Keep It Simple: Mother’s Day 2013

Mother’s Day is just a couple of days away meaning you must be mindful of what you’re going to be giving to your mother. Now, I personally believe that a simple phone call can do just as much as a bouquet of flowers. It really isn’t about the cost; it’s about the sentiment that is attached along with it.

Here are a few traditional and more non-traditional options to make your mother happy she brought you into this world.

Phone call

Now, I realize that this might seem a little bit too small and insignificant, but I know for a fact that parents love any interaction they can get out of us. It’s hard for them to let us go into the world on our own without them by our side every step of the way. When you make the effort to give them a ring, they feel as if you haven’t completely abandoned them and want to let them in on your hectic life.

Surprise visit

This isn’t possible for everyone, due to the fact that some people’s mother’s live many states away, but for those that have the transportation and time, surprising your mother by taking the time and showing up for the weekend would make any mom cry. They just want to spend time with you, and by taking the initiative to pop on in, they’ll think that’s one of the best things you can get them.

Photo book

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good ol’ sentimental book of photos? Take the time to go through some of your favorite memories (via picture) and create a book full of your favorite moments with your mom. Bonus points if you write a little bit about what you loved so much about that moment in time. She’ll appreciate you being able to remember all the wonderful times you’ve had together.

Concert tickets

I don’t know about your mom, but both my mother and myself love concerts. We’ve been to our fair share together (Michael Buble anyone?) and I think it’s a great time to spend the evening with belting some awesome tunes with your momma. Sometimes that means not always getting tickets that you’ll both love. But maybe if you’re lucky you can find some overlapping artists that could give you both a little a present.

Your favorite childhood book

Was there a book your mother always used to read to you? Go pick it up from your local bookstore and write a really wonderful note in the front cover. Bring up a nice childhood memory and how you remember her reading the book to you. It will be a nice thing for her to keep by her bed to look at when she misses you while you’re away at college.

Chocolate covered anything

Ummm, hello, chocolate! Not much need for explanation on this one! Chocolate covered pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows, and even potato chips. This is the perfect gift for anyone and everyone. Diamonds are a girl best friend? Psh, please. I think you mean chocolate.

Gift card

This might seem like a cop out of sorts but who doesn’t love free money to their favorite place? Make sure you take some time to think about what place would be most appreciated by your mother. Whether that be for food, clothing, makeup, or electronics, make sure she’ll beam while opening it, knowing she won’t have to pay out of pocket!

So no matter if it’s a small gesture or a nice big present, make sure you recognize all the wonderful things your mother has done for you over the years. And don’t just stop after Mother’s Day, keep up the love all year around.

Thanks to all you moms out there. You make life so much better. We love you!

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.