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Mother's day salvation

Today is Mother's Day. If (shame on you!) you forgot, you'd be in a heap of trouble, if not for the Internet. I've put together a few quick gift ideas to salvage the day if you're willing to order online, then tell a little white lie about your gift being stuck in transit. Never mind that coffee for now, hurry up and fire up your browser before the gig is up! An Apple iPod is always an easy choice for the desperate and the Nano, starting at $169, plays video, music, FM radio, has Nike + integration and the ability to shoot home movies. It comes in nine designer colours and better yet, when you order from apple.ca, shipping is free and they'll engrave it with a personalised message -- just what you need to pull Mother's Day out of the bag.

Lowest priced mainstream ebook reader

If mom likes to read, Chapters has just introduced Canada's lowest priced mainstream eBook reader, the Kobo eReader. For $149, you get a decent, basic eBook reader with a 15 cm E-ink screen (great for reading outdoors), lightweight 221 g form factor with a unique "quilted" back for better grip and comfort, adjustable font sizes, 1 GB of expandable memory good for 1,000 books out of the box, two-week battery life and support for multiple formats including PDF and ePub. It's preloaded with 100 classic books, but mom needs a computer to buy and upload more. Available at chapters.ca and shipping is free.

Incredibly functional bag

If mom's already loaded up with gadgets and wants to be able to schlep everything around in style, the Japanese-designed Nomadic Wise-Walker day pack is an incredibly functional bag wrapped up in an urban chic package. Compartments are designed to hold everything from cell phones to netbooks, pens, iPods and even a lunch bag, with hidden secure storage for a wallet. Available in navy blue, black or grey with a brilliant orange interior that makes finding items inside remarkable easy. Waterproof and tough, with ripstop nylon and metal zippers, the Wise-Walker sells for $88.00 through jetpens.com. Shipping by mail comes in at under $10 to Canada, but since you're already late, you might want to splurge for courier.

Newest android model

While it may kill you to have mom flashing a smart phone that's smarter than yours, one must make sacrifices when important dates are forgotten. Rogers has Sony Ericsson's newest Android model, the Experia X10, sporting a 10 cm touchscreen with a whopping 480 x 854 pixels (the word usually used to describe the screen in reviews is "gorgeous"), 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of internal memory, Android version 1.6, WiFi, Bluetooth, eight hours talk time and access to the Android App Store. The built-in camera is a beauty at 8.1 Megapixels with LED flash, autofocus, image stabilisation, face recognition, geotagging and video capability. Available through rogers.ca in black or silver for $149.99 on select 3 year plans.

Boots the perfect gift

Mom still listening to The Clash and pining for her old Doc Martens, but unable to reconcile classic leather punk aesthetics with a PETA world? Then these Airseal Chelsea Vegetan Micro Boots may be the perfect gift. They have the look of old school Doc Martens, right down to the thick rubber sole and prominent stitching, but the manufacturer markets them as the "ultimate in cruelty free shoes," thanks to the all non-leather components. Your mother can look good, feel good and possibly put the boots to you for forgetting her special day -- but whose fault is that? Available from leftfeet.ca.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2010 ??65478

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