Coming up with fresh Mother’s Day gift ideas (or Father’s Day gift ideas for that matter) can be challenging. I’m a mother of three and I still have trouble thinking of suggestions to help my hubby out, let alone finding the perfect gift for my own mom. A few years ago, though, no suggestions were needed — my husband totally hit it out of the park.
It was the Mother’s Day after our first child was born and probably one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. Why? Because it was thoughtful, it showed that my husband listens to me and, most importantly, that he knows me and what I value most.
So what was this amazingly thoughtful gift? Nothing more than a collection of books — the Redwall series by Brian Jacques to be exact.
If you’re not familiar with the Redwall books, they’re children’s fantasy that centers on a bunch of mice living in an abbey. They fall very much into the same category as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. My husband bought them for me because long ago I had shared with him what they meant to me as a child — how I would get lost in the pages for hours on end and how I would forever associate them with warm and comforting thoughts of my childhood.
Buying me the complete series to have and re-read as an adult would have been a wonderful gift but what my husband had in mind was infinitely better. He wrote in the card attached that he wanted me to save the books to read to our own children when they were ready. He wrote that he hoped I would create as many happy memories reading the series with our little ones as I did when I read them the first time around. And, as the icing on the cake, he even included a Redwall cookbook so the kids and I could bake some of the recipes from the series together.
As much as I loved these books as a kid, I honestly don’t know if I would have remembered to share them with my own kids when the time was right. With this one thoughtful gesture, my husband effectively gifted me hundreds of shared hours and loving memories with the most important people in the world to me. Who could ask for more than that?
So if you’re looking for gift inspiration for a mom this month, or a dad next month, I highly suggest looking to their own childhoods. Anything they especially loved and can now share with their own kids — like books, movies, even tickets to special places or events — will do!
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