While science still grapples with whether or not the nurturing instinct exists, you know darn well if your mom’s maternal tendencies are off the charts. That's probably why you're looking for Mother's Day gifts for nurturers.
Does she feed every hungry person she sees? Give loving advice to family members, neighbors, and strangers alike? Have a penchant for donating to all heart-wrenching causes? Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself a consummate nurturer.
Now, it’s time to plan your Mother’s Day surprises to fit her warm temperament. But before you reach for a so-so Hallmark card or limp, loose bouquet, consider investing in more unusual, lasting, and awesome presents. Here are some great Mother's Day gifts for nurturers.
1. Stacks of Funny, Sweet, and Thoughtful Notecards
With the proliferation of social media, the art of sending personalized snail mail has waned. Help your mom bring it back in style by giving her a big box of assorted note cards. You can curate them yourself by exploring the card section of every store you hit between now and the second Sunday in May. Or, if you’re a bit lazier or pressed for time, order your favorite unique card selection online. Don’t be surprised if you get at least a few back.
2. Refreshingly Unfamiliar Spices and Seasonings
Do most of your memories of mom include her whipping up phenomenal meals and snacks? Let her expand her cooking repertoire by pulling together a veritable stockpile of novel seasonings and spices. After all, she probably already has salt, pepper, and cinnamon in her pantry. But does she have saffron, juniper berries, or dried lime leaves? Never underestimate how exciting it can be for a culinary enthusiast to experiment with untested flavors.
3. Subscription Services for Items That Aren’t Boring
According to a piece in Forbes, subscription box services have improved no less than 800 percent in the past four years. Just a generation ago, the basic subscriptions were limited to periodicals, flowers, and fruit. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to gift everything from natural, nutritious snacks to (admittedly unsexy but totally important) furnace filters.
Resist the temptation to buy trinkets for Mother’s Day; they become magnets for dust bunnies. At the same time, remember that your mom deserves more than passing consideration. Touch her nurturing soul with a token of your appreciation that reflects her unique personality.