Mother's Day Surprises
Think about the women in your life for a moment, and then consider these Mother's Day surprises.
1 - Create A Photo Album of Memories
Reminiscence is good for Mother's Day because it reinforces family. With a photo album, you get to be creative and put a little bit of yourself into it, while also having the certainty that she will like some of the photos. Any pictures that she hasn't seen in a long time (or better yet, at all) are particularly good for this project. Conversely, snatching the photos out of the picture frames on her dresser will not be quite as effective. Feel free to take a scrapbook approach and include quotes, anecdotes, ticket stubs, etc.
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2 - Make a Tribute Video
Get your family together and make a little movie for mom. And be creative! Have old friends tell stories, edit in some old photos, put her favorite song on the soundtrack or perform a clever skit for the camera. You want to express how much you all love her, so the more time that goes into it, the more she will be touched.
3 - Offer Her a Spa Treatment
Tread lightly with this Mother's Day surprise, as it could become one of those unintentionally insulting presents — "Oh, soap! Are you implying that I smell bad?" Don't insist that she get a facial, as it may remind her that she's getting on in age. But the opportunity to be pampered is something that would probably excite most mothers. Think about what form of professional soothing your mother would most like; it could be an appointment at the hair salon, a massage or even a day pass at a fancy gym.
4 - Plan A Weekend Getaway for Her
Find out where she would most like to go and do some real planning — this includes accommodations and activities. That way, she won't have to do anything but relax when she's there. Also, supply a variety of choices of hotels and tours so that she won't feel obligated to follow the itinerary you provided.
5 - Take Her Out For a Private Dinner
Call up the sitter and take the woman who helps raise your children out to a chic restaurant she has to get all fancied up for. Pick a restaurant you know she'll like and discuss old times. Additionally, you could get tickets to one of those art events that you may not be particularly fond of — like the ballet or the opera — and smile your way through it with her.
6 - Make Her Dinner
Whether it's for your mom or your wife, cook up one of her favorite meals and leave the kitchen spotless when you're done. Set the table and let her relax and enjoy her meal while you serve her. If you end up burning something, it'll just serve as a reminder of how much you really appreciate her.
7 - Enroll her in an Interesting Class
Does she always sing or dance while she's going about her duties? Odds are, she has a creative itch that she's dying to scratch, but never has the time or resources to do so. Find her a good location with small classes where she won't feel uncomfortable, just in case she has inhibitions. Meet the instructor beforehand to ensure that the woman in your life gets the best treatment. Also, throw in some accessories with the gift.
8 - Help Around the House
This is a classic Mother's Day activity for a reason. Helping with chores is great, but taking the initiative with some sort of rare project is even better. For example, help her plant a new flowerbed, or move in a new tree or planter for her garden. You could wash her car, shine her shoes, polish her silver candlesticks — do the things she's too busy to get to. Maybe set up the reupholstering that she's always wanted to have done. Take some initiative and be creative.
9 - Buy Her a Gift
If you're going to buy her anything, make it relevant to something she needs or that you've talked about. Again, a bland kitchen accessory probably won't impress her. Clothing is a good choice, but make sure you get the right size. Jewelry is another hit, but consider her tastes and your pocketbook before committing to an expensive purchase. You don't want the equivalent of 35 hours of your life to sit in her closet forever.
You could get her a new bicycle and encourage her to ride it, or the latest hardcover by her favorite author — all the better if it's signed. If you live in a different location, something unique and exciting from your town might be a good way to put your lasting personal stamp on it.
At the end of the day, give her a card (even if you went all out for a gift). This is a must. Take the time to personalize the message you write, as she may very well remember this above all else. Don't be lazy and let Hallmark do all the work — they're good, sure, but you must incorporate your personal comment for the desired effect.
A Mother Like No Other
In general, avoid the typical mom present. You know, the apron, the oven mitt, the random kitchen utensil. Do something that will reinforce her individuality and reflect how much you appreciate her.
If necessary, save the practical gift ideas for her birthday and use Mother's Day as an opportunity to show true, spirited affection. Despite the many options, your central purpose on Mother's Day is simple and straightforward: Tell the mothers in your life how much you love and appreciate them.