If your mom has been wanting to try that new burger place everyone keeps talking about, surprise her with some Shake Shack. It opened last Friday, just before Mother’s Day. No, don’t make her line up with you—that woman has been through labor, give her a break—hit the queue for her and bring home those burgers. (There’s a limit of four burgers per person so if you want to buy more, better bring your dad and/or your siblings with you.) Don’t forget the cheese fries and the Manila exclusive ube milkshake, too!
Teach her technology. Stop grumbling when she asks you why her phone can send text messages but not iMessages, stop rolling your eyes when she can’t figure out how to create an album on Facebook. Like one wise mother said, “I taught you how to read. Now it’s your turn to teach me.”
Create a Spotify list of her favorite songs and add tunes that you think she’ll love. Then teach her how to access her playlist. (See #2.)
Has your mom been complaining about the clutter in your house? Give her a hand in decluttering—do it the Marie Kondo way.
Everybody takes pictures but very few people print them. Remember that your mom grew up in a time of photo albums and picture frames. Print some choice family snapshots (just a few, don’t add to the clutter!)—maybe from a recent celebrations or trip—and give them to your mom in a nice frame or compiled in an album.
Book her a relaxing massage. She deserves it.
Compile your mom’s best recipes into a family cookbook. Prettify it by adding photos, illustrations and calligraphy— involve the artistically inclined members of your family.
Buy her favorite snacks—just like she did for you when you were a kid.
Create a slideshow of your family memories, watch them with your mom and enjoy reminiscing together.
Take a class with her. Does your mom want to learn calligraphy? Pottery? Watercolor? Do it together.
If your budget allows it, book a vacation for her and your dad. A staycation in a hotel could also be fun.
Encourage her to take care of her health. Exercise with her, take her for that checkup.
If your mom loves wine, put together a collection of bottles for her and create a little wine bar for her at home.
Go to the salon with her and foot the bill.
Write her a letter. Sometimes, in the fast pace of our lives, we leave a lot of things unsaid. Tell your mom how you feel about her in a heartfelt note.