Mother’s Day is almost here and the stores are packed with flowers, chocolates and Hallmark Cards. Seriously — we can’t even go to the grocery store without a gas mask thanks to all the live flowers in the entryway. While it’s always the thought that counts, giving Mom flowers and chocolates isn’t going to set you apart from your siblings as the favorite child this year.
If you’re an only child, this post isn’t really for you. Feel free to read on for some awesome gift ideas, though! Let’s take a look at some of the best gifts to set you apart and assure your place as this year’s favorite child.
1. Your Favorite Book
This might sound a little self-centered, but hear us out. All of us probably had at least one book that Mom read to us every night, over and over again until the cover fell off and we had to find a new copy. That’s the book you should think about buying your mom for Mother’s Day. The one she probably knows by heart because she read it to you so many times.
Include a note inside the front cover thanking her for reading it to you so many times over the years — and an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card so she can buy something a little more age-appropriate that she’s just been dying to read.
2. A Playlist
Everyone loves music. If you know what kind of music your mom loves the most, build her the perfect playlist to listen to when she’s relaxing, working out at the gym or just driving to and from work. If you’ve got some extra money to splurge, you could even set her up with a pre-loaded MP3 player, but that’s entirely optional.
If you don’t have any ideas, look at the books she loves or the shows she watches and build your playlist from there. (Writer’s Note: My mom loves the “Dark Tower” series by Stephen King, so for Mother’s Day one year I created a playlist for her of every song mentioned in the book series. Best. Gift. Ever.)
3. Fresh Seafood
Flowers and chocolate are so passé. Splurge on a fresh lobster for your mom this Mother’s Day — it’s even possible to have a live Maine lobster delivered to your door overnight, so all you need to do is break out the big pot, melt some butter and cook up a few sides to give Mom a Mother’s Day dinner she’ll never forget.
If you’ve never cooked a lobster in your life, don’t worry — there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube. Potatoes and some green vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, green beans, whatever) make great sides.
4. Frame a Quote
Inspirational quotes, in a lovely font and a stylish frame, make great gifts for nearly any occasion, Mother’s Day included. Instead of going with the standard fluffy inspirational quotes, why not find the perfect quote for Mother’s Day to tell Mom exactly how much you love her? Some of our favorites include:
- “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take” — Cardinal Meymillod
- “He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mothers for you leaves its own mark.” — J. K. Rowling from “Harry Potter”
- “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” — Maya Angelou
- “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” — Milton Berle
Find some pretty cardstock, print your quote in a beautiful scrolling font and put it in the nicest frame you can find and afford.
5. Wine of the Month
Come on. What mom-centric holiday is complete without a glass of her favorite vino in hand? If you’ve got a bit of extra money to spend this Mother’s Day, why not sign her up for a Wine of the Month club? There are so many different wine subscriptions now that it can be hard to pick just one, so look for something that fits your budget and your mom’s wine tastes.
For moms with a more discerning palate, you can even opt for a wine box that delivers a bottle a month paired with meats and cheese that perfectly complement the beverage. If your mom isn’t a wine drinker, don’t worry. There are also craft beer and liquor of the month clubs you can opt for instead.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be all about flowers and chocolate. Put a little bit of thought into your gift this year and you’ll easily be able to secure your title of favorite child — at least until the next gift-giving holiday rolls around.
Jennifer Landis is a 29-year-old healthy living blogger who loves yoga, running, and dancing it out with her toddler! You can find more from Jennifer at her blog, Mindfulness Mama, or by following her on Twitter: @jenniferelandis.