100 Mother's Day gift ideas
(Catholic Online) - All mothers have one thing in common: they have given the invaluable gift of life. Then after giving birth, most moms then go on to act as parent, guide, role model, chef, chauffeur, confidant, homework monitor, banker, advisor, special events planner... and the list goes on.
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS - Giving gifts on Mother's Day is a way to say thanks for a mother's time, love and care. The gift possibilities are endless. Figurines, like the Willow Tree trademark mother and child pictured above, celebrate special "mom" moments. (Photo/ Mary Carty)
The celebration of "Mother's Day" on the second Sunday of May is a way to encourage the giving of thanks for the multitude of gifts received from mothers. The concept of honoring one's mother is as old as the Ten Commandments' call, and the example of Jesus' love of his mother, Mary. Trying to find a gift to signify appreciation for the many gifts a mother has given can be a challenge. Like moms, gifts can come in a wide variety of forms, some may be material can cost little to thousands of dollars, and others are about spending time and energy with and for moms. Choosing a gift can be a challenge due to financial limits, the assumption that the mother has everything she needs, age considerations and time constraints. For those looking for gift ideas, see the list of options - store-bought and sharing of time and energy for all ages - that might help come up with an extra special gift to honor an extra special person in an extra special way this year. Some of the gifts may seem quite extravagant, yet a quick inventory of the cost of a child's clothes, food and college education may be a reminder of the financial gifts a mother gives over the years. Mother's Day store-bought gift ideas - A mother ring or necklace or charm bracelet, showing the birthstones of her children. - A special Mother's Day card. - A card, including a special photo of you and your mother. - A card created by you on a computer, complete with family photos. - A hand-painted card. - A card with a poem dedicated to mother. - A card with original art work. - A book with special meaning, given as a card. - A bouquet of flowers from the florist. - A flowering indoor plant. - Bulbs to be planted in the garden that bloom every year, a sign of love. - Movie tickets for her alone or as something the whole family can do. - Tickets for a music concert to share with you. - Tickets for theater that she can attend with you. - A CD of music from her younger days. - A new article of clothing that she would not buy for herself. - Bring her to a book store and buy her a few new books that she can choose. - Order a magazine subscription or two. - Buy her favorite perfume. - Buy her favorite powder. - If you live out of town, give her telephone cards so she can call you for free. - Give a basket of stamps, stationary, pens, and pads. - Give a basket of special soaps. - Give a photo album. - Give a donation to a special charity in her name. More expensive gifts: - Give her a surprise vacation. - Give her a cell phone. - Give her an overnight getaway at a hotel in a favorite city. - Send a plane ticket for her to visit you, if you live away. - An airplane ticket, to visit a friend. Gift certificates to or for: - A favorite restaurant. - A CD of her choice. - Her favorite bookstore. - A painting class she has always wanted to take. - A day at the spa. - A out-of-town sight-seeing getaway. - A month at an exercise center. - Her grocery story. Religious gifts: - A statue of Mary. - An extra special rosary. - Offer to attend Mass with her on Mother's Day, and make it a point to go to Mass together on some other Sundays as well. - Offer to go on a retreat with her. - A daily meditation book. - A book about faith. - Offer to visit a shrine together. - A CD of Latin hymns. - Write a prayer dedicated to her. Gifts of sharing yourself and time: - Commit to yourself to call and check in more often.
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