When is Mother's Day 2014? Gift ideas for mom

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Mother's Day, May 11, 2014, is a celebration of mothers, grandmothers, surrogate moms, and other influential women observed by the ones that love them.

Any item, message, or gesture can be considered a present if it is given from the heart, but one of these gift ideas may inspire the way you honor your mom this year.

Jewelry has always been a go-to gift to present to women on any holiday, but modern technology can make traditional necklace and bracelet purchases even more special. Whether your mother lost her bridal set, or your grandmother still laments a vintage necklace that was stolen, 3D printing allows those precious pieces to be returned.

Customers simply submit a picture of the jewelry they want to recreate, and designers turn the photo into a 3D CAD model. A 3D printer then creates a mold of the jewelry, which the designer can use to cast the new piece. This is a priceless surprise for anyone who thought a lost treasure was irreplaceable.

A special aunt or godmother who loves coffee or tea may enjoy being able to have a gourmet beverage in the comfort of their home. Tea-infusers and premium coffee makers produce high-quality drinks with minimal effort.

A variety of manufacturers make single-serve and multiple-serving brewers, and the styles range from sleek, stainless steel pieces to modernist, color-splashed designs. The addition of a choice bag of tea leaves or coffee beans enhances the exceptional taste of this epicurean gift.

Honoring a female loved one by making them "Queen for a Day" may be the essence of every Mother's Day. This year, pamper your mom or second mom by kicking the mother-daughter manicure up a notch.

A full spa package can include a massage, facial, eye treatment, body scrub, pedicure, and any number of other customizable features. Many spas also offer champagne, lunch, and other additions to make the spa day even more enjoyable. Ask your local salon if they offer Mother's Day specials to save on the indulgent experience.

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