Give Mom what she really wants—and deserves
Toss aside that generic drugstore greeting card and dozen roses: it’s time to step up our Mother’s Day gift-giving game and think outside the (heart-shaped) box. Here’s your motivation—and inspiration.
Whether it’s your mom, grandma, wife, stepmom, or someone else, consider the reason you want to honour the mom in your life. Does a card and box of chocolates convey the gratitude you have for her love, dedication, and sacrifice?
Consumers in the US alone will spend a whopping $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day gifts this year. Let’s make sure our gifts honour Mom, rather than just lining the pockets of big businesses!
The good news is that celebrating Mom rarely means spending excessively. And, although what moms really want for Mother’s Day depends on the mom in question, thoughtfulness is always key.
As mom Bronwyn Wilson admits, “The best gifts are very thoughtful. I am not a flowers and box of chocolates girl! I prefer homemade gifts or cards, or [gifts] specific to my interests (such as baking items).”
What’s the ideal Mother’s Day for Wilson? “Quality time spent with my four kids and husband doing something together, whether it’s a visit to a local lake, a stroll by the river, exploring our area, or really anything to spend time together,” she explains.
TV host and lifestyle expert Natalie Langston’s wishes are simple, but about as indulgent as it gets for many new moms. “A massage and facial, a nice meal and big glass of wine, a chance to get out and feel beautiful” are all on her wish list. “Oh, and getting my car detailed would be extra special now that baby stuff is overtaking it,” she adds. Top of the list though? “Five hours of sound sleep!”
Don’t worry: you don’t have to be a world-class baker or painter to give a handmade gift. Here are some ideas.
For many, the idea of “Mother’s Day” feels exclusionary. Lone parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, mothers-in-law, families with more than one mom, non-binary parents, stepmoms, adoptive moms, guardians, foster moms, and all other “Moms” in a person’s life—this day is for you too! We love you.
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There’s no need to write off traditional Mother’s Day gifts if that’s what Mom enjoys. But consider stepping them up a notch.
|If you typically give....||Consider...|
Experiences give the gift of time together as well as lasting memories. Consider these for inspiration.
|foodie||a dinner party, farm tour, wine/beer tasting, or passes to a class at a culinary school|
|homebody||matching PJs for the whole family and a family game or movie night (mom's movie choice!) to wear them at, complete with snacks and takeout|
|culture lover||a day as tourists in your own city: going to a museum, art gallery, or historical walking tour and lunch downtown|
|wellness devotee||passes to a yoga studio, meditation workshop, float tank, or salt cave therapy|
|outdoorsy mom||a specially created meal that can be packed for a special journey to her favourite hiking destination|
|go-getter||a fun class, such as beekeeping, home brewing, jewellery making, salsa dancing, or improv; or an adventure such as ziplining, an escape room or whale watching|
|reader||an e-book, audio book subscription, or newspaper/magazine subscription|
|volunteer||a donation to her favourite cause or a day doing charity work together|
Of course, it’s entirely possible that all Mom wants is the gift of time—alone. Particularly true for new moms who often spend all day (and night!) with babies or toddlers, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get away. Consider giving a spa gift card, the gift of an evening out with her sister or girlfriends, or a weekend of sleeping in, just like her pre-mom days!
Writer and editor Leah Payne can’t wait to celebrate her second Mother’s Day as a mom to her 18-month-old son. (She also hopes her husband will read this article.) leahstellapayne.com; cedarhillcreative.ca