This past Sunday was Mother's Day. How was that celebrated in your house? Breakfast in bed? Flowers delivered? Dinner out at a restaurant? Popcorn at the movies? Someone other than Mom washing the dishes?
Did you call your Mom and say Happy Mother's Day? Did you add, I love you?
Did you consider giving her a book?
Whether it's Mother's Day, Christmas or any holiday, books are easy to give. You can go to your local bookstore or shop online. Look for a book in the genre she or he likes to read. Get a paperback or an e-book or perhaps a hardcover book.
If it's by a local author, get it autographed if you can.
A book lasts a whole lot longer than flowers or candy.
Not sure what s/he likes? Check his bookshelves. See if an author she reads has a new book out. If there's not a new book out, then find a series in the genre she likes that seems similar to one she already follows, and get that.
Introduce her to someone she's never read before. Choose an author that you like and get her one of his/her books. If it's a new to him/her series, start with the first book.
Flowers wilt. Candy sits on the hips. Books take time to read. Mom, Dad, Uncle, Aunt, or friend can be transported to a new place and go along on a ride with engaging characters.
That's my recommendation ... books. 'Course, someone else washing the dishes sounds pretty good, too.