What moms really want for Mother's Day

Looking for ideas that go beyond the usual box of chocolates and freshly cut flowers? Here are some great ways to give Mom what she really wants for Mother's Day.

By E.R. Leclair

Show Mom just how much you love and appreciate her
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Give what she wants
Mother's Day is the time to show your mom you understand and appreciate her. So tailor your gift around what she likes -- or dislikes. If she likes to shop, buy her a gift certificate for her favourite store. If she hates weeding the garden, surprise her by doing the chore for her.

Think outside the family
Don't forget all the other moms you know, especially those without partners. Send those moms you love cards or call them and wish them a happy Mother's Day.

If you can, take a mom's kids off her hands for a few hours. Better yet, if you have the means to hire a babysitter and treat her to lunch, an afternoon walk or a latte, you'll probably make her day.

A girl's gotta eat
Get to the woman of the hour in time for dinner -- Mom doesn't need to be chef and dishwasher on her special day. Make reservations, order her favourite takeout meal or pick up groceries and cook a nice dinner for her at home.

The bottom line
Just let her know how much you love her and how much you appreciate everything she does for you all year long -- it's the best gift of all.

This story was originally titled "What moms really, really want" in the May 2012 issue.

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