(BPT) - Mother's Day is a time to celebrate all mothers and the special place they have held in our societal and family structure for countless years. It is a time to recognize Mom for her unconditional love and dedication, along with the important contribution she has made to help shape our lives. It is a day where we all can honor the beautiful bond between a mother and child.
As a mom, Mother's Day provides a great opportunity to recognize your fellow moms. What better time is there to celebrate one another and collectively admire the grace of motherhood than a holiday devoted entirely to moms? After all, one of the most beautiful things about becoming a mom is the inspiration, encouragement and support you receive from your very own community of moms. Whether it be motherly-wisdom from your own mom or great advice from a friend given her own experience as a mother, your community of moms includes all the great moms in your life - from your mom and your grandmother to a sister and close friend, or even that thoughtful neighbor who is a mom and brought you dinner the first night you came home from the hospital with your bundle of joy because she knew exactly how you felt based on her experience with her children. Simply put, your community of moms is your village.
This Mother's Day, celebrate your community of moms by acknowledging the mothers who continue to inspire you on your parenting journey. Create a fresh, new tradition by surprising these special moms in your life with a gift just for them - a small token of your gratitude and a big reminder that you consider them to be an important part of your life.
Is there a mom who is always lending a helping hand to you and other moms within your neighborhood by offering to drive the kids to after-school activities? Express your gratitude with a gas card and a handwritten note of appreciation. No matter how big or small, it's always appreciated to be recognized for one's efforts.
How about that fellow mom who's always willing to host exciting play dates? You know, the type of play-date your child is excited to tell you all about? Her sweet generosity calls for an even sweeter treat, such as the You're So Wonderful Cookie Pail from Cheryl's Cookies, filled with delicious buttercream-frosted cookies. Not sure what she likes? Give her some variety to enjoy with the Classic Mother's Day Tower of Treats Gift from Harry & David.
When the day gets long, we all have a mom friend who's ready to lend an ear and offer words of encouragement. Return the favor by brightening her day with the Pink Me Up! floral arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com. Featuring bold pops of hot pink roses and Gerbera daisies with cool lime-green blooms, this colorful creation says 'Thanks' and 'Happy Mother's Day' without saying a word. Or, if this nurturing friend has a green thumb, consider a 1-800-Baskets.com Planted with Love Gift Basket, a delightful reusable wire planter basket filled with a bounty of goodies.
We all know that one mom who has a hand in everything going on in the community; she volunteers to coach the soccer team, drive the dancers to practice and is involved in the parents' organization at school. This type of all-encompassing mom-friend deserves a gift that does the same, such as the Fancy Floral Sampler from The Popcorn Factory, which includes candy as well as a variety of delicious popcorn flavors, perfect for snacking!
These gift ideas are all affordable ways to recognize your community of moms this Mother's Day. The only question now is: Which of the moms in your life will you be celebrating this year? No matter what you choose to give, this token of your appreciation is sure to make them feel special this May.