I’m not a mom, but I have one, and right around this time every year I wrack my brain for gift ideas.
I try not to do the same thing every year, but it’s hard to find that perfect blend of sentimentality, pampering and practicality.
She loves coffee, so one year it was a gourmet gift set. And she loves flowers, so I throw that option in every couple of years.
The gifts mothers love the most aren’t necessarily the most expensive or the trendiest, just something thoughtful and from the heart.
A few local moms weigh in on the best gifts they’ve received from their children, their husbands, or even from themselves.
Amy Giglio, Phenix City, senior manager for talent acquisition at Aflac
Children: Parker, 6 and Presley, 4
Best Mother’s Day present: Amy’s favorite Mother’s Day gift is one she gave herself: a personalized book filled with photos of her children and quotes from them that she’s written down over the years.
“I have a horrible memory,” she said, so the book is a way for her to look back and remember the “hilarious” things they’ve said. “It helps me cherish being a mommy,” she said.
Lynn Sylvis, Fortson, cook for Centerplate and merchandiser for Had Merchandising
Children: Dalton, 11; Justin, 7 and Cameron, 5
Best Mother’s Day present: Lynn said a white rose bush she received eight years ago from her husband and children is her favorite Mother’s Day gift. She said she told her husband not to buy her flowers that sit in a vase and she “can watch die.” She enjoys planting and said the bush is now “as tall as my house.”
“The best gift you can give is something that keeps on giving,” she said.
Stacey Cox, Columbus, front desk receptionist for Waddell Reality Co.
Child: Tristan, 13
Best Mother’s Day present: Stacey recently wrote in an e-mail to the Ledger-Enquirer that every year her son gives her something with a ladybug on it because it is a reminder of her niece, his cousin, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 17. They were both close with her. Stacey also collects fairies.
Her favorite Mother’s Day gift was in 2008. Tristan “hand drew me a picture, then painted it with water colors, of a fairy sitting by a pond and there was a ladybug in it as well,” Stacey wrote. She added that they also went to lunch in Warm Springs with her mother and sister that year.
“We had a nice lunch and enjoyed our time together,” she wrote. “It was a very special day and the gift ... I will always treasure.”
Becky Salter, Columbus, stay-at-home-mom
Children: Martin, 10; Madison, 9; Emily and Kimberly, 4
Best Mother’s Day present: Becky said she doesn’t enjoy getting flowers, especially around the holidays when prices are inflated. When her husband told her he was getting her flowers a few years ago, she “was all mad he would waste the money,” she said. But instead of live flowers, he presented her with a framed print of flowers by the impressionist painter Claude Monet.
“I love that he took the time to know that (I love impressionist paintings) and tried to fool me anyway,” she said, adding that the picture still hangs in their living room.