Monthly Archives: September 2016


drawing of pink present wrapped with pink ribbon, pink flower and envelope

  • A box of pretty stationery or an assortment of greeting cards (with or without sentiments) and a supply of postage stamps so that mom won’t have to rush out to stores when it’s time for her to send birthday greetings, congratulatory messages or thank-you notes, etc.
  • Two prepaid tickets to a concert  (for her and a guest), a video or CD of her favorite genre of music or performer(s).
  • A cozy throw for snuggling, TV viewing or reading on chilly nights.
  • A small umbrella that will tuck discreetly into her purse or tote bag.
  • A gift certificate to mom’s favorite store, boutique, hair stylist or manicurist/pedicurist, OR treat her to a day at the spa with a relaxing massage.
  • A bouquet of flowers, a potted plant, a box of chocolates or lunch or supper at a restaurant of her choice.
  • A flashlight with an ample supply of batteries in the event of a power outage.  When flashlight stands on its end with light shining on ceiling, it becomes a safer alternative to a candle which  could cause a fire if not supervised.  If flashlight won’t stand on its own, place in tall glass or vase for support.
  • Gardening supplies:  Gloves, decorative planters, bulbs, seeds or ready-to-plant flowers nestled in nursery trays.
  • Hobby-related products with ‘how-to’ books for beginners (if applicable)e.g., tips on flower arranging, painting with watercolors, crocheting, pottery, etc.
  • A shopping cart with wheels that folds easily for storage.
  • Arrange for gardening and/or snow removal services if mom has no one to do these things for her, then pay for those services as per agreement. This may seem like a ‘boring’ gift but it is very much appreciated by folks who are unable to do this kind of work themselves when the yard becomes overgrown with weeds or after a substantial snowfall.
  • Earrings or a pendant on a chain adorned with mom’s birthstone, or a watch, lapel pin or brooch, or add a charm to her existing charm bracelet (if she has one).
  • Silk scarf, mom’s favorite perfume fragrance, bath products and body lotions, a cozy bathrobe or slippers, a book lamp, scented candles.
  • Books or reading material penned by her favorite authors or renew mom’s newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
  • Enlarge your favorite photo of mom (or mom with family members and/or pet) and present it to her in a beautiful frame.
  • A small lightweight shovel and a broom for easy clearing of light dusting of snow from balcony and stairs.
  • If you’re still unsure of what to buy mom, you can always offer her a written I.O.U. for services to be rendered by you or simply ask mom what she wants or needs…she just might need a new toaster!