Spring Showers Bring Mother's Day Flowers
Mother’s day is here, my people. I have a list of the best mother's day gift ideas for you to enjoy the weekend with the important ladies in your life. In fact, there are some outdoor activities that can be enjoyed throughout spring and all the way to the end of summer season. Now tell me: do you spend weeks searching for the best mother’s day gift ideas or are you a procrastinator, who also loves mom dearly? I usually start thinking a month in advance but still find myself struggling at the last minute to choose from one of many gift options out there. At whichever point of planning mode you might be in for this mother's day, I'm sure this list will get your creative juices flowing. Blogging for me comes from a very personal space, and I tend to often draw inspiration from my own life. This list of mother's day gift ideas is no exception and was shaped by my personal experiences with my own mother. We have not indulged in all that's included here. It was built from similar experiences we have had or I would have liked to have had as a mother and/or daughter.
1. For the laid-back and outdoorsy type mom
2. For the homebody moms
How about some breakfast in bed followed by some good old hang-out as a family. Okay, maybe that breakfast doesn’t have to be literally in bed. I never really got a grasp on that idea anyway. I mean don’t we need to brush our teeth and feel refreshed? Aren't we worried about crumbs or spills on the bed? Yikes! Unless you are sick and bedridden, fighting the flu or something of that sort, I don’t get it. Unless, I just missed the point entirely. However, the smell of fresh breakfast and a (luxury hotel like) special treatment is sure incentive to encourage people to get out of bed and freshen up. Roll it in on a bar cart or serve it up in a nice tray with a rose or petals, and watch it brighten her day just a tad bit more. Wait... maybe I did get the point!
3. For the mall-goer and the jewelry lover mom
I’ve been traditionally giving my mom purses or jewelries on mothers day and her birthday to celebrate the guiding jewel she has been in my life. She loves necklaces, earrings, watches, shoes and all the cute and fancy accessories. I love seeing the little dent I’ve made in her box of jewelry… why? Because I have much more than a dent in mine and all due to her generosity. For the jewelry lover mom, think of fine jewelry or fashion jewelry, jewelry boxes, or jewelry organizers. Really... there are so many options. This shell was a special gift for me from a cousin and has real pearls in them. It's so perfect. I use it as a trinket tray for my jewelry or a catch-all tray by our bedside.
4. For the hostess mom
My mom is passionate about cooking for guests and she has always hosted massive parties along with my dad. Her parties were never to boast or gloat about herself and her cooking abilities. It was always centered towards hosting together as a family, for family. She’s an amazing "chef" by the way, and I have heard our guests always concur. You'd be lucky to have a first-hand experience. Every recipe gets an extra dash of her utmost attention and love. I think it stems from my grandparents tradition or sense of hospitality. Growing up, our home (my parents two bedroom apartment) had families and guests on the daily. Lots of feasting and gathering took place over snacks and meals. My grandparent’s home had twice as many people. Days when my mother felt overwhelmed, my grandfather used to tell her “With every guest, comes along an angel. It’s a blessing in disguise.” She took that to heart and says that it helped her stay positive and motivated. So, for the cooking lovers and the parents who love playing hostess, I'd give you this:
5. For the sentimental mom
Calling my mom sentimental is an understatement! Now if your mom is a sentimental type like my mom, you might have a few happy tears if you take her on a trip through memory lane. Find some memorable pictures, go to your nearest printing shop, and put together a memory book. Or, grab a few frames and help her make a gallery wall in her home. Okay, this may take a solid few hours, especially to search for the perfect images, but this will be a home-run for sure.
6. For the plant lover mom
Love makes plants grow. Did you ever wonder if talking to plants help them grow? I have no idea why I even thought of that question and even looked it up on Google. I must be wired weird. Interestingly enough, there are numerous search results to answer if talking to plants can help spruce them up! How odd? And, it’s totally a tangent. Point is… indoor plants not only have health benefits, the process of planting them, nurturing them, and watching them grow is actually therapeutic (I talked about it in aprevious blog). Both of my parents are plant lovers. I once gave my parents a bonsai as part of their anniversary gift. Plants grow with love and nurturing, and so do relationships - appropriate, right? *wink* My dad dedicates a decent amount of time into nurturing his plants. This can be a father's day gift too for the plant lover dad who enjoys gardening. If you want to bring the outdoors in, without having to do the extra leg work, faux plants for the indoors can do the trick as well. Gift possibilities:
7. For the tupperware-collector
My mom is obsessed, literally obsessed, with collecting Tupperware to organize and store. Every time she sees a food container or any storage container, especially cute and tiny ones, she is naturally drawn towards them. Every now and then she brings home a fewcontainers or Ziploc from the store. For example, if she saw these Rubbermaid 10 piece set container, she'd run for them, and my dad might join too. My dad, I’m noticing, is the same with a growing appreciation for organized storage. I’m not sure if they picked up on each others habits, but either way - it surely works. Mom craves organized space and dad enjoys organizing - see how that works out? Pretty funny if you ask me. Now, whether containers are a good choice for mother's day gift, or even father's day gift, is on you to decide based on your parents. For my mom and dad, I'd probably go with things they don't buy or do for themselves often enough.
8. For the mom who knows the importance of self-care
This one is not just for moms. This really applies to all the ladies. My mom used to read lots of books and magazines in the daily when she was younger and I was a child. She would go for early morning walks with her neighbors, and loved body care products. She always tries to encourage me to splurge on skin care products, if not anything else. Although she hardly splurged on products for herself, she used to maintain her spa visits for regular mani, pedi, and deep facial routine. As a little girl, I remember tagging along with my mother to the spa every few weeks after school. This may sound like a luxurious life, but it really wasn’t. These were simple moments at a local salon for daily self-care and some well deserved pampering. She values being presentable and enjoys a comfortable home. Although at the time I didn’t care for it and wasn't fond of the wait as a child, I realize the memory they've ingrained in me over the years. It's hard for me to watch my mom not being able to take care of herself as much, now that she is sick with diabetes (If you are considering #2 gift, here are 7 easy breakfast ideas for Type 2 Diabetics)
Gift suggestions - a gift basket filled with goodies:
9. For the stay-at-home mom
Life for a stay-at-home mom is not easy. It has its blessings where you get to stay close to your family and spend some quality time with your little ones. But, it also involves being constantly part of the random tantrums, the moments of unexplained euphoria, the never-ending questions, the constant exploring - which calls for vigilant supervision, undivided attention and the sacrifice of adult time with peers. My mom, my girl friends, my girl cousins - they aren’t perfect, but I know they constantly try - too hard for their own good. Stay-at-home moms not only deserve to be appreciated, they deserve to be celebrated just as much. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies for them… it’s mostly chocolate-filled diapers, baby-food masks, and random scars. It can get hard to find yourself amidst all the chaos. It becomes vital to take some time out for self-care and to rejuvenate - while also reconnecting with peers and loved ones, just to relax the mind. Even self-care tends to come with so much guilt for not constantly serving and being available for your kids. Which is why most of them are so appreciative of any help, no matter how little, they get from others in taking care of their little ones. Because they understand... it’s not easy. I’m not a mom, but I’ve observed my mother, my mommy-friends, and my mommy-sisters who are constantly going through these roller coasters of emotions.
There are various Mother’s Day activities, but the best gift for mom, who truly loved and cared for you, is probably some quality time. And all of these options are a great way to spend time with that special person in your life. When quality time is at the forefront, some moms prefer to go with the typical mother’s day gift - flowers, card, a mother’s day brunch or even a dinner special! I hope you can find some inspiration from here to celebrate the special ladies in your life.