Mother’s Day gift guides are everywhere this time of year but rarely do they capture the true essence of celebrating mom and all that she does. The other day, my middle daughter, Julia, came up with a great idea. She told her big sister, Lucy, that they could pick up the house as a Mother’s Day gift to me. A tidy house is my love language. I love it when everything is in its place (or a place) but with three small children, it rarely lasts.
Later in the evening, I was picking up the toys in the living room and Julia asked if I was cleaning the house. I replied yes and asked if she wanted to help me. Her response… “No, we’re going to do that for Mother’s Day.” I laughed because this is Julia in a nutshell. She knows exactly what you want but rarely gives in to what you ask.
Often times, we get caught up in what we think mom will like or better yet, what will make us look good if it shows up on social media. But for most moms, the gifts with the most meaning and impact are the ones that truly show appreciation for all that moms do on the daily. This gift guide is just that… an opportunity to say thank you in the ways that matter most to the moms who are often taken for granted.
It Won’t Cost You a Thing
For many moms, the opportunity to do something for herself and by herself is the most wonderful gift she can receive.
- A break… guilt-free time away (or at home) to do whatever she wants
- A chance to sleep in or take an afternoon nap; a silk pillowcase is sure to aid in restful sleep and at the very least, your hair will look good in the morning
- Help around the house with the never-ending chores of motherhood, including dishes, laundry, and general tidying
- A fully planned day in celebration of her (she doesn’t want to make the decision about what to do)
From the Heart (or Hands)
Don’t underestimate the power of a handmade gift. Motherhood is a roller coaster and it’s hard to not get sentimental about our children growing up. Handmade gifts provide a lasting memory, something that can be relived and revisited for years to come.
- Small hands and a bit of finger paint go a long way and the opportunities are endless; all you need is a little imagination
- Handmade cards never go out of style; it’s often the simple things that mean the most
- Plant a flower or herb garden; the family can watch it grow all season
Something Fun & Pretty
It’s not about the size or cost of the gift, but about the thoughtfulness that goes into its selection. And according to a friend, it best not be from Amazon and no way should it come via Amazon Prime.
- A mom-theme shirt or tank – Etsy is full is options that are both hilarious and full of truth
- A mama necklace that is meaningful, yet subtle; the perfect accessory for motherhood – with options featuring initials, birthstones, names, and even morse code, there is something for everyone
- Flowers are a great way to add some beauty to mom’s day and welcome warmer weather – and with so many local options, it’s a great way to support small business and bring beauty to mom’s day
- A manicure or pedicure or both, because pretty nails make everything else pretty too
- Or make a day of it, because what mom isn’t in need of a massage, facial and blowout too
- A one-of-a-kind date night at Vandalia Glassworks to learn the art of glass blowing, or check out iFLY Minneapolis for indoor skydiving, or mini golf and art at Can Can Wonderland … for the mom that needs to reconnect with her partner and wants to shake things up
- An afternoon of shopping and wine with the girls, at her favorite places of course
While this gift guide is anything but comprehensive, it provides a variety of ideas to ensure the moms in your life feel recognized and celebrated. Motherhood can be a bit thankless. While we’re not in it for the recognition, it’s nice to share the responsibility and take a well-deserved break on occasion. I’m still hoping for a clean house because ultimately, it’s the little things.