Secret Recipe to Giving Your Mom the Perfect Gift
Remember the days when it was perfectly acceptable to write your mom a poem or make her some macaroni art? You had it so easy back then! Now there’s so much pressure to find the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life. But this might just be the year to go back to the basics. No, not literally — step away from the macaroni.
Think about it, though: The gifts that brought your mom the most joy are probably the most personal ones, the ones that were creative, sentimental, memorable and just plain thoughtful. Let’s bring some of that back this year. Here are a few ideas to get you started and keep you away from the local florist on her next birthday.
Bring Mom Into This Century
Your childhood home probably has stacks of old movies from your birthday parties, trips to Disney World and kindergarten graduation. When was the last time anyone was able to watch them? You can make the home movies more easily accessible by converting them to DVDs or Blu-Rays. Pick a few favorites to convert as they’ll run you about $50 a pop. The VHS tapes can actually be dropped off at your local pharmacy to be converted to digital files. Your mom will be so excited to have these memories at her fingertips again, and you’ll win child of the year with this thoughtful gift.
Give Mom the Day Off
If your mom’s constantly doing things for others, give her the day off. Surprise her with breakfast in bed or brunch reservations with her girlfriends. Tackle the odd jobs around the house she hasn’t gotten to while she’s out for a spa day. Or, you can cook her favorite meal while she enjoys a cup of hot tea and a good book on the back porch. If she plants flowers in the window boxes every spring, surprise her by heading to the garden store and tackling that job yourself. These small gestures will go a long way in showing her how much you care.
With flour sack towels, you have a blank canvas for your mom’s next present. Embroider a sweet message about her cooking so she can display it in the kitchen, let out your inner art maven and stamp a creative design in her favorite colors or put a photo of her favorite furry child front and center with a little help from our Design Center. You can also use these design tips on a personalized tote bag. Consider adding her initials to the front and filling it with a few of her favorite things — a magazine subscription, a tin of tea, a dark chocolate bar and those fancy soaps she always likes to put in the guest bathroom.
Your mom deserves a gift that’s just as unique as she is. Whether it’s Mother’s Day, her birthday or another special occasion this year, remember that your presence is the real present, but a thoughtful gift goes a long way.