Thanksgiving has passed, Black Friday is old news, and Cyber Monday is wrapping up. Any idea what I’m getting at? It means you only have 29 days until Christmas. That’s right, 29 days to finish up (or if you’re like me, start) your Christmas shopping. Yikes!
Hopefully the news wasn’t so unsettling that you stopped reading and are now in a mad rush to the mall. If you kept your cool, you’re in luck, especially if your mom is still on your shopping list. In the third installment of my series on holiday shopping, I’ll look at some of the top gifts you can get your mom this holiday season. Also, be sure to take a look at my ideas for your dad and the sports fans on your list.
If your mom is anything like mine, she appreciates anything that reminds her of family. Now that I’ve moved out and my brother and sister are both away at college, a picture of her three kids seems like the perfect idea. If you want the picture to include your mom and dad, set up a time for the whole family to get together. Top it off by placing it in a nice picture frame, and you can cross your mom off your shopping list.
My siblings and I used to give our parents homemade certificates for household chores. For example, we’d offer a certificate to wash the dishes, clean our rooms, and take the dog out. Yes, good kids would do those things without being asked. Unfortunately for our poor parents, we only offered to do the chores on special occasions. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts, I’ll guarantee your mom would happily take a night off from washing the dishes or cleaning the living room.
Trip to the spa
Moms like to be pampered. Let me rephrase that – girls, in general, like to be pampered (keep that in mind, guys). What says pampering more than a gift certificate to the spa to get a massage? The answer is nothing. I got my mom a $100 gift certificate to a spa a couple years ago, and I think she liked it even more than my certificate to clean my room. Who would have thought?
Laptops are expensive, I know. But if you have brothers and sisters to help split the cost, a new laptop could be the perfect gift for the mom who has kids in college. Think about it. If you live apart from your mom, she probably wishes she could see you more often than she does. That problem is solved with a new laptop and a lesson or two on how to use Skype.
Restaurant gift certificate
My mom cooked a lot while I was growing up. You name it, she cooked it. While I’d go so far as to say cooking is one of her hobbies, everyone likes going out to eat at least once in a while. Why not get her a gift certificate to a nice restaurant? Pick out a place you know your mom likes or get her a certificate to a place that serves the type of food she enjoys. She’ll appreciate taking a night off from cooking and doing dishes.
I generally avoid buying jewelry because I have no idea what my mom wants. I’m sure she’d like a nice pair of earrings, but I wouldn’t have a clue about where to start. Also, if I picked out a pair that she didn’t like, she wouldn’t tell me that she didn’t like them. It’d be a lose-lose for both of us. If you’re more confident in your jewelry picking, give it a try. Just proceed with caution.
When in doubt, I always turn to candles. My mom has candles all over the house. It’s the one gift I know I absolutely can’t mess up. Candles come in all different shapes, sizes and scents. A few years ago, I realized that I bought my mom candles for her birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas. I then noticed that she’d found a place in the house for all the candles I gave her.
It’s your turn, moms. What do you think of my ideas? What are some other gifts you’d be happy to receive? Let us know in the comments section below!