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We pick goods and gear for moms and proms

Calling all mothers: With your special day just around the corner, it's time to drop a few hints -- or pick up some gift ideas for the mother, grandmother or other assorted mothers in your life.

Kids would love to give mom or grandma a custom sterling silver bracelet engraved with their own special message. Created by Seattle artist Dianne Carlson, these bracelets feature a sturdy clasp with your choice of bead color. $35 for up to 45 characters (including spaces) engraved outside; $5 extra for a message on the inside. Thinking ahead to Father's Day? A "manly cuff" made of heavy silver is also available. To order, contact Carlson at northbeachdesigns@gmail.com or call 206-781-1042.

Delight an expectant or new mom with the Ultimate Receiving Blanket, an ultra-soft baby blanket with an added bonus: swaddling instructions sewn to its edge. Swaddling has many benefits for baby, including better sleep and reduced colic and fussiness, but most receiving blankets are undersized for the task. The easy-to-follow "123 Swaddle Tip Tag" helps parents and caregivers learn how to make a secure swaddle. Invented by Seattle mom and registered nurse Lynette Damir, the blanket is available at many local retailers for $24-$27. Visit www.swaddledesigns.com for locations near you.

Nursing tops are expensive and not always very attractive. That's why breastfeeding mothers will appreciate the Bebe au Lait nursing cover. Comes in 11 stylish colors and fabrics, with an adjustable strap so the user can find the most comfortable length. The cover features a rigid neckline that holds the fabric away from Mom so she can view her baby while nursing, and is lined with a 100-percent terry cloth panel that functions as a convenient clean-up cloth. $26-$38. For a list of local retailers, visit www.bebeaulait.com.

Your child's birthday is fast approaching and you're out of time -- or new ideas -- for party treats. Enter One Hour Parties, a Seattle company that will deliver individual sundae-making or cupcake-decorating kits sure to please any child or child at heart. Each pre-packaged kit, priced at $4.95 apiece for sundaes and $3.95 for cupcakes, is available in volcano, princess, under the sea or gross out themes featuring gummies, sprinkles and other toppings. Sundae kits include a waffle cone bowl, spoon and napkin; cupcake decorating kits include your choice of chocolate or vanilla cupcake, butter cream frosting and spreading knife. Pre-scooped vanilla bean ice cream, coolers and whipped cream available for an extra charge. For delivery area and ordering (48 hours minimum notice required), visit www.onehourparties.com.

For parents with a teen-age girl at home, it's likely that the prom is a hot topic of conversation. If your daughter wants something besides the run-of-the-mill department store prom dress, check out the selection at Shirazi in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood. Shirazi is located at 6408 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, 206-529-0391.

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