Mother’s Day rolls around every year on the second Sunday in May and yet despite knowing it’s coming, many people still feel lost when it’s time to get a gift for mom. She deserves dozens of roses and all the boxes of candy in the world, but would she really enjoy them? For those who find themselves without the perfect gift idea for mom, they simply need to remember that what most mothers want is the gift of time.
Spending time with your mother is one of the most valuable gifts you can give. That doesn’t mean you have to sit for hours, awkwardly trying to think of interesting things to tell her about your life. Time is a Mother’s Day gift that can be spent in just as many ways as money and yet, in the end, will be far more valuable. Tell your mom you’re coming by with these “gifts” of time, and she’ll likely be far more pleased than she would with anything wrapped with a shiny bow.
Play a game
These days, it’s all about technology, but go back to your roots – and hers – with a simple, family board game day. Play a few old favorites like Scrabble or Life, or introduce mom to some newer games. The laughter that ensues during a board game is often the highlight of the entire experience.
Watch a movie
Let mom show you some classics or show her a film she didn’t make it to the theater to see last year. Talk about how the characters or events remind your of real-life people and let the conversation take on a life of its own.
Look through old photographs
Let mom reminisce by showing interest in her old photo albums. Perhaps you could even make note of her favorites and find a way to put those together in a scrapbook or digital frame for a future gift.
Take new photographs together
When children are small, moms seem to always have one eye on the viewfinder and one finger on the shutter button, but when they’re grown, the pictures can be few and far between. Arrange for someone to take some photos of you and mom outdoors or if you have a selfie stick, show mom the joys of taking silly photos as well as some she’ll cherish forever.
Make a meal together
Work together to make a favorite meal from your childhood and reminisce about how much you appreciated her hard work back then, or try out some new recipes and see if you can determine a new family favorite.
Take mom to your favorite place
If you have a favorite free zone, invite mom along for the day. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, taking in a museum, biking along a trail, or having a picnic at the park, there are many free admission destinations that mom might enjoy simply because you’re by her side.
Spend some time in service
Ask mom what project or projects she’s been putting off for a rainy day. Perhaps she keeps intending to clean out all the up-high kitchen cabinets, sort through some old boxes in the attic, take down outdated paintings and hang the newest photos of her kids and grandkids, washing all the heavy blankets, vacuuming out the car, or dusting those out-of-reach places along the ceiling. Whatever it might be, offer yourself in service to her for the day. While you’ll be helping your mom check some unpleasant tasks off her list, the hours you put in will pale in comparison to the time she gets to hold you captive and talk about old times.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about sparkling jewelry or fancy dishes. Giving the gift of time is like giving back a small part of your childhood and that’s one gift that most moms will say they didn’t get to enjoy long enough.