Mother’s Day Gifts Should Be From the Heart

Some Guidance from Holiday Dad on How to Select Gifts for Mom's Special Day


Try searching online with your child's help to find the perfect gifts for the special moms in your life.

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Who knows what to really get “The World’s Greatest Mom” for Mother’s Day? Let’s not all speak at once. OK, still silent? I understand and rightfully so. Maybe we all have trouble finding the right gift or gifts to present to our mothers in May. As a father, husband, brother and son, the pressure of finding the right gift to make her smile is magnified 10 times, especially when all you hear the month or week or days before Mother’s Day are countless “suggestions” that are very indirect. 

You could carry an unconventional and openly distracting pen and pad around and have to think of something creative to say to her when she asks why? But those suggestions don’t just come from your spouse, they also come from your mother and sisters. So what do you do? I don’t know. I wish I had the answer for everyone, but luckily for me, I have two kids that know everything. 

“Get online daddy and Google some things that she likes,” my daughter said with a big smile. She was more excited than I was…at least about Google. And she was right, as always. My son, sitting in agreement with his sister, chewing homemade French toast I made for them earlier in the day, was nodding his head. I still was wondering, what do you get a woman who has most of everything she needs? The only answer I could muster was, get her more stuff.

But, stuff must have value and it must have meaning. Anything other than cliché gifts are more than great. Get your kids involved with the selection process. They talk to their mom all the time. And I do mean all the time. When it comes to your own mother, talk to your sisters to get an idea of what to present, if need be. Nine and a half times out of 10, it’s the thought that counts. The most powerful gesture is the one that touches the heart. So this Mother’s Day, make sure all your fathers, sons, husbands and brothers try to touch the heart of the mothers in your lives.  

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook:

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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