I’m super close with my mom, (Nana Weezy is the BEST!!) and she honestly deserves every Mother’s Day gift on earth but coming up with new ideas every year can be tough–especially this year in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s always the simplest and most heartfelt items that she loves the most though and usually, these type of gifts are totally FREE–score! Here are some ideas for y’all in case you’re down to the wire on grabbing a gift for the awesome mamas (or mama-figures) in your life! If you’re a mama, feel free to casually email this blog to your loved-ones…nudge nudge, wink, wink husbands and kids!
1. Clean For Her
HOLY. COW. I can’t tell you how much a mama (busy, young, retired, I don’t care–ALL of us would love this!) would appreciate you helping to lighten the load by cleaning–and even though I am a total clean freak, this is something that takes both time and effort, and shows the mama you’re celebrating that you acknowledge and appreciate all she does. Bonus points if you make it a recurring event!
2. Cook her a Meal
This goes along those same lines of “lightening her load,” and what better way to do that than by making a meal just for her?! Try to whip up her favorite breakfast, lunch, or dinner: or, if you’re pressed for ideas, might I suggest some amazing jalapeno poppers or grilled salmon or if you want something simple, make her a protein smoothie for an energy boost?! On my first Mama’s Day with Leni, she and Tim delivered breakfast-in-bed to me with a flower and a card and it was the BEST EVER (see below… Baby Leni MELTS ME)! This is such a sweet, low-cost (free if you’ve got the ingredients!!) way to celebrate her on Mother’s Day and if you’re doing it for your OWN mother and are social distancing (good job–she’d be so proud!!) put it in all in a container and ring her doorbell and send her an air-hug, or break out a blanket and picnic separately.
3. Make a Scrapbook
Before I was a mama, I couldn’t really see the appeal in all the cheesy stuff that can come with celebrating Mother’s Day–but now that I have Leni and Boone, I TOTALLY get it. I want to cry just thinking about how fast they are growing up, and having pictures and fond memories to look back on is such a sweet gift that I would cherish forever. A scrapbook of photos or tickets stubs that takes more time than it does money would probably make you the favorite, if only for a little while.
4. Write Her a Letter
Along the same lines of the scrapbook idea, writing your mama (or wife!) a letter would be both heartfelt and probably pretty out of the norm for most people. Because letter writing is a dying art, Mother’s Day feels like the perfect time to revive it with kind and grateful words that express just how much you care about the women in your life that raised you or raise your kiddos.
5. Spend Time with Her…Virtually, If You Must!
I know, I know: this should be totally obvious–but who’s to say it isn’t still EXACTLY what she wants? Whether it’s your mom or your wife, spending quality time with the ones she loves is probably the driving force in her life. It certainly is for me, and I know that I would do anything to be able to hang with my mom this Mother’s Day. If you live suuuuper far away or are just keeping a safe distance (like me) from your mom, call her up or Facetime her and talk to her for awhile–chances are, all she wants is something as simple as that anyways.
(Throwback to FOUR generations of Shockey women–and huge shout-out to my amazing Mama and incredible Grandma Lil who I love and admire sooooooo much!)
What are you doing with or for the moms in your life this Mother’s Day? Do you go all out, or stick to something sweet and simple like I mentioned above? Tell me in the comments below, and HAPPY Mother’s Day!!
Brunch photo credit to Traeger Grills!