Make her cry. In a good way.
Take your Mother’s Day gift from good to great with a tearjerking twist that will leave you both feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
1. The Gift: Sunglasses
Because, you know, she’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom!
The Tearjerker: A matching pair for you.
They don’t have to be exactly the same, just similar, maybe the same color or the same designer. It’s a little nerdy, but moms eat that stuff up.
2. The Gift: A good bottle of wine Of course, if your mom’s like mine, a whole lot of cheap wine could work just as well. My mama loves her some Franzia.
The Tearjerker: Hang out and drink it with her while asking her questions about herself.
Wine + personal stories x your undivided attention = guaranteed tears
3. The Gift: A trip for two
If it’s your mom you’re shopping for, make it a trip for the two of you. If it’s your aunt or a friend, maybe you can make the trip something for her and her significant other. If a full-blown trip is too pricey, just go for a night out instead: a concert, dinner, a play, etc.
The Tearjerker: Tie up all the loose ends for her.
Make it as easy for her as possible. If she’s got young kids, arrange a sitter or offer to babysit yourself. Coordinate with her significant other to organize the whole thing so it’s at a time when she’s free and she doesn’t have to do anything but enjoy herself.
4. The Gift: Reflexology
Moms spend way too much time on their feet. Those things are tired. They need some love. But reflexology isn’t just a foot massage. It targets specific pressure points to relax your whole body.
The Teakjerker: More reflexology
Certain pressure points in the foot can release emotional tensions as well as physical ones, so a good session may actually make her cry with relief. It’s crazy. And addictive. If you haven’t done it yourself, you need to. It’s amazing.
5. The Gift: A fancy coffee machine (that’s easy to use)
She’s tired, but she’s also got stuff to do, and daily trips to Starbucks are tough to squeeze in when you’ve got kids.
The Tearjerker: A bunch of those little pods that make the coffee.
Tape a note to the inside of the box with all the pods that gives a website where she can reorder when she is ready, and take some time before you give it to her to watch some YouTube videos about exactly how the machine works, so you can show her how to use it yourself instead of just throwing the instructions at her and leaving her to figure it out on her own, ’cause she don’t got time for that shit.
6. The Gift: A gorgeous picture frame
I’m pretty sure there’s a picture frame hormone that gets released during pregnancy.
The Tearjerker: An old photo of her with her mother. It should be a picture she hasn’t seen in a long time — maybe her and her mother when she was a little girl. Maybe her grandmother, if they were particularly close. Ask a relative to help you find a good one or dig around in the garage for an afternoon and see what turns up. Just make sure the frame has glass in it because otherwise that old photo you worked so hard to find is going to get ruined by a flood of salty, nostalgic mom-tears.
7. The Gift: Jewelry
After all those years of macaroni necklaces and Play-Doh brooches, you finally owe her something good and you both know it.
The Tearjerker: Get it engraved. It can be something short and sweet, like initials or the date you were born, but if there’s room, try to make it something personal like a nickname or a short phrase commemorating an event that’s special to the both of you or thanking her for something she does.
8. The Gift: A bag upgrade
Look at the bag she uses most often and find her something in a comparable size and color that’s just, well, nicer — richer leather, sturdier hardware, a cooler lining, etc.
The Tearjerker: Turn it into a Mother’s Day stocking. Fill it with all her favorite things — beauty products, a book by her favorite author, a new iPhone cover, whatever — and wrap each gift individually. She’ll be so touched!
9. The Gift: Fitness gear
She barely has time to exercise, let alone buy new workout clothes, but exercise is important and new clothes can be a great motivator.
The Tearjerker: Schedule a class the two of you can take together and plan to take her out to brunch after. Anything that lets her spend more time with you is pretty much guaranteed to tug on the ol’ heartstrings.