Wally C. writes: "Dear Outblush, My mother, June, is the perfect housewife and mom. She does so much for me and I really want to get her a nice gift for Mother's Day, but I don't know what to get because she seems like she has everything she wants. She does get stressed out by my brother, Beaver, who can be kind of a troublemaker and gets bad grades, but besides that she seems very content. She loves cooking, arranging tea roses, gardening, and going to events like weddings and school plays. She wears the same pearl necklace every day, wears dresses and heels all the time (even when she's cleaning the toilet!) and never seems to sit down and just take a minute for herself. Can you help me, Outblush? Thanks - Wally C."
Hi Wally, I'm Found of You, and I think you sound like a wonderful son! Here are some gifts your mother might appreciate.
1 - Your mother likes to Garden, so she'll appreciate the great scent and soothing moisturizers in this Crabtree & Evelyn Gardener's Hand Therapy Cream ($25)
2 - If your mother wears the same strand of pearls every day, she might to like to step it up a bit for fancy events with this Flora Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace ($595)
3 - Real Simple magazine is full of great household cleaning tips, recipes, money advice, and interesting articles. Get her a subscription ($24)!
4 - Your Mom might like to branch out from tea roses and learn how to do some new arrangements. The Complete Guide to Flower Arranging ($10) by Jane Packer would be a great start.
5 - Method Dishwashing Liquid ($4) in lavender or pink grapefruit scents turns washing the dishes into a more soothing experience.
6 - Get her a gift certificate to Kaplan for tutoring materials for your brother, Beaver! It sounds like she has her hands full with him...
7 - I'm sure your mother is probably already an accomplished cook, but Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys ($22) by Lucinda Scala Quinn is amazing. It's full of great recipes and advice not just on cooking, but on how to raise boys that appreciate healthy food and know how to cook for themselves.
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