With Mother’s Day soon approaching, attention turns to how you might be able to express appreciation for your mother or caregiver. After all, although the name may imply ‘Mother’s Day,’ the holiday itself is simply about expressing gratitude for the sacrifices and hard work that your caregiver gave you as you were brought up and matured. Finding a gift can be difficult, especially if you want to truly convey just how much their guidance and support has meant to you. To help you out, here are seven easy ways to show appreciation to your caregiver.
1. Personal Card
It’s easy just to go out and buy a card from the local store, but it can sometimes feel empty or unauthentic. Especially when you consider just how mass-produced those cards are. Instead, take a few materials and simply create your own card. Color it, design it, include a photo even if you like, but make sure that you write something from the heart. Perhaps a fond memory you had or simply just words of thanks and love for your caregiver. When you present it to them, they’ll appreciate not just the words, but that you put time and effort into creating something for them, too.
2. High-Scale Dinner
It’s quite likely that your caregiver was responsible for creating a lot of your meals while you were growing up and maturing. A simple way to thank them for those hours spent cooking when they were likely exhausted after working all day is by treating them to dinner. Instead of going out, though, choose to have the dinner at home. Make it for them. You can choose to either have a casual meal or really make them feel special and go all out with the dinner–including the table set and dress code.
If dinners in your house are already common, then you should seek to do something slightly different. A picnic allows you not just to cook a meal for your caregiver, but to also serve them in a beautiful setting. Find somewhere that either means something special to them or simply find an idyllic location to throw down a blanket and eat a well-cooked meal. You can reminisce about memories and play a few outdoor games–you might just end up making a few silly memories by the time the picnic is over.
4. Indulge In A Hobby
If your caregiver has a specific hobby that they don’t do all that much anymore due to time or other reasons, then do what you have to clear their schedule, so you can do the hobby together. If it’s painting, then get them some fresh paints and a canvass and join them for a few hours. If it’s gardening, then purchase their favorite flowers or herbs, and then join them in the garden to do some tending. As long as you’re doing it together, you’re nurturing your bond, and that will show them alone just how much you appreciate them.
5. Make Them Their Own Wine
This may seem difficult, but all it really requires is time. There are wine kits all over the Internet that you can purchase. This is just an idea that’s best not left during crunch time. Find out what your caregiver’s favorite wine is, and then simply purchase the correct wine kit and make them their own blend. You can even name it after them. If worse should come to worse, and they don’t like it, at the very least, it will be an amusing story to tell next Mother’s Day.
Another easy method is to simply gather all of your family’s photos and make a scrapbook of them. You can spend the day pouring over old memories with your caregiver. They’ll appreciate the time you took to create the gift for them and enjoy the reminiscing.
7. Spend Time
Last but not least, the easiest way to show appreciation to your caregiver is just to spend time with them. Whatever the activity, it doesn’t matter. They just want your time and attention. That is the best gift you can offer them.