Show your mom you care!

New Delhi, May 11: She gave up her dreams to let you live yours and she egged you on whenever you felt low. So this Mother’s Day Sunday, show some love to your mom and pamper her with gifts, rejuvenation treatments or simply say ‘thank you’ with flowers.

Indians lag behind in terms of expressing love and affection to their mothers, according to an Asia Mom Survey by consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble (P&G).

The survey, conducted across 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, indicates that 55 percent of respondents in India expressed appreciation to their mother infrequently and 23 percent of respondents could not even remember the last time they thanked their moms.

Around 57 percent of respondents said they never celebrated Mother’s Day with their mom even though 67 percent thought the day was a great opportunity to thank their moms.

As many as 45 percent of respondents felt it was best to shower love on the mom by giving her something she likes.

IANS lists a few gifts and gestures that could put a smile on your mom’s face this Mother’s Day:

Say it with flowers, cards: Keep it classic and simple with a bunch of fresh flowers to brighten her day, and a few words of appreciation through a card to let her know she is special. Ferns N Petals has a wide range of bouquets to offer, and these can be conveniently ordered online.

Make her tech-savvy: Put your mother in touch with the latest in technology and gift her a laptop, a new smartphone or iPhone, an iPod or perhaps even a new LCD screen on which she can watch and enjoy her favourite shows.

Jazz her up with jewels: A ring, neckpiece, bangle or a pair of dangling earrings — loosen up your pocket to buy your mother some pure gold or diamond jewellery. She will be more than happy to flaunt it. For those with a limited budget, try charming her with art jewellery from stores like Karigari, offering a special 15 percent discount for the occasion.

Warm up her wardrobe: Clothes are never enough for a woman’s wardrobe, but give your mother’s closet a contemporary twist. Buy her a designer sari, a salwar-kameez or if she is comfortable with Western wear, check out what’s in vogue in international stores like Mango and Zara. If she usually chooses sobre colours, gift her something colourful to add brightness to her looks.

Pamper her with a spa session: Bringing up a child is not a child’s play. So what better way than to ask your mom to relax for once? Gift her a spa session, which will rejuvenate and energise her. Several spas and parlours are doling out special packages for Mother’s Day, with VLCC even offering a slimming programme for moms who want to get into shape.

A date with mom: A perfect Sunday brunch at a nice eatery or a chilled out dinner date to a pub that your mother may never have gone to will give you a chance to pull your mother out of the kitchen. And she won’t be complaining at all!

Surprise with a personal touch: Mothers will always be most emotional about something handcrafted by you. It may be a card, a customised apparel or bag or meal, there’s nothing that will touch her heart more than your personal touch.

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)

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