Mother’s Day – Boomer Style

The biggest holiday in terms of Sunday Brunch is right around the corner – Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12 this year.

Whereas clay molds of children’s hands and hand-picked bouquets of flowers once filled the kitchen in mid-May, Boomer Moms are more likely to receive a bouquet from the florist or a gift card of some type. And Sandwich Generation Moms will be giving a gift to their own moms, in addition to receiving one from grown children, who perhaps have children of their own.

Data suggests that the average Boomer family now celebrates Mother’s Day with a minimum of three generations of moms!

Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone is able to share the holiday around the same brunch table. Just like most things associated with the Boomer Generation, even Mother’s Day celebrations have become simplified – and some would argue, more enjoyable.

Because many Boomers have just downsized (or are thinking of doing so in the very near future), putting a modern twist on the traditional gift means you understand Mom’s desire to clear out the clutter but still want to show how much you care.

Some great suggestions from a variety of Mother’s Day “experts”:

  • Live plants. If Mom has a garden (even a patio) and a green thumb, potted plants – whether flowers, vegetables or herbs – would be a welcome addition to her collection. And unlike their cut-bouquet counterparts, she’ll be able to nurture them for months to come, rather than throwing them away a week or so after the holiday.
  • Books. Traditional books have always made great gifts, but if Mom travels or has difficulty holding a book for long periods of time, then a subscription to an online library is a great alternative. And if she doesn’t already own one, an e-reader or tablet would make the perfect gift for a bibliophile.
  • Stress Relief. Just because she’s retired doesn’t mean she wouldn’t enjoy a massage or facial! A gift certificate for her favorite treatment is always a hit.
  • Gift Certificate for a Service. Perhaps Mom would enjoy having someone come in to clean the house or prepare a week’s worth of meals. Catering companies and specialty food services often feature healthy meals delivered to the house either ready-to-eat or heat-and-eat.
  • Coffee makers. Since meals often involve one or two people rather than a whole family, new single-cup coffee makers are a popular gift in 2013.
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