Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate those close to you in your life & show them how important they are. It’s a day to enjoy the ones you love & to show them how much they are appreciated! I am a huge believer in gift-giving, whether it is a tangible gift or not. There is a stigma behind Mother’s Day that says lavish gifts & chocolates are the ways to make mom feel special. Don’t get me wrong, a more monetary gift is never wrong, but not all of us want this or can afford it. There are much more personal & sentimental ideas that anyone can do for Mother’s Day.
As a new mom, I appreciate the little things.
For Mother’s Day, the gift of time is rarely given. From my post “My Love of Giving Gifts: Celebrating Grandma”, I talk about how spending quality time with someone can be just as important & meaningful as a card or present. Being around those I love and enjoying one another without distractions are the best moments. You cannot exchange memories for flowers or chocolates.
Quality time can be an array of activities from a walk in the park or around town, to enjoying your favorite books. We make it a point to enjoy our time together after work because with a toddler & a routine bed time, there isn’t much time some evenings. Making it a priority to be present in the moment, without our devices, is a gift any Mom would want on Mother’s Day.
“A central aspect to quality time is togetherness. I do not mean proximity… Togetherness has to do with focused attention.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
We decided to treat ourselves this upcoming Mother’s Day with an outing together & with the entire extended family. Living here in Oregon, you plan around two things: your toddler & the weather. Fingers crossed both are in good spirits that day so we can make it Scarlett’s first zoo trip! Next week, I will have a post on our trip & ways to make packing with a toddler easy with our Ju-Ju-Be BFF!
A few other ideas if you are looking to make quality time a bit more special are having a dinner planned & babysitter booked or going to a new movie at your local theater. Something extra fun & unique, if you have one in your area, is going to the drive-in movie theater! We have one here in Newberg, Oregon & it is a nice outing that really brings you back!
Who doesn’t love receiving a homemade card or gift? This is one of the easiest & most sentimental gifts you can give to someone. It shows them you were thinking about them & how much they mean to you. Cards are the simplest way to wish someone a Happy Mother’s Day, homemade or store bought.
This small gesture can go a long way, especially for those that receiving gifts is their main love language.
We have Scarlett in daycare once a week & I will forever cherish the simple gift they made us for our first Mother’s Day. With little ones, it can take a bit of planning & the execution might not always be what was intended, but the result will always turn out to be something perfect. They had such a unique idea & it can be duplicated for any age!
I already have the only gift I will ever want & need, which is a healthy & happy family. People think this is clique, but it is what’s most important to me. For this Mother’s Day, take just one moment to think, what would Mom really want? It only takes a minute to make something special or enjoy that afternoon together.
Chapman, Gary D. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Chicago: Northfield Pub, 1995. Print & Website. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/