Whether you love her or despise her she’s still your husband’s mother and this Sunday is her day. I thank the heavens that my mother-in-law is so easy to love (Mama Watkins I adore you!), but I do recognize that not all wives are as lucky and therefore are not looking forward to spending time with their mother-in-laws on Mother’s Day. So, I’m going to help you out a little. Here are a few ideas for those of you looking to make your mother-in-law’s day, and a few more for those of you who just hope to make it through the day.
If You Adore Your Mother In Law
…surprise her with her own version of that things of yours she saw and “just loved” so much. It might have been your brand new Cuisinart mixer (fresh off your registry scores) or maybe a cute bag or pair of earrings you nabbed on sale, but chances are there’s something you have that she’s gone goo-goo gaga for. If it’s not too late to find it, go get her one of her own. You already know she’s going to love it!
…take her to a ladies only lunch then on a dessert rendezvous. Pick a restaurant you’ve been dying to try then treat her to gourmet cupcakes at your favorite boutique spot for dessert. It will give you both a chance to catch up on gossip, hubby/son talk, and whatever else comes to mind while you dine and then indulge in the sweetness of the moment.
…get your DIY on and create a collage of photos of your family (or your wedding) that she doesn’t have and will really love. (I’ve gotten The Man’s mom a lot of gifts over the years and the photo collage is the one she still talks about to this day.)
If You Cannot Stand Your Mother In Law
…take her to see a movie you think she might like to see, and bring the hubby and/or kids along as buffers. This will give her two hours of “quality time” where you don’t actually have to say a word to her. Plus, if you pick the right movie everyone will be entertained. Seriously, everybody wins.
…ditch lunch or dinner plans in favor of a gift that looks better than it is. (Don’t you have that huge presentation to prepare for Monday?) Head on over to Crate and Barrel or Williams Sonoma (or Target) first thing tomorrow and pick up one of each thing on the “Mother’s Day Sale” displays in the front of the store. Grab your collection of thoughtless goodies and find something thoughtful to put them all in (think a basket with a ribbon, or a gorgeous keepsake worthy gift bag). Deliver the gift in person with a sweet card and huge smile, throw a family photo in there to sweeten the deal, and then book it on out of there while she’s still saying “Aww, you shouldn’t have.”
…send her an edible arrangement delivery. It’s a lot more thoughtful than sending flowers, but just as fast to arrange. (Plus, she’ll be less likely to point out a few of your extra pounds if she demolishes one of those delicious creations and has already put on a few of her own. ) Yes, you’re welcome – wink, wink!