Celebrating mothers can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans. The holiday was formalized by Congressional Resolution in the United States back in 1914 – some 108 years ago. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 8.

While the role of women and moms in our society has certainly evolved and changed in the past 100 years, the importance of honoring and thanking Mom has not. According to the History Channel, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year, resulting in a spike of up to 37%.

Whether you are a loving husband with young children looking to ensure your wife feels special, or a son or daughter thinking about your own mom, the time to plan is now.

Here are few things you can do to make your mom feel extra special and appreciated this year without the last-minute rush:

• Plan something together. Moms appreciate quality time spent together more than anything else. If you live nearby or are close enough to see your mom on Mother’s Day, plan ahead to spend time with her. 

Whether you go out to brunch, lunch, or dinner, bring food over, go on a walk or bike ride, mothers love being with their babies – of any age!

• Send flowers ahead of time. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays for sending flowers and cards (more than Valentine’s Day) and you don’t want yours to arrive late.  Sending flowers to arrive on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday before the big day not only could save you money, but it means your mom gets to enjoy them all weekend and think of you! The sooner you order, the better during this busy time.

• Arrange for dinner to be delivered. If you aren’t able to see your mom in person, arrange for a catered dinner to be delivered from a local restaurant or catering company. There are many that specially create a Mother’s Day Brunch or dinner menu that can be picked up or delivered. A number of local restaurants offer delivery, and many offer take and bake options.

• Give her a spa day. Nothing says “thank you” as much as a gift to relax and pamper her. Whether Mom has young children and desperately needs a break, or is an empty nester missing her babies, she will appreciate the chance to relax, get a massage and indulge herself at a luxury day spa.

• Make or write something for her. I still cherish the handmade gifts my son gave me when he was young, but even into adulthood, a thoughtful note or card, or creative outpouring is something moms will appreciate. As an adult, my son now makes me playlists with music he thinks I will like – the modern-day mix tape!

Whether you are an artist, musician, photographer, writer or just want to do something unique or write a heartfelt personal note of thanks, consider making something for your mom instead of buying it.

Jennifer C. Wolfe is the co-owner of Whisper Creek Day Spa in Bluffton, which she opened with her husband last year. jen.wolfe@whispercreekspa.com or whispercreekspa.com