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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. And in case you are bored of giving the usual gifts to your loving mothers, worry not! There are many heartfelt gifts you can use to make this day special. What’s best – all these are free! Celebrate Mother’s Day this year with these warm gifts to show you care. Make it special for your mother with one of these beautiful gestures
Mothers are usually the early risers in the family. Surprise them by waking up earlier than them on Mother’s Day.
Make her favorite breakfast item. If your culinary skills don’t allow to cook a detailed meal, don’t fret. Fix a quick breakfast – toast, tea, and fruits. Work on the presentation. Assemble the breakfast on a fancy tray with a flower on the side. And you’ve done enough to impress your mother! Start the day with this special gesture.
Ask any mother, they all have a long list of pending tasks – cupboards to be arranged, a pressure cooker that needs a new gasket, a broken handle of the dresser that needs fixing, or the cleaning of an exhaust fan. The list goes on and on.
Relieve her of these tasks. She has taken care of you for a long time. It’s your time to payback. Ease her workload, and complete these pending tasks. This would give her more free time for a month or two. I did it once for my mother. She was happy beyond words.
We use technology to connect with our friends and family. Go a step ahead and make it special for your mom.
Download an app she needs and teach her to use it. It can be as simple as the Weather App. Or any other thing she is passionate about. A few suggestions – WhatsApp Video Call, Skype, Pedometer++, or a news portal app, or an app for religious days or festivals, or an app for a bookish mom like Goodreads or Kindle app… the possibilities are many, depending on her interests. If you still can’t figure out which app, simply ask where she needs assistance, and find the right app for it.
Surprise your mother by throwing her an intimate lunch. Invite her friends too. Go with a homecooked meal. Make her favourite dishes. Ask your siblings to pitch in, if possible. Give your mother a chance to bask in the warmth of your love in front of her friends. It will surely make this day special.
Mothers worry a lot. So why not make her life a little easy? Gift her a promise.
Promise to leave a habit that stresses her out. Say no to fast driving. Vow to eat on time. Vow to quit smoking. Give her an assurance that you would put away the bad habit. This would be the best gift to her on Mother’s Day.
There is no better gift than the gift of words.
Pour your emotions on a piece of paper. Write a heartfelt letter. For creative souls, write a poem. Preferably use your mother tongue. It adds more charm.
Give it to her and ask her to read it in front of you, or you read it to her. If you are away from your mother, recite it over the phone or on a video call.
Nothing says ‘I care’ more than participating in a cause someone believes in.
If your mother is a part of a charity, volunteer for a day. Go with her and participate. If your mother is religious, go to the temple with her. Extend your support – pledge to become a member.
Walks provide a good bonding time. Go for an evening walk with your mother. Talk, listen and share. Give her your undivided attention, like she gives you hers. Put your phone on silent. Get to know her better. Use this day to connect with her.
Organic is the new buzz word. It’s natural, safe and cheap. Use homemade scrub and pamper your mother. Give her a manicure or a pedicure. Tell her to relax while you care take of her.
But in case you’re pressed for time and can’t do any of it – simply call her and say ‘thank you’ for being a great mother. She, like always, would appreciate your gesture with an open heart.
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