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11 Creative Gifts For Mothers

Updated on June 15, 2015

Creative Gifts For Mothers

Every year, florists and stationary stores tally up record sales on Mother's Day. Restaurant owners plan for their specials, and have their tables filled. Sure, flowers and dinner out, are very nice ideas, and will always be appreciated.

This year, though, why not try something a little different, and use your creativity to demonstrate your love for your mother. Here are eleven creative ideas for gift-giving on Mother's Day. Impress the most important woman in your life with your ingenuity and thoughtfulness. You know she'll love you, anyway, but why not put out some extra effort?

Here are some unique gifts for your Mother to consider, whether for Mother's Day, her birthday, or just because.

1. Acknowledge Her Good Taste

Hey, your Mom's a woman, not just a mom! And chances are, she sacrificed quite a bit, just to get you out the door at twenty years old. Show your Mom she's still a woman to you, by indulging her feminine side.

Gift Idea: Acknowledge her good taste

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Acknowledge her good taste.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: Acknowledge her good taste. | Source

Buy her some pillows for her bed, or a gorgeous table sculpture: something she doesn't need, but would love to have! If you're not sure of her taste, and aren't quite confident to choose the right item, go with a gift certificate from Pottery Barn, or Rafters. But just make it somewhere she can indulge. HINT: Not Wal-mart. (It would be too tempting to enter Wal-mart, and simply purchase something practical. This is about pleasure and obtaining eye candy!)

Gift Idea: Fashion

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Fashion.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: Fashion.

2. Fashion

Another way of giving heed to your mother's good taste is to give her a gift of fashion. Just like home decor, mothers often forget to spend on themselves, for something they would really like to wear. So, get her that leather purse she feels she can't afford. Or perhaps a scarf is more her thing. Give your mother a little "something" she might not get for herself. To add bonding to the experience, take her out to the shops and get her talking about what she likes. If you look at something together that she likes, but isn't going to buy, buy it for her, and say "Happy Mother's Day."

Gift Idea: Scrapbooking Kit

Mother's Day Gift Idea: The gift of scrapbooking.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: The gift of scrapbooking. | Source
Westrim 12 Inch X12 Inch All Occasion Boxed Album Kit
Westrim 12 Inch X12 Inch All Occasion Boxed Album Kit
Set up your Mom for scrapbooking with one set that incorporates everything you need. Great way to get started!

3. Scrapbook and Supplies

Another Mother's Day gift idea is to buy your Mom an a scrapbook, scrap booking supplies, and a commitment to spend time with her putting together some family books. How good is that? Your family history is preserved for another generation, and you get to ask your Mom about her memories. Questions like, "What was I like as a baby?" Or "Why did Uncle Ross only visit once a year." Being creative together is an excellent way to bond, and become closer. You don't need to finish quickly: keep going as long as you want. This is a gift that will last for years to come, and can be a way of recording the stories and images of your family.

Gift Idea: Journal

Mother's Day Gift Idea: beautiful journal
Mother's Day Gift Idea: beautiful journal | Source

4. A Beautiful Journal

Obtain a beautiful new journal for your Mom. There's nothing like a new pretty book to motivate a person to start some journalling. Journals can also be used for to-do lists, or jot notes, or recording dreams.

Journals can also be used to record prayer times, worship meditations and Scripture readings. Another journal idea is to take the first couple of pages, and record some journal ideas for your Mom: questions like, "Who was your best friend in grade three, and how did you meet?" or "If you could take a month-long trip, where would you go, and why." Then, follow up, and ask to look at her answers.

Gift Idea: An Afternoon at the Coffee Shop

Mother's Day Gift Idea: An Afternoon at the coffee shop.
Mother's Day Gift Idea: An Afternoon at the coffee shop.

5. An Afternoon Off

A wonderful Mother's Day gift idea is to give your Mom "An Afternoon Off." How do you do that? Here's the package: a novel you know she would like, with a signed message from you, a beautiful bookmark, and a gift certificate to Starbucks, or her nearest neighbourhood coffee shop. Make it one where she can go, and sit and read for a couple of hours.

She might NEVER do this on her own, but if you've given her a gift: she will probably feel obligate to use it! Crafty, eh?

Lawn Ornaments

Mother's Day Gift Idea: A Lawn Ornament
Mother's Day Gift Idea: A Lawn Ornament | Source

6. A Lawn Ornament

If your Mom is always outside with a garden, why not give something gorgeous to enhance all of her hard work. To get a good idea of what she might want, spend some time with her while she's mucking around, and ask her what her plans and dreams are for the outdoor space.

There are so many beautiful items out there, and you know your Mom pretty well. If you're not sure, of course, you can always give her the good old gift certificate to a lawn and garden supply store, and ask her to pick out something she would like.

Gift Ideas: Craft Supplies

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Crafting Supplies
Mother's Day Gift Idea: Crafting Supplies | Source

7. Some Knitting Supplies

Some women, a bit more in the the older generation, are into the knitting and sewing and macrame arts. They are always having to buy new material, new supplies and it does add up. A thoughtful Mother's Day gift idea for the sewing types would be something to help them feed their habit. For example, you might want to go with a brand new knitting bag to carry around projects from place to place. Or perhaps a 10-pack of commonly used thread for the sewer.

If you're not sure what to buy, you could have a chat with the sales clerk at a fabric store, for advice. This could be a bit tricky, though, if you don't know the craft that she is into. A gift certificate would be something I am sure she would appreciate, and will probably get her dreaming up a new creative project she can make with these supplies.

8. Home Made Dinner

How many times did your Mother make dinner for you? And lunch? And breakfast? And snacks? Okay, you get the idea! Too many times to count, most likely. So, why not switch it up a bit and invite her over for dinner. Sure, you can take her to a restaurant, which is commonly done. However, a home-cooked meal will tell her that you were willing to do a lot of work for her, and as a Mom, she knows what that means. She did it for you thousands of times.

Oh, and more thing: she's not allowed to do the dishes, no matter how much she insists!

9. Movie NIght

Give your Mom the gift of a movie night. When was the last time she went and enjoyed a good movie, with her husband, or friends? Maybe she never takes the time to just sit down and watch a movie. Well, give her the gift certificate, so she can go guilt-free. She might choose to take her man, and have date night. Or perhaps she will decide to spend the evening with a friend, and just have a girls night.

10. A Poem

If you fancy yourself a bit of writer, why not write a poem for your Mom. This is one-of-a-kind gift that she will treasure. Use your presentation skills to make it look pretty. Type it out on some customized printer paper, with a special font. Or incorporate the poem into a hand-written card. Tell your Mom how much she means to you. What is special about her. Why you love her.


11. Groceries for the Week

The last idea is quite unique, and something I think many Moms would appreciate. Buy your Mom a supply of groceries for the week. It might sound strange, but hear me out.

Buying groceries is something she never gets a break from. It always needs to be done, and it's a lot of work. Why not buy her groceries for the week? Go out and spend a couple of hundred dollars, or whatever you think you would need. Take the time to scout out the house, and see what she needs. Get enough so they have food for seven days of eating. Buy choices they like, and maybe even some things they usually don't get. You've saved her the hassle, and now she has a couple extra hundred bucks to spend however she wants.

This is an act of love. And it might be some repayment, too. Did your Mom ever buy you some groceries, when you were on your own working or in college? Think about that one!

I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day

I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day this year. This year, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th, 2012. I hope this might have helped you to think of a new, creative Mother's Day gift idea. And whatever the gift, however you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful time.


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    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @EyesStraightAhead, that is also a great idea! I did indeed give my Mother one of those books one year, and it was a neat idea.

      Thanks so much for the comment, and I apologize for the late reply. I have been away from here for a while, due to a heavy teaching schedule. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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      Shell Vera 

      8 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are great ideas! I am a fan of journals. I think they are always a great idea because they can be used for various things, even if the person is not a writer.

      Another wonderful mother's day gift is one of the Blessing Books, such as "From a Mother's Heart" where moms can write down memories and advice for their daughters!

      I love the home-cooked dinner and movie night idea! Also I really think you are on to something with the groceries. As I sit typing I am avoiding going grocery shopping - what a treat that would have been for someone to do it for me! :)

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Vicki, I am glad I may have inspired you with my ideas. Thanks for the kind comments, and I hope you enjoyed your Mothers Day! I hope things are going well with you.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas! I like how you said to NOT go to Wal-mart for something practical. It's an excellent idea to get something that a mother won't spurge for herself to buy. I love the groceries idea, too! I'm pretty practically minded, and, to me, groceries are a great gift. Excellent hub. Very attractively laid out, too!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Travelgal, thanks so much for the comment!

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      8 years ago

      You have some really lovely ideas here.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      @Flourish, thank you so much! I am glad you liked the grocery idea -- and that's great that your Mom keeps a list. Sounds perfect! Have a wonderful Mother's Day, and take care.

      @Dating, thank you so much for the comment. Take care!

    • stricktlydating profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Lovely, very creative and some great ideas here!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I liked the scrapbooking, the dinner, the movie night but I LOVED the idea of groceries. How absolutely original. My Mom usually keeps a list so I wouldn't have to hunt too hard.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @HippieQueen, thank you for the comment. Have a great day!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      @Jeannie, thank you so much for your comment! Yes, buying someone food for any holiday would be an excellent idea. It's one of things that takes so much time and energy, of which women are always needing more! I remember my Mom used to often bring me a box of "goodies" right from her pantry when she used to come over in my twenties and early thirties. I was so grateful--it really shows someone you care. Thanks so much for your kind comment, again!

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      9 years ago

      Great suggestions, Jeannie. Thanks for putting them out th ere!

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie Marie 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are great gift ideas. I am a big believer in buying someone food for holidays. I would love it if someone went to the store and bought all my groceries for me so I did not have to worry about it for one week. Creative suggestions and a great hub!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Jhangora, it is a very important day. Thanks for the comment!

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 

      9 years ago from Dehradun

      I created a series of Lenses on Mother's Day last year. Unfortunately, had to sell them. Will try and create some Hubs this year.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Hey RT, thanks for the comment. A night out with her daughter would be be awesome! I'm glad that my hub got some of those creative juices flowing. That's always a good thing! Take care.

    • RandomThoughts... profile image


      10 years ago from Washington

      i think my mom would like a dinner night or movie night out with her daughter...not her husband :)My mom has never been a self pamperer. i think the poem or a really loving letter are great too. thanks for helping get the creative juices moms getting older and appreciates the personal things. up/useful

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      @Truthfornow, I am thrilled that it gave you some ideas. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you have a good Mother's Day!

      @Nicole, I am delighted that you liked some of these ideas. Thanks for coming by the hub. Take care!

    • nicolerkilpatrick profile image


      10 years ago

      Very nice Idea.

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      Marie Hurt 

      10 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great ideas that I never would have thought of on my own. Thanks!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      jstewart, I am glad you liked these ideas, and I will have a look at yours, too! Welcome to Hubpages!

    • jstewart989 profile image


      10 years ago from New York, NY

      I love all of your great ideas...especially the "free" ones such as making her dinner or an afternoon off. I know Moms always appreciate the little things..not the price tag! I also wrote a HubPage on gift ideas for my Mom and would be honored if you would take a look and let me know your feedback! I am still new to HubPages and can use all the feedback I can get!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Miss Atlanta, I am so pleased you liked some of these ideas. Take care!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      ---Simone, thank you so much! I think that a lot of Moms would appreciate the groceries, too. Take care.

      ---Vino, thank you so much! I hadn't written the hub specifically geared towards practicality, but you're right, they are all practical. Thanks and take care!

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      ----Rob, the lunch idea is great! And then a little shopping added on, will be a fantastic day for her. Way to be a great son! :)

      ----Kashmir, thank you much for the kind comment! Take care.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Sweet Mothers Day hub, with some really great ideas prairieprincess.

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      Sharon Smith 

      10 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great ideas PP. My favorites are the lawn ornaments and the poem. I've done both many times. I wish my Mom was still here. I loved planning special things for her.

    • Vinodkpillai profile image


      10 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Voted up and useful. Some are very original (the groceries one for example) but all are very practical. Thanks for a well written hub of practical ideas for Mothers Day.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      I love the groceries idea! What a sweet surprise that would be.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi prairieprincess All very awesome ideas for great mother's day gifts !

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      10 years ago from NY

      Thanks prairieprincess, these are excellent Mothers day gift ideas. I think I am going to take my Mom out shopping, buy her something nice and treat her to a nice lunch as well. Something she never does for herself.

      Take care- Rob

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Hanna, thanks so much for dropping by. Take care!

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      Helpful Hanna 

      10 years ago

      These are really great ideas. Thanks!


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