Novel Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Has it All

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Shop independent retailers and get great deals on gifts she didn’t even know she wanted.

This year, buy your mom something meaningful, support small businesses, and save money at the same time. She’ll be so proud!

Has your mom gotten all the cards, flowers, and boxed chocolates that she can take? Then maybe it’s time to look outside of the standard big box retailers and 1-800-Whatevers to find gift ideas she’ll actually use and enjoy.

Many smaller independent online retailers are even offering steep bargains for the holiday to help you make up your mind. Below are a few such ideas pulled from the NerdWallet Shopping site.

If your mom has an artistic streak, she may love an oil painting or some handmade jewelry from Afrik-Boutik, an online seller of handcrafted African art and gifts. They also sell sculptures and original masks to remind her of that trip to Africa she always spoke so fondly of, and for a limited time they’re offering 25% off of all purchases with the coupon code MOTHERS2.

For the spiritual moms out there, the New Age Miracle Shop is offering 10% off all orders over $25, and free shipping on all orders over $100 with the discount code 8AJ9KZ. They sell everything from aromatherapy bath salts and essential oils, to guided meditation CDs and divination cards.

Does your mom have a sweet tooth? Forget the overpriced boxes of Godiva chocolates and get your mom some Dutch treats from ILoveStroopWafels. For a limited time, you can save 10% on Heart-Shaped Stroopwafels with the code MOM2012. It’s a taste of Europe without the expensive overseas shipping!

For the moms out there who like to get their hands dirty around the yard, Rocky Mountain Homesteader has a number of great deals on environmentally conscious home and garden supplies, including $20 off and free shipping on certain solar panel generators with the code ECO1800. If she’s more of a homebody, you can pick up an excellent area rug from Revolution Rugs and save 10% off your first order with the code NC10OFFB.

Finally, for the active moms in our lives, the aptly-named Strong Bangin Bod is offering free shipping with the code SHAKE. They sell the Shakeology brand of health shakes, to keep the weight down and stay energized. You could also get her some stylish Oakley or Bolle shades from SunRayCity Sunglasses for those long outdoor runs and rides. You'll get 5% off and free shipping with the code TAKE5OFF.

Theses are just a few of the deals listed on NerdWallet’s coupon site, and more independent sellers are being added every day. So this year, buy your mom something meaningful, support small businesses, and save money at the same time. She’ll be so proud!

NerdWallet is one of the web’s premier personal finance sites, and is the best online resource for helping consumers make educated decisions and save money online. NerdWallet has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and U.S.News, and has been recommended by consumer advocates Clark Howard and Liz Weston.

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