Who better to give you suggestions about what gifts to buy for Mother's Day than a Mom?

I've been a Mom for a long time and, over those years, received a lot of Mother's Day presents. I've loved each and every one of them, as your Mom does, because they came from the kids. But, as we get older, the hand-drawn greeting cards are probably not quite cutting it. So here are a few suggestions on how to make Mom's day extra-special. And you might have some fun too!

  • Cindy Campbell, Townsquare Media
    Cindy Campbell, Townsquare Media

    Personal Picture Collage

    Moms love to look at pictures of their children and grandchildren. So take the time to put together one of those photo collage frames for Mom. They're very affordable and come in all sorts of combinations, from a couple of photos to a LOT of memories. Find some cool, casual shots of everyone that are guaranteed to make her smile every time she looks at them.

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    Brian Jackson, ThinkStock

    Cook Her A Meal

    Moms love it when someone else cooks for them. So fix her a meal and make it extra-special! It doesn't have to be gourmet food, but dress it up with things like her favorite tea, coffee in a fancy cup, linen napkins, and flowers on the table. What's your Mom's favorite food? Or favorite dessert! Tell her to sit down and let you wait on her. She may protest at first, but she'll love being the one getting fussed over for once!

  • Cindy Campbell, Townsquare Media
    Cindy Campbell, Townsquare Media

    Flowers That Don't Go Away

    Flowers always make a great gift for Mom, but some are the gifts that keep on giving. I love any and all flowers that I receive, but I especially love the kind that I can plant in the yard and watch as they blossom year after year. So consider getting Mom a rose bush, forsythia, or other flowering bush or plant. Bulbs work too! Your Mom will love it!

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    Jupiterimages, ThinkStock

    A Day Of Pampering

    Moms don't often take the time to spoil themselves, so giving them a day of pampering will really show that you care about their happiness. Guys could consider giving their mothers gift cards for a massage or a spa day. And daughters could make it extra-special by making time for mutual manicures or pedicures. A few years ago, my son treated the women in his life (wife, me, mother-in-law, and sister-in law) to mani-pedi's and we went together as a group. It was fun!

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    NiseriN, ThinkStock

    Plan A Mom Outing

    I can't tell you how often Moms do the stuff that their kids want to do and sacrifice time they could be spending doing something they prefer. So plan an outing doing something that Mom loves! Does she enjoy miniature golf? Maybe it's a trip to the coast or going to a movie she's been wanting to see. Get creative and make the day about her. She'll appreciate that you took the time to enjoy her favorite activities and, hey, you'll make some awesome memories!

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