THE “IT IS ALMOST MOTHER’S DAY” PANIC
Here it is almost Mother’s Day and you are still in a frantic panic over what you will do for Mom this year. You do not even know what you want to give her for a gift.
First; don’t panic.
Second; keep reading.
Are you perhaps a visual thinker? Most of the world seems to think that way today. We often need a photo to get our creative juices flowing and working in the right direction. If that is the case you are in luck. This blog post was created just for you.
MY BEST SUGGESTIONS:
Perhaps you might like to browse through these suggestions and see if any of them fit your mom. Here are a few very happy visual ideas:
All Mom’s love a letter written from their child. Just say how much you appreciate all the things she has done for you over the years and how significant she has been in your life. Nothing could please her more!
You could take her to an outdoor concert to hear her favorite band playing. One of my fondest memories was with one of our daughters listening to Zac Brown Band belt out tunes into the open South Carolina air. Even when we got caught in a thunder-storm right in the middle of the concert; it was awesome!
Plan a beach vacation with your family and invite her to join you. Put her ticket into a nice little card and give it to her on Mother’s Day. She will love sticking her toes into the sand with you and her grandchildren at her side.
Take her a nice potted plant that will fit into that empty corner of the living room. Put a big pink bow in the pretty container. That will be a gift she can enjoy for a long, long time. Be sure to tell her the best way to care for that particular plant.
Put your creativity into a nice handmade card. She will love that you did it yourself and you can be so specific and original with your design.
If you are still thinking hard about that beach vacation; just remember she likes the mountains too; or any other range of interesting places. Invite her to a vacation where the whole family can gather together under one roof. Call it a family reunion; but make planning it with you her Mother’s Day surprise. Set
aside planning dates on your calendar so you can get together over lunch and brainstorm good ideas.
Invite her to a train ride. Maybe through a vineyard. Some of these excursions offer wine tasting and /or dinner with the ride. There are lots of towns where these are still available if you do your research ahead of time.
Does she garden? Why not buy her a big floppy hat and lots of bulbs?
Baskets are awesome; especially baskets full of pretty fresh-cut flowers. What are her favorites? Roses, tulips, daisys, what is her pleasure? Then fill up the basket with those.
Take her on a picnic. Make it a nice peaceful place where there will be plenty of time for casual conversation and laughter. Pack a thoughtful lunch and take a quilt to spread over the picnic table.
Take her to look at the most fantastic view you have ever seen. Let her stand there and drink it in. Take a selfie of the two of you with your favorite place in the background. Have a frame wrapped and ready to give her for when you bring her a copy of the selfie.
Invite her to a carriage ride. There are lots of towns where these are still available if you do your research ahead of time.
Take her on a riverboat cruise. Many river towns offer such fun for the whole family. Some of them serve up delicious food.
Fly a kite together. When is the last memory you have of this? Make a new one.
Take her to an arts and crafts festival. I’ve enjoyed this experience many times with my twin daughters. One took me one year and the other picked that same idea the next (probably because I enjoyed it so much. ) I have great photos of those two very pretty days as reminders; and a silver charm bracelet made out of spoons and a pretty necklace by a local artist. I hope you get lucky like I did and go somewhere where they are serving apple dumplings!
Make reservations at her favorite restaurant; or take her to one of your favorites that she hasn’t discovered yet. Make sure she orders dessert!
Take her for a stroll around one of your favorite parks. There are so many botanical walking trails in town. They can be truly amazing to walk through and the sunshine will join in with you to make the day complete. Bring a thermos full of cold lemonade for afterwards. Point out the vegetation that surrounds you and surprise her with your knowledge of the world of nature.
Does she love horses? Take her on a trail ride or a weekend riding camp retreat.
Is she a camper? Pack up the tent and head for a weekend of hiking and climbing; just make sure she is as up to it as you.
Are books her treasures? Give her a gift card from her favorite book store and take her there to pick out what she wants. Have coffee and treats at the bookstore sweet shop. Or you could take her to a storytelling festival – those are great fun!
Craft a gift made from photos. Use your imagination. Below are some awesome examples that I’ve personally cherished over the years. These are gifts that last year after year and always bring a smile and the memory of your thoughtfulness.
Does she sew? Pack a basket full of material and sewing supplies.
Go mountain climbing just for the day. Be sure it ends at a waterfall!
Does she love music? Take her to an old record store that sells real vinyl and spin the hits that you pick out together afterward.
Is she crafty? Fill a basket full of craft items and surprise her with them.
Is she a writer or a techy? Find some accessories that she has been wanting for her laptop or her desk.
Homemade treats are the best. Cake pops are always great gifts. Pick a design that you know she will relate to and wrap it up in pretty little bags with pink ribbons and a card.
Give her a brunch/lunch or tea. Get creative with your menus and decorate the house around them. She will never forget it!
Are you an artist? Surprise her with some of your artwork. Nothing could be better!
Does she love scones? What Mom doesn’t? Take her a few from her favorite bakery and make her a special cup of coffee to go with them. Savor the moment outside on the patio and chat awhile before the day starts to own you both.
Go to church with her. Attend where SHE usually goes. These people have heard about you for years and she would love nothing better than to introduce you to all of those that have prayed over you every week with her!
Take a family portrait and promise to give her a copy on canvas. She will cherish it forever.
Is entertaining on the patio her thing? Bake her a cake and serve it up with some homemade ice cream from the ice cream freezer you are giving her as a present, or consider giving her a brightly colored outdoor set of dishes.
Does she love going to plays? Buy her a season’s pass and attend one of the functions with her.
It doesn’t really matter what you give her; as long as you tell her you love her and give her your love and devotion all through the year.
I hope whatever you decide to do; that the day is full of blessings and memories that will last a lifetime for both you and your Mom!
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