“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams in his famous Christmas song. With the streets just as brightly lit as the decorated homes, the mood in December is generally happier than other winter months. Christmas is one of the best times to show your love with presents for those closest to you, such as your friends, significant other, siblings, dad, and, last but not least, mom. Since your mother has spent a large part of her life looking after you, it’s natural to want to find her something truly extraordinary. So, why not give her a personalized gift that shows how much attention you’ve been paying over the years? The best part is that you won’t even have to break the bank.
A Handmade Present
There’s nothing more personal than a present you have created yourself. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to paint a masterpiece, as a simple item like a pair of winter socks you’ve knitted is more than enough. If you know a thing or two about working with wood or metal, you could build a box for your mom to keep her valuables in, such as jewelry or family photos. This also offers a calm, meditative activity at a time of year when everyone else is running around the shops like headless chickens looking for presents.
A Book Subscription
Although online subscriptions may be all the rage, physical subscriptions have been around for a while now. For example, if comic books or magazines arrived every month when you were a kid, your mom may well have subscribed to them for you. Now you can return the gesture by signing her up for a book subscription service, where she can have any genre she likes delivered to her door. Or, you can choose an audiobook plan for your mom to listen to if she’s not a big reader or is too busy to sit down.
A Mug for Cold Days
Although December can be mild or freezing depending on where you live, you can’t go wrong in giving someone a mug for Christmas. Besides being ideal for holding your hot chocolate, it’s also perfect for personalizing. This can range from silly, lighthearted messages to a meaningful photo printed on the side. There’s bound to be a family picture that tells a shared story you’re all fond of, and with a mug, your mom can remember this all year long.
A Candle To Lighten the Mood
With the nights drawing in much earlier, candles can work wonders at lifting the spirits. They add to the Christmas feeling by giving homes a cozy glow. You could find a candle for your mom that has a cinnamon, vanilla, or gingerbread scent to really immerse yourselves in the holiday vibe. There’s also room to be creative with a candle, as much like a mug, personalized messages fit perfectly on its side. This can be a joke only your mom gets, a sentence reminding her of the mischiefs you committed as a child, or a line from a poem or movie. In short, keep it meaningful but lighthearted.
A Cookbook With Movie Recipes
In many movies, the big moments tend to take place at the family table and, no matter what happens, the food always looks delicious. If your mom is a big film fan and has a favorite, then she may get a kick out of one of the many cookbooks that have come out recently with recipes from movies. There's also the Friends: The Official Cookbook for those die-hard Friends fans and even The Christmas Movie Cookbook to get everyone in the festive mood.
A Photo Book of Best Memories
It’s likely that your mom has many photos lying around or on her social media, so it shouldn’t be too hard to secretly sneak some away to create a photo book. Whether doing it alone or with siblings, your mom will appreciate the time and effort put in when she receives her beautiful new book. If the photos are old and a bit faded, an online photo book editor can help improve their color. Software like Printique provides loads of customization options, letting you add text or funny stickers. Most importantly, this kind of online editor allows you to use templates to create a photo book with a specific theme, such as a Christmas book.
This time of the year is important for the entire family, and mom is no exception. Along with Mother’s Day and her birthday, it’s the perfect moment to show your appreciation and how much you value all her efforts in raising you. Despite the festive period always flying by, presenting mom with a personalized gift may keep her filled with the Christmas spirit for many weeks to come.
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