Each year, families across the country pause for one day, the second Sunday of May, to honor the most caring, giving women in all our lives: our moms.

Mother’s Day shopping can be an arduous task (how can you sum up a lifetime of care in one gift?). If you’re having trouble deciding how to show mom you care, spell it out with gifts that will express her unique charm and grace.

What's Hot for MomM is for Memories…
Show mom that you treasure childhood memories, too, by updating old home movies and photos for the digital age. Boni Palazzo at Natural Developments uses the most up-to-date digital equipment to transfer types of film – including 8mm, Super 8, VHS, Hi-8 and Beta – to DVD. Customers can also have years worth of photos, slides and negatives transferred to a DVD, keeping beautiful memories safe from the wear and tear of time and weather. “I’m a mom too, and being sentimental, I know
[these gifts] mean the world to them,” Palazzo says.
Natural Developments, Marrero, 460-0389,www.naturaldevelopments.net.

What's Hot for MomO is for Opulence…
For the Mom that has everything, opulent accessories are always a can’t-miss selection. 18 K yellow, pink and black gold bracelets, featuring stunning pavé diamonds, add regal flair to any ensemble. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jeweler, (by appointment) 957-3409.

What's Hot for MomT is for Trendy…
This beautiful snakeskin combo will set any mom at the top of the trends. Anne Klein ivory python leather pumps, with buckle detail over a pointed toe, and a matching ivory python leather bag feature neutral shades that make this set a chic addition to any woman’s wardrobe. Not to mention that purses are never the wrong size! London Hill, 820 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-0201.

What's Hot for MomH is for Health…
This year, give mom a gift from the heart – for her health. A 35-minute Lipomassage treatment, FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of cellulite, will help streamline and sculpt problem body areas, as well as condition the skin.
The idea behind the treatment is that massage promotes fat elimination through stimulation of Beta receptors in fat cells (adipocytes). Beta receptors are responsible for eliminating waste in cells, so ensuring Beta receptors are functioning properly can improve overall health and well-being.
Everybody, 3701 Magazine St., 891-2639.

What's Hot for MomE is for Elegant…
This beautiful Anna Weatherley Butterfly Bud Vase is fit
for a queen’s table. Inspired by the naturalist painters
of 18th century Europe, as well as Dutch still life artists, Weatherley’s hand-painted porcelain pieces reflect a centuries-old Hungarian artistic tradition. This porcelain
vase features exquisite butterfly and leaf detail.
Friend & Company, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433, www.friendandcompany.com.

What's Hot for MomR is for Rock Star…
Everyone needs to let out their inner rock star once in a while, even mom! This sterling silver and semi-precious gemstone bracelet makes a bold, yet playful, statement with one-of-a-kind design for a one-of-a-kind mom.
Thomas Mann Gallery I/O, 1812 Magazine St.,
581-2113, www.thomasmann.com.