Every mother has received at least one: a Mother’s Day gift that makes us murmur “how cute/pretty/clever,” while secretly wondering what in the world we’re supposed to do with it. This year, give Mom’s acting skills a break by presenting her with a pleasing, yet practical gift that she’ll love.
Indulge Mom with a gift card from her favorite store, restaurant or salon
Some people complain that gift cards are impersonal, but with the wide selection available, they certainly don’t have to be. You can pick up a gift card from your mother’s favorite store, restaurant or salon. You can order personalized gift cards that feature a family picture or a child’s artwork. Or, you can make your own gift cards, promising that she can redeem them for a night off of kitchen duty, a trip to the movies, or an afternoon of babysitting. Kids can make gift cards for simple things like a hug or a smile. Chances are, they’ll get both when Mom sees their gift.
My kids’ go-to present is a gift card to my local bookstore. As an avid reader, there is no better gift than an hour of rooming the aisles, scanning spines and pondering the possibilities for indulging myself without worrying about the family budget. Isn’t indulgence the ultimate present?
Brighten Mom’s world with flowering plants
Flowers are nice, but instead of picking up a floral arrangement, why not consider giving your mom a plant? A plant will last much longer than cut flowers and can be kept inside or outside, brightening your mother’s world and reminding her of your love. Plus, countless studies have shown that plants are beneficial, increasing creativity, lowering depression risk, improving satisfaction and cleaning the air.
If you’re blessed with a green thumb, you could even volunteer to put in a flowering bed or rose bush, giving your mother the gift of a beautiful plant and valuable time together.
Show Mom you care with the gift of safety
Moms are often the family caretakers. Why not show her you care with a gift designed to keep her safe in an emergency? Weather radios that charge cell phones, nightlights that convert to flashlights in a power outage, even car emergency kits, can be a great way to show your mother you think about her.
To keep this gift from veering into the too practical category, be sure and enclose a note expressing how good it made you feel when she surrounded you with her love by taking care of you, and how you want her to feel the same way.
Give Mom the gift of your time
In today’s hectic world, time with our loved ones can easily slip through our fingers as we scramble to fulfill our many commitments. Any gift becomes more extraordinary when it includes time with those we love. Why not take your mother out to dinner, help her tackle a household project, or go on an adventure you think she’ll enjoy together? Whether it’s an afternoon antiquing, a guided kayaking trip, or an art course she has been wanting to try, sharing it with you will make it extra special.
Mother’s Day shopping doesn’t have to be tricky or expensive. Think about what makes your mom smile and choose your gift accordingly. With a little thought, you’ll be sure to pick a Mother’s Day present that she’ll love.