So you dedicated a new tattoo to your mom last year? And the year before that, you bought her a new car? When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, you know how to knock it out of the park. The problem is, now you’ve set yourself a precedent. How do you live up to yourself again this year?
Find inspiration in the sentimental side of gifts. Keeping it simple can go a long way. But we aren’t just talking about flowers (although, flowers make a great introduction to an even lovelier gift to come). Mother’s Day gifts are different from any other gifting-moment throughout the year. It’s a rare moment when you can show your Mom how much you love her.
We know your mom is special and unique. Gifts for her are never a one-size-fits-all situation, not even the sentimental ones. So what makes for a good Mother’s Day gift? Oh, lucky you. We’ve got the answers.
Listen, we’ve all given our Moms a hard time. Whether it was when we were throwing tantrums in the middle of a grocery store during peak hours, writing on the hardwood floor with a big black marker, or forgetting to change the oil in that dearly missed sedan.
We’ve made some goofs and the least we can do is treat mom to a spa day. Get her a women’s robe with her initials monogrammed on it and she can debut it at the spa-like the proud mother she is. Even better, when she wears that robe, her days off at home will feel like a relaxing day at the spa.
Busy, busy, busy. Lately, Mom’s feeling like she has to schedule you in advance. Sorry, Mom, extra-long and crazy day…I’m sorry, can we reschedule? She’s heard it before and you know what, you can gift her something that she always wants: time with you!
You may not even live that far apart but getting you and Mom in the same place for a full day is an event that’s become few and far between. Pack a tote bag full of things you and Mom can do for a day and go do them! Nothing complicated. Head to the park with a tote bag full of picnic necessities. Deck of cards, backgammon, frisbee, and a big blanket for lounging are great places to start.
Fill the tote with little gifts like movie theater snacks and a fleece blanket for snuggling up. Little treats like this create one of those lovely, memorable days that you’ll hope to share soon enough.
So what? Maybe you can’t book her that tropical getaway she’s been eyeing ever since retirement. What you can do is get her ready for when the day comes. We’re talking luggage, duffle bags, or totes with her initials embroidered on them so they’re easy to find at the luggage carousel. Even better, surprise her with some new clothes inside those new suitcases. She may not know when the trip will happen, but she can start dressing the part today.
You know how she keeps all the art projects and letters you wrote her when you were a kid? She still loves that stuff. You just haven’t taken an art class in years.
Find yourself an apron or smock and get to painting your masterpiece. Your skills may not be where they were at the last time you picked up a brush, but that’s okay. You’re allowed to have an artistic renaissance and you ought to let your mom experience it too. No matter how great or mediocre your project turns out, you know she’s going to proudly display it (or at the very least, get a good laugh out of it!).
If it’s already the first week of May, you’re simply out of luck. But any other time of the year? Consider asking her what she wants well in advance of Mother’s Day. After all, bluntly asking Mom what she wants, then ordering it online only to have it shipped to her door as though it appeared from the heavens isn’t the most thoughtful approach.
It’s nice to get her that blouse she had her eye on, but you know what would make it even nicer? Wrap it yourself! Throw in a touching note. Add some personality to it. She’ll love the shirt because it’s comfortable. Plus, when wears it, she’ll think of you. Isn’t that sweet? Even if you’re shipping it across the country, you can still find time to write her a note to follow up on the gift you got her. After all, the best gifts are the ones that feel like they’re coming from the people you love.