Today’s guest blog comes from Stephen Krauska, a professional writer and author of Blog By Groom, a blog that details the craziness of engagement and wedding planning from the point of view of a young groom-to-be. Check it out, it’s worth a read!
Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10th. Yes, I had to Google that to be sure. I also had to look up what exactly I’m going to get her. By look up, I mean group-text my siblings and figure out what everyone else has already been thinking about getting, or maybe someone heard a hint that I didn’t hear. For once I’m ahead of the curve and have come up with some ideas of my own. I would love to give all of them work for my mother but since I can’t afford that why not try one for yours? Here are four of my favorites:
Now this one might seem like the easy way out, but think about it, your mom probably still has all those hand turkeys you made in elementary school. Why? Because, as your mom, she’s proud of and impressed by everything you do. Time to step that up a notch, time to make something she can actually wear, use or eat. If you’re not good at making anything with your hands, spend a few hours on YouTube, you’ll be surprised how fast you can learn to knit, or make her favorite dinner. And if she liked your hand turkey enough to save it all these years, how much will she love what you taught yourself to make just for her?
Super Gift Card
Okay, now I know you’re really thinking I’m trying ruin Mother’s Day, but hear me out. Get mom a gift card to her favorite store. If you have siblings, get them in on it too to buy mom a big shopping spree. Finish it all off by actually going on the shopping spree with her. If your mom is a gardener you could spend the morning at the garden center, and the afternoon planting all the flowers and vegetables you just bought. Trust me, she’ll love how thoughtful and involved in her life you’re being!
Take a Load Off
Moms are always busy right? Even after we kids moved away I feel like my mom does more than ever. You know there chores your mom just hates doing, cleaning the floors, getting an oil change, pulling up weeds, and so many others. Get mom one or all or more of those services for her day and just spend the time you saved her kicking back at her favorite café, spa, or watching her favorite movie.
Remote Day Out
My mom lives on the exact opposite side of the country from me. When it comes to Mother’s Day I know she would prefer nothing more than to spend time with me, but it just isn’t in the cards this year. One of the options I’ve considered is staging a remote “day” out. With the help of dad, or a few phone calls to friends I’ve paid her next hair appointment in advance, and set her up with lunch reservations. Luckily my mom already has Skype on her phone, but if she doesn’t you can always just get her on speaker phone.
Now obviously I can’t tell you which one of these I am doing for my mom (it would ruin the surprise), but I would love to hear what you think. And I would love to hear what you did for your mom last year! I don’t want you to ruin this year’s surprise either…