When it comes to what moms really want on their day, a survey a couple of years ago led to some surprising results. Moms want flowers, but they’d also really like a spa treatment, tech gadgets, new shoes or a great cookbook as well. So, if you’re trying to decide between a splashy spring arrangement or an exotic orchid, you might want to opt for a flowering plant as a lasting reminder of your love, and then throw in a little something else to surprise her.
What are the best gifts to consider this year? Think along these lines:
- Fun, functional, personalized fabric tote bags are popular and immensely usable
- Personal coffee or tea-brewing equipment; or an individual, portable filtered water flask
- Notepaper and notebooks from recycled materials
Tailored to Her Interests:
- For gardening: Portable kneeling pads, garden clogs, a floppy hat, heirloom seeds
- Bamboo knitting needles, decorative paper for scrapbooking, pretty journals
- Photographic coffee table books or tickets to a gallery opening or local performance
Personal Care and Pampering:
- A day at the spa or fitness center, either alone or with a group of friends
- Lunch and shopping at an upscale mall
- A weekend getaway at a special resort
Of course, most moms appreciate any well-thought-out expression of caring and gratitude. Many moms treasure time spent with the family above all else. If you don’t live near your mom, consider a quick visit to where she lives as your gift. Your mom will be impressed by your thoughtfulness, and the element of surprise and “above-and-beyond” preparation will be memorable.
For a new mom, the first Mothers Day is special. However, new moms are generally tired! The best gift of all for the mother of an infant might be simply a consecutive few hours free from the responsibility of childcare. Consider serving her a simple breakfast in bed of fruit and yogurt, followed by a day at home, and the admonition to do absolutely nothing.
Whatever you do for your mom this year, do it with style. Don’t forget the cards and flowers, and don’t forget the date — Sunday, May 11.