Quiz: What should I buy her for Mother's Day?

What do you get the mom who has everything? More.

Margaret Peng

Quiz: What should I buy her for Mother's Day?

Shopping for your own mother or a mom close to you can be tricky. Take our quiz to find the best gift for the dynamic woman in your life.

1 Which beloved TV matriarch does she remind you of?
a. Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)
b. Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
c. Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
d. Nancy Botwin (Weeds)  
e. None of the above

2 What is she most proud of?
a. Her family  
b. Her new iPad    
c. Her hot new 23-year-old “friend”
d. Her ripped abs or limber flexibility      
e. None of the above

3 True or False: She wears the pants in the family.  
a. True   
b. False

4. Which word best describes her?  
a. Athletic      
b. Trendy       
c. Inspirational  
d. Go-getter         
e. None of the above

5 she is:  
a. Single         
b. Married        
c. Divorced or widowed

5. She Is:
a. Single
b. Married
c. Divorced or Widowed

6. How would you describe her personal style?  
a. She makes JLo look like Peppermint Patty.    
b. She has more class than Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn combined.   
c. She dresses appropriately for the occasion.      
d. We’re lucky if we can get her out of her sweat pants.      
e. None of the above

The Breakdown

3-7 points: Traditional mom
Her children regard her as “the wind beneath their wings.” She believes in good, old-fashioned values and feels that her family is her greatest accomplishment. Gift her with a bouquet from My Little Flower Shop in Palm Springs. Choose from any number of seasonal blooms. Or, dine with her, family-style, at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Sample classics like Maine lobster and roasted Brussels sprouts. The four-star cuisine will warm her heart.

8-12 points: Sporty Mom
She’s the wisecracking, life of the party who stands on the sidelines cheering for her kids at every soccer match or Little League game. She loves to work out and stay fit, so gift this mom with yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Studio of Palm Desert. Treat her to a membership at Anytime Fitness. The reasonable rates and impressive facility will thrill her.

13-17 points: Trendy Mom
Every teenage boy in the neighborhood has asked her to his prom — or at least thought about it. She’s beautiful, youthful, and decked out in the latest fashions. She also has a thriving social life, lots of friends, and enjoys the arts and various forms of entertainment. Artistic by Sherry Mesa  is a deeply romantic fragrance, perfect for the trendy mom. With its fruity and floral top-notes and woodsy undertones, this subtle scent will drive her (and her suitors) wild. Or, buy her a quirky charm bracelet from Troy on El Paseo.

18-21 points: The Mom Who Has Everything
She has it all: Kids who adore her, a loving partner or spouse, a brilliant career, and a fabulous home. Appeal to her sense of altruism or adventure. Fiat of Cathedral City has a lot filled with the latest models of Italy’s funkiest export. This adorable compact gives the mom who has everything the chance to let her hair down. Or, give her a constant companion by adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society of the Desert.

Mastro’s Steakhouse, 73445 El Paseo, Ste. 120, Palm Desert. 760-776-6777; www.mastrosrestaurants.com

My Little Flower Shop, 861 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-778-7111; www.mylittleflowershop.com

Bikram Yoga Studio, of Palm Desert, 73890 El Paseo Dr., R6-7, Palm Desert. 760-776-1440;  www.bikramyogapalmdesert.com

Anytime Fitness, 44100 Jefferson St., Indio, 760-772-9772;  www.anytimefitness.com

Sherry Mesa the Salon, 73880 El Paseo,  Palm Desert., 760-862-9013; www.sherrymesathesalon.com

Troy, 73255 El Paseo, Ste. 19, Palm Desert., 760-776-1101; www.troypalmdesert.com

FIAT of Palm Springs, 36400 Auto Park Dr., Cathedral City. 760-324-4557; www.fiatusaofpalmsprings.com

Humane Society of the Desert (Orphan Pet Oasis), 17825 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. 760-329-0203; www.orphanpet.com

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