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Mother's Day Gift Guide
By African Magazine Staff Writer

Mother's Day is here. It's time to thank our African Moms for all they've done in our lives: for the baby years we spent snugly strapped to their lappa -clad backs; for the wisdom of our ancestors they passed on to us no matter how far from the village their lives had taken them; for teaching us the dialect even as they made sure we spoke "grammar"-the proper English/French/Portuguese- that got us good grades in school. Though we celebrate them every day, The AFRican has some ideas on keepsakes that help you honor them on their special day.

Love Blooms:
Fresh flowers are always a good choice- representative of beauty and life. Bring color and vibrancy into her world with her favorite blooms. You can send Mom a special bouquet across the nation or if Mom still has a green thumb from a childhood of helping on the family's farm get her some gardening gear to honor her inner horticulturalist. Ever practical, she might also enjoy growing her own herbs and spices to put in the stews she's always fattening you up with.

Dress wear:
Whether it's an elaborate new lace attire with matching wax head tie, a new aso oke ensemble or a kamis/meknat/netela outfit, deck Mom out in fashionable African finery. No need to wait months for the next suitcase-toting relative from back home, you can order these Afri-centric styles
online. Her Sunday best is only a mouse click away.

Joyous Jewelry:
Add some
bling to make the outfit complete. Or if her tastes tend towards the afro-centric, there are plenty of cowrie shelled adornments awaiting her at stores like Calabar Imports.

Scent of a Woman:

Have her smelling divine with a heavenly fragrance. From floral to fruity, there's a great variety of perfumes on the market. If she prefers a subtler more diffuse smell-give her scented lotions as part of a home spa kit.

Mom back home in the motherland? Keep in touch across the ocean. Be near to her in pictures when you can't be there in the flesh, with
digital photo frames that store more than 50 images. Your stack of phone cards are useless if Mom lacks a phone to receive your long waited calls. Buy Mom the latest cell- just make sure to check for African service compatibility phone.

With these tips under your belt, you're well on your way towards getting her present just right.