While Mom would never complain about a card and flowers, what she really wants from you may be something different. As a speaker, writer, and cheerleader of moms, here are some things I’ve heard over the years that Moms really want that will make your Mother’s Day gift a little more personal.She's not a cookie-cutter mom; so don't get her a cookie-cutter card. Click To Tweet
1. Words matter.
She’s not a cookie-cutter mom; so don’t get her a cookie-cutter card. Instead, write her a personal letter, listing the things you love, admire, and respect about her. Let her know that you notice and appreciate her for who God has designed her to be. Not super wordsy? That’s ok. Consider choosing one word that most represents your mom to you. Think of an artistic way to display or frame the word and explain how it encapsulates her. What Bible verse reminds you of your mom? Write it or creatively display the verse and explain how God has used this verse and your mom in your life.
2. Say thank you.
Mothers in our culture don’t get lots of thanks. The accolades and recognitions in our culture are usually given for everything but the self-sacrificing, always serving, always giving, behind-the-scenes hard work that moms do each and every day. If you don’t thank her, she won’t get any thanks. It might be fun to make it an adventure with your kids to put specific thank you notes all over the house, in her car, and all the special places where she is mom.
3. Listen to her.
Plan a special date with Mom or carve out a specific block of time to ask her questions and just listen. Let her share stories of her childhood, memories, dreams for the future, the joys and the hardships of being a woman, wife, mom, bible study teacher, volunteer at church and school, and so much more. Listen. See her for who she is and you will give her a wonderful gift.
4. Give her a day to herself.
Take over her responsibilities, and give her a day to spend how she wants. She may want to go to a park, shop, get her nails done, have lunch with an old friend, or curl up with a good book and soak in the tub for an hour!The accolades and recognitions in our culture are usually given for everything but to our moms. Click To Tweet
5. Give her a surprise gift.
Give her that something special that is uniquely her. Her favorite latte, a special book, a journal, a playlist of her favorite songs, a garden box made by you, or a college catalogue with art class options. It doesn’t have to cost much, but give her whatever lets her know that you know her and you know the things she loves.
6. Surprise date with friends.
Moms really struggle with time for friends, so message a couple of her close friends and set up a surprise date with them. Pay for their lunch and baby-sitting for all. Or set up an overnight with a couple of her dear friends at a special place. She will talk about this gift for years.
7. Pray over her.
Your prayers will fill her heart like no other gift. Your words spoken to God over her will bring an overflow of blessings for her and for you.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!