This Sunday May 13, 2012, we’re officially celebrating our Moms (and all the generations of Moms in our families) and show them how much we love and appreciate them and the sacrifices they have made for us. We should DEFINITELY be letting our Moms know more than once a year how much we care (I tell mine all the time how lucky I am to have her), but it’s nice to honor her and shower her with love on Mother’s Day. Here are some ideas for making this Mother’s Day special for her with some thoughtful last-minute gift ideas Mom will love, even if you’re on a tight budget.
1. Set up some relaxing spa time in your (or her) home. Have her unwind while you give her a manicure, a mud or facial mask, and a relaxing foot bath. Put on some relaxing music in the background and chat, or put on a movie in the background that you both enjoy watching. These are all things you likely already have at home or can be purchased at your local pharmacy/convenience store inexpensively (and can use over again). Your Mom will appreciate spending time with you and of course, being pampered in the comfort of her own home.
2. Prepare an indulgent breakfast in bed for her. Decorate a plate with some of her favorite fruits, eggs and some pancakes (or whatever breakfast fare she prefers), with a freshly cut flower in a small glass, and bring it to her on a tray. A great way to wake up to a special surprise to kick-start Mother’s Day with a smile.
3. Plant some flowers in her garden. Instead of going out to spend money on a bouquet that won’t last, plant her some flowers she can watch grow and enjoy day after day in her garden. To quote a great entry from our Mother’s Day Contest:
“I think one of the best things my mom ever taught me was that there is a quick way or a right way to do things. If I brought her flowers for Mother’s Day she’d just chuck them into a vase and forget about them. If I took the time to plant flowers she’d thank me for them time after time.” – L.T.
4. Find a picture of you and your Mom (and/or your brothers/sisters) that you really love and frame it for her. Or, get her a digital photo frame and upload a variety of photos she would enjoy.
5. Make her a coupon book of things you can do with her (and for her). Easy to make if you own a computer and printer! Design and print her a few coupons she can enjoy and not just on Mother’s Day – like taking her to the park on a picnic, shopping together, having you make dinner for her, going out to a show or a movie, etc. Think of some things you used to do together often, or that she used to do for you, and do it for her instead. A great way to show your appreciation! And you can have fun getting creative in designing the coupons too!
Whatever you choose to do for her, don’t forget to include a personal card (homemade is great too and a fun way to include younger kids for arts and crafts time)!
Photo sources and references
Featured flower image: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/flowers/images/249402/title/flower-wallpaper-wallpaper
Mother and daughter facial mask: http://www.sterlingminerals.com/blog/tag/mothers-day/
Mother and daughter embrace: http://www.nutricia.ie/resource-centres/educational-resources
Mother and daughter with rose: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7710508/Mothers-voice-as-comforting-as-a-hug.html
Mother and young daughter kiss: http://blog.myheritage.com/2011/04/global-research-pink-or-blue-does-a-babys-gender-matter/1221258221f3les7b/