For some, Mother’s Day is wonderful and for others, it triggers sadness and can be depressing. I can see both sides of it, and my heart just aches for those who have a hard time. There are so many mothers we know in our lives, though, and celebrating our favorites and those who inspire us can mean everything.Some of the mothers I know: my own mom, my mother-in-law, my friends, my kids’ babysitter, my co-workers, godmothers, my favorite barista and more. You don’t have to just celebrate your own mother on this holiday. Some of these sweet gestures will make someone’s day, and that’s always worth it.
- Flowers are the old stand-by. Yeah, you could drop off some Costco flowers and that’d be great – and I’m not being sarcastic. But you could also plan out and plant a pot just for them. Pick flowers from a local nursery (Pat’s and Fuch’s to name a couple) that remind you of the mom. Find a pot, either plain Jane or intricate, potting soil, and get to work.
- Have breakfast, lunch, or dinner delivered to a couple whose children have moved away or a couple or mother who has lost a child. It doesn’t need to be a surprise. Tell them you’d like to do it, ask what their favorite food is, and provide it.
- Receiving baked goods in the mail might be the most delicious surprise ever. This takes a bit of planning to allow time for ordering and set a date for delivery (like the Friday or Saturday before Mother’s Day) but it’s worth it. Georgetown Cupcakes anyone? Oh, man, these cupcakes are amazing, and they ship all over the United States. If you want to get a little fancy, there are a number of small bakers on Etsy who ship macarons and other small fancy treats; sometimes they can even be customized.
- Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? Chatbooks is a company that prints all your Instagram photos into small paperback books, and you can put the service on a schedule. For example, after you post 60 photos, it’ll automatically upload them and print a book for you.
- Some of the best gifts are ones that are small and unexpected. Sending a $5 coffee gift card via email or text can be the happiest start to someone’s day. Just enough for a cup of their favorite treat.
The point is, it’s important to celebrate people who are special to you, who influence you and who inspire you. You will never regret it. One thing to never, ever forget is a handwritten card telling loved ones why you appreciate them and want to celebrate them. Believe me, it’s worth it.