Mother’s Day is almost here!
Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11) is fast approaching and each year the same question comes up, “what should I get her?” With the holiday’s 100th anniversary this year, the pressure is on. There is plenty to be found on the internet about the “Best Mother’s Day Gifts”. Each website creates it’s own list of the top gifts to get this year for Mom. While I’m sure she would love this $55 necklace from Ann Taylor listed on Real Simple, this year consider giving Mom something not found in stores.
Not All Gifts Can Be Found in Stores
First, take the cooking off her plate. Whether you’re crafty in the kitchen or need a little help (foodjunky has you covered), make arrangements for Mom to feast on her favorites without having to lift a finger. If you want to take it a step further, greet her in the morning with breakfast, before she’s had time to begin to think about meals for the day. After she is well fed, be sure to take care of the dishes, because everyone knows they are the worst part of cooking!
The next gift Mom will surely love is your time. Yes, you are present each year and I’m sure some time in between, but are you truly there? Recently, a video called “Look Up” has been circulating the internet. The video talks about smart phone dependency and encourages viewers to put down their devices and “look up”, to see the world around them. Make sure you are spending quality time with Mom and consider powering off or leaving devices in the car.
Finally, skip the pharmacy card aisle. There may be nice Mother’s Day messages scattered among the clutter, but something personalized and a reflection of your relationship with Mom will create a lasting impression. For those feeling especially creative, create your very own card using paper found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (see Jo-Ann Fabric verified coupons here) or the local craft store. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you envisioned, you know what they say, “it’s the thought that counts”! If you are like me and better with words than art, grab a card that was created by hand with a letter press. Make sure it is blank inside and gives you plenty of room to get a personalized message across. These hand crafted cards can be found at local shops and boutiques, my favorite in Detroit being City Bird.
Give a Gift to Remember
Clothes and jewelry will go out of style and get tossed or given away. Flowers will soon die. The feeling you will give Mom this Mother’s Day by giving her a break from her normal tasks, spending quality time and writing her a personalized card to look back on will not be forgotten. This year, avoid getting a gift from the store and in turn, you will give Mom so much more!