I don't know about you, but when spring comes around, I feel a new energy from the sunshine. And I'm ready to do anything!
And just in case you forgot (you would never, right?!), there's also a holiday that arrives just as this sunny, breezy weather does: Mother's Day. It's just around the corner, on Sunday, May 13.
Now, I've come to find with any holiday or celebration, people begin to experience higher levels of stress when it comes to thinking about what kind of gifts to give that special person. It can be a challenge. You want it to be meaningful and appreciated. Except this year, you want it to be one more thing: clutter-free.
That's where I come in! Just like the Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Guide, I've come up with a list of gifts for Mom that she will actually want this year. To help you out, these ideas can be specially customized for that one-of-a-kind mom: yours.
1. Share Your Words
Your mom has done a lot for you over the years. Motherhood is the biggest commitment any woman can make. So share with your mother how you feel about her. If you really want to touch her heart, get specific here. After becoming a mother myself, I have realized that my mom has done more for me than any other human being, and she has always put my sisters and I before herself. A simple thank you is really all she wants to hear, and you can do it in a special way, like:
- Write her a letter on beautiful paper she can treasure as a keepsake.
- Create a Memory Jar or Love Jar. Either jot down 52 memories you treasure with your mom or 52 reasons why you love your mom, and put them in a mason jar for her to take out and read once a week. It's a gift that lasts all year. If you have siblings and are feeling ambitious - go for 365 reasons, one paper per day.
2. A Mother/Daughter or Mother/Son Date
Yes, I need a break from my kids on the regular. But, I know there will be a day when I am begging them to spend time with me. So, take your mom out on a date. Spend some quality time with her. Take her to her favorite restaurant. Try a new restaurant. Do her favorite activities. Share a new experience with her. This will be a gift she will treasure more than you know.
3. Something She Has Really Wanted For a Long Time/Something She Loves
I am sure you are thinking, "Why would I buy her something she doesn't love?" And "Isn't this why I'm reading this article, to figure that out??"
Hear me out. Of course, whenever we give gifts, our intentions are always in the best interest of the recipient. However, many times we give what we think they will want, rather than what they can truly use.
Think of it this way: one of my favorite books, The Five Love Languages, explores how to express and experience love through receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and devotion, and physical touch. So think of your mom's love language. Does she love gifts? Take her shopping or buy something that she has been wanting forever. Does she love acts of service? Clean (ok, you can pay someone to) clean her house. Does she love words of affirmation? Write her a letter detailing all the reasons you love and appreciate her.
4. Go the Helpful, Easy Route
If you are truly stumped, my favorite gifts are the kind that are helpful and easily clutter-free. Think things like gift cards to restaurants and movies, subscriptions, park outings, show tickets, etc. Or activities they do, like Ancestry.com, a tennis club, a round of golf, Audible.com, spa outing, etc.
And yes, flowers are always nice, though I like to send potted flowers because they have the potential to last longer than freshly cut flowers. Now, if your mom likes to garden, getting her some beautiful potted plants is a win/win!
5. Help her De-Clutter
De-cluttering her home can be a gift for you, too. This may sound morbid...but the less clutter that she has now, the less she is going to leave you with. If you help her de-clutter, you will check all the boxes on things she loves:
- Getting to spend quality time with YOU
- Less clutter = less stress, always
- Taking a to-do list item off of her plate
Think about how wonderful de-cluttering makes you feel - she will LOVE it! And if you need help getting your mom to de-clutter, my virtual de-cluttering sessions will help you come up with a strategy that is customized to your mom. I'll will give you a personalized step-by-step plan of your de-cluttering tasks, so all you have to do with your mom is go through the checklist, and wa-la! You're de-cluttered, she's de-cluttered - everyone wins!
So, what am I getting my mom, you might be thinking? My mom is OBSESSED with genealogy. She has an Ancestry.com membership, so I've decided to buy her the DNA testing. I am so excited because I think she's going to love it!