* Scottsdale, Ariz. As the temperatures climb in the Arizona desert, prices drop. Besides being known for its plethora of spas, Scottsdale also boasts excellent shopping and upscale restaurants. For ladies who want to commune with nature, serene Sedona and its magnificent red rocks are nearby, making it a great side trip from Scottsdale.
* St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands If you don't have a passport but want a Caribbean getaway with your mom, opt for the U.S. Virgin Islands, where passports aren't required. More than half of this island is national park land, keeping it quiet and pristine, the perfect beach getaway for nature lovers. The snorkeling is particularly good here, but for some retail therapy, hop on the ferry to neighboring St. Thomas, known for its excellent shopping.
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Whatever you decide to get your mom, In Style's McGrath has one last important piece of advice: Balance the gift by spending some time with her and the family. Enjoy brunch together or arrange a family dinner to go along with that spa treatment. The last thing she'd want is to celebrate Mother's Day away from her most prized gift.
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