Mother’s Day 2011 {easy & last minute gifts}

Mother’s Day is a big deal for our multigenerational family, but not in that gross and overly commercialized way.

My mother-in-law and I were chatting about what it means to be a mom and what we want and like when our children honor us.

We love knowing were loved and we appreciated. We treasure gifts or sentiments that come from the heart. Time-off is also greatly appreciated, because we both know moms clock a lot of hours.

As Mother’s Day approaches and you find yourself thinking about the perfect gift for the mom(s) you completely adore, be sure to keep it simple.

Below are some gift ideas my mother-in-law and I came up with – which may be the perfect gift for that special mom or mother-in-law in your life.

A day off. This is a simple and practical gift. Leave mom alone, for the amount of time she wants, and let her do whatever it is she needs to do. If she wants to share what she did with you, great. If not, then don’t ask for an executive summary of her “day-off” events.

Family picture. With everything being so digital, many families are forgetting to take an annual family picture. (I remember we took ours at church each year.) Mom will love it if you organize the family picture and get everyone ready for it (including picture-taking attire). If she just has to show up and not work hard at getting things prepared, this will make her shine a mega-watt smile. If you cannot organize all of this before Mother’s Day, no problem. Just let mom know it’s in the works – but of course you have to follow through.

Take a class. If your mother-in-law has been expressing an interest in taking a class herself or she would like to take a class with you – set it up. There are so many options out there and you just need to open your mind to it. You can present your mother-in-law with a gift card/certificate explaining what the class will be. My mother-in-law and I are thinking about taking a children’s book writing class together – all we need to do is actually find one in our area.

Music. Our multigenerational nest loves music and we have various tastes in music. You may want to take your mom to the concert of her favorite artist. You could create a playlist of current songs you like or songs that have special meaning to your mother-in-law. If your children have musical talent, you could record (audio and/video) them playing a special piece for their grandmother.

Clean-up. You can send the mother of your children and your mom out on a spa day (with lunch included). While they are gone, you can clean the entire house. If you are not much of a cleaner, hire a cleaning service. Don’t tell the moms you are doing this – so they’ll l be shocked and happily surprised returning home to a sparkling and clean home. (Make sure you have champagne waiting too.)

Schedule doctors’ appointments. It’s spring time and summer vacation is right around the corner. This is usually when moms are making doctors’ appointments, along with a gazillion other moms. It can be chaotic and a bit stressful to fit all of this in – especially if you have more than one child. Talk to your wife/partner and find out what doctors’ appointments need to made – and then do the scheduling. If you want to get extra bonus points, be sure to take the kids to these appointments and fill out all the updates on paperwork.

Multigenerational trip. You can do all the planning for this and it’ll be well worth the wait.

Just ask. Ask the special mom in your life what she wants on her special day – and get it for her.

Here’s a simple and fun craft project – Mother’s Day inspirational cubes -  that you may want to have on hand.

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!




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