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Its the Thought that Counts - Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Updated on May 8, 2009

Mothers - where would we be without them? They're nurturing, loving, encouraging and rebuking, working to shape us into young adults and helping us through life. Isn't it time they got the recognition they deserve? Mother's Day is a great chance for us all to show our mothers just how much we appreciate what they've done for us. 

Growing up, most of us have always thought that holidays and gift-giving occasions meant getting the biggest, best, and sometimes most expensive presents. We never truly appreciate the meaning of the saying 'Its the thought that counts' as kids. However, as we move through life to become young adults, suddenly the saying takes on a whole new light for us. We begin to truly appreciate the thought behind the gifts we're given, and this Mother's Day, these great gift ideas will have your mother doing the same.

A great tip for being thoughtful is doing just that - being thoughtful! As we rapidly approach Mother's Day, look out for things that are needed around the house. A new set of tea towels, drinking glasses or a pair of kitchen scissors are not only relatively cheap, but practical too, and your mother is guaranteed to appreciate them.

Watch - or listen - out for her dropping hints, whether she knows she is doing so or not. If she mentions something that she needs, opt to buy that for her instead of something that she simply wants. Also, look around the house for things you can buy for her: a quick trip to her dresser will tell you if she's running low on her favourite perfume.

Watch out when you begin to think about getting her something that might offend her - a scented bath kit is nice, but if your mother isn't into that kind of thing, then she might feel offended by it. Your gift may also end up being hoarded and never actually used. 

You don't have to buy a present for it to be nice - the hand made things in life are also good. You may want to consider using your hands to make an array of things that your mother will surely appreciate. As we here in the southern hemisphere are approaching the colder months, a knitted or crocheted piece of clothing in her favourite colour makes a thoughtful and useful gift. A beautiful card tipped off with a self-written poem and teamed with a small box of chocolates can be well-appreciated.

If you find yourself pressed for time but can offer a service to your mother, then do so! If you have a knack for hairdressing, then give your mother a simple, hand-made gift voucher promising her free hair trims for an allotted period of time. It saves you money and all you need to invest is a small portion of your time to warm your mother's heart. 

Alternatively, if you feel you have little or no talent with your hands, you can always get a family photo that has yet to be framed and do so. It makes for a very thoughtful gift that can be proudly displayed, and is guaranteed to be close to your mother's heart. 

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      MistHaven 8 years ago from New Jersey

      I think doing something like cooking breakfast, or buying something that you're mother would really appreciate, like you say, are the best gift ideas for Mother's Day presents. Those show that you actually care, and aren't taking the easy way out.

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      The Good Cook 8 years ago

      All lovely and thoughtful ideas.

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      The Good Cook 8 years ago

      All lovely and thoughtful ideas.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Unfortunately, no. My mother is also on HubPages =]

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      Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      Good sound advice for any daughter!!!!!!! Can I adopt you....