Mother’s Day Ideas and Gifts to Make Mother Feel Special

Flowers on Mother's Day

Carnations, chrysanthemums or a lovely bunch of mixed flowers for Mother's Day
Carnations, chrysanthemums or a lovely bunch of mixed flowers for Mother's Day

Carnations and Chrysanthemums

In America the first thought for an ideal gift for mother on her special day might be carnations. In Australia, the chrysanthemum is the flower of choice, while British mothers are happy with a bunch of spring flowers. As a mother I’ll accept any flower my child has lovingly brought to me, even the sour sobs picked from the garden. When my eldest son was eight, the extended family booked a houseboat and spent the days leading up to Mother's Day cruising on the river. I was lucky enough to be presented with his first big catch that morning. I opened my eyes to my son standing next to my bed with the fishing rod and the fish still bobbing about on the end of the line.

“Mum, Mum, I caught you a fish for breakfast.” It was a Mother’s Day I will treasure as among the very best. While I'm not suggesting you catch a fish for your Mother this coming Mother's Day, I can't help but think how wonderful she would feel if you did something special, something especially for her.

Kindle Gift Card for Mother's Day

Mothers Deserve the Best

Many say we are way too commercialised in the modern era for any gift to portray the true meaning of giving. But if we look honesty at how we feel about our mothers, don’t they deserve the best? Whether that gift is the finest jewellery, a crystal vase, a simple bunch of flowers or a handmade card, the best comes, not from the gift but the child’s thoughtfulness in remembering and recognising the occasion.

Mothers spend their entire lives devoted to their children. No matter if that child is a baby being nursed in her arms or an adult stepping out to find their own way in life, a mother continues to nurture, teach and protect. The way I learned to look after my children was through the example of my mother. I would hope that I have lived up to her standards in the lessons I have passed on to my children.

Something must have worked when I think back to all those wonderful years when my children were small being greeted with a breakfast tray, flowers, a hand made card and my two young sons shouting out, Happy Mother's Day!

Ideas to Make Your Mother Feel Special on Mother’s Day

Ideas for Younger Children

  1. Breakfast in bed (no, you don’t need to catch it first)
  2. Clean the kitchen
  3. Pick some flowers
  4. Pot a nice plant
  5. Vouchers for chores
  • Do the dishes for a week
  • Make your own lunch
  • Put out the rubbish
  • Help her with the shopping
  • Brush her hair
  • Massage her shoulders
  • Give her a manicure

Ideas for Adult Children

  • · Any of the above, or
  • · Take her out for lunch or dinner
  • · Prepare her favourite meal

Some personal gift ideas

  1. Hand cream
  2. Body lotion
  3. Voucher for a massage, aromatherapy or manicure
  4. Silk scarf
  5. Jewellery
  6. Vase for the flowers
  7. Pre-printed stationery

Happy Mother's Day

Children grow and time separates. I am thousands of miles away from my mother and my children are hundreds of miles away from me. Mother's Day in our family has evolved to picking up the phone and making a call or sending flowers with a special message on the card. However you decide to celebrate Mother's Day this year, take a moment to remember those years when your mother was the heart and soul of your world. If you can't be with her on her special day, at least let her know how much she means to you. Happy Mother's Day!

Copyright © 2011 Karen Wilton

Best Intentions on Mother's Day

Best intentions from at least one of the sons in the video included in this Hub. Well worth a look for a bit of a laugh.

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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I'm still waiting for them to institute Single Woman day, but if I was a mother, these would be my idea of great Mother's Day ideas


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Oh yes, definitely a Single Woman Day is needed. Apart from the wonderful role mothers play, there are all sorts of other important tasks for women. Thank you for reading CMHypno, it is really appreciated.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

No longer having a Mom to give to, I still found your Hub a Wonderful Read, Great Ideas, very Rich and Informative. I do have found memories of the Cards and gifts my two Sons when they were little gave to me.


Malinda 5 years ago

Great article!

I'm planning on giving my wonderful mom some really healthy bath salts and soy candles. She loves taking baths and relaxing so I figure it's a wonderful idea! I liked this set that I found online http://aropy.com/relaxing-bath-gift-set-small-p-51...


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks b.Malin, it's always lovely when you come visiting and leave a comment. I treasure those hand made cards from my two sons. Funny how the simplest gifts can mean the most.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Malinda, bath salts and candles are absolutely perfect for Mother's Day. What woman doesn't want to spend an hour relaxing in a bath?


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Interesting hub and i think the gifts given to mothers on mothers day is a very special one to all mothers which they don't joke with.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you crystolite. I agree, Mother's Day gifts need to be received in the same spirit they are given.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Oh,to be single and childless again! I could make my own day off and celebrate myself. lol

Mother's Day is recognition for the selfless devotion to family, so a day of pampering and relaxation is great along with a cheerful reminder that one is appreciated.

A widowed mom with an empty nest may want unrushed companionship along with tea and cookies.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for reading Cat on a soapbox, I do hope you get to enjoy some time to yourself on Mother's Day. When the home is full of children it is a rare treat indeed.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hello K-although my own mother is gone now I love your list of personal gifts. I keep my own daughters in mind on this special day, now that they are mothers also.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

The first thing my mother does when I ring her for Mother's Day is wish me a Happy Mother's Day. It's wonderful how mothers keep the day special and acknowledge all mothers.


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Neverletitgo 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

It so true Karanda, mothers deserve to think about more and that is why I like to write about mothers (poems). I know I won't see my mom in this world but she is not forgotten from my heart. Thanks for sharing.

Abdi


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Mothers are very special indeed Abdi. I am sure you spent many wonderful moments with yours and have some lovely memories of the time together with your mother.


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NateSean 5 years ago from Salem, MA

They have a singles holiday. What do you think Palm Sunday is? Sorry, I had to go for it.

Great hub though.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

It took me five minutes to get the Palm Sunday bit. NateSean it's early morning, miserable grey and raining so I thank you for brightening my day.


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kafsoa 5 years ago

I like cleaning kitchen point, I'll let my kids read your hub ;)


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Good point kafsoa, none of this means anything if the kids don't read it! I remember breakfast served in bed only to wander into the kitchen to find more dishes, pots and pans that needed cleaning than my bench top space allowed. And there was no dishwasher back then.


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chillingbreeze 5 years ago from India

I Love surprises and on every mother’s day I try to plan something special. Your hub helped me to buy special gift for my mom for next mother’s day. Thanks.


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GraceIsGiven 5 years ago from US

Great stuff - I need to go shopping soon!


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thastar 5 years ago

MOST MOTHERS LOVE SURPRISES AND ON EVERY MOTHER'S DAY I GET ROSES WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE FLOWERS IN T&T.I WHICH THIS YEAR I CAN GET SOMETHING SPECIAL LIKE GOING OUT TO DINNER.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Chillingbreeze I hope your mother is pleasantly surprised. It's nice to be remembered on Mother's Day.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks GraceisGiven. Flowers are always nice, too.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Roses on Mother's Day @thastar how wonderful! Dinner out or cooked by someone else is also a great way to celebrate Mother's Day.


ShortStory 5 years ago

Flowers strike me as among the most impractical of gifts. You can't really do anything with them but watch the cat eat them and get sick. Now a good, sturdy vacuum...


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thastar 5 years ago

i would like someone cook dinner for me if i don't have to wash up after.mother's shouldn't do any thing on that day.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

ShortStory it doesn't matter if flowers are impractical. I can't speak for all mothers but I know how much fresh flowers brighten the room. The trick is to keep them away from the cat. Besides, I've already got a reliable, sturdy vacuum.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thastar I would hope that you wouldn't have to clean up after someone else if they have gone to all that trouble to cook you a lovely meal on Mother's Day. It is true it should be a day of total relaxation for any mother.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Though my mother is long gone, I thought your Hub was Wonderful with lots of good ideas and suggestions, that don't cost a lot of money to do to make someone we love, happy!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks b. Malin. It doesn't have to cost a fortune to let mothers know we appreciate them.


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thastar 5 years ago

my mom dead a long time ago.but she was the kind who appreciate just a kiss and she was happy with that.is the thought that count,


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Your mum sounds wonderful thastar. It is definitely the thought that counts. I love to receive a phone call from my children on Mother's Day.


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thastar 5 years ago

I DON,T WANT FLOWERS ANYTHING WILL DO BUT NOT FLOWERS.I AM NOT A FLOWERS PERSON.THE BEST PRESANT I WILL LIKE TO GET IS MY MOTHER BACK.I WHICH IT WAS THAT EASY.


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william.fischer29 5 years ago

This is great. I wonder what its make special to the mothers Day. This is helpful.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

William.fischer29 what makes mother feel special is that a child acknowledges her. For most mothers there is no need for fancy expensive gifts at all. A simple 'Happy Mother's Day' greeting is more than enough.


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jstewart989 5 years ago from New York, NY

I love all your great ideas! I also made a HubPage on Mother's Day gift ideas. I would love to hear your thoughts on what I should get her this year!

http://hubpages.com/holidays/Ideas-for-Mothers-Day...


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Mother's Day is coming, only 2 days left. One vote up for a perfect hub.


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Pamela Sarzana 5 years ago from northern Indiana

Nice layout, maybe I will get this good after I learn allot more!


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holyjeans30 5 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

Oh...to dream. My picks would be clean kitchen, UNINTERRUPTED bubble bath, take out the rubbish without being told, dishes for a week, oh and I would absolutely love to have my hair brushed. Why are the free things so difficult to receive lol. Great Hub.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Only one day left now CeleBritys4africA. Thank you for the vote.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you Pamela Sarzana. Getting a nice Hub layout takes time at the beginning but becomes second nature after a while.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Those are all beautiful ways to treat a mother holyjeans30. So true that the simple gifts are overlooked. Thank you for your lovely comment.


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I enjoyed this article. Fresh ideas, but with a classic twist. Thanks!


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks VeronicaFarkas. I'm glad you enjoyed it and found the ideas fresh. How nice that you took the time to comment.


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thastar 5 years ago

happy mother's day to all my hubs fans i hope you all enjoy the little that someone do for you on that day is the though that count


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thastar 5 years ago

just one day in every year all mother's should be treated with plenty of love that is a very special day come on show mums that you care


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Here's hoping all mothers have a great day on Sunday @thastar.


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Sapphireid 5 years ago from Palm Desert, CA

Hello Karanda. I'm known as a Lovely, Proactive and Great Mother. However, I was not deemed to have the same myself. God has blessed me to have an open mind as I live my life. Allowing me to be welcomed into the lives of many different great women, as mother figures. I really enjoyed your post. May you have a Pleasant Mother's Day.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Sapphireid what an absolute pleasure to meet you. Your smile and greeting has lifted my day. Thank you for reading and leaving such a wonderful comment.


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Sapphireid 5 years ago from Palm Desert, CA

Hello Karanda, I'm very glad I not only read your post, but commented as well. I take pride in having a nice smile and the ability to uplift others. Have a nice night!


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thastar 5 years ago

i try my best to be a good mother and it work out well being a single parent wasn't easy happy mother's day to all my hub fans i do hope you enjoy the rest of the day


Get Rid Of Stomach Rolls 5 years ago

You have tons of great ideas here! I'm happy to say that I just enjoyed a nice breakfast in bed this morning from my husband and kids. Great hub!


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bugslady8949 5 years ago from The Bahamas

you have great ideas, that can make a mom happy. keep up the good job in making great hubs.


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daviddwarren22 5 years ago

Great Idea, Thanks for sharing,


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farahzachzia 5 years ago from Indonesia

I am new, but happy to joint this Hub community and feel lucky to read many useful info as yours :-)


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Elrascal 5 years ago

My mom is easy to please on mothers day. All we do is make a nice lunch for her to enjoy. Which I do every sunday anyway.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Most mothers are happy enough with spending time with their children on mother's day. We used to always do the Sunday roast with mum and grandma.


thastar 5 years ago

i had a great time on mothers day i do hope that all my hub fans had a wonderful and bless mothers day


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johncimble 5 years ago from Bangkok

was on the mother day i had nothing to give to her but i just do something else to show her that i love her the most and she is the most important person in my life and will always be she's my hero ever i love you mum xxx


Sunchild28 5 years ago

Mother's are very special and there is need for us to show them love because they are the channel God use to bring us into the world.Anything for my mum.


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

Mothers are wonderful.Great writing.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

That's my point exactly johncimble, mothers just need to know they are appreciated. Good for you and you have one lucky mum.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

Ah roshall, mothers are indeed wonderful. Thank you for reading and your lovely compliment.


Sandy  5 years ago

thank you! now Ill have this for next year.


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lazko 5 years ago from the Earth

Nice hub! I agree about most of the things and really believe that mothers deserve the best. Commercialized world plays its role in the interrelations between mothers and childs but, I don’t thing its a main obstacle when the child really love his mother and value how important mothers role is in life.


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thastar 5 years ago

i will do anything to have my mother back in my life.i love my mother very much.but what about fathers who take care of there children just like mothers do they are mother and father to there kids they deserved some up lifting lets think about them as mothers to.


serenawillaims123 5 years ago

that is such a idea you are a genuis


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powerofknowledge1 5 years ago

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Karen,

A great hub and thanks for sharing.

I hope that all is well over your end.

Take care my friend.

Eiddwen.


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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia Author

As always, it is great that you have stopped by to read one of my Hubs Eiddwen. Glad you enjoyed and wishing you the best of mother's day wishes every single day, I'm sure you deserve it. Take care and many blessings.


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AshWin77 4 years ago from India

very nice article, do check out the following link for some more ideas for mother's day gift

http://hubpages.com/family/Best-gift-for-mothers-d...

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