Source: Relevant Magazine
From video tributes to custom stamps, here’s how to make this Sunday special—no matter how last-minute your gifts are.
When you were a kid, it was easier to give a gift that would impress on Mother’s Day. You likely made a classroom craft—some sort of popsicle frame or creative bookmark—that was guaranteed to tug on heartstrings. Maybe you burnt her toast for breakfast in bed and still managed to elicit a smile. Really, just going all day with good behavior and a few extra hugs could probably do the trick.
But now the May holiday may require a bit more thought and time. So we put together a few ideas to help you uniquely celebrate your mom this Sunday.
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It’s also quite likely that the best “mom” in your life wasn’t even your own birth mother. Perhaps your experiences growing up weren’t all cozy and kind, and today you find your relationship with your mother difficult at best. Perhaps Mother’s Day is now a reminder of the emptiness left by a parent who has passed away. Perhaps foster care or adoption has stretched your definition of what it means to be a mom. Though it’s important to remember and reach out as much as is possible with your own mom, take time to celebrate the many other women who have nurtured, encouraged and challenged you over the years. Was there a teacher who helped you discover what you are truly passionate about? A woman in your church who gave you the kind of spiritual guidance you couldn’t find at home? An aunt, grandma, mentor or employer who played a vital role in your maturation? This is their day too. Mothering is not limited to mothers, or even to women—maybe your single dad had to be more of a mother than he had planned on. Use any of the tips below to express gratitude to the myriad of mothers who have made you who you are today.
Social media sap-fest. For every hour of the day, post on Facebook or Twitter one more thing about your mother that you are grateful for. Be as specific as you can be, and get creative: Attach YouTube videos from last Christmas, or maybe a link to the song she always sang around the house. Heck, maybe Mom deserves a hashtag on this day.
Memory menu. Breakfast in bed is always delicious, but now that you (should) know your way around the kitchen, go all out and plan a day’s worth of meals. And make them meaningful—the same breakfast from your first day of school, a soup she always needs when she gets sick, a dessert that reminds her of her childhood. Include a card with each dish explaining why it’s significant.
“If it wasn’t for you …” Most likely, your greatest accomplishments were not possible without the help of a mother. So turn it into a unique memento for her. Frame the first poem you got published, a copy of your diploma or a home demo of a song you’re proud of. Take a picture of your office desk, the front door of your new home or maybe a postcard from a country you were able to travel to, and let her know why you wouldn’t be there without her. If possible, get other siblings to do the same.