Most of you realize that Sunday is Mother’s Day. Commercials, television shows, and store displays remind us of this up-coming day constantly. Regardless of what you decide to do for your mother this weekend, it is going to involve some creativity.
We all want to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate them. Many will make phone calls and send cards and/or flowers. Some will cook for their mothers, while others will take them out to eat. As a mom, I can honestly say that it does not really matter what you do for your mom as long as you thank her for all that she has done for you.
We don’t need fancy gifts or expensive presents to have a good Mother’s Day. Like the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” So put some thought into the gift. What does she like? What does she need? What are your talents? These are the questions I ask myself.
What does she like? Is your mother a huge Houston Texans fan? Does she prefer going to a ballet? Does she enjoy coffee or gardening? Has she been wanting to learn a new language or read a new book? Is she interested in coins or collecting shells? By considering what your mother really likes, you can focus your gift-giving ideas. Just because advertisements say that all moms want jewelry and roses, it is not necessarily true. Show your mom that you thought of her and plan something based on her unique tastes and interests.
What does she need? If you are into practical gifts, this question will really suit you. Does she stand for hours in the kitchen and end up with aching feet? You could get her a chef’s mat. Everytime she stands on it she will think of you. Does her car need a tune-up or the oil changed? Or, does she have a broken door knob that she hasn’t gotten to yet? Surprise her by taking care of it. Taking even a small burden such as these off of her busy day will be greatly appreciated.
What are your talents? It might feel strange to think of yourself when trying to plan a gift for your mother, but this is where truly unique gifts begin. Your mother spent her life trying to help you realize your gifts and talents. She was and probably still is your biggest fan. So what better way to thank your mother than to incorporate your talent into her gift. If you are a potter, make her a beautiful vase. Use your jewelry-making talent to create a special set for her. Paint a picture, photograph her or your family for her, bake and decorate her favorite cake, build her a picnic table, write her a poem, etc. The possibilities are literally endless.
Hopefully I have gotten your creative juices flowing. The best gifts will be ones that incorporate all three questions. Giving your mother something that you create and that she needs or wants will be a winner. Make this Mother’s Day memorable.