a regular basis, why don’t you do some of the more “hardcore cleaning” like clearing out a basement or attic, cleaning out gutters, “summerizing” the outside of her house, or even rearranging parts of her house that she has wanted to have done for years.

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    Car maintenance

    If there is anything that needs done to your mom’s car like an oil change, brakes, tires, inspection, etc. then set her up an appointment with her local garage and foot the bill. As a side bonus you could fill her gas tank and get the car detailed inside and out or even do it yourself.

    Clean up her PC or teach her some tech

    If your mom is like mine she knows just enough about her computer to be dangerous. Take a couple of hours on Mother’s Day to “tune-up” her PC or Mac. Also, if your mom has a ton of questions about technology you could give her a made up “coupon” for your time to show her how to use a certain application or even a new device.

    Write for her

    If you are a writer then put your talents to good use on Mother’s Day by writing your mom something heartfelt, funny, and sincere. Instead of the normal “thank you and I love you” inside of her mandatory Mother’s Day card, get some decent stationary and truly write for her. Let her know how much you care about her and how important she is in your life. Write about some of your memories growing up with her. People love to be remiscent, and writing something to bring that out can be one of the best Mother’s Day gifts of all.

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    Any other ideas for last minute Mother’s Day gifts from all you sons and daugters out there? If so, please throw them in the comments to help each other out!

    (Photo credit: Pink daisy, old stylized. Still life on white via Shutterstock)

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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