Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guidance

Mother's Day Gift Guidance

This is not your average Mother's Day Gift Guide that is just going to list off some cool products. That would be too easy for both of us. This is going to take a lot more thought. The best gifts say that you spent time really thinking of the person and really paying attention to what they like or need. Unfortunately that means I can't just give you a list of great products, because I don't know your mom. However, I can give you a list of great ideas to start you on your journey to being thoughtful.

1. Give her your favorite photo of the two you together in a new frame. You can get great deals on frames from Hobby Lobby or buy a unique frame from Etsy.

2. Write her a very personal, heartfelt letter accompanied by her favorite flowers. If you aren't sure what her favorite flowers are, then choose a unique bouquet from The Bouqs.

3. Make her a photo album or framed collage including all her children/grandchildren.

4. Give her your time.  Maybe take her out to lunch and shopping, but make it all about her.  No cell phone.  No distractions.  Really spend time listening.  Notice what she likes on the shopping trip, and surprise her with a gift a day later.

5. If your mom has a great sense of humor, then perhaps write her a funny poem including funny comments about the whole family or funny things she has said.  Perhaps write a recap of funny memories.

6. Work for her. Maybe she needs some work done on the yard or help cleaning the house.

7. Make her a "mixed tape." This seems archaic, but whatever media your mother listens to compile some inspirational songs that will lift her spirits.

8. Give her a gift that she would tend to give other people. You can really tell a lot about a person by the gifts that they give others.  It tends to be an indicator of what they appreciate.  I chose option #2, because my mother always sends people flowers when they are in the hospital.  Someone that does that deserves some flowers on Mother's Day.  That was easy, but writing the letter took some deeper digging and vulnerability.

9. Take her on a trip. I realize this option could get pricey, but it doesn't have to break the bank.  It doesn't necessarily have to be on Mother's Day either.  You could tell her the plan on Mother's Day, and make the arrangements.  Plan a weekend road trip or a staycation getaway.

10. Cook for her.  Make her favorite meal, and wait on her hand and foot.  Do all the prep and all the clean up.  Mothers are always taking care of everyone else.  Show your appreciation by giving her the day off.

To all the mothers out there, I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Mother's Day!



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