Your mom brought you into this world and showered you with love, advice, and learning, so showing her appreciation on Mother's Day is the least you can do. If there's ample room in your budget, by all means, bathe her in the very best perfumes and luxurious bubble baths money can buy, but don't feel obligated to give something that comes in a bottle or box. A ForbesWomen study from last year shows the same truth — most moms just want to spend time with their loved ones.
I asked around, and two of my favorite mamas dream for a mix of material and immaterial, experiential treasures: BabySugar is hoping for a Brazilian keratin treatment and a stress-free family dinner, while LilSugar wants a girls' weekend and home big enough to fit her family. My mom has requested we plan "grown-up mommy-and-me" time sans my dad. We hear it every year, but it's true — plan an event, hike, weekly chat, or home-cooked meal for your mom and give her a thoughtful postcard or picture that reminds her how much you care.