It's not too late to come up with a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day. And since most of us are mothers here at the Free Press, we know any one of these ideas will be a winner:
• Maid service for a week/month/year. We'll take what we can get just to get a break.
• Photo book from Shutterfly. This is pretty cool, and guaranteed to be a tear jerker. Gather up some picture memories and email them to Shutterfly, where they will create a custom hard-back, glossy book of photos replete with snazzy design.
• Massage. Ahhhh, this one is always a winner. Throw in a mani/pedi and facial and we'll call you our favorite child.
• Garden art. For the gardening mom in the family. This is something we appreciate and covet when we're at Bookcliff Gardens, but won't buy because we think it's frivolous and we'd rather spend it on your soccer camp.
• Car care. Take mom's car out for a vacuuming and detailing, and return it to her with new car scent. Do it yourself and earn bonus points.
• Brunch or picnic. Selecting this old, but reliable standard will make mom happy, just as well. Make reservations if applicable, do the leg work, and make it look like you put some effort in the planning. However, if you opt for brunch, accordingto the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is the most popular day to dine out. A picnic is sounding better and better.
And finally, heed these words spoken by one of the greatest sons in American history: "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abe Lincoln