Mother's Day is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking of what together for her special day. Instead of reverting to the usual gifts she's come to expect, try something new and improved, though still reminiscent of the Classic lineup of thoughtful presents.

Mother's Day Card

The extent of a child’s gift-giving capabilities tends to be a homemade card. Picture this: A white scrap of printer paper filled with marker-drawn, stick-figure reenactments of their mother, complete with a squiggly version of the words “I love you.” Now, any mother would be happy to receive this adorable rendition of them, but by the time one reaches the age of ten, it’s time to step up your game.

Homemade cards are still an option but turn to the internet for some quick doodles accompanied by a cute pun, or if you really want to push yourself, find a more extensive tutorial that includes cutting and gluing layers of cardstock together for a beautiful design worthy of your wonderful mother. She’ll notice the extra effort and love that you put into it and love you even more for it, while you can keep the secret that it only took you about 30 minutes.

To find tutorials, Pinterest and the internet, in general, are your best friend.

A Bouquet of Flowers

A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for anyone, but a classic for a reason. The simple, fresh gift conveys love and appreciation to whoever receives them. However, flowers don’t last forever,

A bouquet is still possible, but try some alternatives; paper flowers made from your mom’s favorite book pages, a candy bouquet filled with an assortment of her favorite sweets, a yarn and button bouquet if she loves sewing and crafting, or even fruit if she’s a health-nut.

Think about your mom and her interests and draw from that.

If you’re on a budget, you can easily put together any of these options, but if you’re not the crafty type, you can also order a myriad of bouquets online.

Breakfast in Bed

A plate complete with scrambled eggs, toast, and a tall glass of orange juice is the epitome of a Sunday morning breakfast, and I’m sure mom would appreciate waking up to this, but we can do better, without too much effort.

Take a look at Modern breakfast staples and take a page from their book. Avocado toast has made its way into the hearts of America’s hipsters, overnight oats have livened up the drab oatmeal from our childhood, and breakfast quiches are a yummy way of spicing up your usual order of hard boiled or scrambled. Take a few minutes just a few days before mother’s day and put together a meal plan along doing any needed meal prep the night before.

This isn’t necessarily changing up the idea of breakfast in bed itself, just giving mom a more modern but still yummy, start to the day.

Now, brunch isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Giving you and your mom a chance to dress up and spend time together is a great thing, no matter what. But, we’ve all been to brunch and if you don’t make a reservation at least a week in advance, you’ll get stuck waiting at least an hour to be seated.

Instead, try something a little more original: tea.

A tea party. Like the ones, you held as a child, except with actual food and actual tea and with people who will actually serve you. You’d be surprised how easy it is to find a venue in your area that hosts private tea parties. You will have to call in advance and schedule your brunch or lunch, but I promise, it’s a blast spending an afternoon holding your pinkies high and using your poshest British accents. Take your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, best friend, or any of the special women in your life and take the day to enjoy each other’s company in a unique environment. To begin your search just ‘google’ “tea parties near me”.

Chocolates

In our final suggestion, we’re touching on the ultimate guilty pleasure and figuring out how to make it even more indulgent. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll take any chocolate, whether it’s Hershey’s or Godiva, but on mom’s special day, let’s turn her chocolate into an experience.

Take some time to search your area for local chocolate and candy shops or even factories. That saying “like a kid in a candy store” is real and applies to everyone whether 5 years old, or 55 years old. Surprise your mom by letting your mom pick out her own treats. It not only specializes her gift from you but allows you time to bond as well.

Ultimately, remember that no matter what you get your mother on her special day, as long as it comes from the heart, she’ll love it, no doubt.

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