Every Mom is different, but one thing we all have in common is the love for our families and the need for a bit of appreciation for our non-stop, 24-hours-a-day/seven-days-a-week job. While a full night’s sleep, clean house, laundry help, or a time machine may be on the wishlist for many moms, most would agree that the perfect Mother’s Day gift is a fun-filled family day. Here are a few ideas that can help make this Mother’s Day—May 12—one she will cherish for years.
For the artistic
Village Pottery Café: You can get little one’s handprints done on tiles, coffee mugs, plates, and Christmas tree ornaments. Or your child can paint his/her own piece of pottery for Mom. There’s no kiln fee; you only pay for the price of the pottery. And if you want to make an event out of it, you can eat lunch or have a dessert while creating Mom a gift she will treasure for years to come. Be sure to visit the shop a couple weeks before to get your art back in time for Mom’s special day.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 a.m.–5 p.m.
Decorate a frame for her favorite family photo
Let the kids decorate a ceramic pot, or help them with it, and plant one of Mom’s houseplants in it. Or if she doesn’t have a green thumb, fill it with artificial flowers/plants.
Get some non-toxic paint and a piece of paper to capture the little ones’ handprints (and don’t leave a mess behind for Mom to clean up!). This could be part of a homemade Mother’s Day card.
Draw a portrait of her favorite family photo/photo of the little one(s)
For the animal lover
Dickerson Park Zoo: Free admission for mothers on Mother’s Day
Cost for others: 2 and under: Free; 3–12: $3; Adults and teens: $8; Senior discount available
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (April–September)
Adopt an animal. If Mom loves animals and your family is ready for the commitment involved with a furry family member, consider adoption. There are several pet adoption agencies around, including the Humane Society and C.A.R.E.
Get a fish with a simple and elegant fish tank. If Mom loves animals, but your family isn’t quite ready for the commitment needed for a cat or dog, consider getting a fish, like a Beta. Fish can be relaxing to watch swim around, a way to teach little ones responsibility, and a lot less demanding considering there is no potty training, teething, or obedience issues.
For the chef
Give Mom a break from prepping and cleaning up after a meal! Several restaurants throughout Branson, Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, and Republic offer Mother’s Day specials, whether it be a special brunch or a discount for family’s head lady. Call your family’s favorite restaurant to see if there are any specials for Mom this year. Most recommend reservations as Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays for restaurants.
For the pampered
Consider a spa treatment to let Mom relax; there are dozens of options available. Whether it is a one-hour massage or a full-day of pampering with a massage, manicure, pedicure, and facial, Mom will appreciate any time she can get.
If needed, set up childcare so she doesn’t have to worry about where her minis will be while she takes a little R&R.
Jewelry. Enough said. Be it a necklace or ring with the little ones’ birth stones, or a pair of sparkling earrings, moms that love jewelry will appreciate a few gems that shine almost as much as their child’s eyes.
For the festival lover
Mother’s Brewery Company: This Springfield brewery will host its third annual Mother’s Day Festival on May 18, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature local food, artists, bands, and beverages. For more information, visit www.mothersbrewing.com.
For the homebody
Bring Mom her favorite breakfast in bed or make her favorite meal for dinner. And, of course, offer to do the dishes afterward.
Do some of the chores that Mom would normally do for her. For example, if Sunday is laundry day, help her out. Even if you’ve been banished from doing the laundry because you just can’t seem to get the right amount of soap down, offer to fold the mountains of clothes when they are dry.
Take some photos of Mom with her children: Moms are most often on the other side of the camera, doing all the picture taking. Let her get some of the spotlight with her favorite people.
Flowers and chocolates are often considered cliché, but they are nonetheless great gifts. Get her a bouquet that includes her favorite flowers (if you know them)—big or small, she will love every flower she gets.