|Mother’s Day time to reconnect|
|Written by Daily Vidette Editorial Board|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:46|
Attention students: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 — that’s the Sunday after finals. You are welcome.
Mother’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to show your mom how much she means to you, to thank her for the late night phone calls, the advice on your kitchen disasters, and for helping you move out.
For those of you now panicking trying to think of a gift idea, never fear, for we have some ideas. One easy gift idea is to pick up some ISU apparel while you’re at the bookstore trying to sell back your books. Put the $15 they gave you for your $100 book to good use and buy mom a nice sweatshirt or t-shirt.
If you can get off campus, a nice trip to the mall might cure some finals week doldrums. Girls, you know your mom’s style better than anyone else, so try a nice blouse or a fancy makeup pallet at the department store. Boys, you might be safer buying her a new bottle of her perfume. Either way, be sure to get a gift receipt in case your version of her style doesn’t suit her.
Food is a fairly safe and fun gift. There are several businesses that do cookie or fruit bouquets that make unique gifts. Even a gift card to her favorite restaurant so she can enjoy a night out or a gift card to a specialty coffee house to allow her to guiltlessly feed her caffeine addiction would do the trick.
The Internet is also teeming with Mother’s Day possibilities. Check cool sites like etsy.com to find a gift that she probably hasn’t seen anything like in any department store. Sites like Amazon and Overstock have large selections and competitive prices.
A word to the wise: Be careful ordering online. Order soon and check shipping dates to ensure that your gift will get to you in time (without having to pay ridiculous shipping charges). Also, be careful where you have it sent, as most of us will be moving out or going home soon.
Sometimes the best gifts are of the creative variety. Make reservations for two at a nice restaurant for her and dad. Then, volunteer to watch any younger siblings (try to clean the house while they’re out too).
Maybe plant a small garden in that stubborn part of the yard she never gets to, or even arrange for a spa day. You could even try to think of something she uses everyday that needs to be replaced or could be improved upon. For example, maybe your wireless router or home printer is about to die or she has a 20-year-old hair dryer that functions more as a fire hazard.
Do go for chocolates and flowers. Do check with other siblings and family members to see if you can split the cost of a more expensive item or theme your separate gifts. Do not buy her any kitchen utensils except in special circumstances, like if she specifically asked for them or is an avid baker or chef.
While Mother’s Day is undoubtedly a time to dote on your mom, the summer in general is a great time to reconnect with your family, as many of us haven’t seen them since around Spring Break.
While you are home, a greater gift would be to show both your parents that you’ve matured while at school. Help out around the house, offer to cook dinner every once in a while, mow the lawn, do your own laundry, or do any number of other tasks that will show that you appreciate being home.