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Monday, May 6, 2013

12 Ways to Make Your Parents Feel Special

Kristin@InstaMommy is here guest posting today.

With Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June, it is important to take a moment to let your parents know how much you love them and appreciate all they have done for you throughout your life. While you don't need to spend a lot of money to make them feel special, you should do something for them from time to time to let them know you don't take them for granted. Here are 12 unique ways to make your parents feel special.

1.  Customized cards:
Mothers love having photos of their family around their home. Why not create customized mother's day cards that include photos of the entire family? The Mother’s Day cards at Shutterfly are very easy to customize with photos and sayings for a truly unique gift.

2.       Call regularly:
Don't wait for a special occasion or Sunday afternoon to call. Have a few minutes on a Tuesday afternoon? Give your parents a call to just say “hello – I love you.” That will absolutely make their day! 

3.       A surprise night out:
Just like you don't need a special occasion to call your parents, you don't need a special occasion to take them out. Surprise them on a Saturday afternoon and take them to brunch. Or to a movie. It doesn't need to be fancy, or even expensive. Just take them out and enjoy each other's company. Especially as parents age or have difficulty getting around, they will certainly appreciate a surprise outing!

4.       Send flowers:  There are certain times in a young boy's life when they will buy flowers for their mother. Trust me when I say it means the world to them. As those young boys grow into men, it is easy to get caught up in the business of everyday life and forget how much those little things meant. Surprise your mother one day by sending her flowers. Want to score extra points? Bring them to her instead of just having them delivered!

5.       Be respectful:
It may sound silly, but respect for your elders is something that is getting lost today. As we become adults, it is easy to look at your parents as fellow adults and forget they are still your parents. Make sure you always treat them and speak to them respectfully.

6.       Movie DVD:
Is there a movie you remember always watching with your mom or dad? Or is there a movie they could watch over and over again? Why not pick up that movie for them so they can watch it whenever they wish! For Your Entertainment has a huge variety of different movies on DVD available so you can find that favorite movie for your parents.

7.       Coffee break:
To go along with that favorite movie, why not get a gift selection of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? That will be the perfect snack to have while they watch their favorite movie. Mighty Leaf has a variety of tea and coffee gift sets that will let them enjoy their movie even more.

8.       Personalized family pillow:
Something that is completely unique is a personalized family pillow. This is a great accessory for the couch that keeps their entire family close by. It will certainly be a conversation piece!

9.       Charm bracelet:
Charm bracelets have become very popular in recent years. What was originally thought of as a gift for a young girl, now everyone is wearing them! Helzberg has a lovely mom charm set that will show everyone how much you love your mom.

10.   Schedule a family portrait:
We've all had family portraits taken when we were children. It was usually a day of frustration as mom frantically tried to keep the kids neat and interested while the photographer desperately tried to shoot that perfect photo. Now that everyone is grown up, treat your parents to an updated family portrait. Then have it framed for them so they can show it off in their home.

11.   Necklace:
A beautiful way to give your mother a special gift is purchasing customized jewelry. It shows you wanted to give her something that she can always have with her and will think of her children every time she wears it. 

12.   Live a life they can be proud of:
Parents have always tried to be the best parents they could be; but rarely does that mean they were perfect. It is easy to forget that our behavior reflects on them. As a saying I once heard goes, people would live better lives if they always did things as if their mother was nearby. Most of all, make sure you live a positive life they can be proud of – as well as yourself.

Thanks to Kristin for these great ideas.  What would you like to give or receive?   I'm loving that family pillow, wonder if I could DIY something like that?

For more Mother's Day gift ideas be sure to check out my posts from last week.

Thanks for stopping by,