It happens every year. Mother's Day rolls around and you have absolutely no idea what to get the woman who gave you life. Well, is she into music? Yes? All right then, these gorgeous gifts will make her feel appreciated this Mother's Day.
10. Music Books
If you know Mom's favorite artists (or music), then you can't go wrong with a book on the subject. The books make for great coffee table adornments. Plus, this is one gift that'll never go out of season. If she likes a good discussion on gospel music, then she'll love Craig Werner's A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America. Is she a fan of biographies? She might like Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. Do you hear her blasting the Beatles around the house sometimes? Then don't just buy her another Beatles book. Give her Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould. I can't help you if you don't even know what she likes.
If your mom is anything like mine she loves to document special moments. Front row seats at an Aretha Franklin concert don't come by every weekend. With this ticket stub album, she can now preserve precious memories, from concerts to movies.
Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a must-see film for Mom if she's a fan of the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Ben Harper, and Joan Osborne, or just classic Motown in general. This documentary celebrates the Funk Brothers -- the famous band behind dozens of Motown hits. We're talking classic tunes like "What's Going On," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and "Heatwave." (Alternative: Miss MC - A Documentary on Female Rappers)
Imagine falling asleep every night to the soothing sound of ocean waves, or a gently flowing stream. Nice, right? That's only a small portion of what you're giving Mom when you get her a SleepTunes music pillow. This one-of-a-kind pillow features an integrated sound system built right in, but she'll never feel the speaker. She can easily set the auto off timer for 30 or 60 minutes and fall asleep to her MP3 playlist, a recorded book or one of the eight pre-programmed sounds of nature. This will help her tune out atmospheric noises and tune in to the sound of a good night's sleep.
5. iTunes Gift Card
An iTunes gift card is practical and affordable, and you're only spending as much as you want. You know Mom is a music fan, but you have no idea what kind of music she's into? An iTunes gift card is the smart way to go. And look at those spiffy designs! (Alternative: Download the songs yourself and make her a "mixtape" with these 10 Momma faves.)
Crosley Keepsake USB turntable will turn Mom's vinyl favorites into digital audio files in just minutes. It works with the USB port on any computer. If she still wants to enjoy her favorite records the old fashioned way, then Crosley's Keepsake offers a 3-speed turntable for her listening pleasure. With a USB record player, she can burn old favorites to CD or add them to her digital music player. As for you, well, I hope you're OK with being momma's favorite for 12 months.
Give Mom the gift of digital music; it allows her to discover entertainment and technology in a new way. Unless she's a staunch Apple fangirl, she'll cherish the Zune player for a long time. With Zune, she can browse, stream, buy, and play all she wants. These include: music, HD videos, podcasts, and games. (Alternative: iPod Touch 3G)
Now that you've laced her up with a sweet MP3 player, Mom's going to need some quality headphones to thoroughly enjoy her favorite hip-hop songs. Beats by Dre in-ear headphones will bring her into the recording studio so she can hear music the way the music gods intended. (Alternative: Lady Gaga's Heartbeats)
1. Homemade Record Art
Homemade gifts are simply the best. For less than $100 you can give Mom a sentimental keepsake that, if done right, will adorn her wall all year long. If you decide to go this route, then let me suggest a record art that consists of Mom's favorite albums. You'll need some vinyl records, picture frames, and a hint of creativity. There are many ways to create compelling record art. Be creative. The smile it will put on Mom's face? Priceless. (Alternative: Life-sized wall decal of her favorite artist.)