Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, so don’t screw it up! Just joking, just please make sure to give dear old mom a phone a call to share a “thanks for having and raising me right kind of moment.”I’m not particularly picky when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. I mean, who doesn’t like to get something wrapped up all pretty with a surprise inside? Sure, around the Christmas holiday or my birthday I give The Hubs some suggestions in case any family member should ask what they should get me, but I very rarely hate what I get (though a few times I’ve had a good chuckle about items I’ve received!).
Now, what I say might be sacrilege to other moms out there, but Mother’s Day isn’t really a big deal for me. I don’t understand all the hype, the pressure and the expensive presents surrounding this “holiday.” Why should the second Sunday in May be the one day my kids tell me they love me and offer me a token of appreciation for my mom efforts all year-long? I think they should do that all year round….minus the expensive tokens.
So with that said, the best kind of presents I like to get on Mother’s Day – or really any day of the year – are the ones that my kidlets make me. I wear pasta necklaces, plastic bead bracelets and bug pins with great pride. Crayon masterpieces get placed into frames and are hung in places of honor either at home or in my office. I smile every time I look at seedlets planted into a plastic up with a popsicle stick decorated with “Happy Mom’s Day” in crazy colors on it – well, that is until I somehow kill it by over-watering it.
What all these gifts have in common is that they are handmade by my kidlets and that some real amount of time, effort and thought were taken in creating them. Even when they get older, I’d prefer a personal handwritten note over a last-minute purchased bottle of perfume because a thoughtless gift is worse than no gift at all.
Last week I posed a question on my personal Facebook page, asking both moms as those who receive the gifts and guys as those who give them, what their favorite gift to get/receive is for Mother’s Day.
The majority of the responses I got were for the priceless simple hand and home-made presents – such as meals, cards, poems, pottery, drawn pictures and paper flowers. I totally agree – those presents are the best! That’s not to say I wouldn’t also throw in there a day where the kids picked up after themselves, didn’t fight and did everything I asked the first time, instead of repeating myself a million times 🙂
There was one comment, from my friend Tim T about what he & his kids do for his wife and I thought it was such a beautiful idea. After serving her breakfast in bed (an added bonus) they give her a mason jar filled with handwritten thank you notes they’ve each been writing throughout the past year for all the things she’s done for them. Now that’s a real thoughtful present, something they’ve put a lot of time and thought into, honoring what she does for them everyday, not just the second Sunday in May.
So to The Hubs and my kidlets, you better get your safety scissors, crayons and craft glue ready, I’m expecting some wonderful homemade creations to add to my collection this weekend!
Now it’s your turn to share. What is your favorite handmade present you either made or received for Mother’s Day?
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