First off, anything my children have ever hand made me for Mother's Day is my favorite. Over the years Kendall has come up with some sweet gifts. Jess and Jentry are just starting to enter into that stage of homemade gifts and I absolutely love it. But, today I am going to share a little about what the hubby has given me for helping bring his little delights into this world.
One of my favorite books is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If you haven't read it definitely grab (or download) a copy. It is so insightful in dealing with people. It basically breaks down the five love languages people speak. They are Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. Basically people act in the love language that they want to receive love in. In other words, I love gifts, so I stress and stress over buying someone something just right because I love the joy of giving someone a gift...and I love the thrill of receiving a gift. Unfortunately, my husband DOES not speak the gift giving language that I do, but he is learning. I guess after a few failed years of giving me cookie sheets (because I love to cook) and a Barry Manilow CD (because he got confused and thought it was Rod Steward), he has seen me disappointed a few times and has stepped it up over the last few years.
I know, what you're thinking...I'm greedy. Well, no, this is my love language. In Mark's defense, he doesn't have to build me up with words, spend time with me, do anything for me, or touch. Just leave the gifts on the night stand and no one gets hurt...
Here's the thing; when it comes to gifts, I like experiences. So, I guess I am part receiving gifts, part quality time. Stuff is fine, but I really want to see and do. Mark has surprised me with Ranger tickets a few times. One year for Christmas he bought me season tickets to Dallas Summer Musicals (which actually are not in the summer), where I got to see Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, Flashdance and Wicked. One year for Valentines, he surprised me with tickets to see the Beatles tribute band Rain, which I loved! But, the very best Mother's Day gift I ever received was...wait for it...this may come as a shock...tickets to see Rod Stewart! I LOVE Rod Stewart and was over the moon at the chance to get to see him live! I know what you are thinking, and yes, we were the youngest people there. The good news is old people don't stand for concerts, so unlike many concerts that I have been to, you just sit calmly and let the musician do his thing. Perfect!
(Look even his back ground singers and musicians are sitting down)
Not every gift has to be over the top of expensive. My advice to you when trying to pick out a gift, is to determine their love language. In honor of Mother's Day, I came up with a few ideas for each love language.
Words of Affirmation: One of my favorite gifts Kendall made me when she was younger was a little box full of things she loved about me. There was a little tag on it telling me to read one of the little notes whenever I was having a bad day. It is still on my dresser today. Mom's also love handwritten notes. Just a simple, sweet note of appreciation goes a long way.
Acts of Service: Basically Mom's want a break from the routine. Mom's would love to have the cars cleaned out and vacuumed, dinner cooked, the house cleaned, or any other chore done you know Mom dreads. A coupon book is also a great idea.
Receiving Gifts: When I receive a gift, I like it to be something I would not ordinarily buy myself. A few of my favorite things to receive are Philosophy and Kendra Scott.
Quality Time: Mom wants to spend time with her tribe. Think of something the whole family can enjoy. It could be something as small as movie tickets, or as big as a weekend getaway. One of my favorite outings for our family was a trip to the Food Trucks in downtown Dallas. Everyone got something different to eat, the kids played in the park, and Mark and I got to enjoy it together.
Physical Touch: You aren't going to find many women that will turn down a pedicure or massage. A gift certificate to a spa would be the perfect gift for mom. Or maybe she would just enjoy a nice evening in, watching movies and cuddling on the couch.
There you have it; a few gift ideas from me. Be sure to check out Shelly's blog to see what other Mom's are saying today! I'm also linking up with Beth for Tuesday Talk, as usual.