Just in case your mom hasn't been dropping hints, be forewarned — Mother's Day is this coming up Sunday, May 12. There's still time to get her a gift.

But not only is this the week to appreciate your mother, it's also a week to appreciate many other people in your life.

The upcoming week contains at least seven "appreciation" days, including Nurses Day (May 6), Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7), Receptionists Day and School Nurse Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Provider Appreciation Day (May 10) and Babysitter's Day (May 11).

In honor of all of these days, here are five ways to show your gratitude that might truly be appreciated.

Gift of experience

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Give memories, not stuff, to those who appreciate the gift of experience. Treat them to a cooking or painting class. Getty Images / Special to The Forum
Give memories, not stuff, to those who appreciate the gift of experience. Treat them to a cooking or painting class. Getty Images / Special to The Forum

Call it the Marie Kondo fallout. The creator of the Kon-Mari method of organizing, Kondo urges devotees to get rid of things in their life that don't bring joy. Millions of people all over the United States have purged their homes of unnecessary clutter and aren't looking back.

So instead of getting your mom, teacher or babysitter something that might just take up space, give them an experience. Write up a coupon to take them to dinner, a night of bowling or an art class. They'll get a night of memories without inviting more stuff into their home.

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Homemade isn't hokey

An inexpensive, yet heartfelt homemade gift like a favorite cookie recipe with ingredients is a popular choice. Getty Images / Special to The Forum
An inexpensive, yet heartfelt homemade gift like a favorite cookie recipe with ingredients is a popular choice. Getty Images / Special to The Forum

You know what they say: gifts are more meaningful when they come from the heart. Homemade fits the bill perfectly. What's easier or less expensive than typing up your favorite cookie recipe and putting the layered ingredients for it into a Mason jar?

But it doesn't need to be cookies. The possibilities are endless, from body scrub to candles and more. And because it comes right from you, it will be welcomed with open arms.

Gift cards

Gift cards can be a practical choice when you know something about the receiver of the gift. Getty Images / Special to The Forum
Gift cards can be a practical choice when you know something about the receiver of the gift. Getty Images / Special to The Forum

When gift cards first came out, many saw them as impersonal and maybe even a little tacky. But the truth is there is nothing tacky about a gift that doesn't need to be returned and can be used to select something you know the receiver really wants.

Just don't be random. Pay attention to where that person's morning cup of coffee comes from and pick up a gift card from there. What are their favorite foods or places to shop for clothes? Gift cards are thoughtful because they can show that you really know that person's likes and dislikes.

Chocolate

Chocolate is a safe way to show appreciation. Getty Images / Special to The Forum
Chocolate is a safe way to show appreciation. Getty Images / Special to The Forum

Chocolate is the staple, the old standard gift, and the sweet treat has stood the test of time for good reason. It's estimated that approximately 90 percent of people like or love chocolate. When is the last time a gift of chocolate truly bombed? It gives the recipient a sweet taste that they can either nibble or devour or hog or share. The choices are there.

Not a chocolate fan? No worries. Bouquets made of candy, cookies or fruit are also a nice option, and many can be delivered.

Pampering

A little pampering might be one of the best ways to show that nurse in your life that you know he or she doesn't spend all day playing cards. You know they're on their feet all day, and a massage or pedicure could be life-altering. Pampering at a salon is something many people feel guilty about, so it's the perfect gift — something they wouldn't get for themselves.

Other holidays this week

  • Monday, May 6: Crepe Suzette Day
  • Tuesday, May 7: Foster Care Day
  • Wednesday, May 8: Bike to School Day
  • Thursday, May 9: Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • Friday, May 10: Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Saturday, May 11: Eat What you Want Day
  • Sunday, May 12: Limerick Day

If you know of a holiday you'd like to see featured on The Monday Mark, email Tracy Briggs at tracy.briggs@forumcomm.com.