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Welcome to your Weekend: Unhand the Tchotchke!
No more tchatchke!

For the one who molded you, why not mix it up this year and plan an outing of treasured togetherness? Unhand the grocery store bouquet or random tchotchke. Whether your mother dearest is an arts and crafts aficionado, pampered princess, gardening guru, music maven, sporty spice or a blend of all, within this missive is a solid starting point to fashioning a memorable Mother's Day. Happy scrolling and clicking.

Most mothers with adult, or semi-adult, children appreciate good ole offspring quality time, if it doesn't involve loan or babysitting requests, even better. Expand on the traditional brunch or dinner scheme and take in a concert or trawl artist's booths at summer's plentiful festivals. It needn't be this weekend, print a creative save the date including an itinerary of proposed activity.

Inspired by spring and summer's majesty, plant a perennial gift that will keep on giving - trees, container herb gardens, foolproof knock out roses for sunny spots or shade tolerant rhododendron - in her honor. If this is a foreign language, consult the experts. One time, my husband and his brothers added a bank of azaleas, besides being a dazzling spring spectacle every year, lots of insider jokes volley about which son's bush blooms first, best, etc. My dear dad let us take a little of the credit for his toil when he transformed a "blah" spot off their deck into a raised rose garden anchored by miniature Japanese maples.

On the other end of the spectrum, harried mothers of younger darlings, it's been rumored, sometimes yearn for "me" time, not involving their children. Dads, step up and squire the kiddos away while mama does her thing. A spa gift certificate is never remiss. She will most likely come back.