Before you click away to go do an internet search for when Mother’s Day actually IS this year….let me save you the trouble! Mother’s Day is NEXT SUNDAY, May 11th. :-)
Now that you know you still have a whole week to work with before you need to come up with that perfect Mother’s Day Gift, I’m going to give you some invaluable information towards that effort.
With very few exceptions, Mothers are special people. Very. Special. They deserve the best, but more importantly, they deserve what THEY truly want, and not what we THINK they want (or what we can find at the last minute at the corner drugstore!)
With that in mind, I have teamed up with the good people at Chippmunk.com, where you can compare deals and find great online coupons from your favorite stores, to share with you what Mom REALLY wants for Mother’s Day.
I did hours and hours of research on this and read literally THOUSANDS of comments on internet forums where the question had been posed. What follows is a round-up of the TOP 25 things Moms wanted more than anything on their special day!
- Among mothers of young children, this was BY FAR the most requested Mother’s Day gift! This could run the gamut of time alone at home while Dad takes the kids to the park or the zoo…all the way to a night alone at a nice hotel where Mom can take a bubble bath, order room service, watch whatever she wants on TV, and sleep the entire night without interruption.
Time with her kids.
- Ironically, after reading the above suggestion, the most desired “gift” mother’s of OLDER children wanted was time WITH their kids. Invite her to do whatever you and your Mom like to do: hike, play a board game, grab some brunch, sit outside, sit inside…doesn’t matter…as long as it’s TIME together.
- Specifically, a letter/note/list of some of the things she did right, memories from your childhood, events that made a positive impact on your life.
A handmade present.
- Not the ones the kids make at school, but personalized gifts that are specific to her. (Dad may have to help facilitate if kids are little.)
Take her out for a meal.
- If eating out is something that is saved for special occasions, there’s no more special occasion for a nice meal out than Mother’s Day.
Cook her a meal.
- If going out for a meal is a fairly regular occurrence, make Mother’s Day a special occasion by making real food from a recipe that takes time and effort and planning.
A clean house.
- Whether it’s the family that all pitches in, or you hire a professional service…you can’t go wrong with the gift of CLEAN. Teenagers can surprise Mom with cleaning their rooms and putting ribbons on their doors. (Just make sure paramedics are standing by in case she has a heart attack!)
A spa day/service.
- If you want to make a Mom in your life happy, get her a gift card from a store you know she loves and let her go shopping all on her own.
No arguing/refereeing for a day.
- Ideally the kids will call a truce for the entire day, but if they don’t (kids will be kids!) then DAD is the on-duty referee.
Sleep in AND a nap.
- Either one would be a GOOD gift, BOTH put it in the STELLAR category!
Books, and time to read them.
- Whether it’s an actual book, a download for their Kindle or Nook, or even an audio book, make sure to include some uninterrupted time for actually reading.
- Get her something that is related to her favorite hobby and some alone time to use it.
The gift of gardening.
- A potted flower, tree, or bush; gardening gloves, or a gift card for a great garden center. And, once again, time to use them. (Are you sensing a theme here yet?)
A picnic basket.
- Major bonus points for packing the basket and taking Mom on a lovely picnic using it.
A new pair of slippers.
- An easy thing to buy that doesn’t require much fashion sense. Plus, every Mom can use a comfy pair of slippers!
- If Mom loves to cook and/or bake, quality cookware is a sure-fire winner.
Portable music player.
- Portable music players are especially appreciated by the Mom who runs, cycles or likes to workout.
Bath products and candles.
- A perennial favorite with Moms, especially if it’s a from a store she loves and, again, comes with some time to enjoy them!
A clean car.
- Whether it’s at home on the driveway, or at a good car wash, make sure it includes “the works!”
Tickets to an event.
- Not surprisingly, tickets to professional sporting events are VERY easy to obtain on Mother’s Day. :-) Just makes sure its an event MOM likes, not just the gift-giver.
- Jewelry might seem cliche for Mother’s Day, but a special personalized piece of jewelry or a locket with pictures of her kids in it is hard for Moms to resist.
A photo book.
- Use an online service (such as Shutterfly) and compile pictures of the family, then print for a gift sure to make any Momma smile!
Professional photo session.
- Book a session for professionally done photos for Mom and/or the whole family.
A “promissary” note.
- Give Mom a card telling her one positive thing you commit to doing that you know she would appreciate hearing. Something like, “I love you Mom, and I’m quitting smoking.” or “I love you Mom, and I’m going back to school.” You get the idea.
I actually enjoyed this little “research project” very much! I feel like I really got some insight into the whole Mother’s Day gift-giving phenomena and was surprised (sorta) to learn we all pretty much want the same things. :-) Hopefully you got a little insight too!