10 Things - How to choose the perfect Mother's Day gift!

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     I have learned a few trick for buying gifts over the years. What you need to do is get a picture of what the Mother you are buying a gift for will enjoy. After all, you do want to give her something that she will remember for a long time.  Here are some hints that will help. Answer the following questions:
  1. How old is Mom/Grandma?
  2. What is she doing this weekend?
  3. Is she vain?
  4. What is her favorite store?
  5. What is the weather?
  6. How often do you spend time with her?
  7. Is she a girly girl?
  8. How many siblings do you have?
  9. How does she treat herself?
  10. How long has she been married or is she single?
     These are not the usual questions but you will know more when you answer these than when you answer the hobby related questions. For example, if your mother is elderly and a girly girl, a corsage is perfect. However, if she active and spent the week end hiking, you can be assured that she will not want a corsage. She will love a collection of lotions for aching muscles and a cool new baseball hat. 
     If your mother is a girly girl, single and loves to shop at Nordstroms you will find just what she wants on the counter just inside the door. If you don't spend much time with her and she doesn't have enough money to treat herself to a message, pedicure or nail extensions, spend the afternoon with her...get your toe nails done. You can do this even if you are a man.  
     If she is a vain older woman, she will like a makeover at the department store and a gift certificate for that same store. If she a vain younger woman (your wife or daughter) she will love the same kind of star treatment.
     Always consider the weather on that week. Believe it or not a beautiful spring plant goes over better on a cold day. A beautiful spring day tells you that a trip to the local farmers market and lunch outdoors will be greatly appreciated.  
     If she is surrounded by lots of loving people, then you need to communicate with your siblings. While a petunia plant or a corsage is nice, a herb basket is better for the cook and a pair of flower earrings is better than a corsage.  Trust me on this one. I don't think Mom wants 5 plants and a trip to the local franchise restaurant. Your mother is important!
     All you need to do now is go and buy a Hoops and YoYo card to make her laugh!  Of all the things you do this is the most important.  How can you put a price on a good laugh?
     If you are a mother, please tell your children what you would really like. They will love you for your honesty.  

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