Today is mother’s day. Each year I try to give my mom something thoughtful. Yes, most years I end up going out and buying something, but I never just get something random.

Last year, my siblings and I ended up gifting my mom a beautifully illustrated version of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone”. She has read Harry Potter a million times and also made me, and my siblings love it – so giving her an extra special version of it was just perfect.

This year was different. After a few quite eventful weeks, mother’s day just rolled around out of nowhere – time to shop for an emergency present. Moms are not necessarily the easiest people to shop for. My mom never wants anything; sometimes she even gets mad when I spend my money on her. To be fair though, after being mad, she always loves her presents. So, for occasions like this, when you just do not have the time to make something or go out to shop for something, here are my top three presents:

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are the perfects present for all kinds of occasions. You can fill them with food, skin care, jewellery, home décor, crafts, etc. My favourite store to shop for items to put in those baskets is TK Maxx. TK Maxx has everything you might want to gift to someone for reasonable prices. If you have one in your area, I also highly recommend Søstrene Grene. The Danish store has the most beautiful things, from home decor and furniture over crafts and art supplies to cooking and baking – you name it, they have it.

DIYs

These have always been my mom’s favourite kind of presents. If you still have time, go ahead and make something yourself. My mom still owns a lot of pictures my siblings and I drew for her over the years. Her bedroom is full of little crafts we made in kindergarten and school – and as ugly as they might be, they have a lot of sentimental value to all of us.

Vouchers

This might sound like an obvious one, but vouchers can be so versatile. They can be a handwritten letter with an invitation to a weekend trip, a card with a thoughtful message and an invitation for dinner or even a simple gift card for her favourite store.

After all, presents do not have to be expensive. What is important is that they are thoughtful and show that the person you are giving them to has a special place in your life and you want to give something back to them.

Ich hab Dich lieb, Mama!

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