The Secret to a Great Mother’s Day Present
There’s been a lot of articles published recently on ideas and advice for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Some are frugal, others are extravagant while others leave me shaking my head (what mother wants kitchen utensils?).
Let me share a not-so-secret about moms. We just want to be loved and appreciated by our kids.
So you don’t have to spend the average $140 to make Mom happy. The best gifts are thoughtful — no matter what the price.
Some of my treasured possessions are handmade by the giver. I still treasure the misshapen, ceramic bowl given to me 18 years ago by my youngest son. It’s probably the ugliest one you’ve ever seen but it sits on my nightstand so I can see it every night before turning out the lights. Here are just five ideas you can still do before or on Sunday:
- Food. Make Mom her favorite food or meal.
- Cards. I have a box full of cards given to me by my loved ones over the years.
- Photos. Put together a photo album or make a homemade frame for a picture of you.
- Artwork. Use your artistic skills to make Mom a decoration or piece of art.
- Chores. My youngest son is keeping our dog the night before he leaves town so my husband and I can have a weekend getaway.
The Gift of Time
Once your kids are grown it’s hard to fit into their busy schedules
. Just spending several hours with your mom (and dad) is greatly appreciated whether it’s at the movies, a restaurant or just sitting and talking.
Of course if the mom in question is with her kids all the time, the best gift in this category may be time away. Take over the duties to give mom a break from her normal responsibilities.
Two of my favorite pleasures are baths and lattes (but not together). My immediate family knows that and keeps me stocked up on my favorite bubble baths
and Starbucks cards. Neither of these gifts will break the budget, but they are things I enjoy and will use with pleasure and gratitude.
Take the time to think about what interests or likes your favorite mom has and gear your gifts to those. Music lovers might want an gift card to iTunes and a movie fan would enjoy a gift card to the theatre or movie rental business.
Whatever you give your mom, it will be just what she wants.