Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother's Day & The Quest for The Ultimate Gift

Every year we rack our brains trying to think of the perfect gift for my mother-in-law. Every year there is a huge list of rejected ideas and shoes of some sort end up being the gift chosen. I have compiled a list of some ideas that may not have worked for us but my work great for your mother or wife (on behalf of the kids of course). Some may seem a little odd or boring, but I have included a few practical gifts for the mom who has it all or wants something very useful.

Manicure and/or Pedicure - If you are trying to stick to a budget consider only getting one of these for her and getting one for yourself so you can go together! As much as she would love all the pampering I am sure she would love an hour and a half with you to herself more! You could always do both of them together too!

Flat Iron - This is great for any mom who is just getting into straightening her hair, or only does it when she is at the salon. Check out this one! Great deal for a great product, limited time offer!

Audio Books -  I think this one is great. If your mom is someone who is in the car a lot or is always running around the house, she could listen to book while doing so! Audible Books has plans starting at $7.49 for the first 3 months then $14.95 the months after, you can cancel at anytime, or you can just purchase some credits for books.

Year worth of car detailing - Glamorous no, practical yes! What person enjoys vacuuming out the car? Pretty much no one is a safe bet. Consider getting a monthly pass or even bi-monthly. Call around for the best price as they vary greatly. One near my house does a basic detail for $23, while another charges $49.

Perfect her favorite meal - It is easy to make someone a dish that you like or that you are good at, but making someone else's favorite dish just-so is a challenge, but one that is sure to be appreciated!

Spring clean - If you don't have a big budget cleaning out the garage, basement or closet then dropping the use able stuff at a donation site for charity is a great idea.

Yard work - If your mom is the grass cutter/weed puller or raker in the household, consider making gift cards for her work a lawn cut ever week for 3 months. Just make sure to follow through on this one!

Photobook - Compile a bunch of your/her favorite photos and have a book professionally done up. I had one done at Costco for my husband, and it turned out great!

Portrait session - If it has been years or never sine your last family photo getting everyone together to have an up-to-date photo taken may be the perfect gift. Moms love that kind of stuff. Or may be a session with just her and the grand kids?!?! You know she will be showing them off to all her friends.

More than anything money can buy your mother/wife/babies' mama she would rather just spend the time with you!

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