With Mother’s Day just a few days away, maybe you’re still looking for a last minute gift. Or maybe you want to be a tad more unique than the chocolate, flowers, appliance route. Maybe you want to celebrate the special Mom in your life by sharing your love of the outdoors. Here are a few outdoor, low cost ways to do that:
- Picnic! OK, this seems super simple and maybe a bit cheesy, but I bet it’s appreciated. Spring is here, the weather is right, so why not pack a lunch of your Mom’s favorite foods and snacks and spread a blanket at your favorite outdoor spot?
- A Hike For Two (or more!): Last year, a friend of mine took his Mom hiking as a way to get her into his favorite outdoor activity. She’d recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure and the doctor suggested daily walks. To keep her going — and to make the experience memorable — they’d each share their favorite family memory at milestones on their journey. Now, this Sunday, they’re doing it again and including other family members.
For a list of favorite trails by state, click here.
- My Mom, The Green Thumb: My mother is an avid gardener. The viridian appendage seems to have skipped over me completely, so she especially appreciates it when I take the time to get my hands dirty and help out planting trees or relocating blossoms. If your Mom is a garden mum (Get it? Mum?), why not pick up some flowers in her favorite color from your local nursery and plan a Sunday date of planting them together?
These are just some starter ideas, but you get the picture: a bike ride, a hike, planting flowers, they all have two things in common — they’re outdoors and they’re more about spending time than anything else. As a Mom myself, I know that is the most precious gift of all.