9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love

by Alli

Are you having trouble coming up with Mother’s Day gift ideas for your mom? Several years ago my mom confided in me that she didn’t need or want anything else for her kitchen. At her age, she’s got too much stuff as it is. Her cabinets are full and running over and she doesn’t have room for anything else.

Your mom may be the complete opposite. She may enjoy adding a new tool to her kitchen gadget collection. Whenever I’m buying a gift for someone, I try to put myself in their shoes. I don’t buy something I think I would like. I try to gift something I think the recipient will love and appreciate.

9 Mother's Day Gift Ideas She'll Love

Memories last so much longer than a bouquet of flowers (why not give both?) or stuff that’s not needed or even wanted. Keep that in mind when you’re writing down Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your mom.

Also keep in mind that most moms put everyone else before themselves and will probably love and appreciate anything you give them.

9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1. Dinner and a Movie

Who says you have to serve mom breakfast in bed? What about a girls’ night out? If you have sisters, invite them along, too. I have a feeling your mom would love spending the evening with her girls. It doesn’t even have to be on Mother’s Day.

2. Brunch and a Shopping Trip

Does your mom like to shop? Instead of buying her a new outfit or a purse that you’re not sure she will like, take her to brunch and shopping. Pay attention to the outfit, purse, jewelry, etc. that she’s drawn to and buy it for her. You’re making memories and getting her something she really likes.

3. Gift Card

Some people think gift cards are impersonal, but I don’t think that way at all. Here’s some gift card ideas that any mom would love.

  • Netflix for the mom who loves movies
  • Ebook gift cards for the mom who loves to read
  • Spa or Mani/Pedi gift cards for the mom who loves to be pampered
  • Restaurant Gift Cards for the mom who loves to try new foods
  • DIY Gift Cards (housecleaning, gardening, yard work, cooking together, etc.)

4. Weekend Getaway

This one can be a tad more pricey and takes a little planning, but mom is worth it, right? Remember, memories are more important than stuff! Whisk mom away for a weekend at the beach or spa or mountains or wherever her happy place is.

5.  Gardening Supplies

If your mom likes nothing better than puttering away in her garden, buy her new gardening tools and a beautiful tree/flower/plant. Better yet, help her plant it. You’re spending time together and making precious memories.

6. DIY Gift Basket

My middle daughter is the best when it comes to creating DIY Gift Baskets. Buy a pretty basket that your mom will love and fill it with whatever her hobbies/likes may be.

  • Is she a tennis star? Fill the basket with new tennis balls and a cute tennis outfit or new tennis shoes.
  • Is she a gourmet cook? Fill the basket (or use a stock pot or colander as the basket) and fill with gourmet food items she’d never splurge on for herself.
  • Coffee lover? Fill the basket with everything a coffee lover would want, including a mug, french press and/or coffee grinder.
  • Beach Lover – Fill a beach bag filled with sunscreen, a book, flip flops, chic sunglasses and a bright, colorful, plush beach towel.

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7. Photo Session

When’s the last time you had a photo taken of you and your mom? Book a mini-session with your favorite photographer and grab mom for a photo session and lunch. Don’t forget to smile. After you receive your photos, frame one for mom and one for yourself. Trust me, she’ll cherish this one forever and you will, too.

8.  Take a Class/Lesson Together

Is your mom artistic? Adventurous? Loves to try new things?

Book a painting class for the two of you. What about a cooking class? Cake decorating? How about a tennis or golf lesson? Horseback riding, anyone?

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

9. Monthly Subscription Boxes

Want a gift that keeps on giving? What about a monthly subscription box for mom? Whether she’s into cooking, makeup, art, fashion or just about anything, here’s 40 of the best subscription boxes for mom.

I hope I’ve inspired you with these 9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for mom. If you don’t live near your mom (like me) and can’t be with her on Mother’s Day, be sure and set aside some time during the day to call and talk to your mom. I always have the best conversations with mom on the phone. And don’t forget to mail that gift early.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Bonus: If you’re a great cook, go beyond making dinner or brunch for mom. Give her jelly or jams that you’ve made yourself. What about infused olive oil or infused vinegars?

Here’s a few brunch ideas and a free Mother’s Day Gift Tag printable!

9 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Do you have any ideas to add to my 9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love?







Kita April 18, 2016 - 7:43 am

I would take anything on this list but a shopping trip would be my favorite. LOL. I love the idea of taking a class together. I’ve always wanted to do that. Now I may plan this for my kids and I.

Shirley Wood April 18, 2016 - 7:59 am

I’ve received some really thoughtful gifts from my girls through the years. One year, my baby girl surprised me by showing up for an unexpected visit which was wonderful. My two girls gave me a Spa Day for Mothers Day several years ago, that was wonderful.
I understand your Mom’s sentiment. When my Mom didn’t really need anything, I went and gave her house a good cleaning one year for Mother’s Day so she could take a break.
I’d be happy with anything on this list!

Zan April 18, 2016 - 8:26 am

It is amazing how many moms puts others before themselves. My mom is definitely like that! But since we live far apart we cannot do some of the things you mentioned here. Anything like small mail (gift card or monetary items) work well for long distant. But I can definitely understand why your mom says she does not want new – because she already has so many. I am sure spending time with her is a blessing to her already.

Leelo April 18, 2016 - 10:15 am

Those are really great gift ideas! I would be super happy if I received a weekend getaway as a mother’s day gift 😛

Jenn @ EngineerMommy April 18, 2016 - 10:46 am

There are so many great ideas here. I love the idea of brunch and a shopping trip. I know my mom would love that idea! Also, a subscription box sounds like a really cool gift too!

Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 18, 2016 - 1:51 pm

A weekend getaway always sounds good to me. These are some really great ideas that you have come up with.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 18, 2016 - 2:36 pm

You and I are running on the same track today! I love your subscription box suggestion! I haven’t done that one before!

Tori Gabriel April 18, 2016 - 3:06 pm

There are some brilliant ideas on this list! I’d be happy with anything on this list. I love giving my Mum personalised gifts for Mothers Day.

Ave April 18, 2016 - 3:28 pm

So many great gift ideas! I really like the spa or mani/pedi gift card and the photo session idea! For me, I’d choose a weekend getaway – huge bath tub, a good book and some delicious food would be a perfect way to recharge my batteries.

Paula April 18, 2016 - 3:45 pm

What a great list of ideas for Mother’s Day. A weekend getaway would be amazing. But I’d take a day of sleeping in and dinner and movie.

Liz Mays April 18, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Oh these are awesome ideas. A nice brunch and a day out with my mom could be a lot of fun.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai April 19, 2016 - 12:41 am

Wow, so many awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas! I totally agree with you, the memories are worth more than any gift ever could be.

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Kiwi April 19, 2016 - 8:54 am

Brunch is always a great option! Also I think one day I would love to take my mom on a fun getaway!

Mama to 5 BLessings April 19, 2016 - 8:57 am

My mom is impossible to buy for I normally try to stick with gift cards which she does not like she thinks it’s inpersonal but she is so hard to buy for!

tiaras and tantrums April 19, 2016 - 1:06 pm

My MIL keeps telling us to not buy her anything any longer as well (83 years old). But we can’t NOT get her a gift. We opt for gift cards now as well – then she can get what she really needs!

rika April 20, 2016 - 12:46 am

I would ask my husband to bring me and my kids for a nice brunch and shopping trip 🙂 I would also send my mom a nice gift card/ money card

Mimi Green April 20, 2016 - 8:35 am

Great ideas, I did the photo shoot option for my Mom years ago. We need to do another, since our family has changed so much since then. Maybe I will do that this year.

I’m also a fan of personalized items so I gift those to her a lot as well.

Adrienne April 21, 2016 - 7:28 am

DIY gift baskets are always my go to gift. One year I did a fitness themed basket and another year was a beach/cruise themed basket. I just love putting everything all together!

Anosa April 22, 2016 - 10:51 am

My mum is hard to shop for so I always struggle year on year what to get my mum but maybe next time a movie should be on the cards

Charles Brown April 23, 2016 - 8:20 am

Its really amazing my friend.

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cathy April 25, 2016 - 2:09 pm

I love these ideas and would be so happy to give or get any of these! I may need to print these out to give a little inspiration to my kids! 🙂

Crystal Green April 26, 2016 - 8:39 am

I like these ideas. The last outing I got to do with my mom was movie and dinner. It is a memory that will stay with me forever. I like the idea of taking a class together or a photo shoot session.


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