Your mom doesn't need another mug, doodad or chachkie any more than you do. Mother’s Day is about simple, quiet pleasures. When my child was young and I was a stay at home mom, what I wanted most was a day off. I wanted to be served breakfast in bed delivered with a good book and hours of silence. Now that my child is in university, my fervent wish is to do the same, with her by my side. My own mother likely wants the same but complies with the bbq and all the grandkids and their moody hubbub.
I am a big fan of downsizing and simplifying, which is why I love edible/usable gifts that don’t take up any space. The three things a gift must do to be a good choice are:
- Show you know and understand the recipient.
- Be of appropriate size and price.
- Brighten the moment.
Here are my top picks for mom’s day by price range:
- Exquisite Organic Chocolate paired with a small bag of specialty tea
- A new emery board and toluene free nail polish. (If you really want to go whole hog, offer to paint her nails!)
- A potted blooming plant like hydrangea (no cut flowers! They die and require work)
- Donation to a food bank in her name
- Homemade casserole with new containers for leftovers (and an offer to clean out old and unsafe plastics)
- Pizza or other food treat delivery coupons
- A special bottle of wine or two
- An appointment with her hair dresser
- A selection of excellent cheese with grapes and flatbreads for the two of you to enjoy together
- A promise of a lunch date
It is critical to remember that the whole thing is about saying thank you and nothing does that better than spending special time. Forgo the Sunday brunch on the day of and plan for a quiet, special errands day and lunch later in the week. You will likely remember it better and pay less in the long run.
About the Author
Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com