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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ideas For Making Mother's Day Special, Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Mom. Get ready now.
In our busy lives, time flies by and we forget where we are. This weekend is a very special holiday. Did you know that? If not, here are some ideas for making Mother's Day special, Sunday, May 8th, 2011.

Get Your Mother's Day Card Now

The closer we get to Mother's Day, the lower the selection of cards left on the card racks. You don't want to be stuck buying a bent, smudged card for Mom. She deserves better than that.

Spend Time With Your Mother

If you can, make a point to visit your mother or have her to your place on Mother's Day. Most parents love nothing more than to spend time with their children and/or grandchildren.

If you're far away from your mother, you must call her. Time on the phone is the best you can do in a long distance situation, so don't miss the opportunity. Call her early, too. Don't leave her hanging until just before bedtime.

Take Mom To Dinner

Taking Mom out to her favorite restaurant is a great idea. However, Mother's Day is also the busiest day of the year for restaurants. If where you're planning on taking Mom requires reservations, make them right now.

If the restaurant does not require reservations, be prepared for a wait.

Cook For Mom

Most mothers are always in the kitchen. Give her a break. If you or one of your siblings or friends can cook well, preparing a meal just for Mom is always a treat. Don't worry if she wants to meddle in the kitchen. She's your mother and that's what makes her happy.

Buy Mom Flowers

You can place your order today and have it shipped when you want. Some florists will be offering Sunday delivery. Check to see if there are extra charges for Sunday delivery.

Keep in mind that roses always magically double in price the week of Mother's Day. Selecting another favorite flower of hers or a beautiful arrangement will save you some money and be just as wonderful a gift.

Take Mom To A Movie or A Play

A live show or a movie can be a great memory for you, your mother and your family. You could even rent a favorite movie of hers. Don't force her to watch the Godfather, just because you like it.

Buy Mom A Memorable or Useful Gift

A rule I learned a long time ago about buying gifts is to give a person something they already have lots of - that means they like whatever it is that they have been accumulating. If Mom has a collection of Hummels, then she obviously likes them. Add to her collection. Does your mother like kitchen gadgets, knitting, movies, music or books? If you know what she buys the most of, you'll be right on target by getting her more of the same.

Being creative and going out on a limb might backfire on you. You don't want to give your Mom a gift that she'll store in a closet, re-gift or ditch at a garage sale some day.

Don't Buy Candy At The Drug Store On Sunday

This is a horrible gift - buying Mom candy on the way to her house from the drug store. You'll find this is a hugely bad move on Valentine's Day or your Anniversary. (A TIP for all you "last minute" guys.)

Everyone knows that small boxes of Whitman's Samplers are afterthought gifts and speak badly of how much you think of your mother. Don't do it. Plan ahead.

Take Mom To Church

If religion is important to your mother, nothing will make her happier than you attending church services with her on Mother's Day. Usually, people that are active in a church have made friends there. Your Mom will be proud to introduce you and your family to her friends. Give her the opportunity to do that by being there with her.

Make Something For Mom

If your mother appreciates crafts, artwork, baked goods, or even home improvements, make her something. Your effort will speak volumes for how much you care for your mother.

If Your Mother Has Passed Away

Think of your Mom, go to church, say a prayer, or pull out something that reminds your of her. Remember and reminisce about the time your had with your mother. Think of how much she did for you and how lucky you were to have her as your Mom.

If you can, visit your mother's grave. If you haven't been there in a while, you might want to plan to stop there this Sunday.

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Focusing on what makes your mother happy is the best way to get her the perfect gift or plan the perfect event or outing.

Whatever you do, don't forget to say, I love you to your mother.

I hope these ideas for making Mother's Day special, Sunday, May 8th, 2011. Get busy. Time is running out.

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