Despite what greeting card companies and marketers would have you believe, Mother’s Day is more than a day to buy gifts. It’s a day to celebrate moms for all of their love, hard word, and dedication. Although most moms do like to receive presents, they also like to feel appreciated.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show mom how much she means to you. No matter what your budget is, you can make or buy meaningful gifts that mom will cherish. Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas that moms will love:
A Day off From Cooking and Cleaning
Whether you take her out to eat or prepare the meals for her, there are few things sweeter than someone taking over meal prep for the day, especially if they take the time to also wash and put away the dishes after (Read Giving My Wife the Gift of Time for a few more ideas)
I recently had the pleasure of seeing a co-worker receive the sweetest album prepared for her by her granddaughters. It was actually an old-fashioned scrapbook devoid of stickers or special papers. Instead it just had pictures over the last year and sweetly written captions and drawings prepared just for her. It was neatly done, and the only investment was time and a little thought. It brought all of us in the office to tears. If you don’t feel creative enough to make the scrapbook yours, sites such as Snapfish and Shutterfly have templates that will guide you through the process.
Sending mom somewhere she can relax and be pampered is a special treat, especially if it isn’t something she would normally spend money on. Spas offer several treatments such as massages, manicures, facials, and aromatherapy. Let the staff help you to create a package that your wife or mom would appreciate.
Sometimes the commercials do get it right. Moms like jewelry. But don’t random grab a necklace from the department store. Show her that you thought of her by getting something personalized. A pendant with her children’s names and birth dates engraved on it will seem much more thoughtful. I like the personalized pieces from Isabelle Grace and Laurel & Bleau Collection.
Family Photo Shoot
Let’s face it, moms tend to be a little sentimental when it comes to their families. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give her what she wants: more pictures of her brood happily spending time together. So go ahead and make the photo shoot appointment, buy the coordinating outfits, get the haircuts or styles, head over to the studio and say cheese. If you’re looking for a beautiful way to display the portraits afterwards, try WeMontage – a service that transforms your favorite images into removable wallpaper.
Many people feel this is a cop out, but the truth of the matter is that many moms don’t spend money on themselves. Moms are often so busy taking care of everyone else’s needs that they neglect themselves. Being able to buy something nice for herself, will lift your moms spirits. So figure out what her favorite store is and get a gift card to shop there. GiftCards.com let’s you personalize gift cards with a photo and message. Even after the money is spent, mom will still have a special keepsake.
When I was a child, I remember sneaking into my mother’s perfume stash. The fragrances were so enticing that I was compelled to try them for myself. The smells linger in my memory and I always think of my mother if I smell certain perfumes. Now that I’m a mom, I enjoy perfumes. A couple of my favorites are Boss Jour Pour Femme and Eau De LaCoste. You’d be wise to sneak a peak at your wife or mother’s favorite perfumes to get an idea of what she likes.
Gift baskets make a great gift because you can customize them to suit any taste. If your mom likes knitting, you can create a basket with knitting supplies and books. If your wife is a tea connoisseur, you can fill a basket with exotic teas from around the world. Add a few surprises and personal touches to the basket to make it unique. You can also buy pre-made gift baskets such as the Mother’s Day Classic Tower from the Fruit Company or the Coffee and Chocolate Gift Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets.
I’ll admit that this one can be risky. However, you may be able to pull it off if you are familiar with your wife or mother’s personal taste. My husband bought me a mother’s day outfit last year and I was his selections. You can start with something simple such as jeans and a T-shirt or a sundress. If you’re not brave enough to pick the outfit yourself, refer back to the gift card idea.
I have a boxful of all of the Mother’s Day cards my children have made for me. They were often crudely made, but the sentiments expressed were genuine and heartfelt. I cherish these cards because they are authentic expressions of love.
Happy Mother’s Day,
Join the conversation: What was the best mother’s day gift you’ve received or given?
photo by Gabby Canonizado