Mother’s Day is fast approaching, which means it is time to start your planning. We often fondly remember the Mother’s Day gifts of our youth; full assortments of macaroni jewelry, handmade cards made illegible by glitter, a breakfast of cold cereal you made for her all on your own! Now, however, as you and your mother are more mature (and the crafts are better left to the grandchildren), it can be hard to come up with a unique gift. Here are a few ideas to help you honor your senior mother on this special day.
No Better Gift Than Your Time
Many times the best gifts for older parents involve spending time with them. Bask, a team of technology advisors, created a handy infographic which shows that what many mothers want on Mother’s Day is simply a visit or call from their children.
Spending time with mom can be very fulfilling whether you do a homemade Mother’s Day brunch, or a group walk to the park, having dedicated quality interactions can mean a lot.
If you don’t happen to live close to your mom or are alternating holiday visits with your spouse, consider using technology like Facebook or Skype to communicate. Seeing one another’s faces can make your time together more special than a standard call. If you’re worried about your mother’s ability to navigate the technology, recruit a sibling, cousin or family friend to help out (and do the reverse in case you are the one who is nearby and they are far away.) You can also train your Mom (and dad!) to use the technology year round.
Thoughtful, Yet Practical Gifts
If you’d prefer to give a gift on Mother’s day, find a way to play up traditional presents like flowers, cards or candy. Instead of cut flowers, consider a potted plant or something she can put in her garden and enjoy all summer. Greeting cards are always lovely, but consider throwing in a gift certificate with it that she can use where she pleases. Candy has a shelf life (and may not be good for health reasons), so think about giving her a subscription food delivery service which will deliver special healthy meals to her for months.
There are also lots of non-traditional but practical gifts for older women. Mother’s Day falls during the spring season, so consider hiring someone that can help your mom with spring activities. If she likes to garden, have someone come out and help her plant, pull the weeds, or tend the lawn. If she wants to do some deep spring cleaning, a day or two of maid service could be a huge help. If your parents are always talking about decluttering there are many professional organizers who will step in to make those garages, pantries and closets less overwhelming and more accessible to an adult with decreased mobility. If you’re budget conscious, any of these gifts could be something you offer to do for her yourself.
Whatever gifts you decide on giving, have a very happy Mother’s Day!
What are you thinking of doing for Mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!