Now that May is (finally!) here, if your family hasn’t started thinking about Mother’s Day, it’s time to start dropping hints.
While many of us may live further away from parents and in-laws, and will send a card and flowers, stats show that moms today aren’t interested in chocolates and flowers as much as they’d like to be gifted an experience. The “show me” aspect of Mother’s Day. It’s certainly not about a loud display of your love for mom, but rather demonstrating how much she’s appreciated by tapping into some unique ideas.
And with some insight from Capital One, I can help!
In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Capital One asked Canadian Moms what they really want for Mother’s Day and asked Canadians what they repeatedly find themselves gifting. I then took those survey results and found some ideas here in Regina, SK that would make for an amazing gift! If you’re not local you can certainly find a business or similar idea in your city!
Give Mom Time To Be Creative
Almost half (49%) of Canadians gift flowers for Mother’s Day when only 2 in 5 moms (37%) actually want flowers. It’s mom’s special day, so why not take the time to ensure you’re treating her to exactly what she wants?
Wine and paint events are a favourite among moms but why not take it one step further and get mom a gift card towards a creative class at a location close by? Mable and Martha’s Vintage Style Decor in Regina offers painting classes and, for example, mom can learn the super-popular barn wood painting technique (I have it everywhere on my main floor!) and then apply it at home.
Treat Her Like The Queen She Is
Whether dining out, making her favourite meal from scratch or wearing PJs and ordering in, 53% of Canadian moms want dinner and 36% of Canadian moms want brunch. Even though over half of all Canadian moms (53%) would like dinner for Mother’s Day only 35% of respondent’s gift mom dinner.
Here’s a unique idea from The Hotel Saskatchewan! Bring mom to the Mother’s Day Tea. Dine like the Queen, Kate and Meghan on Friday May 11, Saturday May 12 or Sunday May 13 from 2:30 – 4:00PM. Call 306.337.4311 to reserve your spot (they can share more details on pricing and menu).
Take A Step Outside Her Comfort Zone
Gift-givers take note! Millennial moms prefer to receive experience-based gifts for Mother’s Day such as dinner (60%), brunch (45%), a spa day (60%) or simply alone time (52%). However, only 35% of Canadians say they typically gift dinner, 19% gift brunch, 9% gift a spa day and 11% are gifting alone time.
I will always take the time to sign up the kids for exciting activities and events before thinking about scheduling something fun for myself. There are only so many days in a week and they’re typically filled with kid’s activities. If there is something offered locally that mom has mentioned her friends doing, or that she might try out “when the kid’s activities slow down” now is your time! Get her a gift-certificate for a class or punch card to go as often as she likes, and then remind her that self-care makes her an even better mom in the end.
We checked out Regina Climbing Centre as a family, and this is definitely something I’d go back and do with girlfriends too! I got a great workout, overcame (maybe, sort of) some fears, and had some laughs this past weekend.
At the end of the day, Mother’s Day is important to me to take for myself and celebrate! I earned it! BUT, I also don’t want my family to overspend or do something outrageous that will frustrate me later since I am – after all – a frugal mom!
Capital One reports that only 15% of Canadians always follow a budget when it comes to Mother’s Day shopping and almost 2 in 5 (39%) do not set aside a specific budget for Mother’s Day spending. Occasion spending is a crucial factor in building a budget and one that is often not accounted for. Setting aside a pre-determined amount for Mother’s Day will take some stress off your wallet when it comes to occasion spending and make mom happy the following week when she’s doing the monthly budget too!
For more budgeting tips and Mother’s Day shopping advice, check out Capital One’s twitter page @CapitalOneCA and for more information visit capitalone.ca.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, my own!