Writer / Abigail Hake
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and hopefully we will all be getting back to normal soon and visiting people and places more regularly. Thank goodness. Even though there may be some restrictions still in place, there’s no reason not to spoil mom this year. Here are a few options that are sure to inspire your Mother’s Day plans for this year.
Breakfast in Bed
While this one might be overdone, it’s still special. I mean, how often is your mom not the first one up in the house? Give her some extra sleep time, and surprise her in bed with her favorite cup of coffee, a delicious breakfast, and a magazine or paper she loves. Then leave her alone to enjoy some peace and quiet. Unless she invites you in – in which case snuggle up, but don’t spill on the bed.
Spend the Day Together
No matter how many moms want time away on Mother’s Day, there are still some who just want to be surrounded by their loved ones. Some mommas would give everything to have all their kids in one place for an entire day or weekend. Get with your dad and/or siblings and try to have a full day planned, during which you all just hang out with your mom and add small surprises into the day, like ordering her favorite lunch or playing a family game.
Document the Day
However you spend the day, document it. Photo gifts are lots of fun, but one way to change this up is to give your mom an Instax camera or pull out the old Polaroid. Have her take photos all day long, and then compile and go through them at the end of the day. Be sure to have plenty of film. Add notes to the back of the photos at that time. Write down silly moments and heartfelt notes, so when you pull them out next time you can remember the day like it was yesterday.
Send Her Somewhere
Check your local shops and spas to see if they are offering anything special for moms. Maybe surprise her with a day away or a massage. Maybe just send her to her favorite shop at the mall with a gift card, and give her time to pick out a few things she’d like. Sending her somewhere doesn’t mean you have to put her on a flight or send her to another country (although that gesture would be amazing). Whether you send her to the spa down the street or on a girls weekend with her closest friends, the time away will be much appreciated.
Write a Thank-You Letter
This seems like a simple gesture, right? Well, it is. However, it’s easy to forget all the things we take for granted that mom does day in and day out – and do we always say thanks for those gestures? Well, this is your chance to thank her for all those things that you think about often, but don’t always verbalize. Write a thank-you note by hand and then slip it in the mail. The gesture of doing it ahead of time, and making sure to mail it so it will make it to your mom by Mother’s Day, will not go unnoticed.
Have a Mom “Yes” Day
Hear me out, because this can be lots of fun. Make sure the whole family is available ahead of time, and then pop mom in the car and go. Give her the rules (whatever you choose), like spending no more than $100 or traveling no farther than 50 miles, and let her pick four or five things you have to do with her, no matter what they are. If you don’t know what a “yes” day is, look it up. It’s usually done for kids, but with mom at the helm, who knows what you’d have to do without saying no?
However you spoil your mom this year, don’t forget to take it all in while you do it. Even though Mother’s Day is supposed to be all about mom, something we learned from the past year is that you never know what’s around the corner. Make sure to enjoy all the little things about the time spent with your mother. She’ll love it just as much as you will.