Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday of May. This year, it’s May 12—a little later than you might have expected. But that’s no reason to procrastinate your gifts for the mothers in your life. You’re sure to remember your wife, your mother, and mother-in-law, but you may also choose to do something special for a sister, an aunt, or even a daughter. If you plan ahead, you can come up with a thoughtful gift. Flowers are always nice, but you can also get something personal that lasts longer—maybe a new purse, laptop bag, or something for their digital devices.
Guys: here’s a hint. There’s a good chance the women in your life wish you listened and spoke with them more. Studies have shown that women connect by talking and communicating—and guys…well, not so much. Give the women in your life the gift of words. Write a letter, send a message, or better yet, set aside time to talk without distractions. You probably shouldn’t expect this to be your only gift, but it’s a great way to make Mother’s Day more meaningful.