10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas "Splurge Vs. Save"
By SJ Johnson
Finding the perfect Mother's Day gift can be difficult. The challenge is finding new and different ideas. The answer may be right in front of you...What are her hobbies? Is she a foodie, bibliophile, or the family historian? Whether you are looking for a gift for your mother, friend, or wife this Mother's Day, here are 10 gift ideas based on her hobbies. For each hobby, you can choose to splurge or save.
The Green Thumb
Splurge: Hire a landscaper to create the perfect outdoor garden.
Save: Do the work yourself: plant a tree, rose bush, or vegetable garden. The National Garden Association is a great resource for more information.
Other Mother's Day gift ideas for The Green Thumb:
-For the indoor green thumb, purchase houseplants.
-You can also create a garden gift basket by filling a flowerpot with: packets of seeds, pruning shears, trowel, watering can, and gardening gloves.
Splurge: Treat her to a kitchen renovation. 'This Old House' can give you some ideas.
Save: Paint her kitchen, replace the kitchen cabinet knobs, or take down that hideous wallpaper to breathe new life into her kitchen.
Other Mother's Day gift ideas for The Chef:
-Replace her old pots and pans with a new set of cookware.
-Buy her the latest kitchen gadget to make her life easier.
-Make a kitchen gift basket with new cutlery, potholders, oven mitts, recipe cards, and spices.
Splurge: Treat the queen in your life to a day at the spa.
Save: Create a spa gift basket that includes nail polish, a manicure set, bath oils, bubble bath, body butter, and a loofah.
Splurge: Get her a new wardrobe or jewelrythis Mother's Day.
Save: Repair her old broken jewelry or resize her favorite ring that does not fit anymore. Spruce up her existing wardrobe with a new accessory: a handbag, scarf, or brooch.
The Music Lover
Splurge: Surprise her with concert or play tickets.
Save: Buy her an MP3 player, load her MP3 player with new songs, or treat her to new CDs.
The Family Historian
Splurge: Hire a private investigator or genealogist to research your family tree. The Association of Professional Genealogist is a good place to start.
Save: Do the work yourself by interviewing family members. Then, surprise her with a Mother's Day Family Reunion.
Splurge: Take a trip to France or Italy to savor the cuisine.
Save: Plan a trip to the local vineyard, farm, or apple orchard.
Other Mother's Day gift ideas for The Foodie:
-Take her to a new restaurant.
-Get her a subscription to a food magazine.
-Buy her a recipe book or recipe organizer.
-Send her a mail order food or wine basket.
-Make your own food gift basket with cheese samples, fruit, gourmet crackers, and wine.
Splurge: Take her to a book signing with her favorite author.
Save: Help expand her library by giving her books by her favorite author.
The Movie Critic
Splurge: Give her tickets to a film festival.
Save: Build a DVD or Blu-Ray collection with her favorite movies or actors.
Splurge: Give her something she has always dreamed about, like taking art classes, a trip, or artwork.
Save: Audit a class. Auditing is either free or discounted. She will be able to learn but cannot participate in class.
Other Mother's Day gift ideas for The Dreamer:
-Buy her art supplies.
-Get her a membership to the local museum.
-Find books about the exotic locales she always wanted to visit.
With a little time and energy, and a lot of creativity, you can make any mother feel special this Mother's Day. The moms in your life will appreciate the attention you paid to their interests. In the process, you may just pick up a new hobby yourself.
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