This year for Motherís Day
, donít be boring. There is already enough chocolate in the world to go around, so you can do much better than that on Motherís Day. Granted, if you planned on not getting your mom anything this year, chocolate and flowers are definitely better than nothing. But why settle for the basics when you can get personalized?
Any time you give a personal gift, youíre telling the recipient that you really care about her, her feelings, and her life. For example, if you happen to know youíre mother wants a pair of new slippers, but will never bring herself to buy them because she has perfectly good slippers at home, your job is to buy her the slippers. You know she wants them. You know sheíll never treat herself, so you treat her. Giving a gift is supposed to make someone feel special. Sure, a generic gift will make someone feel noticed, but when you really notice a person, you can find something much more personalized to let them know how much you care.
For some reason, there is a notion that the more you spend on someone the more you care about them. Nothing can be farther from the truth. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a gift that says nothing other than, ďI spend hundreds of dollars on this present.Ē The gift itself might not even be something meaningful. It might just be big, tacky and expensive.
Some of the most meaningful presents are the least expensive. Think of the artwork you used to create for your mom in grade school. Itís likely still hiding in a closet somewhere where she put it to keep it safe for her memories when youíre grown. Why not add to that box? Grab some markers or watercolors and create a picture or card that would do any young, possibly struggling, artist justice.
If you canít draw, grab a stack of magazines and make your mother a collage. Cut out pictures which are meaningful to you in regards to your mother and glue them onto a piece of cardboard or other item. For extra flair, cut the cardboard into a more interesting and attractive shape than a rectangle. For example, you might cut a large oval piece of cardboard and cover it with pictures of cookies, snow, the beach, the Gap, and whatever else makes you think of your mom. Then explain your collage to her when you present it or let her guess as to why youíve included each picture.
Skip the Card
Unfortunately, the thing that should matter the most Ė the lovely card, matters the least. Someone elseís words will never ring as true as your own. So, if youíre going to get a card, take five or ten minutes and write more than just your name inside. Or better yet, grab that old stationary set and a pen and craft a short letter to your mother expressing all that ooey-gooey stuff you can only tolerate for a single day Ė Motherís Day