I often struggle with Mother’s Day. I either have a great idea for something sentimental and useful, or I have nothing and just pitch in with my siblings for a toaster or something. Lately, I’m leaning towards the “let’s not get Mom another useless thing that just sits on a shelf” mindset. Although toasters are great for toasting things.
In the past I’ve given her little collectibles, decorative things for her house, framed photos for the wall, etc. But as Mom gets older, I’m finding there’s less and less stuff that she needs or wants to fill up her home. She didn’t even hang up that sweet macaroni heart I made for her last year.
What I’d like to do is give her things that just make life more enjoyable and easy for her. This may not always be the most budget-friendly idea, but it doesn’t have to be huge either. Here are a few ideas…
For the adventurous / traveler mom:
- Books or music for the trip. Maybe a Kindle/Nook device, an mp3 player, or some nice headphones
- A gift card for a restaurant or activity at her next destination
For the home-body mom:
- House cleaning services (hired or do it yourself)
- Dig up some old family photos and have them nicely framed, or make a collage (I know I warned against this in the 2nd paragraph, but old stuff is different – kind of like re-purposing)
- Flowers/plants for the garden, or landscaping services (again, hired or do it yourself)
- A subscription for a magazine or a service like Netflix
For the young or single mom:
- Babysitting services
- A gift card for a night out
- Tickets to a concert
For the Crafty / DIY mom:
- A gift card to a craft store or home supply store
- Sign her up for a class that interests her (maybe join her for some quality time)
So a few of the ideas turned out to be stuff, but I’m sticking to the useful stuff strategy. Stuff that makes mom happy, makes mom’s life easier, or feeds her passions.
I’d love to hear any ideas that readers have, so please share.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.