#10: Gift Certificates to her Favorite Coffee Shop or Café - Even better if you arrange for friends to join her or you go with her yourself!
#9: Tuition for a Class (pottery, language, gardening, etc.) - There are many classes through local adult education programs or local clubs and organizations. If you have a skill your mom would enjoy learning, you could set up the class yourself and be the teacher.
#8: Special or Professional Photos of her Children - If you don't have much to spend, look for fun photo ideas on Pinterest and then recreate the projects yourself.
#7: Gift Certificate to her Favorite Home Décor
Store - While many people feel like giving a gift certificate is less desirable than a regular gift, recipients say they are one of the BEST gifts! And home decorating...you can hardly go wrong.
#6: Haircut, Manicure or Massage -If your mom doesn't already have a favorite stylist, this would be a great time to try someone new! You can find great deals on groupon or livingsocial for first-time visits.
#5: Scrapbook or DVD
Featuring her in her roles as Mother/Grandmother - This can be as simple as photos of her with each of her children & grandchildren, to a more elaborate scrapbook tribute with memories of times with her written by each member of the family to accompany the photos. Hardcover photo books are now super easy to put together online thru sites like Shutterfly, MyPublisher, or Blurb.
#4: Housecleaning Service - If you are short on funds, you could always do the cleaning yourself, perhaps as a surprise while Mom is out having a lunch and shopping date with a friend.
#3: Jewelry - While advertisers would like you to think "Diamonds are forever" when you think of jewelry gifts--and I am sure there are many women who like sparkly (and expensive) jewelry--most of the moms I know would really love an everyday necklace or bracelet - something casual to wear with shorts and sandals.
#2: Room Makeover - This can be as elaborate as a surprise transformation while she is gone on vacation, or as simple as offering your time and labor to help her with a project she already has planned.
#1: Weekend Vacation - It can be a ritzy hotel getaway with shopping the Magnificent Mile, or it can be a trip to an out-of-town friend's house. It can be fast paced, slow paced, or snail paced. It can be carefully arranged months in advance or thrown together at the last minute. With or without the rest of the family. What it can't be is WORK for her! Guys, the only way she is going to appreciate camping with preschoolers as a good idea for mother's day is if she has NO involvement with ANY of the process, from packing to pitching the tent, to KP duty--all the way thru to UNPACKING, drying out the tent and sleeping bags, and putting everything back away when you get home. And 8 out of 10 mothers surveyed would only appreciate camping with preschoolers as a mother's day gift if you took the preschoolers camping and left her home alone!
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