If you’re like me you’ve just realized that mother’s day is looming. If you’re wondering what to get mom, why not think outside the box? Instead of the usual flowers or chocolates give her a gift she’ll remember. A Magazine Subscription Most mom’s rarely take time out for themselves. If you’d like to encourage your mom to take a break, why not get her a subscription to her favorite magazine? Moms appreciate the little things, and every time her magazine arrives she can put her feet up and relax. A monthly subscription is a gift that will last through the year, and every time she reads a new one she’ll think of you. The Gift of Total Relaxation While vouchers may fall into the “typical gift” category, there are few moms that wouldn’t enjoy a chance to head to the local spa and be pampered. Many offer vouchers for facials, manicures and massages, or you can simply purchase a dollar value and let her choose her own treat. Donate to Charity Sometimes moms truly don’t want or need anything. A donation in her name to a worthy cause is something that will make a difference as well as be remembered. If you’re looking for a good charity to support, there are many different options to choose from. Consider donating to V-Day which sends 93% of funding directly to programs overseas. V-day is working towards ending violence towards women and girls, and also works to save girls from genital mutilation. Save The Children is also a brilliant charity which has many different goals including providing education for girls, as well as immunizations for babies and healthcare for pregnant women in some of the world’s poorest countries. They also provide women with small loans to allow them to start their own businesses, allowing them to generate an income for their families. The Best Gift is Time To celebrate mother’s day, why not surprise your mom and spend the day with her? Go to the movies, out to lunch, or grab a massage. Pick her up and take her to breakfast, spend a day browsing the local market or go for a hike. Instead of material gifts, give her the gift of your time, and create memories that will last longer than just a day. Mother’s day, like so many other holidays is becoming increasingly commercialized. Instead of a last-minute run to the store to get mom a fragrance set or some candles, take advantage of the day to show mom how much you appreciate her. With a little bit of thought, you can easily choose a gift that will bring a smile to her face.