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The perfect Mother's Day gift for your mother.

by Cordelia Mordi

It’s that time of year again. Mother’s Day is upon us and this is one of those holidays that always feels like it’s sneaking up on us. I don’t know about you, but I get more than a little stressed trying to come up with the ideal gift for mom. And for good reason, finding the perfect gift to give someone who gave you the gift of life is tough! It can seem like an impossible task.

So how do you show one of the most important people in your life how much they mean to you? Well, for starters, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t even have to be expensive and it’s not about repaying her for what we could never truly repay. What matters most is that it comes from the heart.

Our Mothers and Mother's Day Gift Giving

Mom is the person who raised us and, in some cases, carried the financial burden of our lives. It sometimes feels like we take our mother’s for granted, I’ve definitely felt that way. She’s also who we go to for guidance, advice, to vent and everything in between and ordinarily we don’t think to give something in return each time. We’re much more adept at being the takers in this relationship and now is our chance to make amends for that. At least for a day. Gift giving is certainly a way to rectify it but there are many, much more important reasons for why we give;

  • Strengthening the Bond – The mother/child relationship is the first one we all know and it’s perhaps the strongest one there is. This holiday is the perfect time to remind her that we value and truly cherish that unbreakable connection.
  • Saying Thank You – For all the times we’ve we asked her for help, this is our opportunity to show real, genuine appreciation that she’ll always be there for us in our time of need.
  • Showing We Care – It’s so important to let the people we love actually know that we love them and no one deserves hearing and feeling it more than your mom. This is what it’s all about after all, sharing a piece of your heart and soul.

Mother's day was created to honor and celebrate mothers

Mother’s Day was created back in the early 1900s by Anna Jarvis to honor and celebrate all the things they do for us. Her idea was a holiday brimming with sentimentality with less of an emphasis on gift-giving. Nonetheless, considering and acknowledging the following motherly traits can help point us in the direction of a meaningful gift. Consider:

  • Sacrifice – Is it too dramatic to say that our mothers would give up anything for us? I don’t think so. The years they spent with sleepless nights, nurturing and teaching us, caring for us before we went off to school were times they sacrificed for our betterment growth.
  • Patience – Mother should really be synonymous with saint.
  • Dependability – Who drove you to the mall? Soccer practice? Picked you up from concerts? Who do you still go to or call in your time of need? When you need a good listener? A favor? Who’s least likely to turn you down no matter what you ask? Yep, it’s mom.

The best gifts for the mother's day are the most meaningful

As for me, I’m a true believer in the “it’s the thought that counts” mentality, and no matter what I’m giving I try to add as much personalization to it as possible. I’ve found that the best gifts are the ones that are the most meaningful on that deeper, connected level. So even if I’m ordering something as simple as flowers, which I do every year, I’ll add a heartful and sincere letter (handwritten if possible). I’ve also created a photo book of some of my favorite moments that we’d shared throughout the years.

Another year I just gave her the gift of time together and we did a bunch of things she enjoyed. At the end of the day, what matters most is expressing that love you have for your mom on a personal level. Don’t stress or think you have to move heaven and earth. You don’t have to break the bank, particularly in these trying times. Just pick up the phone and give her a call and talk for a while. You know she’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

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