We’re all developing a whole new appreciation for people who take care of others right now. All the “invisible” work moms do has become, like, painfully visible—how can we ever express our gratitude? A Mother’s Day gift might not capture it completely, but it’s still a welcome kindness in these uncertain times. Don’t underestimate small gestures.
For example, our friends at the WWF are currently promoting an Adopt-an-Animal program for Mother’s Day, which is honestly a great way to help take care of the world without actually having to do work. (My house is already full of enough wild animals; fortunately the only creatures the WWF actually send you are of the plush variety. Personally, I am partial to the majestic bison, if anyone is shopping for me…)
So what else do moms want? We asked our forum members, and they came up with a few ideas.
- “A day off from mom duties” was the clear winner. This one is nice because it doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t need to be wrapped, and you don’t have to worry about shipping delays. Of course, you might want to line up a few backyard activities to keep the kids out of mom’s hair.
- A nice breakfast, in bed or otherwise. I consider frozen waffles nice. You don’t have to go overboard, just something other than cereal. It’s the thought that counts.
- Home spa/bath treats. Whether it’s fruity-scented bath bombs or an indulgent skincare set, the real gift here is relaxation.
- Dinner made. If mom usually makes dinner, a night off is like a weight off her shoulders. Seriously.
- Flowers! Are you surprised? Mother’s Day has always been the #1 flower-buying holiday of the year. It’s hard not to enjoy flowers—they’re a delight. And a cheap bouquet or potted violet is plenty. You can’t go wrong.
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at PLN. 💖
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