This is a question no one should ever ask their mom. You will never receive a good, honest answer, simply because of who moms are. Moms typically don’t want to cause anyone grief or extra work or make themselves seem too important. I know that I can’t speak for all moms, but my 15 years in this position has given me some great ideas for what moms really want for Mother’s Day, and every day.
Generally moms already have too much stuff. Unless we specifically ask for a tangible item like a purse, scarf or piece of jewelry, it’s probably not what we really want. It certainly is a nice gesture and we will be very grateful for it, but in the end it is another thing to keep track of, put away and more potential clutter in a house we are constantly picking up.
Most moms love plants and flowers, but if you are considering a plant for a gift, make sure it is an outdoor plant, and that it is beautiful and very easy to maintain. A big planter with colorful indigenous plants is a great choice. A beautiful vine like Morning Glory to creep along a fence and flower all summer is another wonderful choice. Feeling more energetic? A fun gift that would delight many moms is an herb garden planted just for her. To do this, dig a 1 foot by 5 foot section in a sunny corner of the lawn (or choose a planter that size) and plant basil, thyme, rosemary, cilantro and dill in a row. Remember though, if you go the route of plants, you should also commit to care for them so you don’t add to mom’s work load.
The greatest gifts for all moms on Mother’s Day or any day are extra time and you. Anything that takes a load off of mom so that she can read a book or exercise or paint her nails or shower, all those things that get put on the back burner because of her love and nurturing of everyone else, is a wonderful gift. Making one on one time for your mom is even better. Take her out for a nice lunch or dinner. Get your nails done together; go for a long hike together or to the beach. It is probably (unless she tells you differently) exactly what she wants and needs every day, not just on Mother’s Day.
Perfect Mother’s Day and Every Day Gifts for Mom
- Plant and care for an herb garden for her
- Clean the house top to bottom
- Do all of the laundry
- Give her a massage
- Take her on a date, just you two