@MissD I really like the idea of a framed photo. MofV’s mom is also super hard to shop for and super literal/doesn’t have much of a sense of humor or creativity so you have to explain gifts to her.
So I realized she LOVES ice cream. And for Christmas I just bought her some gift cards to Coldstone and Baskin Robbins and wrote a card telling her that she works hard and she should go treat herself to some ice cream. She loved it. Took almost no effort on my part and I didn’t have to explain it to her.
How would a gift card or certificate go over in his mom’s culture? Too impersonal? It’s better than just handing cash but I know some people hate gift cards because they’re perceived as lazy.