One: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis.
Why it's good: Persepolis Satrapi's autobiography, telling the story of her childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution. Beautify portrayed are the relationships between Marjane, her mother, and her grandmother. The book is intelligently written, so your mom won't be bored, and since the story is told through a combination of pictures and words, comic-book style, it might be one of the more memorable books she'll have ever received.
Moms who will like this gift are: intellectual
Two: Membership in Indie Fixx Shop's Print of the Month Club, which will send her different prints by contemporary female artists throughout the year.
Why it's good: It supports female artists and gives your mom something beautiful that she might not find on her own. Also, Indie Fixx art comes recommended by the Stroller Derby crew, and that lot usually has good taste.
Moms who will like this gift are: artistic and adventurous
Three: A Harry and David snack.
Why it's good: Like flowers, yummy snacks can easily be delivered - quickly (yes, by tomorrow). Unlike flowers, yummy snacks can be eaten. Also, unlike the pretty knick-knacks you usually get her, she won't feel like she has to find space in the house display your gift for years to come - just to show she liked it.
Moms who will like this gift are: hungry - and not too prissy to eat
Four: Pretty jewelry from greenKarat.
Why it's good: Some of my readers are rich (yeah, you know who you are). If you do have the means buy fine jewelry for your mom on Mother's Day, go buy it from greenKarat. Its good because she'll be happy to know that what you give her is ecologically and socially responsible, and relieved that your financial success hasn't completely spoiled you rotten. Really, she wants some sign that all those silver spoons you sucked on as a baby didn't turn you into a complete brat.
Moms who will like this gift are: eco-conscious activists, pampered
Five: Acknowledgment of how her feminism has made you a happier person.
Why it's good: She made life easier for you, and she should know that.
Moms who will like this gift are: awesome
I'm going to try and let my mom know that she always made me feel smart, and gave me the confidence to speak-up. Also that I'm proud of the work she did before I was born to fight for civil rights, and the work she does now as a counselor in a public school where she continues to fight to make things better for little kids with big problems. I admire how she's never stopped learning and doing new things, and how open she is to seeing the beauty in others. I'm going to try to show her that she's the sort of person I want to be. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! (Don't worry, you'll also get the yummy snacks).