If coming up with gift ideas for mom is stressing you out, I’ve got you covered.
First, let’s reframe gift giving. I believe it becomes stressful because of one or more of these situations:
- Our budget is tight.
- We wait ’til the last-minute to shop.
- We put pressure ourselves to find the perfect gift.
Think of yourself as the recipient. Would you want someone getting that stressed out over buying you a gift? I wouldn’t. I much prefer the gift be given with intention and joy. Not for my benefit, but for the gift giver’s.
Fortunately, there’s something we can do about that: simplify our approach to gift giving.
- If your budget is tight, opt for time together instead. I’ve chosen to spend time with my parents in lieu of a buying a gift many times over the years, and it always turned out to be so enjoyable. Now that I have a grown daughter, I know how special it is to spend time together.
- Add gift shopping to your calendar. Fit it into your existing schedule so that it doesn’t become an extra chore or out-of-the-way to-do. You can also save time with online shopping.
- Let your relationship guide your gift ideas. What do y’all like to do together? How does your mom like to spend her time? What are some of her favorite things?
Sometimes it helps to get inspiration from others. So, I’ve curated a list of the gift ideas from gifts either I’ve given my Mom or I’ve received, and a few ideas I’d love.
17 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Mom
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A Casual Luncheon
No need to break out the china for this casual affair.
- Decorative ball jar glasses will do just fine.
- Colored straws add an extra decorative touch to these already whimsical glasses. I felt like a kid showing off my latest drawing as Mom admired my handiwork, saying “These look like something from Southern Living.” That is what I call making the big-time, friend.
- DIY food labels made with clothespins add an extra touch to the casual buffet setting.
- Make mom feel special with a personalized message. Making your own chalkboard is super easy.
- Watch this video for tutorials on creating a simple, yet pretty tablescape, complete with your very own Southern Living style glasses.
One year, my sisters and I created a memory jar to read with Mom after lunch. I also used photos of us as kids for place cards.
- I suppose a memory jar could count as a handmade gift.
- Doesn’t this Rosemary Scented Goat’s Milk Soap sound divine?
- If your mom enjoys gardening, one of these 5 DIY projects would make a really creative gift.
- If you don’t want to make the gift yourself, Etsy is a great place to get handmade gifts for mom.
- A hand written card makes a heartfelt gift.
I love to give themed gifts. A few of my favorites are:
- A spa gift set filled with bath salts, a candle, essential oils, a good body lotion, a loofah and maybe even a bath robe. Add a monogram for a personal touch.
- If you’re mom is a beach lover like me, you could fill a beach bag with a big beach towel, some fun (maybe even vintage) sunglasses, and a good book.
- A weekender bag with a nice pair of pajamas, and a toiletry case.
For the last several years, we’ve spent Mother’s Day at the beach. I look forward to that day far more than any fancy lunch, breakfast in bed or even a pedicure. It’s one of the most relaxing days of the year for me.
Other ideas include:
- wine tasting
- model home tour
- sightseeing/scenic drive
My mom and I share a love of all things vintage and antique, so for several years, we made a day of antique shopping and lunch. If mom happened to find something she loved that I could afford, I’d treat her to it, but it wasn’t expected. In more recent years, my sisters and I started taking Mom out to lunch. (It’s a nice respite for her since my Dad’s stroke. And these days, he likes it when he gets the house to himself for a little while.)
No matter the occasion, the key to coming up with thoughtful gift ideas is let it evolve from your relationship. I think that’s where creativity and thoughtfulness comes in and is what puts a smile in everyone’s heart.
So, take a deep breath. You’ve got this.
See you in class,
p.s. If there’s a Mother’s Day tradition you keep every year, keep in mind traditions evolve or fade away over time as families grow and circumstances change. Have fun as you explore and create new options.