Listen up, everybody! In a few days it’s Mother’s Day and, just in case some of you have forgotten, it’s time to do some shopping or a little DIY.
First of all, there are a few reasons we celebrate our moms:
- She gave birth to you, made sure you got a good education, fed and bathed you
- It’s the first person that comes to mind when things are not going great for us
- Let’s face it: we rarely remember to honor to honor our moms and their effort
- It’s time to make up for when we behaved like spoiled brats being totally disrespectful
- Mama knows best!
If you don’t really know what to give her, we came up with a few ideas for every pocket. It’s not how much money you spend, it’s about the thought that counts and mothers know this. Don’t be the kind of child who sends their mom a random set of kitchen pots, doesn’t call or step a foot into the old house. Be close to your mother and try to spend as much time together as you can: it’s all worth it!
1. A necklace that you made
You can either have it custom-made or make it yourself. Whether you do some engraving or carve a piece of wood yourself, your mom is going to appreciate it equally. Just search the internet looking for a great necklace and see which one fits your mom’s personality. Hope your mom loves it!
2. A day off
Yes, you heard that right! A day of no cleaning, cooking, baking, doing laundry, taking out the trash and so on. If you can afford it, pay someone to do it and spend time with your mom. If she likes a TV show very much, binge watch it together with some healthy snacks. Oh, and one more thing: if you’re watching something together, you should definitely not be silent!
Exchange thoughts about the plot, ask questions, make jokes and so on. Every now and then, you can pause the show and talk about something else. The idea is to give your mom a break from her activities. She may me taking care of the house every day of the week, but that doesn’t mean she necessarily likes to.
3. A customized T-shirt
Matching t-shirts is the way to go if you’re on a tight budget, so choose something that expresses just how amazing your mother is. You can do this online (on customink.com, uberprints.com or spreadshirt.com) or at a local store- usually, you’ll find such places inside the mall. If no ideas come to your mind, here are a few examples:
4. A letter
Are you the kind that has a hard time expressing feelings? If you are, this one is for you. Here’s what to do: write down on a piece of paper just how much you love your mother, what she means to you, the things you appreciate about her and anything you can think of. Mail it to your mother a week before Mother’s Day or hand it to her personally and ask her to read it. You’ll see just how much that meant to her. There’s probably no present greater than telling your mom how much you love her, so think about it!
5. A party that’s just for her
Come on, you’ve organized parties before, haven’t you? Here’s what you need to do: gather all your friends and your mom’s friends (not yours!), ask them to bring pictures they have of your mom, write down a funny story about her or just bake something for the party. Don’t tell your mm about this. Ask someone else to take her shopping while you guys organize everything at the house. Surprise her with the party and truly make everything about her: her favorite dishes, snacks, drinks, songs and so on! After all, you only get one mother!
6. A new bag?
Is your mom fashionable? Either way, a woman can never have too many bags and purses! You can customize it online and add a funny message like “I’m a great mom and this bag proves it”. It doesn’t have to be something expensive, but something that made of leather would last way longer.
Gift idea: take a huge cardboard box, fill it up with macaroons, gummy bears, wafers, popsicles, sweet puffs and any other kind of sweets you can think of. Add a label that says: “To the sweetest mom ever” and have it shipped to your mom’s address. She’ll definitely appreciate it and have a laugh with her friends. Don’t do this if you mom doesn’t like sweets or if she can’t eat any. Of course!
8. How about a tattoo?
Is you mom the kind of stay-at-home mom that never goes to parties, concerts, or does anything for fun? Well, then somebody needs to get a tattoo. It doesn’t have to be big, outrageous or even visible to others. And while we’re at it, how about you go for matching tattoos? Something like moon for her and a star for you or a tree for her and an apple for you would be a great idea.
You’ll get to be there for each other through the painful procedure and have a laugh about it years from that moment. If she’s conservative, you can try a semi-permanent ink that washes away in a few weeks. But something tells us she’s want that tattoo to last forever!
9. A walk down memory lane
For this one, you’ll have to go home. You can’t do it over the phone because it’s essential that you see each other’s expressions. Just wish your mother a happy Mother’s Day and ask her to bring out the family albums. Sit down and remember all your birthdays, vacations, good and bad things and try to be a bit more appreciative of the person who gave birth and raised you. Show her that she’s always on your mind and that being apart from her never changed that.
10. A new ‘do
And you don’t have to be a girl for this! Yes, you too, as a guy can take your mom to the hair salon: get a haircut for you and something young and fresh for your mom. When you’re done, you can go shopping together and really enjoy the time you have together. Why is it so important to do this? Well, most mothers feel old, like they’re stuck in the same clothes and hairdos for years and years. Change that, assure her that she really isn’t old and let her indulge in the salon treatment.
11. Dinner and a movie, anyone?
Take your mom on a date! Go to see a movie that she would like (a romcom, maybe?) and then go to a restaurant for dinner. You’ll have time for unwind at the movies and then discuss more over dinner. Here are a few tips: whatever you do on Mother’s Day, stay away from malls because they are surely going to be packed! Elbowing people just to get to the movie theater entrance is not going to be a great memory.
Try finding a different kind of Movie Theater, one that only screens black and white movies, for example. Then, make reservations to a small but cozy restaurant (please, no fast food, take-out or any unsanitary kind of meals!)- you can look up restaurants in her area that have good reviews, call them in advance and ask them to bake a small cake just for your mother.
12. Write a song or a poem
Of course, this one is for kids. If Mother’s Day is coming and your kids have no idea what gifts to prepare, ask them to write a song or a poem. If you can, have it framed and hang it on the wall to keep it in your family forever.
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