What's With the "Just For Mom" Box?
This is a first for Lilac Lane.
I was really, really unsure about this. I love gifting. It's something I get excited about, but it's also a lot of effort and it can be really tough to find just the perfect thing- even if you know the person really well. And I don't know exactly who will be getting this gift...but I do know who this gift is for.
Mother's Day gifts are tough, right? You want to get mom something she'll love, but for some reason all you can think about is how she is always cleaning or cooking and running around and there has to be giftable stuff to make all of that easier. But what? You ask her and she says she already has everything she needs and maybe the family could just have a nice breakfast together. You remember the potato peeler broke, and her car charger is on the fritz....but that doesn't really feel like a gift.
Or maybe you're like me, and this Mother's Day people are asking you what you want for Mother's Day and that feels like a loaded question. What do I want? Honestly, I want to feel rested and somewhat normal and maybe open a little gift that has nothing to do with anything I have to do. But that sort of feels like a jerk thing to say. And it also feels a little impossible. It may be "Mother's Day", but for most of us that doesn't mean a day off. It means the same day-in and day-out keeping little humans alive, very likely without a lot of support because so many of us living in the Bakken are here without close family and living on a partner's unpredictable work schedule. Mother's Day is a lot to navigate for some of us. And then there's the heartbroken mamas dealing with loss on this day that's supposed to be all about celebrating motherhood. It's heavy. It's hard. There isn't a gift for that, besides staying present. There isn't anything more meaningful than that.
Is there a perfect gift for Mother's Day? Probably not. That seems like the wrong thing to say as the owner of a small shop that just released a Mother's Day gift box. But it's true. It's why putting this box together was so hard. I think though, that this year instead of trying to find things that are helpful or better versions of what I (or my mom) already have, I went with things I would love to have. I would love to have a cute t-shirt that is totally different than anything I've seen before. I would love to have the surprise items in this box (believe me, I way overthought it and I am 99% sure any other mom will love it), and I would love to have the gift card to use on whatever I want (which will honestly probably be big bows for my daughter's hair because that gives me joy, LOL) and I would love to have the freaking hat box because goodness knows I need some cute organization in my closet. This box makes me happy, and I really believe it will be totally unexpected and so much fun for the mom that gets to open one too.
(But just in case she can exchange anything out because this gift-giver at heart can't bear the idea of someone not liking their gift!) :-D
Love you mamas.