By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, albeit rewarding, job there is. While the sentiment should be expressed all 365 days a year, saying ‘Happy Mother’s Day‘ this May 8th is a good way to start saying thank you for all that mothers do. But rather than let Hallmark do all the work, we asked Beauty News NYC readers for some of their favorite ways to make this special day even more special.
The Priceless Gift
Some of the most memorable and special gifts you could give or receive on Mother’s Day could cost as little as $10, or even nothing at all. Julie, mother of a 3-year-old boy with a baby on the way says, “Last year my son and I went to Michaels and bought those foam colored picture frames along with some stickers and glitter glue. We decorated them for each grandmother and then put a picture of the two of them in the frame. The grandmothers both loved their frames and my son and I had a great time making them together!”
Jessica, mother of two says, “my kids potted a plant for me and decorated the planter. They also decorated a yardstick to put in the ground where I would eventually transfer the plant to – very cute!” Such tangible gifts can be enjoyed day after day. Furthermore, this type of gift can inspire a lifelong favorite pastime (a.k.a. gardening) for mommy and her child to enjoy together all year round.
Crafts and activities with your children are wonderful, but don’t feel too bad if what you really want for Mother’s Day is a day off from motherhood. Rebecca, mother of a 2-year-old boy with a baby girl on the way says, “The best gift on Mother’s Day is to relieve her of all her
motherly duties. Do the dishes for her, cook for her, take care of the kids!” You can even go old-school style with a classic ‘coupon book’. Rachel, mother of 2, says her boys (with a little help from their dad) made a personalized coupon book for her. “There were a variety of coupons in it- they cleaned the kitchen after dinner, did a load of laundry (folding included), gave me a “hassle” free morning, a morning to sleep in, etc. I didn’t even need the coupon redeemable for any piece of jewelry I wanted, but I’ll admit that it was a nice touch.”
Holiday traditions often emerge organically. Whether it’s breakfast in bed or a BBQ at your aunt’s house every Mother’s Day, it might be years before you realize you’ve actually been doing the same thing on an annual basis. But with young children, you can start whatever traditions you’d like. Stephanie, mother of an almost 2-year-old girl with another on the way says, “I’ve only had one Mother’s Day so far, but it was nice – We did brunch at Norma’s in the Le Parker Meridien. It was definitely interesting, considering my daughter was 11 months old at the time, and my husband and I spent the entire meal keeping the silverware and condiments away from her! My husband offered to make me breakfast in bed this year, but I’m thinking we are going to try brunch again. The only thing more stressful than a meal out with a toddler would be a husband and toddler preparing breakfast on their own!”
Even the smallest gestures can meet with the greatest response. Stephanie goes on to say, “Our other “tradition” is that I am allowed to sleep as late as I want on Mother’s Day. This is something we are definitely going to do again this year! Though it is sad that I consider sleeping until 8am ‘sleeping in’!”
Jamie, mother of 2 girls says, “My aunt hosts lunch at her home for the whole family – my cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. Each mom (there are about 7 of us) buys the same small gift (around $10) for all the other moms – things like Sephora gift certificates, fancy chocolate bars, earrings, keychains, etc.” Such a tradition is not only fun for everyone, but it takes the pressure off of knowing what to get a particular person and how much to spend.
The Very Best that Money Can Buy
If money is no object, then certainly there are plenty of gifts to make any mother smile. From a day of pampering at the spa to a nice piece of jewelry (think diamonds), a mother deserves nothing less than the best.
From purses to clothes, Mother’s Day is the time to get her that luxury item she’s too practical to indulge in and buy for herself. And while it may be too late this year, it’s important to keep your ears open. Chances are, she has hinted at what she wants most. Whether it’s a trip to California to visit her sister or a new chandelier for the dining room, the sky’s the limit for the most important woman in your life. Happy Mother’s Day!