Is there anyone you can depend on more than your mom? She’s the one who dried your tears, healed your wounds, talked you through hard decisions, and kept you safe. If you’re grateful for the influence your mom has had on your life, be sure to show your gratitude as often as possible. An easy way to do this is with a “just because” gift that will let her know just how special she is to you.
- Ornamental Life
Let’s be honest, every mom loves collecting new ornaments to add to the Christmas tree every year, and there’s no law that says she can only receive ornaments at Christmas time. But with Christmas just around the corner, this is a great way to show your mom you’re thinking of her. If you live far away from her, she likely misses having you (and your siblings, if you have them) around to help her decorate the tree. Send her a couple of personalized ornaments to remind her of those memories. You can select from a variety of designs and find the right match for your mom’s tastes. She’ll love getting to hang up a representation of her family come December. Start a tradition and send her one just before Christmas decorating time every year. This could also work for any other types of Christmas decorations she collects.
- A Cleaning Service
If your mom is a busy lady but can’t handle living in a messy house of any sorts, help her declutter her life and consider ordering her a subscription to a cleaning service. Order and cleanliness lead to a clear mind, so you’re doubly gifting her with a clean house and better state of mind. Whether you elect to have the cleaners come weekly or monthly, she’ll love your thoughtful idea and instead of scrubbing around before entertaining, she can put her feet up and relax—I think that’s a gift we could all use.
- Make Her Dinner
Think about all the times your mom has made sure you were well-nourished and fed throughout your life. Pay her back with a home-cooked meal where she doesn’t need to lift a finger. Enlist the help of your dad and siblings to create a beautiful dinner. Whip up a healthy, hearty recipe that she will devour. Set the table with fancy ware, dress up for the occasion, and serve her favorites on the best china around. When she’s had her fill of all of the delicious fare, have everyone go around the table and say their favorite thing about her. This will be a night she will never expect and never forget.
- Spa Date
If you live close to your mom (lucky you!), take her out for a spa date. Get pampered together and spend the day chatting. To really make it a surprise, ask her to set aside a day but don’t tell her why. Drive her to your location and settle into relaxing massages, luxurious facial treatments, and perfect pedicures. If a resort day is out of the question because of money, you can easily bring the treatments home to her. Find an inexpensive bath basket, fill it with bath bombs and other assorted relaxing items, and spend the day pampering your mom the way she deserves. At-home DIY masks and fun manicures will make her feel just as special, and you’ll get to spend quality time together. Just make sure she’s taking care of herself, too.
- Homemade Gifts
If you’re sticking to a tight budget but still want a wonderful way to appreciate her, create a handmade gift that she’ll cherish for years to come. The ideas run the gamut on this one; whether it’s a homemade makeup remover, a jar filled with papers that list your favorite things about her, or a painted pot for her garden, she’ll love the thought and effort behind whatever you come up with.
- Workout Video
Tread lightly and be sure that this gift item won’t offend her. However, if you think she’ll love it, a fitness video is an inexpensive and thoughtful present that you can gift her with at any time of the year. If your mom has been mentioning that she wants to get back into a regular fitness routine, find a workout video that will be fun and can be performed in the comfort of her own home. Once you gift her with it, stick around and complete the first workout together. You’ll laugh at each other’s lack of finesse on the first go ‘round and contribute to good health for the both of you.
- A Lifetime of Knowledge
Your mom has probably taught you a great deal of lessons, so you should return the favor and purchase a class to something she’s mentioned an interest in before. Whether it’s a gourmet cooking class, a painting seminar, or even a cake decorating lesson, she’ll love that you remembered her interests and learn something useful in the process.
Don’t let your mom go another day without knowing how much she means to you. Find a perfect “just because” gift from this list and let her know you love her.