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Mother’s Day Ideas with a Little More Oomph

Apr 24, 2017 11:00AM ● By Kendra Kaiserman

Mother May I

May 2017
Story by Kerri Regan

It seems an impossible task, to adequately express how much you truly appreciate your mom (or that special mom in your life) on Mother’s Day. Jewelry, flowers and brunch are always wonderful tributes, but if you’re looking for something a little different this year, we have a few unique ideas for selecting a gift that truly befits the lovely ladies in your life.

Picture perfect: One of the most beautiful things about the digital age is capturing life’s precious moments with a touch of a button on your smart phone, but most of those photos never end up seeing the light of day. Surprise Mom by turning some of the past year’s photos into a photo book with a service like Shutterfly, or turn her Instagram feed into a book using Blurb or Chatbooks.

Feed the family: Subscribe to one of a growing number of services that delivers a recipe and all of the ingredients to your doorstep, so you can prepare a delicious meal in the convenience of your home. HelloFresh and Blue Apron are becoming household names all over the country.

Be creative together: Create ceramic treasures, take a dance class or enjoy a paint-and-wine night together. The opportunities are endless.

Have a tea party: China cups and decadent treats will make Mom feel like a pampered princess for a day. Do it yourself or treat her to an afternoon at many of the great local tea shops.

Get out of here: Plan a weekend getaway with Mom — or if you can’t get out of town, schedule a “staycation.” Gather your favorite snacks, board games and movies, quarantine your cell phones and enjoy reconnecting with each other.

Go to the show: Tickets to a performing arts show achieve the dual purpose of serving as a thoughtful gift and ensuring some quality time with Mom. Many venues offer engaging entertainment of all kinds. Check out the calendar in this issue for several offerings in our area. Is she a sports fan? Treat her to a day at the ballfield - the Visalia Rawhide offers a great time for the whole family in Visalia, or visit the Fresno Grizzlies. Oakland A’s or San Francisco Giants games can be tackled in a long day trip.

By your own hands: Your mom has probably told you that homemade gifts are her favorites, and that doesn’t have to change once you get past the macaroni necklace stage. Compose a love letter or poem and frame it. Or make Mother’s Day last all year by delivering a batch of warm, fresh cookies to her every month for the next year. And there’s no limit to the creativity you can employ in a personalized book of coupons, which can be good for cleaning, cooking, laundry, washing her car or other chores that she’d love to escape.

Grab a gift: If you’re a more traditional sort and enjoy presenting a gift that can be wrapped up with a bow, consider shopping locally. Enjoy the Store offers an array of artwork, food, jewelry and more that’s made by local artisans. Local florists provide that personal touch you won’t get by calling an 800 number. An added bonus? The dollars you spend stay in our community - and Mom will appreciate that!