The Best Gifts for Mom are Free (or close to it)

The thought of Mother’s Day makes me smile. Perfectly timed in the middle of May, when our part of Earth emerges from winter’s gray, we celebrate the woman who gave us life and love. As a mom, I look forward to the sweet surprises the day brings.

As a doting daughter, I like to look for new ways to honor my mom. The best part about Mother’s Day giving? The best gifts are generally free or close to it. Here’s my list of ideas for Mother’s Day 2015.

1. A phone call to tell her how much she means to you. (Be sure to make the call all about her—save requests for her great advice for another time.)

2. Follow the call with a heartfelt hand-written note or beautiful card. Moms love cards, especially ones that you make, at any age. Remind her just how much she means to you.

3. Organize a Mother’s Day picnic. It can be inside or outside, depending on the weather; either way, make it festive. Just be sure to include plenty of her favorite foods and some fresh flowers for the table.

stack of books4. Give her a book you’ve already read, full of your underlined passages and notes. As she reads it she will feel connected to what touched you in the book. Then you’ll have a great book to discuss the next time you get together.

5. If your mother is a grandmother, gift your  — children’s art some of the finest art there is.

6. If your mother has passed, honor her memory by talking about her to others, keeping her memory alive through her life stories, or perhaps by cooking up a dish that she was known for. Post and share pictures on social media, but make sure they are ones she would have approved!

running shoes
7. If your mother is an athlete, try to keep up with her for a day! Take her out for a brisk walk or run, a round of golf, a few sets of tennis, join her for some yoga or spend some time in the gym. It’s a great way to bond and have a few gut-busting laughs while you’re at it.

8. Make a CD of music she loves. Mix it up with some of your own favorites to help her expand her horizons.

9. Help your mother with some chores, errands, a big grocery shopping or some yard work. Or help her organize some household repairs. (Of course you might not want to do this exactly on the day as it involves work but sometime around it, just to give her a bit of a helping hand)

Toledo Museum of Art sculpture10. Schedule a ‘date’ with your mom. Take her to a gallery opening, museum exhibit, concert, sporting event or a movie she wants to see. If she likes to glam up for such outings, do so with her. Make it special.

11. Tell jokes together. If your mother likes clean jokes, keep it clean. If it’s dirty jokes that make her gut bust, there’s plenty of material to draw from.

12. Give your mom the gift of time. Hang out. Do nothing. Just be. Surprise her (without shocking her that is). Show up with flowers. Or cookies. Or just a smile, kisses and hug.

13. And most importantly, be especially patient. Yes, at least for one entire day. Whether you choose one or all of these ideas, whatever you do, do them with LOVE!

What do you think you’ll be doing for Mother’s Day this year? Any ideas I should add?

AubreyK | 4/29/2015 11:17:53 AM | 9 comments
American Frame

Picnics are always fun! Hope the weather is beautiful for what you have planned!
5/4/2015 11:42:28 AM

My choice is #9. That would make my day! Such a thoughtful list!
5/1/2015 2:37:46 PM

I'm going to do the picnic. Thanks.
5/1/2015 12:17:20 PM

American Frame

Thanks for sharing your Mother's Day traditions!
4/30/2015 8:40:07 AM

American Frame

That's wonderful! Sounds like a day full of memories and thoughtfulness
4/30/2015 8:39:23 AM

Wonderful memories of having my Mom and family over for a Mother's Day Dinner - Great ideas Laura
4/29/2015 5:22:32 PM

These are some great ideas. I usually start the day by taking my mom to church, which she loves. I buy a hanging basket of flowers for her yard or buy some plants for her garden that I then plant for her.
4/29/2015 3:56:22 PM

American Frame

We should just slip the link to this blog to them somehow. :)
4/29/2015 2:12:42 PM

Beautiful, Laura! So many really great ideas! I hope the Burns kids read this (hint, hint)!
4/29/2015 11:40:42 AM

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Laura Jajko

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