Well, tomorrow is Mother's Day, and if you've been procrastinating, you'd better get up and out the door today. Here are some last-minute ideas.
Ben's in downtown Belleville carries Ginger Snap Sandals, which are unique in a couple ways: The sandal has a flat thong with a metal grommet on top; it's where you attach any number of round medallion" Snaps" to personalize the footwear. The uppers come in several colors and have a very cushy stretch-fit ankle strap. In partnership with Soles4Souls, every pair of sandals sold ensures someone in the world, young or old, will receive a pair of shoes. The sandals cost $25.99 and each Snap is $6.99. But, you get two free Snaps with a sandal purchase.
If you want to create a smaller version of a fantasy world, a fairy garden may be just what you need. These popular miniature landscapes include not just down-sized life plants but accessories. At Eckert's Garden Center in Belleville, you'll find fairy gardens set up for inspiration, plus tiny bronze-colored metal tables and chairs ($6.99 each), gated arbors ($12.99), a $4.99 arched bridge, live plants for $2.99, $11.99 elves (at work!) and more.
For jewelry, notes, even paper clips, pretty heart-shaped boxes from World Market in Shiloh make nice Mother's Day gifts. Carved wooden boxes in two shades are $9.99. A larger wooden one with a hammered silver top is $19.99 while smaller jeweled heart boxes and a yellow stone bowl are $2.99 each.
The Hallmark store in Shiloh near World Market is carrying a modern version of painted handprints of children. Called Magic Prints, it's a mess-free way for a youngster to make a gift for Mom. Prices start at $4.99 for a greeting card with a Magic Print. Kits are $8.95 to $24.95 for a framed version with room for a photo.
While I was at Gordman's in Fairview Heights this week I spotted a nice selection of maxi dresses in a variety of styles and colors, all $24.99 each.
Check out Michaels Crafts in Shiloh today for two crafty classes where kids can make gifts for Mom. The Kids Club Everlasting Flower classes costs $2 (including supplies) and are for ages 3 and up. It runs in 30-minute sessions from 10 a.m. to noon. The DIY Paint Mom class runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and lets kids create a portrait of Mom (or the whole family). You'll have to spring for a canvas and pay $2, but supplies are included, as is some expert help creating a picture that looks (almost) like Mom.
Through Sunday, you can get a free Kindle E-Reader (worth $69) from Helzberg Diamonds at St. Clair Square when you send $199.99 or more.
Through May 22, get $25 off Lane Bryant and Cacique merchandise at Lane Bryant at the mall when you spend $75. This requires a coupon, which you can download at stclairsquare.com. Go to deals/events.
I walked into Payless Shoes at the mall and was instantly handed a coupon good for that day only and worth 20 percent off any purchase. You'll find the same experience through May 21. Or, print one at the same site as above.
At J. Jill at the Shoppes at St. Clair in front of the mall, get $50 off when you spend $150 or more through Sunday.
Got a young Spider-Man fan at home? Target stores are carrying a selection of products from the new movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Tanks and tees for kids are $7, while twin comforters are $29.99 and for $15 you'll get the mask, web shooter or action figure.
St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights is hosting an electronics recycling drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. For a $10 donation per car, you can dispose of all electronics, anything with a plug in it, one TV per drop-off (computer and TV monitors must be whole), anything that has any metal in it or runs off a battery, and batteries (except alkaline). Large appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, etc., will be accepted for a $10 donation per appliance.
All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together St. Louis, which provides free home repair for low-income homeowners so they may remain safely in their own homes. For more information visit www.rebuildingtogetherr-stl.org.