On this day set aside to acknowledge the hard work and loving care that goes into motherhood, honor all the special mothers in your life-- your sister, grandmother, spouse, friend, mother-in-law--in these unique and creative ways.
Offer Mom a chance to explore a new passion. If she's spoken of an unexplored interest--such as art, music, gourmet cooking, singing or golf--sign her up for lessons. Contact local community centers, teachers or clubs for references. If she's always wanted to play the drums, rent a set and locate a teacher.
Buy a flat of plants or flowers for her garden and plant them where she chooses; or put in a vegetable garden. (See "How to Start a Vegetable Garden")
Make her sigh with a fabulous spa day or a massage certificate, or book her a professional beauty treatment.
Get her computer hooked up to the Internet, or buy her a cell phone with a family plan if she says, "You never call! You never write!"
Plant a container with a lush mini herb garden that she can snip at will while cooking.
Have some favorite family photographs matted and framed for her to enjoy.
Take her to a local gym for a sample session of yoga, tai chi or personal training sessions. Better yet, you go too.
Take her sewing machine in to get serviced.
Gather your clan and book a professional photographer to take a portrait of the whole family. Costs range widely, but expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on the studio, and the number and size of prints you end up ordering. (See "How to Hire a Photographer")
Buy a gift certificate from a favorite store where she usually wouldn't indulge herself.
- Create a Mother's Day gift with the kids. Ask them to draw and sign portraits of Mom or Grandma, then buy simple frames and help them prepare and wrap their gifts.