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Healthful Gifts for Moms continued...

2) Make her smile all year long with bright white teeth, suggests Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, a board-certified prostodontist in Fort Washington, Pa., who specializes in restoring teeth. "I have seen [bleaching] gifted from kids to parents, parents to parents, and parents to kids," says Wolfinger. "We even have gift certificates."

All the patients notice a difference right away, he says. "Some people notice a dramatic change, [but] it's hard to say how long it lasts." Many use a whitening toothpaste or strips to help maintain the whiteness, and some use at-home trays. Cost varies depending on the bleaching technique.

So why is it such a great gift for mom?

"I think a lot of people wouldn't do it for themselves because they feel that it's an expense they shouldn't spend on themselves," he says. "Mothers would do it for kids but not for themselves."

3) Give the gift that gives back. Mother's day is the perfect time to give your mom something special as well as make a donation to a charity in her honor, says Alayna Kassan, co-founder of Presents for Purpose, a gift and accessory company that donates 25% of proceeds to participating charities including the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, Grassroot Soccer, First Candle, CancerCare, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This year, Kassan is launching a trendy hot pink watch in honor of Mother's Day. "The proceeds go to the shopper's charity of choice, and we are offering free shipping for the occasion," she says. "One of the most special things about gifts that give back is that they not only touch someone you know, but they also touch someone that you don't." Other gifts include tote bags, vanity sets, and luxury bathrobes. "Mom's gift will arrive packaged with information about the donation and the benefiting organization," Kassan says. For more information on the presents and the purposes, visit www.presentsforpurpose.com.

4) Treat her feet. Consider getting your mom a foot massage, foot reflexology, or a relaxing pedicure, says New York podiatrist Oliver Zong, DPM.

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