Mother’s Day is coming in just a few days, and this year my husband has even more pressure to make the day special as he’ll be spending the day with TWO of the mothers in his life: me, the mother of his children, and his own mother.
I think I’ve talked about the fact that CandyMan and I are terrible about holidays. We don’t do Valentine’s gifts. We typically don’t do much more than go out to dinner for our anniversary each year. And that’s totally fine with both of us.
But for some reason, CandyMan treats Mother’s Day differently. If I counted all of the really good gifts that I’ve received over the last 15 years (since I’ve been a mom) most of the best gifts have come at Mother’s Day. I guess CandyMan wants me to know how much he values my role as a mother. Either that or his own mom drilled it into his head at an early age that Mother’s Day was a particularly special holiday that should not be overlooked. I’ll have to ask her when she gets here on Saturday.
How to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day
- The relaxing gift – how often have you heard a mom say that all she wants is some time alone and maybe a chance to sleep in? Moms love time away from, well, being MOM all the time.
- The thoughtful gift – The thoughtful gift can be anything from the book she’s been wanting (hint, hint) to the bracelet she’s had her eyes on. And everything in between. The key here is paying attention to the cues.
- The extravagant gift – The year CandyMan surprised me with a pearl necklace is a perfect example. Or the time that he bought me the digital SLR that I’d been drooling over. The extravagant gifts don’t come very often in our house, but the are surely memorable.
- The service gift – Last year, my kids cleaned my car for me. It was a glorious present, and I loved that the kids put both thought and muscle into their gift for me. I’ll take the gift of cleaning any day.
- The homemade gift – My elementary aged kids always bring home some Mother’s Day craft or another, but (please don’t hate me for saying this!) I am not overly fond of those gifts. Now, contrast that with a picture that my son has painted at home or a special project that my daughter has created just for me, and I’m all over it.
- The edible gift – From breakfast in bed (which my kids do almost every year) to my favorite chocolate, edible gifts are some of my favorite (and they are relatively cheap, too).
- The PERFECT gift – The reality is that there is no ONE perfect gift for every mother. What is perfect for one mom won’t be for another. The trick is knowing Mom and putting just the right amount of heart into her gift.
What does YOUR perfect Mother’s Day gift look like?
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