What do you get for the girl who has everything? This question is always answered in advertisements by showing diamonds or a brand new car. I mean, sure the answer is simple when money is not an option and the “girl” in question is your fabulous wife. However, what do you do when your income isn’t diamond ready or when the girl who has everything is the woman who has given birth to you?
This is the dilemma I face EVERY May when Mother’s Day sneaks up on me. I mean, it’s so much easier when you are younger, you can give your mom a plant or your picture in the frame, and it’s all good. However, as you get older, it’s harder to be more creative, and give a gift that your mother won’t regift for your aunt next year at Christmas. You’ve got to get the gift your mother really wants, really needs or really didn’t realize she didn’t have.
Of course I don’t know your mother, so I can exactly advise what those gifts are, but I can definitely try to steer you in the right direction with a few ideas.
MOTHER REALLY WANTS
If you talk to your mother enough, she will make subtle hints on what she wants. Watch when she flips through a magazine or watches TV, you might her say things like “Those shoes are cute” or “I’d love a bag like that.” These are your clues. The greatest thing is that you can find really cute alternatives that are in your price point. For example, let’s say your mom smells perfume in a magazine or when you’re in the mall, and really likes it, you should look online for a cheaper bottle or a small size and give that to her. This is great because when you see how much she loves it, you can buy the bigger bottle for a birthday or Christmas. Of course, you can also just ask her and usually your mom will give you a few options to choose from. Choose the one she seems the most excited about.
MOTHER REALLY NEEDS
There are quintessential items that every woman needs and your mother is no exception. These items may fare on the cheaper side, but they are much more appreciated and necessary than a box of chocolates and a teddy bear that says “I LOVE YOU MOM.” Things that fall under this category include pedicure and manicure gift certificates, dinner for two at a nice restaurant, gift card to Wal-Mart or Target, and so on and so forth. As long as you have an idea of where your mom shops and what her daily routine is, these gifts are easy, affordable and sure to make your mom happy.
MOTHER DIDN’T REALIZE SHE DIDN’T’ HAVE
This final suggestion is really contingent upon the relationship with you and your mother. In order to buy this type of gift, you have to really think outside the box. This means, finding a way to give your mom an “experience” rather than a gift. Here are a few examples: cooking a nice dinner for your mom and buying a new pot, getting your hair/nails done together, taking her to MAC for a makeover and paying for the new makeup, hiring a maid service for the day and the list goes on and on.
So if you are like me, and you’re trying to find a way to buy something for your mom that doesn’t involve engraved pen holders, edible arrangements or flowers, hopefully you’ll take my advice and find a way to give your mother a Mother’s Day she won’t soon forget.
Oh behalf of SASSY, we’d like to wish all the mothers an absolutely fabulous Mother’s Day!