Mother’s Day-Make a Day of It!

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Mother’s Day is traditionally all about appreciating mom, giving her those carefully selected cards and presents, treating her to a nice breakfast or brunch, and then? Well, often after that, the festivities tend to slow down.  This year, why not recognize her all day long, with activities you both can enjoy. Think about treating her to a day of shopping much like she did for you when you were a kid. Or, if your mom is the sporty type, join her on a bike ride or trail run and include a fun place to stop for beverages or lunch. And how about the gift of relaxation, especially if you’re a mom yourself?  Yes, we all know being a parent is rewarding, but it doesn’t always come easy – let her know you understand and enjoy an afternoon spa session together. If your  mom loves to be in the kitchen, there’s nothing wrong with embracing her culinary interests and working together on a fun dinner – just make sure she doesn’t have to do the dishes!

As a suggestion, let your mom know to keep her day open and present your special plans for Mother’s Day in a customizable, print at home card. It’s easy and she is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.

In the mood board: “Celebrating You” and “Big Hug for Mom” printable cards from American Greetings

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Top Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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With about two billion mothers on the planet, which makes Mother’s Day the second most popular gifting day, there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for special moms.  And fortunately you still have time to shop!  But where do you begin?  Before you get so overwhelmed with choices that you simply send flowers for the twelfth year in a row, we’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true classics—and gave them an updated twist.

Picture This: Every mom loves photos, but it’s surprising how many places you can put a smiling face.  From charm bracelets to cell phone covers to flower vases. And , don’t forget about personalizing your card with a favorite photo too!

Special Delivery: If she’s expecting flowers, send ice cream!  Do the delivery thing differently this Mother’s Day…or, better yet, all year long.

Gadget Gifts: Whether she needs a car key locator, a tiny speaker for her favorite tunes, or simply wants longer cell phone battery life, the electronic ideas are endless.

Tote-ally Cool: Instead of another purse, lighten mom’s load with a stylish bag that can handle all of her stuff.

Monogram Mania: Keep it classic or go high-tech by giving her earrings with her initials or even engraving her iPad.

Theme Gift Basket: Candles? Cookies? Coffee?  Assemble a collection of what she loves most or order a beautiful basket online.

Sweet Touches: Candy can make a creative gift that’s inexpensive, too. Tell mom you love her “to pieces” with a decorated jar of Reese’s pieces. Or put candy bars on posterboard for a creative message.

Personalize It: Fun to make…thoughtful to give. Write your favorite moments on tiny slips of paper and put them in a keepsake box or jar for a gift she’ll open again and again.

Whatever the gift, don’t forget to tell Mom what she means to you – that is the gift that will mean the most to her!

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How to Make Moms Feel Special…

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With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, you may have started thinking about what you can do to make her feel special. In an effort to give you the best gift ideas, it’s impossible to narrow down all the great suggestions from the many mothers surveyed.  But what came up over and over again as an all-time favorite “gift” was simply a card with a personal touch.

Flowers, jewelry and chocolate also topped the list of traditional gifts.  Creative ways to display favorite photos tend to become the best keepsakes of the bunch.  And a gift card to a restaurant or spa or, better yet, taking her yourself is most often appreciated by hard-working moms who definitely deserve a break.

But, more than anything, most moms simply want to feel appreciated…which is why saying “I love you” with a card that’s just her style will always make her smile.  It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to say and do to give your mom a beautiful day.

In the mood board: Artistic Flower for Mom paper card from American Greetings

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