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A Guide to a More Thoughtful Mother’s Day

May 3, 2017
Whether your mom loves jewelry, experiences, or seemingly has everything already, this guide will help you find the perfect gift for this Mother's Day.
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Whether your mom loves jewelry, experiences, or seemingly has everything already, this guide will help you find the perfect gift for this Mother's Day.Since most of my readers are mothers, this post may seem a bit unnecessary. But we also each have a mother,  grandmothers, and even surrogate mothers we’re trying to shower with love this holiday. And personally, I’m always looking for ideas on how to give more thoughtful and meaningful gifts.

I like to think of myself as a good gift giver. I spend lots of time thinking about my gifts and what will best convey my love for the recipient. So before I even begin purchasing or creating my gift, I try to think first about the person’s love language. What matters to them the most? Quality time? Acts of service? Gifts? Or maybe words of affirmation? Though this doesn’t necessarily point me toward the “perfect” gift, it does give me direction on how to make them feel the most loved. Beyond that, I try to think of the person’s likes and interests and to pay attention to the little wants they speak about throughout the year. So with that, here are some ideas to get you started on your Mother’s Day shopping/planning. Note: this post does contain affiliate links.

Acts of Service:

Try to think of a job that is difficult or tedious for your mom to do: Mowing the lawn, pressure washing the house, or organizing her pantry. Maybe she’s been storing tons of stuff in the attic and you schedule a day to help her go through it and purge. If your mom’s not into cooking, organize a family dinner where she can simply partake instead of having to cook and clean.

Even if you live far away, you can still offer your mom a needed service like hiring someone to cut the grass or giving her needed money. I’ve even done “coupons” in the past which could be cashed in when desired by the recipient.

Quality Time & Experiences

  • Brunch or Dinner just the two of you
  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • Shopping date where you treat your mom to a new outfit
  • Concert
  • Broadway Play
  • the Symphony or Opera

Rest & Relaxation:

For the overworked and super busy mom, often times what is most needed is the opportunity for alone time and self-care. If that describes your mom, here are some ideas:

  • Gift card for a haircut and/or manicure
  • Massage & Spa Day
  • Bed & Breakfast Gift Card
  • Gift Card to favorite Restaurant
  • New journal for prayer time & Reflection like this one from DaySpring (which includes a matching Bible cover as and added plus)

Words of Affirmation:

Jewelry & Accessories28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

    • DaySpring has some beautiful necklaces in their Motherhood Collection. Two of my favorites are the His Word in My Heart and the Gold Bar Mama Necklace (Maybe if I’m lucky my husband will check out this post ;).
    • Check out popular jewelry stores in the area. For example, where I live Kendra Scott is all the rage.
    • I also really like this Mother Daughter Necklace available through Amazon.
    • A new purse/wallet might be in order if you feel you know your mom’s taste.
    • I LOVE this Seersucker Shoulder Bag from Red Envelope too. Great for carrying around work papers and such.
    • Check out also these Mother & Daughters Bar Necklace Sets

For the Coffee or Wine Lover

For the Mom who Has Everything:

  • I made this Personalized Blanket from PersonalizationMall.com for my grandmother last Christmas and she absolutely loved it! I told her it was a tangible way for her to know that she remained in the heart of all her loved ones.
  • I also really like PeronalizationMall.com’s Canvas Picture options. I made something similar to this for my Mom for Christmas.
  • The Willow Tree figurines are also always a great option. You can buy these for sure through your local Hallmark store or online at DaySpring or Amazon.
  • If you’re far away, consider sending your mom a bouquet of flowers or an Edible Arrangement.
  • These cute Mosaic Garden Stepping Stone from Red Envelope are also great for the garden lover.
  • Also from Red Envelope is their Family Rules Wooden Wall Art (another gift I might steal for myself)

Your Guide to a more Thoughtful Mother's DayBasket Ideas:

I personally love giving gift baskets with a little bit of everything. I think it has more personality and shows a greater level of caring and thought. I’ve found all kinds of ideas on Pinterest (check out my board The Art of Gift Giving) for this sort of gift too. Here are just some examples:

A Spa at home kit including bath salts and/or bath bombs, scented candle, nail polish and nail care supplies, cotton balls, new scrubber, and lotion. Maybe even throw in some chocolates. Live far away and can’t easily assemble/send this yourself? Check out Red Envelope’s version here.

For the Foodie/Baker a basket filled with a new recipe book, cooking ingredients, tools, etc.

For the Crafter a basket filled with all kinds of special crafts supplies: papers, fun pens, stickers, etc.

Hope these ideas help get you started in your shopping and planning. And Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers!

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