5 ways to spread the love this Mother’s Day

Yellow flowers on a blue table

Mother's Day is just around the corner (you can wipe the sweat off of your brow, you haven't missed it!), and for whoever the mothers in your life are – mother, grandmother, wife, friends – there's no better day to show them how much you appreciate them.

However, finding the perfect token to express your love can be difficult. For such an important person in your life, it can seem like nothing measures up. But greeting cards are a great place to start – accompanying the perfect gift or helping you communicate your gratitude. Fortunately, CardsDirect is having its Semi-Annual Sale. That means, you can get 10 percent off your order with the code CRSEM16! Just order anytime through May 9!

Looking to give a gift with your thank you cards? Try one of these five simple and guaranteed-to-please ideas:

1. Flowers

Flowers may seem like a cliché, but some things are a cliché for a reason. Who doesn't love to find a beautiful bouquet of roses, wildflowers, or really any type of flower waiting for them? Gussy it up for Mother's Day by adding some ribbons, a vase and a thoughtful note! Just be sure to double-check the mother in your life isn't allergic. If she is, keep reading for more ideas.

2. Breakfast in bed

Who doesn't like waking up to a tray of their favorite, freshly made breakfast goodies? Whether it's the smell of bacon and coffee, or a stack of French toast dripping with maple syrup, breakfast in bed will help start Mother's Day off right. You can even include a thank you card on her breakfast tray, so she knows this day is all about her.

3. Homemade picture frames

Snapping lots of photos seems a given part of any family experience. So, why not honor these times together by showing them off? Even better, make or personalize the frames for these special pictures yourself. Think popsicle stick frames, repurposed ladders and made-over platters. Consider putting photos in mason jars with items you found on trips you've shared together.

4. Adult coloring books

One of the hottest gift-giving trends are coloring books, which can help adults zen out and relax. This Mother's Day have some fun by grabbing some crayons or colored pencils, a silly coloring book, and helping your mom play the child this time. You can even make your own coloring book by turning photos special to your relationship into their own coloring pages. Plus, you can have extra fun and choose images to suit the recipient's personality – silly, touching, exuberant. You're limited only by the hundreds of photos you've likely amassed over the years.

5. Fix something around the house

Moms always have a list 10,000 items long, so why not take a few of these tasks – the most onerous ones – and cross them off the list for her? It might not be as pretty as flowers, but fixing that leaky sink or planting all of those bushes not only means she doesn't have to do it, but also gives her the gift of time. She can put up her feet, kick back and relax.