Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day. It’s approaching. You can count on just about every restaurant in town being flooded with families and flowers and cards being picked over usually the night before or for some the morning of Mother’s Day. It’s a chance to show the woman in your life how much she means to you, allowing her to put her feet up and feel loved.

Single moms, never fear. I’ve been here before. And, honestly, it was great seeing my girls put their heads together without much help and enjoy the day doing fun things like going to the park or serving me breakfast in bed (Tip: Go out ahead of time and stock up on your favorite fruits, make your own fruit salad, set your coffee up the night before or have juice set up on the lower shelf in your refrigerator and bam, your kids can put together a nice continental breakfast and you’re not worried about the burnt toast smell coming from your kitchen).

This will be my 10th Mother’s Day if you include the one where I was expecting. Yes, you too are entitled to some TLC even before your baby is born! I’ll never forget my first Mother’s Day. I received a video camera. I took my daughter to the park, even though it was a chilly Chicago day, and she swung on the baby swing while I recorded it. I believe the video is still in the recorder, but nonetheless it’s always been a day where I get to choose the activities, and they usually have fun things for the kids involved so it’s a win win for all.

If you are looking for a few gift ideas, I’ve found some thoughtful ones. And it’s not too late; you still have time to either make them or order them and personalize them all in time for Mother’s Day.

For the mom who runs a tight ship and looks flawless doing it: Caboodles Goddess Train Case, available at major retailers and online at places such as Walmart, Target and Ulta. Tip: Add a gift card for a makeup store or brand so she can fill it up!

For the mom who loves personalization: Red Envelope Personalized Dear-Mom Throw Pillow.

For the mom who loves decorating: Red Envelope Personalized Family Tree Wall Art.

For the crafty mom: Take the kiddos to one of those paint-your-own-pottery places and ask the staff for a little help. Paint your kids’ hands or feet if they are little, and decorate a soap container, platter or vase. In one week you’ll have a personalized pottery she’ll cherish forever!

For your active mom: Get your mom registered with a training group and sign her up for a race. Memberships with not-profit groups such as Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) start at just $44, and training begins June 1. She’ll be around other women, form new friendships and get in shape. Plus, think of all the me time she will get! Score.

For your in-laws or hostess: If you are going to someone else’s home to have brunch/lunch/dinner or anything on Mother’s Day, you’ll need a heartfelt hostess gift. They’ll love getting a Gift Basket from The Goddess and Grocer. They have a new location (1649 North Damen in Chicago) and they either have baskets pre-made or you can select whatever you want to put inside. The part I really liked is that they’re assembled with an eclectic assortment of local artisans foods from the Chicago neighborhoods we know and love.

Maybe this year my gift will be to transfer my old videos onto DVDs? One can only hope right. Happy Mother’s Day!

Christine Bachman

About Christine Bachman

Christine Bachman is founder and president of Plan It PR, a public relations and marketing firm. The mother of five shares tips and survival stories in “Play Dates and Power Lunches.” Ms. Bachman started working public relations after a long career in broadcast journalism, which included work as a television anchor, reporter and producer.