There’s probably no one on earth who loves you more than your mom. Show her how thankful you are for the whole birthing and taking care of you thing by going all out this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift that she’ll actually use and really love. No, not grocery store flowers and scented soaps (again). Something that will wow her and make her realize she really did raise you right. Like, maybe one of these things:
A Year of House Cleaning
No one likes to clean—not even your mom despite the fact that she likely cleaned up after you for a good part of your life. Hire pros to clean your mom’s house once a month for six months or a year as a way to say thank you for all of times she picked up your toys, washed your dishes, and did your laundry. And then tell your mom that when the cleaners are there, you’re going to pick her up and take her out for coffee, lunch, or just a stroll in the park. She’ll love having help around the house, but even more, she’ll love the quality time she gets to spend with you. Awwwww.
A Gorgeous Garden
Anyone can send flowers; this year, hire a professional to create a garden in your mom’s backyard. An expert can help with design and will also know which plants will do best based on the weather, light, and conditions. Whether your mom wants a vegetable garden, flower beds, or a landscape full of native plants, a Thumbtack pro can do as little as help get you started or as much as completing the whole project.
A Custom Piece of Furniture
Your mom is one-of-a-kind and deserves things in her life that are the same. Hire a woodworker on Thumbtack to build her a custom table, chairs, desk, or bookcase. The finished product will be a gift she’ll treasure forever as well as an instant family heirloom.
A Family Portrait
Moms love getting the family together for photographs, but it can be tough to get one that’s frame- (or holiday card-) worthy. Now that you’re grown up, make up for all of those times you crossed your eyes or gave your sister bunny ears in pictures by booking a portrait photographer to take a great photo of the family. You can arrange for the photo to be taken in a studio or outdoors, and she can decide if she wants it to be traditional or candid. And hey, if she says she wants everyone in matching outfits, then you’ve just gotta go with it. After all, it’s her special day.
A Framed Photo
Now that you’ve taken the photo, you have to get it framed. A professional can help you choose a frame that works with your mother’s design aesthetic and get everything matted and mounted beautifully.
A Hot Stone Massage
A massage might not be the most original gift, but it’s one that everyone enjoys. And your mom will enjoy it even more when she finds out the massage therapist is coming to her home, so she doesn’t have to worry about getting there or parking or anything really… except whether she wants it for 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or longer.
Whether it’s horseback riding, golf, sailing, Zumba, martial arts, tennis, or skateboarding (hey, you never know), Thumbtack has tons of professionals who will give your mom private or group lessons to get her started… and eventually master… that life passion she either hasn’t had time for or simply never pursued. The only rule? You can’t be a bad sport when after just a few lessons, she’s better than you.
A Psychic or Tarot Card Reading
Find a psychic or tarot card reading to come to your mom’s house and give you both readings. Even if she’s not a full believer, it’s an interesting way to talk and think about the past, present, and future, and is fun way to glean insights about your life. Plus, it’s an experience you can bond over and talk about later. Especially if those predictions start coming true!
Jewelry is always a special gift, but it’s so much more special when it’s a one-of-a-kind piece created just for your mom. Custom jewelry is designed from scratch and only made once, which means whether you give your mom a stunning necklace or a statement ring, she’ll be the only person on the planet with that specific piece.