On Mother’s Day, we often think of ways to honor our mothers, and perhaps wonder how our children will pay us special attention on this day. But while you’re thinking of ways to honor your own mother, make sure your children recognize how important it is to give thanks to the grandmothers in their lives, as well. Looking for some great ideas for gifts that you and the kids can give grandma this year? Here are a few suggestions that the kids can help pick out for Mother’s Day.
Does your mom enjoy spending time tending to her garden bed? Have the kids go to the local nursery or home improvement store and ask them to help you pick out new supplies for grandma. If you know she’ll be replacing some plants in the garden, why not purchase new seedlings or bulbs and offer to help her one afternoon in the garden? You can create a gift basket with new ceramic or decorative pots, filling them with new seeds and bulbs, any gardening tools she might need, and a new hat, gloves, or gardening mat. She’ll love knowing that her grandkids helped pick out her new gardening gear, and offering to spend an afternoon in the garden with her will be an even better present she’ll enjoy.
Does your mom enjoy traveling in her retirement (or will she plan on traveling more in her upcoming retirement)? Consider upgrading her travel gear with a new luggage set or travel accessories. A new, lightweight rolling luggage set will make jetsetting easier if she’s on the go a lot. If she’s looking for something more stylish, yet still practical, Vera Bradley has an assortment of colorful travel accessories, from duffel bags to overnight totes to garment bags and more. One of the best features of this kind of travel gear is the bags will stow away easily when not in use and are easy to throw in the wash and clean when needed. If you have several children, offer to let them each pick out an accessory.
If you want to give mom something you really think she’s going to love, reach out to your siblings and see if they would want to combine resources to send mom on a trip. Giving her something from her children and grandchildren might be the perfect Mother’s Day present if your mom has a case of wanderlust.
Medical alert bracelets
If your mom wears a medical alert bracelet or other form of medical alert jewelry, consider upgrading her current jewelry with something more stylish. Hope Paige has both medical alert bracelets and necklaces in several styles and materials, and you and the kids can even design a custom bracelet on their website (As a bonus, the company is also offering a discount between now and Mother’s Day). The company features celebrity-designed medical ID bracelets that raise proceeds for different charities. If you think your mom might be interested in one of those styles, you can give her a gift that not only benefits others, but that also will give you, and the rest of your family, peace of mind.
Does your mom enjoy spending time tinkering in the kitchen? Why not pick out a new gift basket complete with some ingredients and accessories for her to try something new in the kitchen? Williams-Sonoma has an ample selection of kitchen gift sets depending on her cooking style. Does she enjoy baking? Is she more of a wine snob, or does she like throwing dinner parties? Williams-Sonoma has a gift geared to all different cooking interests and tastes.
If you think she might enjoy some time out of the kitchen while you and your family prepare a meal, plan a meal that the kids can take part in and offer to cook for her. Plan on making a meal that is simple enough for you and your kids to handle, and spend the evening avoiding the inevitable crowds that flock to restaurants each day this year. Mom might like the day off from kitchen duty, and she’ll really enjoy the fact you and your kids spent time making her gift.
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