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9 gestures that will make your mom feel extra appreciated on Mother’s Day

Gifts are not the only way to honor Mom on Mother’s Day. What she really wants is your time and attention, so take the day to give her the pampering she deserves. Instead of breaking the bank on extravagant presents, use some of these suggestions to spoil her silly.

1. Let her sleep in

How long has it been since Mom slept in? On Mother’s Day, start her day off perfectly by making sure she’s well-rested for once. Get yourself up early, and do whatever needs to be done to make sure the house stays quiet while she snoozes.

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2. Give her an at-home spa day

There’s no need to book an expensive day at the spa — you can give Mom a spa day without ever leaving home. Set up shop and give her a pedicure, manicure, facial and maybe even a foot massage. She’ll feel relaxed and super loved by the time you’re done.

3. Clean the house

Mom should never have to clean the house on Mother’s Day. Clean every inch of the house from top to bottom, and if it doesn’t need to be cleaned on Mother’s Day, give her an IOU for the next time it does.

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4. Go on a picnic

When lunchtime rolls around, give Mom a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Pack a picnic lunch and this soft Vera Bradley throw blanket, and then let her know the blanket is hers to keep.

5. Take her on an overnight getaway

Plan an overnight or weekend trip, either just for your mom and you or the whole family. But don’t tell her where you’re going — the surprise is half the fun! Grab everything your mom will need ahead of time, and have it packed and ready to go.

6. Cook a fancy dinner

And we do mean fancy. If you’re not much of a chef, pick up her favorite food and serve it immediately so it doesn’t get cold or mushy. Break out the fine china, light a few candles, and make her feel like the queen that she is.

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7. Spruce up her garden

Give Mom’s garden a spring boost by weeding, trimming and getting everything ready for summer. To top it all off, plant a few of her favorite flowers so she’ll think of you every time she steps outside.

8. Take a family photo

All moms want family pictures, but getting them taken is easier said than done. Make sure everyone is in one place at the same time, and do what you have to do to get everyone to smile. The photos will be cherished possessions for her for years to come.

9. Have a movie night

Rent a movie mom has been dying to see and prep an assortment of her favorite snacks — then sit with her and watch. Mom will love ending the day curled up with her favorite people while she takes in a good flick.

This post was sponsored by Vera Bradley.

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