Looking for some new ideas on what to get Mom for Mother’s Day? Here are a few of my favourite things.
My first Mother’s Day as a Mom was in 2012. My husband, our 10-month-old daughter, and I spent the time on a fantastic family adventure to Toronto, visiting our friends and family. Amid all the bustle of planning a week-long getaway with a toddler, my husband managed to surprise me Mother’s Day morning with a lovely card and a CD slideshow of photos of the past 10 months with our daughter. Cuddled on the couch, surrounded by love, reflecting on the year. A perfect gift.
The next year was slightly different. We were a family of five by then, the twins having arrived in February. It had been a stressful few months, with pregnancy complications and prematurity. So Mother’s Day wasn’t really even on my radar that year. The day also passed without a lot of fanfare, but I did receive two lovely pieces of personalized jewelry reflecting the changes in our family: a ‘three peas in a pod’ necklace and a charm bracelet with the kids’ names and birthstones. I wear both often, and smile every time I put them on.
Our third Mother’s Day as a family was a tad rocky. I was feeling more than a bit overwhelmed with life, and probably would’ve appreciated a Hallmark-esque day of toddler-made breakfast in bed, followed by being sent off to the spa, only to return home to a clean house and a lovely supper prepared. I was also realistic and didn’t expect a miracle. Which is good, because I didn’t get it. I got a ‘bouquet’ of flowers. Some chocolate. And eventually an apology that my husband misunderstood what I had told him I wanted (which I got two weeks later for my birthday).
My Mother’s Day bouquet, 2014
What was on my list? Perhaps one of my favourite ideas.
Each child gave me a blank journal. Nothing fancy. A small, simple book of empty pages – waiting to be filled with their drawings and thoughts. We all drew something that first day. And the journals stay in a special spot on our living room bookshelf. Whenever someone has a milestone, comes up with a joke, or says something I want to remember, I write it down. Every now and then the kids ask to draw pictures. And on every Mother’s Day I’ll get a new journal for each one of them. We’ll look through the past year’s memories, reflect on what’s changed, and start a new book. I’m sure there will be years the kids’ aren’t as interested in sharing, but I’m hoping this is a tradition we can build as a family.
Not that this gets my family off the hook for something new each year! I do still enjoy presents and a little bit of spoiling; who doesn’t? (Last year, my husband knocked it out of the park with a session with The Style Coach.) But I love the idea of taking time each year to reflect on what motherhood and family means to us all, to spend time together as a family, focused on something meaningful and long-lasting. It’s also a great way to ensure we preserve some of the memories we create.
Our much-decorated Mother’s Day journals, ready for replacement.