Yes, it’s coming, like a shark’s dorsal fin speeding through the water that can’t be stopped…duuuh-nah……..…..duuuuh-nah……………duuuh-nah, duuuh-nah…………….duh-nah, duh-nah, duh-nah, duh-nah………dunn, dunn, dunn, dunn, dunn, dunn (yes, that’s my poor attempt to put the theme to Jaws into words, sorry). Of course, that dorsal fin represents Mother’s Day, which arrives on Sunday, May 14th. But don’t panic, at least not yet, because here are some unique gift ideas for the mother that has everything, I mean, after all, she has you!
Something different – Now, of course these gifts are not for all moms as we all know, every mom is different. But here’s a sampling of some interesting gift ideas.
- Drunken owl wine bottle holder – I don’t know why, but every time I look at this thing it makes me smile. Maybe it’s because it’s such a random animal (I mean an owl?) and it looks like a baby drinking a bottle…is that creepy? Hopefully it will make your mom smile too. Check it out here: http://www.homewetbar.com/drunken-owl-wine-bottle-holder-p-4187.html
- Dawn redwood Bonsai forest – Rather than flowers, why not get your mom something that will last quite a while and is perfect for a table center and conversation piece? And it looks really cool. Here it is: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/dawn-redwood-bonsai-forest
- A personalized smart phone case – Wouldn’t you like your mom to always carry a picture of her favorite child (you) in the form of a smart phone case? Well, all you need to do is go here and design a case that’s perfect for your perfect mother: https://www.mycustomcase.com/
- Literary candles – I think, genetically, once a woman becomes a mother they immediately become candle aficionados. I don’t question this strange phenomenon, I just cater to it. That being the case, here are some unique scents for the candle and literature loving mom in your life that are linked to Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice (and zombies…yes, a book was written and a movie produced entitled “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I neither read the book nor viewed the movie). Peruse them here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/literary-candles
- Time saving and delicious meals from MagicKitchen.com – The last thing you want your mother doing on her day is cooking, or on any other special or non-special day for that matter. Have the Mother’s Day meal delivered to her (or your) door and save her (or you) a great deal of time and hassle. MagicKitchen permits you to customize your meal and also offers delectable “bundles” to include Gourmet, Customer Favorites, Homestyle, and Top-Rated bundles. Have your Pavlovian (you know, that Russian dude that conditioned a poor dog to salivate at the sound of a bell) moment here: http://www.magickitchen.com/menu/mothers-day.html
“Make” her something – And no, I’m not referring to like a dining room table or a back porch or something, unless she really needs either of those two things. I was thinking of something a bit more personal, something that she wants rather than needs, something intimately linked to you, her and your family.
Here’s a quick example: last year I semi-learned how to play the guitar (no, I didn’t go so far as to write the music and lyrics to a sappy “I Love You Mom” type song). My mother, as she constantly reminds me, was born in Ireland and we immigrated to the US back in 1968. Anyway, despite becoming an American citizen, she has missed her homeland ever since.
So last year, I learned to play and sing (terribly, I might add) “Danny Boy” and I played and sang it for her on Mother’s Day. Yes, I missed a few notes and sang REALLY off key. However, by the time I was done, she had a tear on her cheek and a smile on her face. She then exclaimed it was the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gift I had ever bestowed upon her in my 51 years on this earth. I then asked her “why?” and she simply said, in her fading Irish accent, “Because you put some thought into the gift and “made” it just for me. Nothing’s more personal than that.”
I firmly believe that you can do the same thing for your mother…not play and sing Danny Boy, but make her something with your mind and two hands. Write her a poem, or a song, or a play, or a rap song, or a short story about you, her and your family. Create a photo essay or a humorous, yet poignant power point presentation that you present to her and the whole family or montage with old family photos.
Draw or paint your family or an old house you all lived in, or her favorite place she likes to sit and think, or an old pet. Throw (as on a pottery wheel, not literally “throw”) a flower pot or coffee mug for her. Plant a tree for her, or her favorite plant, flowering bush, or perennial. Create a short movie for her with your smart phone. Just use your imagination, make the gift personal to her and try to make her laugh and cry at the same time. She’ll love you even more for it, if that’s possible.