Author: Alyssa Craig
Mother’s Day is coming up soon and it is time to show the special women in your life how much you truly appreciate them. Whether it is your own mother, a grandmother, a female family member, your spouse, or even a mother figure in your life, it can be quite the daunting task to adequately express your love. After all, what do you give the woman who has given you so much and has been such an important influence in your life?
While we don’t know the perfect answer to this question for every woman, here are a few suggestions that may get you pretty close:
Recreate an Old Picture of Her: Have you always been told how much you look like your mom or grandmother? Recreate an old picture of her in a similar outfit, hairstyle, and location, and present the pictures side by side.
Mom Quote: Have a graphic designer friend create a design of a quote to frame for her. It could be something mom always said or a quote about mothers or motherhood that reminds you of her.
Make a Booklet of Advice: Think about all the advice mom has given you over the years and make a booklet collection. It would be a fun way to reminisce and show that you really were listening all that time.
Fix or Replace That One Thing: Has she been complaining for years about an old lamp, a worn out appliance, slow internet (dial-up anyone?), or even an old rug? Fix or update it for her!
Give Her Quiet Time: If she is one who is always running around with errands and tasks to be completed, take over some of her responsibilities for a day so she can have some time to herself.
52 Things I Love About You Cards: Buy a deck of cards and on each one, list a reason you love her, as suggested here. In a standard deck of cards, this will add up to 52 reasons she is amazing. (Though we all know you could come up with more!)
Pamper Her: Whether you give her a foot massage or send her to the spa for an afternoon of luxury, let someone else take care of her for a change.
Pay Her a Visit: Especially if she lives far away, or you don’t get to see each other often, take time out to go visit her in person and spend some quality time with her.
Help Cross Something Off Her Bucket List: Is there something on her bucket list she has always wanted to do such as skydiving, a trip to see a world wonder, or staying up to see a meteor shower? Find a way to do it with her or make the arrangements for her dream to become a reality.
Make a Scrapbook: Collect pictures and mementos of your favorite memories with her and compile them into a scrapbook that she can look at and enjoy for years to come.
Bake and Frost Sugar Cookies: But these aren’t just regular sugar cookies. On each one, use frosting to write a trait you appreciate about her such as “supportive”, “generous”, “patient”, or “brave”.
Canvas Photo or Painted Picture of Beloved Pet: When all is said and done, that pet may just be the favorite child after all. Print a canvas photo or paint a picture of their beloved pet to hang in the house.
Spend Time in the Garden with Her: If she likes to spend time outside in her garden (something that can be quite time consuming), take some time out of your schedule to spend time with her there.
Take Her on a Date: Treat your mother, or mother figure, to a night out with some of her favorite activities. This can be a “yes” day where you accompany her to any activity she would like (within reason of course).
Thank Her: Simply take the time to have a conversation with her and thank her for all the ways she has influenced your life in a positive way. She will love to hear how she shaped you into the person you have become.
The mothers and mother figures in our lives are incredibly important and our efforts to show our appreciation for them should at least attempt to express how we feel. Employing one of these suggestion will be a good start to showing them how much you care.