If mom loves to stop and smell the roses… Rather than bringing her a bouquet of carnations, you may want to surprise her with some perennials for her garden. While a bouquet will last a couple of weeks at most, the flowers you plant will be back each year to remind her of your love.
If mom is a fabulous foodie… You can’t go wrong introducing her to the latest food fad. But rather than taking her out on Mother’s Day, let mom choose the date. How? With a gift card. Not only will you avoid Mother’s Day crowds, you can let mom know you are happy to spend time with her on other days too.
If home is where mom’s heart is… You know your mom would rather have a home-cooked meal than a night out on the town. But why stop there? Surprise her with her favourite movie, an at-home mani/pedi, or a good old-fashioned chat over her tea. She may not want to leave the house, but she’ll be moved by the thought you put into her day.
If mom is “artsy-fartsy”… Think she’ll be impressed by an expensive, yet impersonal, gift? Think again! A gift you made with your own hands will touch her on a whole other level. Print and frame a photo you’re proud of. Write a poem that captures mom’s loveliest qualities. Or make a scrapbook featuring memories of Mother’s Days past.
If mom loves children more than Mary Poppins… Ask her to play with the grandchildren while you prepare the meal, clean dirty dishes, and tidy up once the day is over. If you’re yet to have kids of your own, save any ‘baby news’ for today. “We’re expecting,” or “We’re trying” should bring a happy tear to mom’s eyes.
by Kathleen O’Hagan