Friday May 9, 2014
Honoring Mothers dates back to ancient times, but here in the U.S., 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of Mother's Day. In May of 1914, then President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
While many young children are no doubt creating custom "home décor" items with paint, glue and glitter, Moms all across the U.S. will wake up this Sunday to breakfast-in-bed and a tornado in the kitchen. Fathers everywhere will be scrambling for gift ideas. Flowers? Candy? Jewelry? All very nice, but the holiday is intended for family members to slow down and thank Mom for a job well done.
This day, make sure she's taking care of. Brunch or dinner reservations may be booked, but getting the kids dressed and out the door may be more stressful than restful.
Give Mom Some Space
Why not create an outdoor living space for Mom? Is she an avid entertainer who loves having all the kids over for barbeques? Or does she enjoy some peace and quiet time in the garden, reading her favorite author?
If you've ever discussed backyard ideas, you probably have an idea of what her preference would be. Typically dictated by both space and budget, there are plenty of backyard ideas that will both fit your yard and wallet. Magazines, web sites and catalogs can be found everywhere and are jam packed with beautiful photos of real installations.
Take a page from these sources and create a special gift that will thrill her for years to come, but keep in mind, the "perfect patio" means something different to everyone. Some folks are looking to create the ultimate party-central and outdoor entertaining area, while others prefer a quaint and restful corner in the garden. Families with young children are adding outdoor kitchens so that the "cook" can be with the family during meal preparation while the kids play.
Fire pits are still popular and the latest fire pits easily convert to a garden fountain. Look for a single-source manufacturer that creates paver and veneer lines that are created to coordinate and complement each other. Last minute and easy to find gift ideas can still have that personal touch.
Other garden gift ideas include:
- A terrarium. Custom, miniature worlds that delight all ages.
- Rain Chain. A practical downspout that is lovely to gaze upon.
- Garden Stool. By choosing a style that matches your home décor, you're assured a winner.
- Why not a hammock and a book by her favorite author?
Whatever you chose to delight Mom with, whether it includes decorative backyard ideas or not, a gift from the heart is what matters most.