on Apr 18, 2011 @ 01:18 pm|
Hey moms - I was wondering what was the best Mother's Day gift you've ever been given?
Or what do you wish you'd get this year?
If you're not a mom, what gift have you given your mom that she loved?
I feel like I am running out of ideas and so many seem cliche (does she really need another framed picture of me? haha) or not useful at all.
|gift of your time on Apr 18, 2011 @ 01:29 pm|
If you're a busy daughter, then moms usually crave "together time". A picnic in the park, getting pedicures together, or a long hike in the woods just mom & daughter goes a long way. It doesn't have to be pricey - let the only souvenir of the day be some wonderful pictures she can look back on later!
Of course if you're a daughter who has frequent time with mom, then this might not be as significant. I find though that quality time is something most of the older generation is always wanting - Grandmothers, older aunts, and anyone generally who has an empty nest or is perhaps widowed often find themselves with long hours of little interaction. Not something a random tchotchke will help :)
My second favourite suggestion (and this would be what I'd want) is a plant. Not a small potted African violet - I'm talking a big chrysanthemum or orchid. It can be indoor or outdoor, as long as it's reasonably long lived and smells divine!
|You can always spend more time together on Apr 18, 2011 @ 02:01 pm|
I love the idea of spending a day together. Doing something she loves or would love to do. I also try and stay up-to-date on the things my mom is into. For example, my mom loves Tosca Reno (she's an author and fitness model) and a few other fitness celebrities so I try and see if there are new books out or if any of these people are coming to Toronto within the year and I'll try and snag some tickets.
|Time and something homemade on Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:16 pm|
I'm not a mom, but I agree totally with the gift of time. My mom and I have spent the last five Mother's Days shopping together for plants. We both enjoy gardening and it's a great way for the two of us to spend the afternoon. I usually buy my mom a rose bush or larger plant when we're out.
Last year I also had my new mother-in-law to consider, so I made homemade biscotti and put them in a flower pot with some coffee. I also made hand-made cards with my scrapbooking skills. Both moms loved their gift. The flower pots were something they could use and would have bought themselves anyway, and the cookies and coffee, once consumed, didn't have to be stored.
|Thanks for suggestions on Apr 25, 2011 @ 09:17 am|
I live far away from my mom, so I am sad to say that spending time together isn't an option. Always sad not being there to go for brunch. Time together is the best gift!
|How about a visit or delivery? on Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:51 pm|
Siofan, if you're too far away to spend time with your mom on Mother's Day, how about a call and a promise to visit some other time? Maybe a weekend or a couple days in the middle of the week?
If that's not an option, flowers are always a nice choice. Or a cookie bouquet, or an edible arrangement--something that lets your mom know that you're thinking about her, even if you can't be there.
|Myself on Apr 27, 2011 @ 11:14 am|
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|Agreed on Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:00 am|
I totally agree that spending time together is the best thing. My Mom always seem to love that the most. In the past, my siblings and I have taken her out for afternoon tea, manicures, to the ballet, dinner, etc. This year for Christmas we took both my parents out for dinner and then to a light show at Downsview Park in Toronto. It was simple, easy, and we kept it a secret until right before we left. Seriously, I think she set a record for saying "Oh Wow" the most times in one hour ever.
If you can't be together with your Mom, aside from sending a gift, here's an idea: you can get her a gift certificate for a pedicure (or something like that) and plan to get one at the same time in your respective cities. Then call her up just before you go and chat the whole time. So even though you can't physically be together, you're still doing something together!
|a "virtual" outing on Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:11 am|
What a cute idea, Cathy! I threw a virtual wedding shower once, because the bride was living in another city and everyone else was in my city. We had coordinated with the mom who was planning to visit her daughter around that time so that on the designated evening she handed the bride an invitation to our Skype shower. When she logged in, she saw all of us there with cake and the whole 9 yards, and then had a chance to webchat with everyone individually. At some point in the party, the mom handed over a high-value gift card to the store where she had registered (all attendees had chipped in) so that the next day, she and mom went shopping.
It wasn't the same as being all together, but she seemed quite pleased (and ambushed, for which I got into trouble later - she had no makeup on and thought her hair was a mess, which of course it wasn't).