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What do mothers really want for Mother’s Day? It’s an age-old question, but one that’s not too hard to answer if you’re willing to put in some thought and a little effort.

Most moms will deflect, saying that they don’t need anything and just want to spend the day with their family. While there is probably some truth to that response, if you want to know what would genuinely please your mother, look just beneath the surface. There, you’ll find clues to help you select just the right gift to touch her heart and make mom feel special on Mother’s Day (or any day of the year).

When Mother’s Day rolls around, there are endless options to show the moms in your life love. From a simple breakfast in bed, to a spa day, or even just the sweet surprise of a clean house, you can’t go wrong in your efforts to make Mom feel special.

Here are four more sweet things moms really want for Mother’s Day.

Don’t Just Say It, Show Mom You Care

Many moms are self-reliant. They are up early and caring for their home and family by the time the sun rises. Her actions show how much she cares every day, and caring is what she longs for in return. Pamper her with something that reminds her to take time to care for herself – scents she loves, bath bombs for a luxurious soak in the tub, or a new outfit that makes her feel pretty. For the more practical mother, take care of the yard work, complete a household repair, or wash and vacuum her car. Putting your love into action is a great way to show her you care.

Show Mom Attention to Make Her Feel Special

Moms are great at making their family feel special with notes, gifts and words of encouragement at just the right time. Make your mother feel special by showing her some attention – visit, call, or send her a card the old-fashioned way. You can text, e-mail or even post on social media, just as long as it’s what she would like, not just what’s convenient for you.

Make Mom Feel Valued

Moms want to feel valued. Their time is a lifelong investment in you, and they are on the job 24-7. More than anything, moms want to know that you appreciate everything they’ve done to help you achieve your goals and follow your dreams. Treat her to a meal at her favorite restaurant. Or, better yet, show your skills in the kitchen – the ones she taught you. Ask her to don an apron as your assistant to make cooking fun as well as tasty. Join her for a volunteer activity to show you’ve become the person she always hoped you would be.

Tell Mom You’re OK

When all is said and done, moms want to know that you’re OK. No matter how old you are, be sure to let her know that much. The peace of mind it will give her is immeasurable.