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You now have two shopping days left till Mother’s Day, but if you’ve put off getting her a present, don’t panic.  We’ve said it before, and it bears repeating this year:  Don’t settle for flowers or Sunday brunch for mom — if she has projects around the house or a hobby, give her some tools.  A few years ago we got my dad a PS20 for X-mas, and after seeing it in action, Mom absconded with it and he hasn’t seen it since.  Who knew she would be into that sort of thing?  We didn’t know, but we should have.

You don’t have to shell out for a new Snap-on rolling tool chest filled with ten-grand-worth of shiny chrome (though that would be cool), but a nice set of sturdy gear makes a great gift for anyone, including mom.

Before you rush off to the Net to buy the latest in pink fashion tools, stop and think about that. You wouldn’t want a set of pink tools that aren’t up to shop-quality, so why would she?  Think decent and functional, the types of tools anyone could use around the house.  If you can’t find a set that fits the bill, make one yourself, especially if you have a clue what she might need or what she’ll use ’em for.

Here’s where you get to channel all your creative tool-buying knowledge gleaned from hard research and firsthand experience, and put it to work.  Does she like to hang pictures?  Then perhaps your mom’s kit should include a tack hammer and a box of angled picture hooks that hold 5, 10, and 25 lbs. apiece.

The best part:  You’ll get to explain why you got her the items you did, showing her, through your selection, that you were really thinking about her and about how to make her life a bit easier.  That’s a gift worth giving.

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