Birthday shopping for your partner is hard enough, but what about your parents? These are the people who birthed you, or at the very least raised you as one of their own if you’re adopted, and so they deserve the very best. We’re not asking you to break the bank, but your mother doesn’t need yet another scented candle or an Eva Cassidy CD. Instead, find a gift that is thoughtful, has a special meaning to her, and useful. Sure, easier said than done.
The thing about getting older is that you tend to accumulate things and so you end up needing less and less material items. This is where handmade gifts come in. Are you a master knitter? Make your mom a nice scarf to keep warm in the winter when you can’t be there to give her a hug. Can you draw a pretty picture? Spend a couple of hours sketching a masterpiece, and be sure to frame it nicely for an extra special touch. If you want to win brownie points, get the frame engraved with a meaningful message.
Even if you aren’t creatively adept, there are other ways in which you can give your mother a successful gift. Find a date that is meaningful to her and find something around it. For example, if your mom was born around Thanksgiving, pick a gift that is reminiscent of the fall. This can range from an autumnal necklace to a centerpiece that she can break out at every holiday dinner from then on. Don’t choose flowers as they run the risk of ending up in people’s food, instead select gourds and candles. Make this gift as personal as possible by adding nice memories, such as rocks you picked up on the beach together during your last vacation.
Another option to go for is the crockery route. Even if she has a very well-stocked china cabinet, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t find her the perfect mug for drinking her morning coffee. For a corny touch, get one printed with your favorite picture of the two of you. If that’s not your jam, choose something with her favorite song lyrics or a picture of her favorite band. Avoid cliché quotes, this will come across as a last-minute gift and is not appropriate for your dear mother’s birthday.
Despite the fact that your parents’ home probably has plenty of art on the walls, having a portrait painted of your family is a great way of honoring your mother in that she is the one who has brought you all together. If you really can’t afford to have a professional create such a piece, make a collage of pictures of you and your siblings over the years with a large picture of your mother in the middle. This is an easy craft that is feasible for the least creative people and will always be appreciated. Get your father involved as he will know where to find pictures of your mother when they were first married for a good laugh.
If you still have younger siblings living at home, it is likely that your mother is still caring and cooking for them. Consider getting her a subscription like Blue Apron, where she can receive ingredients and ideas for cooking meals to give her one less thing to worry about. Though this isn’t the most personal of gift ideas, she will be able to use the extra time to pursue a hobby of her own, something that is well-deserved after she spent so much of her life raising you.