To mother’s everyday is a work day. By being a “mom” you also take on many other titles. You are the maid, the chef, the chauffeur the accountant, the dietitian, the home nurse, occasionally a referee, and always the listening ear.
It is tough, but most mom’s wouldn’t change it for a minute! Happiness comes from being able to kiss “owies” better and having their kids tell you that was the best meal ever. Being a mom is hard. Many days your work and effort go unnoticed, but it is something mom’s do out of love for their family. That doesn’t mean that they don’t ever need or want to be appreciated or thanked. That is what is so special about mother’s day. It is a day that is dedicated to mom’s and all the hard work that they do.
Too often, men look at mother’s day as another gift holiday. A day that they have to run to the store and get
something nice for the mother (or their kid’s mother) in their life. But most mom’s don’t expect that…and may even be put off by meaningless gifts. All they really want is to know they are appreciated. A heartfelt note of appreciation is a great gift! And if you want to throw in a little gift I am sure no one will complain. To make that gift hunting a little easier here are a few gift ideas that are thoughtful enough that any mother would love
The Gift of Memory
What better gift to give a mother than memories captured and stored.
A Mom and Kid Photo Session. How many moms are always behind the camera but seldom in the picture? Don’t just do Target or Sears photo session. Find a local photographer and plan a day for her and all the kids. Do an at-home shoot or a shoot at a fun location such as a park or a family cabin.
A Photo Book. There are so many options. You could put together pictures of the last year in a book. You could take it even further and have each kid write a letter to mom and their best memories with her with their favorite pictures of her and them and print it in photo book. Does she keep a family blog? Take the years blog posts and put them in a book. If you do this each year your gift planning is over, until she stops blogging. Shutterfly has these photo books and so does Snapfish.
The Gift of Relaxation
I haven’t met a mother yet that doesn’t need a day to relax. Whether she is chasing her kids, working all day or chasing grandkids, a gift of relaxation is perfect.
A Spa day. Give her a gift certificate for a massage or facial or both. Google local spa’s and spa packages. Groupon also usually has spa deals that come up right around Mother’s Day.
Shopping Day With The Girls. Offer to take the kids (if they are still at home) for the day and let her go out without a worry to get back by lunch or nap time. You could also throw in a gift card to her favorite store or Starbucks to get a drink while she is out. Don’t have daughters, plan a day for her to go out with her girlfriends or her own sisters.
Punch Card. Does she likes dancing, yoga, zumba, etc? You could buy her a punch card to participate in these things that she enjoys doing. Taking time for herself doing something she loves is very relaxing.
The Gift of Love
Mother’s Jewelry. Mother’s jewelry is always fun to have. And it’s come a long way from your own mother’s jewelry. It use to be just chunky, awkward necklaces and rings with each child’s birthstone, but now with Etsy and other small businesses you can find funky and casual pieces that remind mom of the things she cherishes most. Check out RedEnvelope.com for great personalized Mother’s Day Jewelry.