No matter how much you love and appreciate your mom, it’s not until you’re a brand-new mother yourself that you get it: this woman once suffered through pregnancy woes, sleepless nights and all of the other trials of motherhood—setting the stage for you to become an amazing mother yourself one day, with her as an example! Your husband is probably going to make a very big deal about you next Sunday, when you celebrate your very first Mother’s Day…as he should. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a big deal about your own mom.
Here are 5 simple, affordable ways to wish new grandmothers a happy Mother’s Day:
- Low-Key Luncheon
Don’t want to drag a new baby into a crowded restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day but not quite up for cooking up a storm? Try these super-easy, healthy and delicious recipes to surprise and delight the new grandma (then delegate serving and clean-up duty to the new dad and grandpa!)
Your mom will appreciate the effort, and you won’t have to deal with crowds, long waits or the missing the baby’s nap time since the crib is literally steps away from the table!
- “You Don’t Look Like You Could Be a Grandma” Gift Basket
You know what they say about babies…smiling at them will make you wrinkle up! Give your mother an anti-aging gift set like the Andalou Naturals Age Defying 5-Piece Set or MyChelle Dermaceuticals’ aptly named Hello Beautiful Age Spot UV Recovery Collection—so she’ll stay as youthful looking tomorrow as she is today!
- IOU for a Girls’ Night Out
Let me guess: you barely have any free time to yourself anymore, and when you do, it’s date night, and Grandma is the babysitter. Offer your mom a “gift certificate” for a night on the town with just you alone as a way of reminding her that you still love her company. Or if you’re not up for outings without baby, make it an at-home pajama party, complete with DIY pedicures and facial masks.
- Mommy & Me; Grandma & Me
Find a photo of you and your mom from your babyhood. Find another photo of your baby with your mom. Put both of them in a double-sided, pretty frame that she can display for a doubly-sweet reminder of happy days from the past, and the happy future ahead with her growing family!
- Baby’s First Love Letter
You can shower her with flowers; you can dazzle her with jewels; you can pamper her head-to-toe with spa products. But if you really want to touch her, have the baby “write” a letter to her, telling her what she means to him or her and recounting the ways she’s made his first months in the world special. Even if you’re not expecting waterworks, you might want to jokingly attach the letter to a box of tissues!