Most mothers don’t get enough praise for the great job they do – keeping their family running. They work hard to provide for their family, keep everyone well fed and clean, give out fashion advice and make sure their kids stay out of trouble. Business moms, stay at home moms, artist moms, doctor moms, blue collar moms – they all put in a whole lot of effort the whole year round, selflessly giving and asking nothing in return. This is why they get a special day to themselves every year. Kids and husbands alike often give little thought and come up with generic gifts, as they feel their love is implied.
Helping out around the home and buying practical things is all well and good, but you need to take that extra step and really show your mom how much you appreciate her tireless work and how much you care about her. Here are some great creative gift ideas to surprise that special woman in your life. You don’t even have to wait until mother’s day – random acts of kindness carry a lot of weight.
1. The ultimate gift basket
There are very few gifts that can beat a gift basket. It is a very versatile gift idea that allows you to combine all sorts of smaller gifts. You can get something a bit practical like a tool and combine it with skin care products, clothing and some fun trinkets. You have to take your mom’s taste and hobbies into account, and plan everything carefully. The best combination is to have one or two valuable items that she will absolutely adore as centerpieces of your little arrangement. Then you can add a couple of practical items, some cool jewelry or decorative items and mix in some joke gift items as well. The right items will differ from mom to mom, based on their personality and preferences. Presentation is also important. Wrap each separate gift and arrange them in the basket. Make sure you get a beautiful basket and plenty of wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and other accessories to complete the ultimate gift basket.
2. A book of memories, inspiration and love
Books can make an excellent gift for the mommy who enjoys reading, but this is no ordinary book. You can get beautiful handmade blank books relatively cheap. There are tons of great designs out there. Most people find old school leather bound books particularly attractive. Once you have a book, you can start customizing it. Put in old family pictures, drawings you made, small mementos and souvenirs – e.g. an old ticket from your first visit to Disneyland or a postcard from mom and dad’s first vacation. You can press flowers and put those in as well. Have different family members write down something or make a drawing. Write down some famous quotes related to different things – e.g. love quotes, motivational quotes, quotes about moms being great – her favorite poem and song or write an original little poem for her. Wrap the book and present it to her with some candy and wine, so she can relax as she sits down to read it.
3. A customized cosmetics box
For the mom who likes to look her very best and spends a lot of time working on her makeup, there is no better gift than an elegant cosmetics box. You can make it a DIY project and make the box yourself – a simple solution is to get a plain wooden box and decorate it the way you like. Make sure the box is large enough to fit all the little things you will get her. In fact, it would be best to buy some different cosmetics items first and then choose the right-sized box. Take a look at which brands your mom likes and try to get subtle hints form her about what items she needs or has always wanted but never got around to buying them. You can attach a mirror to the inside of the lid to complete the perfect little makeup kit.
4. A lovely canvas print
No room would be complete without a painting hanging on the wall. It is a timeless piece of interior decorating and moms love them. However, we are looking for a bit more than just a random painting here. What if you could combine the class and elegance of oil on canvas paintings with the heartwarming effect of a fun family picture? Well, you don’t have to find an artist and sit around posing for hours at a time for a few weeks in order to get this effect. You can just find a picture you want and have it reproduced on canvas. Canvas prints are really popular right now and are not expensive. You can even get several of them done, each showcasing a special moment in your mom’s life. You can also have a bit of fun using Photoshop and turn your mom into a powerful warrior, have her sitting on top of a cloud or create some other fun scenario.
5. A weekend at a spa resort
The best gift for a very busy mom is a time-out from her job and numerous obligations. Give your mom a couple of days to herself at a nice spa where she can get pampered and relax like never before. This gift can be a bit expensive, so kids will need to get their dad on board. The best way to keep it a secret is to invent a fake investment – e.g. the car needs some repairs or you’ve ordered some new power tools online – so that the mom doesn’t suspect that something is up. When the day comes, give her nothing but a simple mother’s day card and surprise her with the news. If you’ve booked a spa resort that is a bit further away, you can buy a bus or train ticket and put it in the card.
Your mom deserves a gift every now and then, Mother’s day or not, so, show her that you care with some of these creative and heartwarming gifts.