August 28, 2012 - submitted by Maddie, United States of America

Q. Today is my 16th birthday and I received a total of $115 from all of my relatives and my moms birthday is in a couple of days so I need to get her a gift but I also need to buy myself school clothes, what do you think would be a good amount of money to set aside to get her a gift?

The Oracle replies:

Happy birthday! How lovely that you are thinking about your Mother's impending birthday on your own special day.
I believe it's not the amount of money you spend on the gift but the time you spend choosing the right thing.
Presents don't have to cost a lot to mean the world to the recipient so I'd say pick something she'd love that still leaves you with enough left over for school clothes.