Mother’s Day is a tough one. If you’re an adult yourself, especially. In many cases, your Mom already has everything she really needs, except maybe a pricey spa day or a cruise to the Mediterranean. So what can you get her that won’t cost a lot but might mean a lot?
Make it personal. My own mother spent some time a few winters ago writing down her early memories of her life. I got the notebook from her and transcribed it into a Word document. When I’d call her, I’d ask a few questions to fill in the blanks. I’m going to print it out in large type and a pretty font that’s still easy to read, bind it and give it to her this Mother’s Day. She’s going to love it! And so are my sisters.
But if your mother wasn’t so accommodating, here are some other things you can do for her this time around:
Write a story or poem. Write a story about something she did that changed your life, or that left you with a good memory. Make it a short story or even write it as a poem (it doesn’t have to rhyme) and print it out to bind or frame it (depending on how long it is).
A picture is worth … Ok, so maybe you can’t write. Or think you can’t. Pick out your favorite photo of her and blow it up to an 8-by-10, then get a nice frame for it. Bet most of the photos in her house are of other people!
More pictures … Make a photo album of pictures of her and her (your) family. You know you’ve got some laying around. Not everyone wants to look at photos on a phone or computer screen. They’re fleeting. Go old-school. Yes, they still sell photo albums!
Get personal: Give her a “gift certificate” for a foot massage or pedicure that you’ll do for her yourself. As we age, feet are the hardest part of the body to take care of. Include a hand massage, which feels a lot better than you’d think! Use a pretty ribbon to tie the certificate to a nice bottle of lotion.
Catch a movie. If your mom is alone, or has no one to go to the movies with, take her to one and make it a girls’ day out. Wait until it’s a movie she might actually want to see! Follow it with ice cream sundaes somewhere fun.
Make a treat. If your mom lives alone, she probably doesn’t bake for herself very often. Make her favorite treat – key ljme pie or an angel food cake, maybe. Or make her something that she made for you as a kid, like s’mores or brownies.
A perpetual “bouquet.” You don’t have to buy a big bouquet of roses to impress her. Here’s a better idea. Take a simple cylindrical glass vase and put a couple of inches of glass weights in the bottom. Buy a single, stunning rose (or other sturdy flower) and cut the stem so it fits down into the vase, with the bud just below the rim. Add water and a pretty ribbon to match the flower. Gorgeous! And when the flower dies, she can keep it going with a single fresh flower any time she feels like it.
Oh … and be sure to tell her you love her!
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