A well chosen Mother’s Day gift can bring tears of joy, particularly if it is handmade and it shows that a lot of thought and care has gone into it. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big; something simple and more importantly, thoughtful will have a better impact. For example: a date. Take your mother out on a special date and plan things she will enjoy. It’s a great way to bond.
Here are some ideas for that very special date:
Tell Family Stories
Every child likes to hear stories about themselves from their younger days, and funny stories about their parents, grandparents and other family members. Imagine an evening listening to your mother’s stories about that weird aunt who lives all alone with her dogs, or the time your brother challenged the next door boy to a cycling race on the terrace and broke his bones, or even the one time your cousin was grounded for wearing a tank top to school. Bring out those old family albums and videos to help you enjoy a trip down memory lane. Ask her about her stories of dating your father before the era of the internet and mobile phones. Bring out her wedding stuff and try on her dress if she allows it!
Have A Tea Party
Who said tea parties are only for little girls with dolls? This is the chance to use the fine china that’s been locked away and is usually brought out only for special guests. Dust off the tea cups and saucers and indulge in a good old fashioned tea party. Plan an afternoon baking some goodies like scones or cookies. Make sure it is done properly – bring out your fanciest tablecloths, arrange for flowers, pretty place mats and the tea set, and enjoy a special evening.
Volunteer For A Cause
Spend a couple of hours volunteering at your nearest shelter or community center. Choose a place and a cause that both of you care about. If you love animals, visit the local animal shelter and take turns feeding and bathing the animals, or taking them for walks. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about important causes and the value of giving back.
Learn Something New
Has your mother always wanted to learn origami or how to do paper quilling? Find a class in your neighborhood and sign up for a special crash course. It is a good way to tell your mother that learning never stops, no matter the age.
Health and fitness are important at any age. Get your mother to join you for a fitness class like Zumba or kickboxing or make a date to go hiking. If that proves too strenuous, try yoga or a dance class. You are guaranteed a fun time together with the added benefit of getting healthy.
Organize A Photo Shoot
Most mothers are shy about the idea of posing for the camera thinking they are too old for it. Skip the smartphones and treat your mother to a good old fashioned photo shoot. Hire a professional photographer to take some candid photos of the two of you in your home. Try and incorporate some props, costumes or just different clothes for added fun. Do it at home so you can make use of every room – your favorite spots in the house – as a background.
Imagine a quiet night out in your garden or terrace, surrounded by twinkling stars and the sounds of the night, drinking hot chocolate, and plenty of conversation. It’s a given that people usually end up talking about deep and meaningful things such as life, God, heaven, or the reason behind our existence, when star gazing. If you can, borrow a telescope and some astronomy books so you can try and figure out different constellations.
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