“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” ~ Stevie Wonder
Being a mother is a twenty-four-seven job that’s often spent in the middle of the night, walking the floor with a sick child or waiting up for a teen that’s just started driving. It’s a job that’s peanut butter and jelly handprints on the table and toys scattered on the floor – but it’s a job that mothers gladly undertake because of the love they have for their children.
You want to take the time to show your appreciation and gratitude for these women and you want that person to know how much they mean to you through the gift you give. That’s why not just any type of gift will do.
These mothers are all unique and their tastes and interests are all different. You can show a lot of thoughtfulness by getting them a gift that means something to them. Don’t just watch commercials and grab whatever advertisers are recommending.
What’s Your Mother’s Day Budget?
First, of course, you’ll have to look at what you can do for the special mother in your life based on the money you have to spend. The gifts you can buy range from inexpensive curio keepsakes to expensive jewelry.
You want to show how much you care, but at the same time can’t spend what you don’t have. If you’re on a very limited budget, know that mothers still love to get handwritten things from their children – even their adult children – because they know this comes from the heart and you can’t buy that at any store.
If you have very little funds, one idea that you can do is to get an inexpensive journal – you can find these for less than $5 – and using scrapbook letters and other scrapbook embellishments, you can create a one of a kind Mother’s Day gift.
You can start on the inside cover by gluing down letters that spell out “love” or “Mother” or any other sentiment you want to say. On the first page, write a heading titled, “My Special Mother’s Day Message for You.”
Then write a short note like you would in a Mother’s Day Card. For the next page, write, “What I Love About You” and write what you love about your mom. Include special memories or funny family moments that you both treasure.
Write different headings for the following pages such as, “The Best Advice You’ve Ever Given Me,” “My Favorite Childhood Memory With You” and, “You Taught Me To…” or come up with some of your own that you know your mom would like.
The journal will be a gift that she’ll treasure.
Knowing What That Special Lady Would Treasure
Knowing what the mother in your life will treasure will depend on how well you know her tastes – what she likes to do, wear, places she loves to go, etc. The gifts that mean the most are always the ones that require a little effort.
To keep from spoiling the surprise about what you want to get her for Mother’s Day by simply asking her, you can do a little spy work and easily find out what she likes.
Don’t just head to the store and pick out any kind of fragrance, for example – look around on her vanity counter and read the label of her perfumes. Which one has the most amount of perfume missing? This is the one that she’s using regularly.
You can surprise her with a bottle of her favorite fragrance when you know what she likes. Around Mother’s Day, the department stores will regularly have complete sets for fragrances that include little gifts with purchase.
Pay attention to the magazines she reads and the items for sale in the magazines that she’s talked about. Has she expressed any interest in a particular product on a television ad? Is there a movie she’s gone to see repeatedly that she just sighs over whenever she talks about it? Those are all clues she’s giving off and if you pay attention, you can surprise her.
Women will sometimes say, “Oh! I love that!” when out walking or shopping so listen to what she says whenever you’re together if she’s looking at something and says how much she’d like that.
If the mother in your life loves to read, books are always a big hit. Look at her “to-be-read” or “already read” pile to see what types of books she loves to read and then pick something out in that genre.
If you know she has a favorite author, you can contact that author (most have websites allowing fans to contact them) and ask for a signed bookplate that you can place in a book. You can send in a self-addressed, stamped envelope to get the bookplate back in time for Mother’s Day.
If your mother’s taste in books is eclectic, you can get her a gift certificate to her favorite bookstore. Since many bookstores have a coffee shop with all sorts of beverages and sweet treats, you can add a certificate for that and give her a relaxing day of book browsing and sipping her favorite latte.
You can even buy book certificates for mothers who own eReaders and prefer electronic books over bound ones. Some women prefer audio books, especially if they travel, but don’t buy audio books if she’s never expressed an interest in them.
Bouquets of flowers are always a good idea, and roses are flowers that are the national symbol of love. If you don’t know what your mother’s favorite flowers are, check around her house outside for the types of flowers she has planted.
Inside, look at artwork on the wall to see if there are any particular flowers featured in the artwork. You can often pick up clues for flower preferences that way.
Food is always a big hit with mothers – especially the chocolate kind – but there’s a right and a wrong kind of chocolate to buy. You don’t want to get nuts or nougat or caramel if she doesn’t like any of that.
You’ll want to find out what her favorite chocolate is and buy some of that. You can put the chocolate in a lovely basket filled with other goodies or in a basket lined with rose petals – just little things that go the extra mile.
Jewelry is another great idea for a Mother’s Day gift and it’s hard to go wrong with jewelry unless you get her something she doesn’t wear. Many moms don’t like to wear a certain type of jewelry or a certain style. You want to find out what she does like by looking through photographs of the jewelry she has worn.
Necklaces and earrings are always a good idea, and you can get jewelry that speaks about her interests. You can also get a beautiful mother’s ring inscribed with a special message and containing each child’s birthstone.
Diamonds are timeless, elegant jewelry that mothers will enjoy, especially if you search for the piece that’s special to her. You can find diamond necklaces in the shapes of music notes, hearts, dolphins and more.
You can also find replicas of jewelry worn by your mother’s favorite actresses.
Artistic presents are a great idea if you know her taste in art. Many moms love famous paintings – and you can check out art shops for smaller prints that can be framed. Framed pictures are also a good idea for Mother’s Day gifts and you can frame special photographs or images that are special to the two of you.
Gift certificates are always a good option if you know what she likes. Online shopping is fun for moms and she can find a huge selection at places like Amazon. You can also give certificates for her favorite restaurant, for movie tickets or certificates for her to download music.
Spa certificates can give your mom a day of sheer relaxation and make her feel pampered. Massages are a good idea, but only if you know that your mom will appreciate a massage – because not everyone is comfortable with one.
You don’t want to give her a certificate she wouldn’t use. This all goes back to finding out what your mom or the woman in your life who’s a mom would like. A salon certificate for a hairstyle is something a mom would appreciate. Tickets to see her favorite musician perform is something she would also love.
Let’s not forget the food! Go all out on her special day. Don’t make the special mom in your life cook on her day of honor. You can never go wrong with dinner reservations out at a nice restaurant.
If you want to really make it special and have the budget for it, you can rent a special car-anything from a new, snazzy sports car to a classic ’57 Chevy.
Make her breakfast in bed and make sure you take care of making the lunch. Let her have the entire day to get pampered and ready for her dinner out.
Ideas for New Moms
New moms are going to be busier than they’ve ever been before – and they’re not going to get a whole lot of sleep.
- One good idea for new moms is to give her some certificates for meals that can be picked up and brought home for the nights that she’s too worn out to cook. Or you can give her certificates for a service that will deliver food.
- Certificates for housecleaning services are always appreciated, as are babysitting certificates. Even if she’s not able or not ready to leave the baby, this can give her some free time to nap or do something else while her baby is being cared for.
- Shopping certificates for comfortable clothes are also appreciated. When a new Mom gives birth, she’s ready to be out of the maternity clothes, but may not quite fit into her pre-pregnancy attire, so this could be very helpful.
- You can make a photo album featuring the new mom and her arrival by using scrapbook kits. Since a new mom is short on time, you put the album completely together, leaving only the pictures she wants added to be put in place.
- Give her jewelry commemorating the birth of her child.
Ideas for Your Wife
Gift ideas for your wife for Mother’s Day can be thoughtful and romantic and she’ll treasure them forever.
- If you’re just starting your family and don’t have a lot of extra cash, you can still make her day special by picking flowers if you can’t buy them, tying them together with a pretty ribbon and writing her a poem to go with the flowers.
- You can arrange a picnic at her favorite outdoor spot where you prepare all of the food, take care of the packing and cleaning up and give her the gift of time. All mothers appreciate this. They love to hear, “I’m taking care of everything. You just go relax.”
- Give your wife a rosebush you can plant or a special flowering tree. You can write a lovely note and tell her that your love for her grows as beautiful and as fragrant as the flowers.
- You can secretly take a picture of your wife with your children and have it framed.
- Charm bracelets are special for all mothers, and you can give her a charm bracelet with charms that show her interests as well as what delights her.
- Plan a relaxing bath for her – fill the bathroom with candles, sprinkle rose petals around, have some soft music on and take care of the kids so she can soak and relax. Give her a copy of her favorite novel or a new CD to listen to while she relaxes.
Ideas for Daughters Who Are Moms
If you have an adult daughter with children and the children are old enough, you can have them over one day to make an extra special Mother’s Day gift.
- Taking a canvas for artwork, have each child press their hands into finger paint – a different color for each child – and then press their palms down onto the canvas.
- Write the names and ages of the children beneath each set of handprints. When the paint dries, have each child write a meaningful message to your daughter. Then have the canvas framed and present it to her as a gift.
- Take your daughter on a day cruise with her children or have a mother/daughter outing planned.
- Give her a collage of photographs and memories in the shape of a heart. Buy a beautiful mug and decorate it with quotes or mosaics.
- Buy her some comfortable pajamas to sleep in complete with luxury house shoes. Give her a certificate for a night out with her husband while you watch the children.
- Get her a special Mother’s Day locket with small pictures of her children inside or a picture of you and your daughter together in the locket.
Ideas for Grandmothers
A family portrait that’s framed with all of the generations together is a gift that grandmothers love.
- Personalized stepping-stones inscribed with the names of her children or grandchildren are always a hit.
- Jewelry like grandmother rings or grandmother/grandchild heart charms have special meaning.
- Memory books, scarves and personalized afghans are always precious. Baskets filled with her favorite things are a good idea, or baskets that you can set up to arrive once a month such as fruit or candy or cheese baskets to show how much you appreciate her.
- Flowers in specialty pots that she can enjoy all year long will bring a smile to her face. You can give her gift certificates for online shopping, which is helpful if your grandmother isn’t able to get around well physically.
- Grandmothers love the gift of time and enjoy spending time with their family. One of the special gift ideas that you can do for your grandmother is to create an, “I Remember When” book.
- Record her memories of days gone by – the story of her life – and print it out and have it bound in book form and give it to her as a gift. This way of preserving memories will be very precious to her.
Of course, taking your grandmother out to eat is always a special treat for her. Many grandparents stay home too much and an outing with beloved family members is something they treasure.
Don’t Repeat Each Mother’s Day the Same Way
Mother’s Day is a special time, and even if you determine what your Mom’s favorite perfume is, don’t give it to her year after year.
Instead, mix things up a bit!
One year, buy her favorite fragrance, but the next year, get her the spa gift certificates, followed by a family outing the following year.
You want to keep her guessing and showing her that you’re paying attention to her every need. She’ll love bragging to her friends about how much TLC she was shown by the very grateful children and grandchildren.
What are your best Mother’s Day Gift ideas?