Many of us struggle to find the words – let alone a gift – that can truly express our feelings of gratitude on Mother’s Day. Oftentimes the most valuable gift is your time. For some of us, this isn’t always possible. Either way, you’ll want to surprise your mom with a gift on Mother’s Day that she can really enjoy and appreciate. Keep reading for ideas to help you choose the perfect gift for your mom next spring.
Mother’s Day is about appreciating your mother and letting her know she’s the best mom on the planet! That being said, many children ask Dad for advice and end up giving their mom jewelry. Although there is technically nothing wrong with this, it doesn’t really make Mom feel like Mom.
Instead, give her something that she can use, something that will make her day go by easier or something that reminds you of her. Take a minute to think about something she needs and make sure not to buy her something she already has!
A few examples of thoughtful gifts that fit the theme of motherhood:
- Hummingbird Feeder – draw beautiful creatures into the yard with a hummingbird feeder. Sometimes made from recycled materials, hummingbird feeders are a great way bring life into your yard.
- Specific Jewelry – I realize I just said NOT to buy jewelry, but there are certain pieces of jewelry that make sense for a daughter to give to a mother, such as the pendant in the image above. This necklace features a mirror with a metal ring around it with the phrase “I see myself in you.”
- Jewelry Holder/Jewelry Tree – If your mom wears a lot of jewelry, she will appreciate a nice place to put it.
- Kitchen Device – If she likes to cook, surprise Mom with something new to use in the kitchen like an immersion blender or bread machine. As a bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy all the new recipes she tries out!
For small children, the best bet is often to collaborate with the father to make a handmade item like a painted flowerpot. Crafts from children are often treasured for years to come. If you have siblings, share ideas with each other. You may be able to combine forces and surprise mom with a joint gift. Nothing would make her happier than to see her children working together!
Show your mom that she is unique and special with a one-of-a-kind, personalized gift. Are you one of the few who treasure the lost art of letter writing? If so, surprise her with a letter keeper, a book meant to store all the letters sent between you and your mother. A treasure that can be passed on to future generations, a letter keeper is a way to capture snapshots of personality that would otherwise go unnoticed. Plus, writing letters back and forth is a great way to strengthen your relationship whether you live in a college dorm, in another country, or just an hour away from her.
Another way to capture a part of that relationship is a personalized photo collage (above image). Choose photos of the two of you, your family, or anything that reminds you of her. Be creative and add a pressed flower or a ticket stub to the collage. You can have the frame engraved with anything you’d like, such as a favorite quote or simply her name.
Do you have a cool or classy mom? Some mothers aren’t into the traditional “mom gifts.” Instead, surprise her with a unique gift to show her just how cool she is! Take her shopping and let her pick something out for you to buy for her, such as a new sundress or pair of sunglasses. The options are endless.
For something she can unwrap, I suggest a gift that is unique, something none of her friends have, that she can display in the house. Think of her tastes, style, and what type of things she enjoys. This can be anything from an old-fashioned cheese cutter to a coffee maker to a clever case for one of her electronics.
What hobbies does Mom enjoy? Maybe she would appreciate new gear for her favorite sport or new materials for her favorite craft. For example, a new yoga mat paired with a sport water bottle or new materials for her sewing machine. It all depends on her. Click here to browse more cool gifts.
It’s probably no secret to your parents if you don’t have a lot of money to throw around, so don’t worry if you don’t have much to spend this year. Pair one of these inexpensive gifts with a bouquet and a card:
- Handmade soap – cheap and unique, handmade soap is the perfect way to add rustic charm to any bathroom.
- Candles – always useful for low lighting and a pleasant scent.
- Books – if your mom collects books, offer to take her to the book store and purchase a few books for her. For book collectors, this is one of the best gifts imaginable. In addition, the fact that you thought to take her to a book store will show her that you pay attention to what she likes.
Don’t forget about Grandma!
It’s important to remember your grandmother on Mother’s Day. She may not be your mother, but depending on the family, Grandma often plays an important maternal role in the lives of her grandchildren. Buying gifts for the elderly is difficult, because many of them seem like they already have everything! Ask your parents what they plan on doing and how you can help.
If your mom is also a grandma, consider spending a day or weekend at her house with the family. If you have kids, surprise Grandma with an activity set for her and the kids to play with. The time spent will be much more precious to her than anything she can unwrap.
More about Mother’s Day
Traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is specifically designated as a day to honor mothers and the sacrifices they make in addition to the effect motherhood has on society at large. In the US, Mother’s Day originated with a woman named Anna Jarvis. Her beloved mother passed away in 1905 and that’s when Anna decided to invent the holiday. After a tough campaign, Anna’s holiday was finally made official by Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
Although Anna’s version of the holiday has been adopted by several other countries, ancient traditions in other parts of the world are quite different. For example, in present day Turkey the ancient Phrygians honored the mysterious mother goddess Cybele. She was most often portrayed pregnant and riding in a lion-drawn chariot. Music and wine accompanied the celebration.
However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, make sure the day is about her and what she likes. Embrace the relationship you have between you and your mom, even if it has fallen by the wayside during past years, and do the best you can to show her the love and appreciation she deserves.
If you’re a mother reading this and have a child’s birthday coming up, click here for advice on gifts for children of all ages.