With a cracking sense of humour or a sound glare with furrowed brows, she is one person who has taught you life’s most important lessons throughout. Skip posting ‘blasts from the past’ images on Facebook or hashtagging your night out with Mommy to say ‘Thank you,’ this Mother’s Day.
Rather, re-imagine your relationship as a host of designers and writers help you to make ‘personal’ keepsakes that will linger always.
Writer Kakul Gautam who writes and posts zany love letters on her blog Hyperbole, much? (along with a physical copy), says, “We’re tweeting and instant messaging our feelings multiple times a day, but that is more posturing than honesty there. With a letter you’re putting your feelings on a piece of recycled paper — you’re being vulnerable and that’s love.”
Even little gestures count says illustrator Pranita Kocharekar who designed Until Next Time, postcards with inspiring messages: “I made a card for my mother, as I crave for her food whenever I am out — a universal feeling, I guess. It said – ‘My tastebuds crave your food’.”
Think jewellery boxes with family photos, or greeting cards made out of seed paper…after all, the world isn’t enough for Mum.
Make it old-school
In November, digital marketing professional Kakul Gautam launched a free service that offers to write love letters to anyone or anything — husbands, Android, pizza, even Ryan Gosling — as a unique attempt to explore ‘love stories’. “I liked how Kakul has a sense of humour in writing,” says Rashmi H, a journalist who had a love letter crafted for her husband in February, titled ‘To you, long eyelashes’. Recall jokes and special moments in a letter for your mom. Then just fill out a questionnaire, and the letter will reach your doorstep or inbox.
. The service is free
Play with your memories
Imagine a Monopoly-style game sprinkled with nuggets drawn from intimate moments — catchphrases from your childhood, stern admonishments she would adorably mispronounce, or films that always make her cry. Hiral Malde Shah and Rashi Shetty of Hatke Gifts can customise board games, card games, jewellery boxes, coasters, and even wine bottles. A Mumbai Monopoly-type board game could be a lot of fun, says Shah: “Imagine, you can buy and sell Antilia, or even Sachin.” Ghatkopar-resident Siddharth Deshpande, 30, meanwhile, got his mother a jewellery box for Mother’s Day. “I wanted to give her something that she could cherish. I personalised the box with photos of our family to make it memorable for her,” he says.
CALL: 9819055765; Prices start at Rs 300
Lines from the heart
Matunga-based illustrator Pranita Kocharekar of Until Next Time offers a series of postcards featuring inspiring messages like ‘Smile More Often’ and ‘Never Stop Wandering’. “In December, I saw them at a design fair and got some for family and friends,” says freelance writer Shachi Lavingia. “The card I gave my mother said ‘You make me feel strong’ and her face lit up when I gave it to her.”
Available at Filter in Kala Ghoda, amazon.in, anduntilnexttime.net; Prices start at Rs 500 per set
21Fools makes greeting cards out of seed paper, giving them a long-lasting purpose — and personalises them for special events as well. You can then ‘plant’ the card and keep the sentiment alive in the form of a sapling. “Last year, I gifted my mother and mother-in-law a greeting card saying, ‘All that I am or I wish to be I owe to you!’ with foot imprints of a parent and child,” says e-entrepreneur Nameet Potnis. “It is now growing as a marigold plant in our home.”
WHERE: 21Fools.com Prices start at Rs 250