1. Breakfast in bed. Always a classic, making mom breakfast in bed is sure to be a hit. Add a hand-picked flower in a tiny vase, and you’re good to go.
3. Do chores. Whether the mom in your life is a stay-at-home mom, a working mom or an empty-nester grandma, she is busy. So this Mother’s Day weekend, spend Saturday doing chores without being asked.
4. Write something. If you have a way with words, consider writing mom a poem, or putting one of your favorite childhood memories to paper. If not, make a list of the things you love about your mom, or jot a note in a handmade card. When it comes to little kids, ask them what they love most about mom, and record their answers.
5. Give her time. Some moms – especially in-the-trenches moms of babies to high schoolers – just need a little time to themselves. Ask her about this before Mother’s Day. Maybe she prefers to spend Saturday alone and Mother’s Day with family. Or maybe she’s the opposite.
- One Movie Night
- Two Loads of Laundry
- Help with Gardening
- Get Out of Bedtime Free
- Mom’s Choice Chore
- One Bear Hug
- One Car Wash
- One Breakfast in Bed
- One Night Off Cooking
Give her a Mother’s Day coupon for a few learning sessions with you. It’s a great way to spend some time together, build memories and teach mom something new, to boot.
8. Trash-to-treasure crafts. The Internet is full of great ideas for crafts made of things you probably have around your house. Help the kids make mom a Shrinky Dink necklace from a plastic container, a desk organizer from cereal boxes or other creative trash-to-treasure crafts.
9. Digitized photos. If you were born in the 90s or earlier, chances are that much of your childhood – and your mom’s pre-motherhood life – is captured in printed photos. They can be hard to display, and they’re definitely hard to protect from the ravages of time and natural disasters. So this year, swipe all those old photo albums, and spend time digitizing your mom’s photo collection. Just scan in the pictures, and present them to mom on a CD. You can even back them up on cloud storage, just in case.
10. Time together. Whatever you decide to give your mom or wife this year, be sure time together is on your list. On or around Mother’s Day, plan a family outing with mom. Go to the park, or go on a hike if the weather’s nice. Visit a local museum. Or just plan a movie night at home if that’s more to her liking.
The time you spend together will be worth more to her than any expensive gift.