What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day This Year

Every year, right around this time, I start panicking about what to get my mom for Mother’s Day. Gift giving is a big deal in my family so I break out in a cold sweat at the thought of screwing it up. And it is this fear, my friends, that explains why my mom unwraps a TJ Maxx gift card each May. It’s always the right size and the perfect color. And – if I’m being honest – I know she’ll invite me along when she cashes it in.

But in this the year of our lord 2020, I don’t have much faith that we’ll be strolling through the aisles of the store and searching for gadgets (none of which we actually need) as we sip overpriced lattes from the Starbucks down the street. Nor may I fall back on my other go-to Mother’s Day present: a gift card to our favorite nail salon. Now, I consider pedicures to be “essential” services… but alas, the governor disagrees. Easy for him to say. From his office at the capitol, he doesn’t have to endure the sight of my naked toenails.

Since my usual gifts are off the table, I’ve had to get a little more creative. I want to get her something I know she’ll love. Something I know is high quality that will last a long time… or at least as long as that thing is supposed to last (which, in the case of the Belgian chocolates, is 3 days, max).

Even more than that, I want to gift her something from a small business. Something tells me Amazon doesn’t need my love (read: money) right now, nor does Target or Walmart. But the shop down the street whose owners buy Girl Scout cookies from neighbor kids or donate to my fundraiser? THEY DO. They need my support now more than ever. And I intend to do my part.

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Today I’m sharing with you my top 10 gifts for mom. I’ve handpicked everything, and each item comes from small businesses. And, since we don’t know when we’ll be able to see our moms in person next, everything is shippable.

Happy shopping!

Dr. Blatchford, O.D.

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