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It’s Mom’s Day to Shine -- Play to Her Strengths

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She’ll never forget the breakfast in bed you served her last year on Mother’s Day -- or the kitchen cleanup she did later! While she knows your heart was in the right place, this year try something that’s pure pleasure for her.

Think about all the things that make her unique -- her talent for painting, her elegant orchid collection, or her low handicap in golf. And then play to her strengths. Put together an imaginative gift basket of items that reflect her special interests -- or search out a beautiful basket filled by experts who know the latest trends. For example, take a clue from her favorite orchid that wafts vanilla fragrance.

Add to her collection of elegant plants with a new, exotic orchid, and include candles in Vanilla Sandlewood, a sophisticated new fragrance from Yankee Candle’s new YC line that combines vanilla, musk, sandlewood and violets in sleek glass containers. That combination is sure to please her unique sense of style. If she’s an artist, she’d love a new brush and a watercolor set tucked into an oblong basket (great for holding painting supplies) and garnish it with colorful ribbons streaming from the handle.

Place her favorite fragranced candle and matching room spray into the basket to provide an elegant scent while she paints indoors, and it’s guaranteed to be a gift she’ll remember always. “Not only do scented candles provide a festive glow and a pleasing aroma, they are extremely versatile and can complement any other items,” says Susan Stockman, of Yankee Candle, a Massachusetts-based candle designer and retailer. “Whatever your mother’s lifestyle or interests, chances are good there are fragrant candles and accent gifts that seem made just for her.”

If the thought of picking out your own ‘ingredients’ for a basket for mom is too daunting, many retailers offer ready-made gift baskets in a range of prices. “The trend this spring shows feminine gifts with lovely pale colors,” says gift designer Jennifer Stathatos. “A lot of candle accessories and packaging come in delicate pinks and lavenders with candles in floral scents that shout ‘spring!’

One of our gift baskets intertwines rose-fragranced candles and an electric home fragrancer in a charming pink woven basket, for example. Another is a collectible bear dressed in lavender with a small lavender scented candle. The point is to keep a gift for mom fresh, uplifting and fragrant.” For more gift ideas and information, visit www.yankeecandle.com.

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