And we, in turn, give her flowers. Or candies. Or a spa day. Or, perhaps, this Organic Mushroom Farm.
But mostly... I think it's unique and thoughtful. My mom is an amazing cook with a huge Iowa garden. Each summer, she grows more tomatoes than she knows what to do with -- not to mention the squashes, asparagus, herbs and more. But one thing I'll bet she's never grown... is her own mushrooms.
And. As I wrote in Money DOES Buy Happiness - If You Know How to Spend It, there are two ways to buy happiness:
1) Spending money on someone else.
2) Spending money on experiences, rather than possessions.
One last thing. In Emotional Design: Why We Love (or hate) Everyday Things, Donald Norman writes:
There are three different aspects of a product were identified with different levels of processing by people: visceral, behavioral, and reflective. These three levels translate into three different kinds of design. Visceral design refers primarily to that initial impact, to its appearance. Behavioral design is about look and feel -- the total experience of using a product. And reflection is about ones thoughts afterwards, how it makes one feel, the image it portrays, the message it tells others about the owner's taste.
So that's why I want to give a fungus-infested lump of sawdust and fertilizer to my mom for Mother's Day... It's totally a good idea, right? Or is it kind of gross? Both?
Do you have cool ideas for Mother's Day gifts? Share them in the comments!