If choosing the right Mother’s Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself. Millions of dollars have been spent researching and/or polling what moms desire most, so use it to your advantage. Thank mom, a mother figure or wife for all that she does — from giving you style advice to motivating you when you needed it most — celebrate your unique bond with a gift she will celebrate for many years to come.
Mom has always been there when you needed it, and she deserves the best. Below are a few ways to treat her on Mother’s Day:
—— Handwritten Letter. Showing your appreciation for mom with a handwritten note takes time and thought, and she’ll recognize this. Remember all of the moments that mean the most to you and express your gratitude in a way that is unique to the bond you share. It will be a letter she’ll cherish.
—Time to Unwind. A thoughtful way to thank mom for all she does is to give a gift that helps alleviate her busy schedule so she can relax. Whether giving a spa package or simply cleaning the home, research has shown that moms have expressed wanting to have time to themselves as a top Mother’s Day gift.
— Create Unexpected Wrapping Paper. Because mom wants a thoughtful gift, why not put extra care into how you wrap it? A unique way to showcase the special bond you share is to create custom wrapping paper decorated with photos of the two of you at different stages of your life. Don’t want to do wrapping paper? Just take a print of a meaningful photo and either use it as a gift tag or glue it on in place of a ribbon.
—Jewelry. Research has shown that jewelry is one of the best-received gifts on Mother’s Day. The question then becomes which jewelry to choose for the one-of-a-kind woman in your life. No matter what, if you’re choosing jewelry, definitely look at the piece and ask yourself if your mom would like it and if you can see her wearing it. Jewelry is always a nice gift but jewelry that matches someone’s style and personality is priceless.
—Think about your Mom: does she have a band or musician she loves? Look for concert tickets. A craft, passion, hobby, or interest? Indulge it. Does your Mom love certain things but never buy them for herself? Those are obvious gift choices. Similarly, does your mother frequent the same stylist, the same restaurant, or store, or donate to the same cause, time after time? These are all good things to explore for gifts.
—Time. More than anything. Give some time from your busy life to pay attention to your mom’s busy life(or that of the mother of your children, your cat-mother, dog-mother, grandmother, mother-figure). A Sunday afternoon, a weekend vacation, a phone call, a letter. Just let her know you love her. And you care enough to listen and spend time with and for her.
See also: (1) The History of Mother’s Day (Time), (2) 6 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts to Order Now (Forbes), (3) Gifts for Mother’s Day That Cost Less Than $100 (USAToday), (4) 12 Simply Gorgeous Mother’s Day Desserts (Country Living), (5) Amazon’s Mother’s Day gift ideas
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