Every May an array of certainties take place- the sun shines, the flowers bloom, and mother’s day arrives in the blink of an eye! If you’re one of those people that leaves gift giving to the last minute, you’re not alone. However, even if you’re selecting a present in a hurry or with a restricted budget, there are no excuses for choosing a boring gift. Though most moms will happily accept a card or box of chocolates, why not switch things up this year? From virtual visits to quirky classes, read on for 8 unique ways to surprise your mom this mother’s day.
- Flower Arranging
Year after year, flower marts and grocery stores come alive with color as flowers flood their shelves in anticipation of mother’s day. One of the most gifted items on the market, flowers have become a staple to show motherly appreciation. While these vivid displays are lovely, why not show your mom how to create the perfect bouquet herself? A floral arrangement class is a fun, tactile, and creative gift for any aspiring artists or glowing green thumbs. Plus, you can enjoy the activity together and take home what you make.
- Wine Tasting
Here’s an option for any mom who loves to indulge. If your mother is the type to accompany her dinner with a carefully selected glass of wine, or whose bucket list includes several Italian vineyards, a wine tasting might just be the perfect way to say “I love you”. With great wineries in North America and classes in pretty much every city, it’s an easy excursion to arrange. In fact, many classes are now offered virtually, with wine samples being delivered straight to your house. Talk about convenience!
- Virtual Museum Visit
If your mother loves history or fine art, a virtual museum visit is a great way to change things up on mother’s day. Due to the pandemic, museums from all over the world are opening their doors to cameras and microphones for online offerings. Well-established museums in the far reaches of the globe are now at your fingertips to explore. Educational as well as interesting, you and your mom can attend the museum visit and then do a virtual reception afterward. Catch up and discuss what you found most fascinating about the tour over a glass of bubbly or a cup of cocoa.
- Custom Cakes
For the matriarch with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with a classic cake. However, if you really want to make an impactful impression, consider choosing a lavishly designed customizable cake. Forget about grocery store cupcakes or boxed cake mix and choose a cake your mom will want to snap a picture of. Not only is a customized cake more personal, but these sweet treats also have a true “wow” factor. Your mom will love sharing with her family, and having something delicious to snack on will undoubtedly brighten her day.
- DIY Spa Day
Being a mother is hard work, and often extremely time-consuming. One of the most common complaints about motherhood is how exhausting it is, and mothers never seem to have any time to themselves. If you want to make your mom’s day special, consider transforming her bathroom into her own personal spa. This idea can work well on a budget, while still feeling super luxurious. Add a couple of candles and bath bombs, and you’ve created a relaxing and pampering afternoon getaway.
- Cooking Class
While it’s true that taking your mom out to dinner on mother’s day is a sweet gesture, it’s not exactly groundbreaking gift material. What if you could eat something incredible and learn how to make it? Cooking classes are an amazing option for children who want to facilitate a shared experience with their mom and acquire some new skills in the process. Face off to see who has the best results or simply have fun preparing a meal together. This is an excellent option online as well as off, and its versatility makes it an accessible solution for any mom wanting to try something different- no matter what their mobility level is.
- Clean Up Her Yard
Truly out-of-the-box gifting, this mother’s day consider getting your mom’s yard in tip-top shape for the nice weather. If your mother usually needs help with things like lawn and garden maintenance, consider giving her the gift of an overhauled yard. This can entail things like raking, mowing, planting, watering, or whatever else needs to be done. If you don’t have the know-how or proximity, hire a crew to work on her back or front yard. Try to aim for a time you know she’ll be away from her place of residence, so she’ll be pleasantly surprised when she returns. Nothing will make her happier than saving her back and her free time!
- Brand New Bedding
Good quality sleep is one of the most important factors of living a healthy life. Unfortunately, as you age, it gets harder and harder to come by. Though giving your mom the ability to sleep in is a tall task, providing her with the right tools to be her most comfortable is more than achievable. That’s why specialty bedding is a gift you really shouldn’t sleep on. Things like weighted blankets, silk pillows, and high thread count sheets all contribute to a deeper, more restful sleep. Perhaps not an immediately obvious gift choice, the perfect way to thank your mom for the sleepless nights she spent raising you is by helping her revitalize her sleep routine.
Truthfully, mother’s day is a pretty straightforward holiday. One day of the year devoted to showing appreciation and love to the person who brought you into the world. While any time or effort you expend will be received graciously, why not do a little more to convey just how much your mom means to you? By breaking the mold and opting for some of these more unique offerings, you’ll create an experience your mother will remember forever. May is a month filled with new energy and new life, so use this opportunity to celebrate yours and the individual who introduced you to life on this wonderful planet.