1) Books are cheap–I mean, um, inexpensive.
According to a recent Offers.com poll, 52% of shoppers will spend $40 or less on their moms this year. Books don’t cost much, but they also offer hours of entertainment. Neil Gaiman said, “They have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” Enough said.
2) A book lasts forever–it’s not an object, but an experience.
Books can teach, entertain, fill time, stimulate the mind, and help you escape. They can go with you anywhere. In the above-mentioned poll, 43% of women said they wanted something “sentimental” this year. Why not a cute photo album? Or if you don’t have the time for that, the newest novel from her favorite author? A travel book about her favorite vacation spot? A cookbook from her favorite country? Personally, I think if you’re going to give her a book, give her a box of chocolates or flowers or even slippers to go with it. Ahh. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?
3) You can find a book for the woman who has everything.
There’s no such thing as too many books. A heavy packed bookshelf is just called a library. Other than those cheap “personalized” photo gifts and key chains with the name “Mom” on them (sarcastic sigh), books are truly personal. They never come in the wrong color, size or style. A book shows Mom that you took the time to think about who she is and what she is interested in.
4) Books are DANG convenient.
They don’t make noise. They don’t ding or light up, and they build brain cells instead of depleting them. Think anti-tech in a world of high-tech. They’re also easy to ship–perfect fit for packages and relatively light to send as gifts for faraway friends and family. And the best part is, you don’t have to feed them, plug them in, or put batteries in them. They just sit there until you’re ready to lose yourself in their pages again.
5) Books = Relaxation.
Trust me. This is what moms want more than anything. Give her an afternoon off with a brand new book, and she will kiss your feet when she’s done. (Well, you know what I mean.) DVDs that you don’t like and shoes that don’t fit are nice, but seriously–give her some time to herself. Every mom can use a little peace and quiet, and by giving her a book, that’s exactly what you’re offering. So make sure you follow through. That alone will definitely make it her best Mother’s Day yet.
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*Some of these ideas came from other blogs, so I’m posting the links here. http://blog.timesunion.com/savings/mothers-day-poll-most-popular-gifts-and-spending-trends/2118/