Flowers, Chocolate, Jewelry. Those items spell one thing to me. Money. It's nice to be acknowledged and appreciated on Mother's Day, but I always hate for my offspring to dole out cash for material items. Yes, it is sweet that they are thinking of me, but you know what? The BEST gifts are those that come from the heart.
My favorite Mother's Day gifts from my kiddos have been the ones that they made themselves. When my two were little, they'd color me pictures, pick flowers from the yard (yes, even dandelions, LOL) that I would put in a vase and admire, or even make me a snack to eat for breakfast: I say snack, because one year it was peanut butter crackers. But those were the BEST peanut butter crackers I ever ate! :)
This year, instead of focusing on what you can buy your Mom, think outside the box. Write her a little note and let her know how much you appreciate her. Call her on the phone and ask her about her day, instead of the other way around. If she lives nearby, take her a plate of homemade cookies and include a framed pic of the two of you that she can display on her table. Better yet, attach a magnet to the back of it and she can hang it on her fridge! Is Mom a gardener or enjoys flowers? Instead of spending big bucks at the florist, visit your local greenhouse and pick up some pretty potted flowers (or herbs). It only takes a little bit of time and creativity to make an inexpensive gift that Mom will surely love. Check out these creative ideas to wrap potted plants.