Gift ideas for Mother’s Day

By Liann Bobechko »Liann Bobechko

May 5th, 2011


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My daughter came home from daycare yesterday with this early Mother’s Day present for me:

She excitedly told me that, with a bit of help from her teacher, she had painted the pot, filled it with soil, planted the pansy, and watered it. She was bursting with pride when she gave it to me with a card she had made. I couldn’t ask for a nicer gift.

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I asked around—What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received? Here’s what I heard back:

  • The year my book came out, Dan did a mock-up of The Virtuous Consumer that he entitled The Virtuous Mother — with photos of the kids, pets, etc. in the blocks of the book. Testimonials from the kids (and animals), etc.  LOVED it… —from Leslie Garrett, Cottage Life contributor and author of The Virtuous Consumer
  • Time. Isn’t that what every mother needs/wants more of? And it’s cheap. Really cheap.—Andrea Curtis, long-time Cottage Life writer
  • Help with the garden. Years ago when my mom got very sick with the cancer, I started a balcony garden of herbs and tomatoes for Mom and Jim. Something for them to focus on other than — you know. Did this every year until she passed — about 10 years later. Then last year when the back yard was looking a little daunting, I was surprised and thankful for my daughter Kate and her fella Matt’s Mother’s day gift of backyard cleanup and planting in my extensive container gardens. Guess you reap what you sow.—Marcia
  • A clean house is always a good gift. Also, the homemade certificates with promises “I promise to clean my room”—Theresa, from Cottage Life’s accounting department
  • Breakfast in bed! Over the years as the kids have grown, so too have the contents of the breakfast tray, as Daddy’s contribution was traded out for kid content. It also means breakfast in bed for the entire family, (including the dog). There have been orange juice spills and maple syrup on the pillows, vases of forget–me-nots/lily of the valley (picked from the garden) tipped on the mattress, muddy dog paw prints on the duvet cover, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.—Ardys

Our editor, Penny, summed it up nicely: “Mothers give so much. We work, we look after the household, we’re the schedulers, we keep our family happy, we’re a sounding board for the kids and our spouses. As women, we tend to put others first. So what I like about Mother’s Day is that for one brief period, mothers get their day in the sun. That’s the nicest gift.”

What about you? Do you have a favourite Mother’s Day gift that you’ve received or given?

Still looking for more ideas?

  • Put on a puppet show/play/dance for the mom of honour
  • Make a potted herb garden with mom’s favourite herbs
  • Plant a tree together
  • Do a chore (clean the barbecue, empty the gutters, clean out the fridge) that she puts off doing
  • Personalize a box of blank note cards that she can send out to friends to show off your artwork
  • Make a date with her to take her out in the canoe or go for a hike, and draw a map for your route and destination
  • Bake her favourite treat (maybe butter tarts, cookies, or brownies?)

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