It's of those special days on the calendar you must buy a gift for your significant other. You’ve blocked these events from your mind because you hate the pressure of getting a good gift. It takes a lot of work to find something for someone else and you know you aren’t good at it. You scan websites that proclaim to have great ideas for the day, but they are of no help. Finally, you grab something that looks like a good gift to you and throw it in one of those decorated bags with the sinking feeling you have failed again. 

Some people are better gift givers than others. What are the characteristics that make some people better at it? Is it impossible for us more selfish types to ever do it right? 

You can actually become a good gift giver and it’s not as hard as you think. The first step is to rid your mind of any ulterior motives. 

Am I cheap? Do I feel like this day was set up by commercial entities to get us to buy more crap? Am I thinking of things I would want? Am I thinking of something I feel the person should need? Am I just going through the motions?

If you go in thinking these things, it will earn you an eye roll when you present your gift, because your motivations shine through. If you can separate these underlying beliefs and think clearly about the person and what they enjoy, the things that matter to them, you have a much better chance of landing on something they will truly appreciate. 

One time I got my wife a plant for Mother’s Day. She appreciated it because she is a good person, but she knew I was motivated to get something living because flowers die in a few days. I couldn’t stand the thought of spending good money on something so transient. My cheapness undermined the gift. 

One time I got my wife a window washing set with squeegee, hose and special cleaner. I would not recommend this gift for most people, however, my wife loves to have her windows clean and I promised to use the kit and do it every month. It was a gift she appreciated because there was no underlying agenda from me. 

You really can become a better gift giver by putting some thought into it. Mainly, by realizing it’s not about really...forget yourself for a minute. 

Ike, here at the radio station, is getting his wife $50 in small bills. She loves garage sales and there’s a neighborhood up North who will be having some great ones over the weekend. With his gift she can spend the morning cruising around looking for deals. That’s a thoughtful gift. 

10 Affordable Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Whether it's your mom, your partner's mom, or the mother of your children, Mother's Day is a time to recognize the important women in your life. If you want to give a thoughtful gift this Mother's Day without breaking the bank, keep scrolling. We've put together ten affordable gift ideas perfect for the mom in your life.

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