Proper Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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By Cindy Edwards

Setting aside a special day just to honor mothers is a wonderful tradition.  Being a mother is one of life’s greatest privileges, but it is a full-time job.  I did not truly appreciate my mother until I became one myself.  It gave a new perspective to all of the countless hours that she spent giving to me. I always knew that she loved me and that she “took great care” of me, but I had no idea that once the path of motherhood began, it would open up a new place in my heart. My children are constantly in my thoughts. Every day I think about my sons and their needs.  It is a joy and a privilege to be able to watch them mature and take pride in their accomplishments. 

My favorite Mother’s Day celebrations always included handmade school gifts.  Both boys made beautiful “sunflower broaches” for me when they were in kindergarten. I still treasure the sweet poems and specially designed cards that I received through the years.

The bottom line: The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and express your appreciation for your mother.  They do not have to be expensive, but they do have to be special.  Below are a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift to celebrate your mom.

1. Thank you note/poem
This is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. Every mother will treasure a heartfelt message from a child. It does not have to be long or flowery to be effective.

2. Special time or a date night
Planning a special time to be with your mother will be a big hit.  Dinner and a movie is always a treat. And, little ones can plan the evening at home with a favorite DVD or board game. It would also be fun to plan a day trip to a local destination or museum.

3. Flowers
A favorite flower is always a good gift.  If your mother is practical, a hanging
basket of annuals would be the right touch.

4. Spa treatment
A manicure or pedicure at a local salon is a good choice for
a mother who always works hard and never spends any time on herself.

5. Breakfast in bed
Surprising your mother with a hot cup of coffee, an easy French toast casserole and her favorite juice is the perfect way to start a memorable Mother’s Day.

Easy French Toast Casserole
1 loaf of challah or French bread
8 eggs, plus 3 more for the morning
4 teaspoons sugar
3 cups of milk
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of half-and-half
1 teaspoon of vanilla for morning
Maple syrup

Remove the crust of the bread and cut the bread into 1-inch pieces. Arrange the slices in a buttered 9x13-inch baking dish, overlapping the slices.  Combine the eggs, sugar, milk, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat together until combined. Pour evenly over the bread slices.  Cover and chill overnight.  In the morning, mix the additional 3 eggs with 1/4 cup of half-and-half and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Pour over bread mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Serve with maple syrup and sliced fruit.

A mother’s love is a constant. In good times and bad, she is always there. Take a moment to show her that you appreciate her.  Wishing all mothers a very special day filled with love.

As always, thanks for reading.

Properly yours,

Cindy Edwards embodies everything pretty, perky and proper about the South. She's a wife, mother, volunteer and freelance writer. Cindy volunteers enough hours to exhaust most by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Telfair Museums, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Honors Advisory Board. She has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes and Young Life Savannah. Cindy has been married to her college sweetheart, Dr. Joe Edwards III, for 25 years and is the proud mother of two sons: Joe IV, a senior at the University of Georgia, and Jack, a freshman at Ole Miss. No matter how busy, Cindy always makes time for a competitive game of bridge.
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Nice blog...and so true! I hope we all have a wonderful Mother's Day with our families.

By Michelle on May 10, 2013


Great ideas, thanks for your thoughts. I agree, Mother's Day so meaningful after you become one and even more when you add grandchildren. Henrietts

By Henrietta tharpe on May 10, 2013



By June Clark on May 10, 2013


I agree that the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Some of my most cherished gifts are the ones that my three children made for me when they were young. I still use the "fabulous" burlap yard stick holder that I received one Mother's Day. Most of the fine decorations have long since fallen off, but it holds a place of honor, attached to the side of the fridge with a magnet:) You are right that being a mother is one of life's greatest privileges and that we are always thinking of our children and ways to help them. Happy Mother's Day to you, Cindy! I know you are a wonderful mother.

By Viki Curtis on May 09, 2013


These ideas are so appropriate for "Mothers Day" and would make anyone feel special. The French toast recipe sounds delicious and so easy to make. I wish everyone a wonderful Mothers Day!!! Looking forward to the next post.

By Anne on May 09, 2013


Cindy, Happy Mother's Day and thanks as always for the wonderful ideas!

By Linda Parton on May 09, 2013

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