We’ve got around to following a lot of American observances; and perhaps Mother’s Day is more worthy than a lot of others (more significant certainly, than April Fool’s Day and Ground Hog Day). Mother’s Day falls on the 2ndSunday of every May, so this year, it’s going to be on 11th May 2014 (this is plenty of notice, you don’t have the excuse of not finding the time to get a gift). And since a whole swarm of websites now cater to Mother’s Day gifts and can send off a gift for you simply with the help of a few clicks of a computer mouse, you really have no excuse.
You may well say, why do we need Mother’s Day – we should be thoughtful and generous with our mothers every day. Sure, but it’s a good idea to be reminded to do this – most of us are so caught up in our day to day routines and niggling problems that we tend to lose sight of the important things in life. So it’s a good idea to have a reminder such as Mother’s Day. We look at some of the best gifts for Indian mothers, this Mother’s day:
1. The Saree
Now this one is almost filmi, the dutiful son/daughter bringing a saree for the mother; you cannot go wrong! Unless of course your mother doesn’t wear a saree… but you get the drift: a salwar kameez, jeans or whatever; a gift of some sort involving clothes and/or accessories. A fairly obvious choice.
2. Serve Her Breakfast In Bed
On this day pamper her you mom to the fullest extent.She need not lift a finger today.Start her day with a yummy breakfast made at home with her favourites on the menu. This is sure to make her smile.
3. A Holiday Or Spa Day
If you have a bunch of spare cash lying around, gift your mother a lavish holiday – let her choose whether she wants to go with a friend or have a second honeymoon with dad. If you are a person of more modest means (like most of us) gift her some pampering at her favourite salon or beauty parlour or a spa day where she can get beauty treatments, a massage and so on.
4. A Dedicated Day
If you’ve been very busy recently or if your mother frequently says that you don’t have time for her, gift her an entire day of your time (lighten up it’s a Sunday!) Take her out to lunch or a movie, for shopping, or just be with her at home, cook her a meal, spend time doing what she likes.
Jewellery is again something you cannot go wrong with. It need not be a expensive piece (though I have yet to see a woman of any age turn down a diamond) some stylish costume jewellery may work just as well. However if you have a mom who dislikes surprises as much as mine, it would be safe to take her shopping. If that is not possible, ask her to choose from few options.
6. WattsApp Mom!!?? Gift Her A Smartphone
Tell her that you can send her photos of her grandkids instantly to get her interested. Throw in some hours to teach her how to operate the thing too. She will be the envy of all her friends with the new phone and new savvy tech skills.
7. A Matching-Matching Gift
Get a bracelet for her that says ‘Ma’ (or mom or amma or aai, or any of the hundred terms we use for our mothers in our country) and a matching one that says ‘Son’ or ‘Daughter’. Get matching outfits (that salwar kameez would be nice if you’re both women, if you’re a guy you may think of matching t-shirts) bags, and so on. And before you say ‘Cheesy’ may I remind you moms like cheesy?
8. Start A New Activity With Your Mom
Mom and you have been talking about that great yoga or cooking class in the neighborhood or the book club that you have wanted to start or join. Make it happen on this day. Start the book club and have your first session or join that yoga class together making you both healthier and wealthier in mind and body.
9. A Digital Photo Collage
Pictures of your mother and you – from childhood (even perhaps when she was pregnant with you if you can manage that one) till the present day, can be a priceless gift of memories. Create an album, put them in a digital photo frame or create a big wall collage. A tear-jerking winner!
10. Collection Of Her Fave Movies Or Music
Take some time to look for these based on her favourite actor or genre of film. Buy her a personal audio system (MP3 player or iPod) and load all her favourite songs on there. Make her a special CD of her favouite music (this will work very well if you’re a skinflint or if you’re a poor school/college kid struggling from one cup of coffee at CCD to the next).
So you have some nice ideas for mother’s day gifts – stay tuned for the top 10 worst gifts for her; what you should avoid getting her and why.