The Elusive Mother’s Day Gift

Spring is approaching and that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner. It seems each year it gets harder and harder to come up with that great Mother’s Day gift. The last thing you want to do is add clutter to your mother’s home. If you are stumped this year, I have a few ideas that will hopefully get your mind thinking!

New moms. You would think they would be easy to shop for, but there is one mistake that people sometimes make with her – they buy her something for that new baby, thinking that is what she would love most! Now let’s think about this. She has carried this baby for nine months, given birth and is now up in the middle of the night. While I’m sure she loves everything about her new bundle, she could use something for HERSELF. A day at a spa might be perfect. Some jewelry perhaps? Absolutely no lingerie! Men, let me give you a little word of advise: most women view gifts of lingerie as a gift to himself. I’ll leave it at that.

The busy mom. One of the nicest things you could do is give her the day off! Clean the house (make sure you get the kids involved!), take her out to a nice restaurant or cook for her at home. Make sure she has some time to herself. Maybe the best thing you could do is give her some quiet time.

The “kids are out of the nest mom”. This can be a tough one. You now have kids of your own. You know how hard it is to be a parent. Now what do you do for that mom who raised you, but seems to have everything? One of my favorite gifts to give that has become a tradition is something easy, inexpensive and very personal. Most of us now have digital cameras. You probably have loads of pictures on your computer. One great way to store those pictures is on one of the many photo web sites. It is very easy to upload your photos and create albums. You have all those pictures, now what? My mom loves the calendar I make for her every year. For each month I include photos that are relevant to that time of year. I try and mix in photos of all the grand kids, family events, etc. It’s a great way for her to have pictures year around, and who doesn’t need a calendar? Photo websites have all kinds of great ideas for your photos and they have always been a big hit with my mom!

One of the most important things to do when it comes to Mother’s Day, no matter which route you take – a personalized gift, a gift certificate, or just giving her some much needed time alone – make sure you get the kids involved. One way to do this is have them make her a coupon book. Little things that she can “cash in” throughout the year. Some can be big such as a night off from cooking dinner and some can be more on the funny side (although extremely useful) such as 10 minutes of total quite. Whatever you decide to do, make sure your little ones have some hand in it. With older children, make sure they take the time to let their mom know what she means to them. Even if it’s just spending the day at home with the family and not running off with friends!

Mother’s Day shouldn’t be chore to shop for – sometimes just a card will do! Whatever you decide, make sure you let the mom in your life know how important she is, not just on that one day, but all year around!