While Mother’s Day is still a few weeks away, it’s never too early to start thinking about what to get your mom on her special day. There are a variety of ways to show her just how special she is and we decided to ask some of our readers what it is that they enjoy receiving on Mother’s Day.

After conducting some quick research and asking our Facebook fans what the best Mother’s Day gift they have ever given/received, it came to light that often times the most meaningful gift items are, in fact, the simplest to put together.
Christian Voice editor and mother of three Kelly Legg said, “I would like for my kids to write me a letter or make me a card and maybe give me a frame that I can put it in.”

Donna Rose agrees that a hand written letter is much more meaningful than a store bought card. “A few years ago I asked my teen and pre-teen kids to write me a letter and they were awesome! It showed me that the little and routine things I did were noticed and appreciated.”

It is important to never underestimate the impact that a homemade and from the heart can have.
Angie Weir also enjoyed a homemade card her young son made at school. “There’s something about a card with little handprints that gets me every time,” she said.

Cynthia Uribes agreed and said the best Mother’s Day gift she received was a poem written by her oldest son.
Homemade gifts do now have to be limited to writing a poem or letter and making cards, it’s also easy to make homemade certificates. “In the past, I’ve received certificates from my children for chores around the house,” said Kerrie Hoening. Certificate ideas can include washing the dishes, doing laundry, shoulder massages, foot rubs, breakfast in bed and more.

For those with mothers who are artistically inclined, purchase your mom’s reservation at Sketch & Sip’s Mother’s Day event. Sketch & Sip, located in Winthrop, is hosting this event on Saturday, May 12, from 1-3 p.m. For $30 per person, event attendees will paint a vase and enjoy light finger foods, tea and receive a free piece of jewelry from Downtown Divas. Sketch & Sip is located at 11242 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. For more information, visit www.sketchandsip.com.

Treating your mom like a queen for a day is a gift idea that never gets old and there are several local spas where you can send your mom to get pampered.

DayDreams Day Spa has a variety of spa packages that customers can purchase in honor of Mother’s Day. Treat you mom with the Day of Indulgence package, which includes a de-stress body wrap with body polish, a 50 minute relaxation massage, special facial and a luxury pedicure for a total of four and a half hours of relaxed bliss. Perhaps instead of sending your mom on a tropical vacation, you can book the Trip Through Paradise package, which includes an island rain or soak, a 50 minute relaxation massage, an aromatherapy facial and a serenity stone pedicure for a four hour trip to the tropics. The spa offers many other spa packages as well as individual massage, manicure, pedicure and facial choices. There are also gift cards available for purchase. DayDreams Day Spa is located at 658 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 657-2992 or visit www.daydreamsdayspa.com.

Divine Designs Salon & Day Spa offers many tempting and relaxing packages that make it the ideal spot to send your mom for the day. The signature spa selections include a Hot Stone Body Butter Wrap and Massage Signature Ritual, a signature Hydrating Wrap, custom blended signature facial, Devine pedicure ritual, Divine manicure ritual and a Signature Selections Day. Clients now have the option to book their appointments via the Divine Designs Website, at www.divinesalon.com. It is also possible to purchase custom gift cards using the Divine Designs Website. Divine Designs Salon & Day Spa is located at 1606 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-3737.

Massage Envy Spa, located at 2092 Badlands Dr. in Brandon, helps customize massages based on their client’s needs, whether they are in need of stress relief, lower blood pressure, relaxation, pain management and more. Clients also have the chance to choose their massage type, from trigger point therapy, Swedish, sports, deep tissue, reflexology and more. Membership cards can also be the perfect gift that keeps on giving for either three months, six months or all year long. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com or call 413-2211.

Edible Arrangements is delicious way to treat mom this Mother’s Day. Visit their Website at www.ediblearrangements.com and find a plethora of Mother’s Day themed arrangements. Many of the arrangements include chocolate dipped fruit like strawberries and apples as well as balloons and even a teddy bear. Other popular fruits that are often featured in arrangements include pineapple, honey dew melon, apples and grapes. Edible Arrangements is located at 3255 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information or to place an order, call 571-7200.

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