Where do you start buying gifts for your Mom? She has everything already. She also has a budget that is way bigger than yours so what can you get her that won’t look cheap? When we start to panic about what to get our Moms we need to stop and remember that she loves us. If it’s clear that we have taken some time and made some effort in choosing and presenting our gift she will be delighted. Start early so that you don’t have a last minute panic. Here are 10 awesome gift ideas that are guaranteed to make your Mom smile on her birthday. They may even make her shed a tear – of happiness, of course!
Clothes are always a good choice
To avoid the tricky issue of finding out what size your Mom wears (unless you know it already) you should always stick to giving accessories like scarves, wraps, and belts that will suit all sizes. These are perfect gifts because they are available in such a huge price range and often look more expensive than they actually are! They are also timeless and do not go out of fashion quickly which makes them a great investment. Think about what color outfits your Mom likes to wear and buy a matching shade.
Makeup will delight her
No woman can have enough makeup but you need to be careful about which brand you choose. Your Mom will probably have settled on a brand that she loves by now so try to stick to that if you can. If they are a little pricey, you could start with buying a small item like a lipstick or watch out for special offers and coupons.
Jewelry that will make her smile
Anything engraved with a heartfelt message from you is going to be a hit and will probably make her cry. You do not have to spend a fortune on this. Choose a simple bracelet of pendant (silver is much cheaper than gold) and then put together a few words that mean a lot to you and her. You can find plenty of inspiration on social media or just search on Google for quotes about mothers and daughters. Choose an engraver that you trust to do a good job.
Food that she will love
Luxury food items are always appreciated by ladies of midlife. By now she will be a connoisseur of cheeses, pickles or even biscuits and will know exactly what she likes. Go for the items with exquisite packaging that scream taste and refinement. If you can afford it, a hamper or selection box is even better and she may even share it with you! If you are buying wine, make sure that you know what she likes. There is a big difference between a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio.
Luxury skin care to spoil her
This is a time when ladies take great care over their appearance. They no longer have loads of little kids to look after and some serious ‘me time’ is on the agenda. They also have changing requirements as their skin matures and may be on the lookout for new products. If you are a bit stumped about which products suit mature skin types you could find out from Sente Labs and get a gorgeous product that is just right for her. She deserves some pampering, don’t you think.
Handmade gifts that will make her cry
If you are a student and you are on a super-tight budget then making your own gifts is a fantastic idea. These mean so much to Moms and they treasure them forever. You don’t have to be very creative. There is plenty of step by step advice available on the web. Pinterest is a fantastic resource and is packed with unique and clever ideas so you don’t have to waste time trying to come up with your own.
Photos of special moments
We all have loads of photos on our phones and they make perfect gifts. Choose a special one for you and your Mom that will remind her of a precious moment. This could be your graduation, a lovely holiday or that sneaky selfie you took in a coffee shop when you met with her one morning. It costs cents to get it printed out. Finish it off with a lovely frame for the perfect gift.
Word art that means so much
If words are your thing, put together some word art for your Mom. You can do this yourself in a word processing packaging or use an app. Start by sitting down and thinking of words that describe her. Try ‘special’, ‘kind’, ‘thoughtful’ then place them in a heart shape in her favorite colors. The final product is stunning and will look awesome in a simple wood frame.
Something for her to care for
Moms like to look after things so give her something to treasure when you are living away in your own flat or in the college dorm. Pot plants look great in any room and there is such a wide variety to choose from. Don’t go for something too big if she has limited space. Pot plants will also make her feel better. They lift the mood of a room and give off oxygen which helps with energy levels. If you get her something like Aloe Vera you can also use it as a skin treatment. Herbs like rosemary and mint smell great and can be used in cooking.
Wrapping it up
Whatever you buy, you must put in some effort when you are presenting it. Buy a beautiful presentation box or some gorgeous luxury wrapping paper finished off with a bow. Write a personal message on the card and you Mom will be delighted. It will definitely make her day. Don’t forget, if you can take time out of your busy schedule to deliver it in person it will be even better!
We live in an era where judging our self-image has become a big problem. The rise of smartphones and social media have made sure of this because, from the very moment we wake up, we start comparing ours behind the scenes footage to other people’s highlight reels.
We see celebrities on Instagram looking flawless thanks to Photoshop and filters, both of which real-life doesn’t have. When we look in the mirror we see ourselves for who we are, without any retouching or idyllic light or anything like that.
The reason this is so harmful is that, well, you can’t live the life you want to live if you have a negative self-image. But starting to love the person you see in the mirror is easier said than done, which is why we have come up with a list of ways you can start loving yourself a bit more and start rebuilding that positive self-image you deserve to have.
Life has a way of dimming our shine the longer we live, which is something none of us was warned about. That’s why it is so important you make a promise to yourself right now that you’ll learn from your mistakes and experiences and let everything else go. Forget it. Move on. It is done with. Seriously, no good can come on dwelling on the things that got you here, it will only feed your negative thought process. Mistakes simply help us realize we were brave enough to try something new, to step outside your comfort zone and go for it. That’s amazing. Remember that.
Look Fabulous, Feel Fabulous, Do Fabulous Things
Happiness is an emotion. It is a feeling that bubbles away inside of us, and that will never change. It is a totally inside job. But that doesn’t mean how we look doesn’t have an affect on how we feel. So why not boost your mood a bit, or lift that flat feeling you get when you look in the mirror. Change your style, get a new haircut, know that plastic surgery isn’t a bad word, and spend a little cash on upgrading your wardrobe. There is nothing wrong or shallow in accepting how we look affects who we are. If you look happy, healthy, strong, motivated, stylish in the mirror, then you’ll feel it too. When you look in the mirror, you can’t see what’s on the inside, so make the bubbly person you are visible on the outside.
We mentioned it above, the whole comparing your behind the scenes footage to other people’s highlight reels, and that is exactly what you are doing. This is so detrimental to your self-love, though. After all, how can you love the person you see in the mirror if you are constantly wishing you had someone else’s life; their holiday’s or happiness or whatever. There is a word, sonder, and it is the recognition that each passerby has a life as complex and vivid as your own. No one is perfect. In fact, the people you are comparing your life too are probs doing the same to you. Just concentrate on you, your qualities, your happiness, your life. That is the bottom line.
Due to our hectic schedule we often times forget things so we definitely have to note it. The thing is even though we put our reminders on notes we can still forget it since these notes can end up being lost, it doesn’t notify us a day, hours or minutes before deadlines.