Well being both a mother and a daughter I sit at both ends of the spectrum. I know what I would like to receive, but have no idea what to get my own mother. It is a holiday full of “what to dos”. If you ask your mother what she would like, she will more than likely give you the standard line, “Oh honey any gift you give me for Mother’s Day I will love.” Being a mother I know that this is true. The Mother’s Day presents I cherish the most are the ones that my children put a lot of thought into. It probably isn’t the most expensive present I have gotten for Mother’s Day that is the most cherished, but the hand made piece of clay basket that my son made me in pre-school. It came from the heart and he made it, that made it special. But there comes a point in our lives when we are too old to be making clay baskets for our Moms for Mother’s Day. So what do we do? Here are my ten ideas for Mother’s Day Presents that will surely be appreciated. You should be able to pull them off in the amount of time you have left between now and Mother’s Day. If not remember this list for next year, birthday’s or other holidays.
Number One Mother’s Day Gift – Flowers. I know that sounds kind of simple and over done. But one of the drawing points is that it is simple. I don’t get flowers very often any longer and I love having them around me. Even plants make a nice gift. A nice ivy for your Mother’s desk then she can think of you when she is working. Mom doesn’t do well with houseplants? Buy her some bedding plants and then offer to help her put them in the ground. Not only have you bought your mom plants, but then you have offered to spend some time with her to help plant them.
Number Two Mother’s Day Gift – Let’s talk food. It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well we moms have stomachs too. And often times we have all spent too much time in the kitchen. A nice gift certificate for your Mom’s favorite restaurant would be great to give her a night out of the kitchen for Mother’s Day. Can’t afford that? Offer to cook her dinner and clean up afterwards. Not just on Mother’s Day but an odd week night when she can really use the break. It doesn’t need to be something fancy. Boxed Macaroni and cheese is wonderful when someone else does the cooking and cleaning.
Number Three Mother’s Day Gift – A facial or manicure or pedicure will lift your mom’s spirits tremendously. I have to admit this is not an original idea. My own mom recently turned sixty and was given this for her birthday. She loved it. She got a certificate from the salon she goes to when she has her hair done for a facial. It was just a little thing, but she enjoyed it, and loved the thought. Wouldn’t your mom?
Number Four Mother’s Day Gift – A basket of your Mom’s favorite goodies makes a wonderful gift. Does your mom enjoy crocheting? Fill a basket full of yarns, needles, and idea books. Does she enjoy scrapbooking? Fill your basket full of papers, pens, special pictures of you, your siblings, and children. Does she like cooking? Fill her basket with exotic spices, recipe cards printed out with recipes you think she may enjoy.
Number Five Mother’s Day Gift – Have her car detailed, or do it yourself. What mom doesn’t like to have a clean car? If she is a mom or grandmother, more than likely her car needs to be cleaned inside and out. Wash the car inside and out, get the vacuum out and don’t forget to clean the trunk out for her.
Number Six Mother’s Day Gift – A twelve month calendar filled out with all the family birthdays and anniversaries will help your busy mom stay organized and not to forget a birthday. You can even go one step further and print out address labels for all the important dates so she has them to send out the cards. My mom loves picking out her own cards at Hallmark, so maybe a gift certificate for them would be great, but maybe your mom would like you to pick out a variety of different cards for her to use.
Number Seven Mother’s Day Gift – Give your mom your time. Offer to help her run her errands, to help her clean her bathrooms or garage, to run and get her dry cleaning, all these little things will help your busy mom and mean the world to her that you are volunteering to help her out.
Number Eight Mother’s Day Gift – Make your mom a scrapbook page. Many moms are into scrapbooking. It would be special to have a page that you have made for her in her scrapbook. Pick an event and make a page around it. Make sure your journal your thoughts and feelings in your own handwriting to make it special. Even if you don’t have any pictures or fancy scrapbook accessories, the thought alone will make it a page to be cherished.
Number Nine Mother’s Day Gift – Give her the gift of time. Know that your mom would like to be able to have a few hours to herself, to relax, read, maybe shop. Offer to take care of everything else for her while she has this quiet time to herself.
Number Ten Mother’s Day Gift – The age old favorite gift for Mother’s Day is of course, breakfast in bed. You see this in all the commercials, but it is still special to your mom. It can be something as simple as cereal and coffee or extravagant as crepes, fruit and cappuccino. It will give your mom the perfect way to start out the perfect Mother’s Day.
All in all, the best gift for your mom for Mother’s Day is the gift of yourself and your time. Let her know you care. If it is something as simple as taking time out of your busy schedule to spend the time with her, that is enough. Let your mom know that you care. Let her know that she is special to you, and that it is her day!
Happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mom!