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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day: A Guide for Men

By Rachel Campbell

I was raised with boys. No sisters, no female cousins with in one hundred miles, and very few female friends. I know how hard it is for men to find the perfect gift for the special women in their life. I have seen the smile that doesn’t quite reach her eyes when he gives her a bouquet of flowers. This scene, alone, has convinced me to write these tips for men looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Tip 1. Do something unusual. Every woman likes to brag to her friends that her husband did xyz for her for mother’s day, anniversary, etc. So give her something to brag about. If you usually give her flowers, give her a rose bush. If you usually give her jewelry, give her a ring with the birthstones of all the children on it.

Tip 2. If you make her dinner, make sure it is something that she wants to eat. By now, you should know your spouses favorite food as well as your own. However, if that little bit of knowledge still eludes you, ask. She may be expecting dinner, but if you light some candles, pull out the stemware (wine glasses), and have the family come to the table in their nice clothes, I guarantee she is going to be impressed.

Tip 3. Never, ever, ever underestimate the power of a good foot massage. Or back massage, or scalp massage. Whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, giving her a bit of muscle relaxation is a great gift.

Tip 4. Spend time on the card. Women analyze every word of a card. Take a little while at the store to find the card that best describes her. Don’t worry about looking macho in the card aisle, after all, it’s her you are trying to impress.

Check out the links in the side bar to the right for more great Mother's Day tips/ideas.

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