Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, 2010
-Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
There is one concept that crosses all borders, boundaries, cultures and nations - a mother's love. Through the years she's given you nourishment, support and encouragement. Show your gratitude by making this Mother's Day extra special. With this comprehensive guide, you can find the perfect gift for any Mom!
While this probably goes without saying, Mother's Day is a celebration of all mothers, including your grandmother, great grandmother and for men, the mother of your children. Hallmark displays row after row of "Wife" greeting cards in the Mother's Day section, but countless men still forget to include their wives. Don't fall into that category this year.
Flowers are a classic gift for Mother's Day. Most women love a bouquet of roses or a basket of assorted flowers. If she loves flowers and also likes to garden, buy her a set of gardening tools and potted flowers or seeds. You could even surprise her by planting a garden for her. Also consider unique plants. If she likes tea, a Chamomile teapot garden would be perfect or if she likes to cook, try a potted assortment of fresh herbs and spices. It's important to be creative.
Jewelry is another classic gift for Mother's Day. The key here is to make it personal. A mother's ring or necklace is perfect for the occasion. Also consider an engraved locket, monogram bracelet or birthstone earrings. And of course, diamonds are a girl's best friend at any age.
Sweets are a great gift for any occasion. Although most would appreciate a box of chocolates, it is a little commonplace. Instead try a candy bouquet, a cookie gift basket or a gourmet cheesecake sampler. For the health conscious, send a fruit gift basket or a basket of low fat or sugar-free snacks. Moms on the go might appreciate a snack gift bag they can take with them. Another option is to bake a cake, cookies or Mom's favorite treat. Anything homemade will show her that you put effort into her gift.
Being a mom can be exhausting, so a relaxation gift would be greatly appreciated. Help her unwind with some Chamomile tea, a good book and a neck warmer. She might also enjoy lightly scented candles, a tea light lamp or reed diffuser. If she enjoys candles, consider a candle of the month club. She can look forward to a new candle every month. Or pamper her with a spa gift certificate, bath & body gift basket or a pedicure set. Relaxation gifts are especially great for new moms and moms with small children. If you're feeling very generous, send her on a retreat or mini-vacation. Any mom would enjoy a little time to herself.
Home decor items are great for moms. Choose an inspirational picture frame and add your favorite photo. If you live far away, send your mom a digital photo frame, photo player, or a frame that records you voice. Moms love personalized gifts, and photo frames will preserve precious memories for years to come. Tapestry throws are also thoughtful gifts. Find a throw with a beautiful poem, quote or picture. Whether she displays it on the wall or uses it cuddle up on the couch, she will surely love it.
For a truly personalized gift, you can make your own gift basket. Many gift websites offer this option, allowing you to choose your items, pick a basket, and they will put it together for you, shrinkwrap it and send it out. It's fast and easy, but the result will leave a lasting impression. For Mother's Day you could choose items from all the suggestions above and combine them. Appeal to her hobbies or interests or stick with a theme. She'll love a unique gift made just for her.
Celebrate this Mother's Day with your family, and if you can't make it home, make sure to call and send a card.
A mother is a precious gift, so use this day to give back and show appreciation for all she's done.
Happy Mother's Day!