Mother’s Day is this weekend! Can you believe it’s mid-May already? I currently view all references to the passage of time in terms of how much longer I’ll be pregnant, so I’m thrilled. My mom and mother-in-law are working together (with my sis) to host a baby shower this weekend, so it’s a double-whammy of family goodness. I wish I could show you the awesome gifts I picked out to thank each of them for motherhood/hostessing, but that would spoil the surprise. I thought it might be nice, though, to share a few ideas in case you’d like to give something nice to your mom but are stumped.
On the pricier end, I recommend the Kindle.
My mom has had a kindle for a few years now and she remains obsessed. She travels a lot for work so it’s easy for her to bring on business trips. She whips it out when she’s eating alone or bored in her hotel room, but it also sees quite a bit of action at home, as well. She really likes to read and this thing couldn’t make it any easier. I got one for Christmas this year and, while I don’t use mine as much as she uses hers, I do like it quite a bit (especially with the companion iPhone app so I can also read in low-light conditions or when I don’t have my Kindle handy). If your mom is a little older than mine and starting to have trouble reading, the ability to enlarge the text is really helpful (my grandpa has a Kindle Fire and uses it to read his local newspaper and all his Western novels in large print). The basic version, pictured above, is $80, while the touch version, which is what my mom and I both have, is about $100.
On the more reasonable side, consider a charm bracelet.
The options here are really unlimited. There are tons of custom charm bracelets on Etsy, or you can go with one of those Pandora bracelets (which my mom has and loves) or one of the many similar types out there. I like these for women like my mom and mom-in-law because they’re still young enough to have a strong sense of personal style but they’ve lived long enough to have accomplished quite a bit, not the least of which is raising at least one child to adulthood (no easy task, I’m sure). These bracelets can be tailored to reflect their personal style as well as what’s near and dear to their hearts.
And finally, what I consider to be the safest and most economical choice: a plant.
Both of my moms like to garden. Although Nick’s mom has a gorgeous yard full of lush greenery and my mom’s strategy is to plant one tree a year and hope for the best (she calls it her “sacrificial tree”), both of them enjoy the process of nurturing beauty in nature. Seems like a pretty mom-tastic trait, no? The best part about this is that you can stop and pick her up a small plant at a nursery or one of the big box stores on the way to her house, and smaller houseplants like the one pictured above (snake plant, I have one, it’s indestructible) are relatively inexpensive. Even if she’s got a black thumb it’ll last longer than flowers.
It’s kind of an odd feeling to be within weeks of delivering my first child on Mother’s Day. It’s like I’m in this weird transitional state of not-quite-a-mother, but I’m definitely not the same as I was last Mother’s Day. So I told Nick no gifts (not like he’s anxious to run out and buy something anyway, he hates spending money), but that I would love it if he cleaned the house for me. Like, really cleaned it. Not just a quick vacuum and throwing all the dishes in the dishwasher. I’m talking about getting under and behind furniture, washing slipcovers, stripping beds, attacking smudges, destroying dust, and putting it all back together again. He agreed. I’m so excited that all the little things I’ve been wishing I could find the energy to do for months will finally be getting done!