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Gift Ideas for Mom

Updated on March 19, 2013

Great Gift Ideas for Mom

With Christmas just around the corner, sometimes coming up with unusual gift ideas for mom is not so much about buying an unusual gift as it is about coming up with an idea of presenting it in a special way, or creating something unique.

There are some very simple and easy things you can put together with a little imagination (and some help from me ;) ) that will surprise and delight your mom beyond her expectations.

And once you've read through my suggestions here, you may be happy to go ahead and use some of them - or... it may get your imagination going and you may well come up with some fabulous new ideas!

Treasure Diary

Here's a lovely surprise for Mom - a Diary with a Difference...


* A New Diary for Mom

* Paper

* Pen

* Vouchers / Tickets


1. Buy tickets to movies/ concerts/ plays you know your mom would love to see

2. Create homemade vouchers for lunches, dinners, days out and/or other treats

3. Place the tickets and vouchers amongst the pages of the diary for your mom to discover

Mom's Family 2012 Desk Planner
Mom's Family 2012 Desk Planner

Although this is called a desk diary, it's still small and light enough to carry in a shoulder bag or medium to large purse - so, it has the advantage of being large enough to keep track of the whole family's activities, while still being portable enough to carry around. It's a 17 month planner, divided into Mom and Family spaces, with week-at-a-glance on the right side of each page spread. There are pockets in the front and back covers - which are great for receipts, notes, instructions, directions etc. The 52 weeks' worth of perforated grocery and "to do" lists at the back are a brilliant addition , and there's plenty of room on the day pages for notes. It really is the ultimate Mom's Diary and Planner!


Tips for This Gift

* You could also place little inspirational notes and/ or photographs in the diary

* Put something special in the page for her birthday

* You could include vouchers for spa treatments, a day off (where you do all the housework) and museums or exhibitions you know she'd like

My Perfect Husband Talking Picture Frame - Pop a photo of Dad in this frame - it'll bring hours of fun and teasing to both of them! :)

My Perfect Husband Talking Picture Frame
My Perfect Husband Talking Picture Frame
My Perfect Guy Talking Picture Frame
My Perfect Guy Talking Picture Frame

This fabulously fun talking picture frame speaks 10 phrases, including: "No, you take the remote, anything you want to watch is OK with me."; "I'd LOVE to watch that chick flick with you. I'll bring the Kleenex."; "Everything looks great on you, honey - just buy them both."... and seven others. Either get Dad in on the surprise... or put his photo into this frame without his knowing, and surprise them both! ;)


Talking Photo Album

One of the best gift ideas for Mom!


* A Talking Photo Album

* Photographs


1. Arrange the photos in the album

2. Record a fun or loving message for each one

Tips for This Gift

* Get each member of the family to record a message

* Use music your mom loves that relates to a particular photo - or even sing: "Happy Birthday" for example :)

* At the end of the album, add a photo of somewhere you're going to take her as a treat and record a message saying "Surprise!"

Personalized Photo Coasters

Personalized Photo Coasters
Personalized Photo Coasters
Kate Aspen"Good Wishes" Pearlized Photo Coaster
Kate Aspen"Good Wishes" Pearlized Photo Coaster

This is an absolutely gorgeous gift for moms and grandmothers! These coasters come in packs of two, beautifully presented - tied with a sheer organza ribbon. They're made of high quality pearlized glass, and have four padded "feet" to protect surfaces. The coasters come with the message shown: "For You" already inserted and you can replace it with a photo of yourself, yourself and your siblings - or a photo of each of her children in separate coasters... or loving messages. An inexpensive but beautifully personal gift for Mom and Grandma!


Heart Shaped Crystal Flash Drive for Mom

Heart Shaped Crystal USB Flash Drive
Heart Shaped Crystal USB Flash Drive
Heart Shape Crystal 8GB USB Flash Drive
Heart Shape Crystal 8GB USB Flash Drive

This beautiful heart-shaped USB flash drive makes a fabulous gift for mom - record some of her favorite music, or songs that say what you want to say to her. Or, you could create a collage of photos and songs that represent great memories. A wonderfully personal gift for Mom!


A Box of Love

Warm Mom's Heart

Here's something you can create from nothing and without spending any money, but the effect will be priceless!


* Box or similar container - you can cover it with paper or fabric

* Paper

* Pen

* Scotch Tape

* Scissors

* Ribbon


1. Write 365 notes (see tips for what to write below) - a year's supply of daily messages - they don't have to be long, just a few words. They can be as simple as "I love you Mom!" or "Thank you for being the best mom in the world" or "Have a Great Day, Love..." Or use inspirational quotes.

2. Fill the box with the notes and seal it with the tape

3. Cut a slit in the top of the box so your mom can reach in and take out a message each day

4. Decorate with the ribbon

Tips for this Gift

* Keep a pen and notepad with you and next to your bed so that you can write a message on it for your mom whenever you think of it - this will be easier than trying to come up with 365 messages at once.

* Get the whole family to contribute messages

* Use photos and drawings as some of the notes

Great Stocking Filler Ideas for Mom

Perfect Solutions Ice Traction Ladies Slip-Ons
Perfect Solutions Ice Traction Ladies Slip-Ons

Keep Mom from slip-sliding away! These traction slip-ons are a great stocking-filler to keep Mom safely out and about.

Suck UK SK APRONGUIDE1 Apron Cooking Guide-Full Length and 100% Unbleached Cotton Canvas, Cream
Suck UK SK APRONGUIDE1 Apron Cooking Guide-Full Length and 100% Unbleached Cotton Canvas, Cream

A crib apron for Mom - no more guessing, or fumbling through cookbooks or conversion tables... not even any reason to Google how long to cook that bird for!


Another Idea for the Photo Frame Room Divider...

Start at the bottom with photos of the kids as babies, and place photos of them as they grow, going up the frames of the divider!

These make fun gifts for the "financially challenged" mom with a sense of humor :)

I WOULD Jog... But the ice would fall out of my glass

More great stocking fillers....

For moms with good intentions.... ;)

"I don't need anger management. I just need people to stop p***ing me off!"

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the oven!"

Brilliant Gift Idea - Great Reaction! :)

Take a look at this fabulous reaction - This mom's family cut out the pages in a Financial Management book, and placed a Kindle inside it. They then wrapped the book as her gift!

Presentation is Everything...

If you'd like to do the same for your mom as the video above, cut out the middle section of the pages in an old book, wrap the Kindle separately, and place it inside the book (you could do this with other special gifts as well of course). Then wrap the book... and wait for the reaction :)

Actually, although they wrapped the Kindle in the video, I think it would have an even better effect if the Kindle was bare naked - so that as she opens the book she immediately sees the Kindle without having to unwrap it. But of course, go with what you think would be most fun for your mom. :)

Kindle Fire for Mom - Hide it in a book, or in the pocket of a new robe, so that it's a surprise!

Kindle Fire Gift for Mom
Kindle Fire Gift for Mom

Pampering Mom in Style

Moms are seldom pampered, and even when they're offered the opportunity, they usually need convincing that it's okay to take some time out for themselves.

If your mom spends all her time looking after everyone else, here's a great idea for a gift for her:

Place a little bottle of wine in one pocket of the luxury bath robe, and a little box of her favourite chocolates in the other. Wrap the robe around the hamper and spa sound machine, and then wrap the lot in Christmas paper and ribbon.

Share Your Ideas for Gifts for Moms... And Moms, what's the best gift you've received?

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    • texasdreams lm profile image

      texasdreams lm 

      6 years ago

      great idea i love my kindle!!

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 

      7 years ago

      Awesome gift ideas, talking photo album seems like a really cool gift.

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      Teri Villars 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great gift ideas. I think of my Mom every day. She has been gone now for about 15 years. Email me at my contact and I will tell you how to center your images within your boxes on your lenses. Blessed!

    • dwnovacek profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens! I'm forwarding the link to my kids! :)

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens! I think i found it just in time and i have got very nice ideas of what to get my mom for Christmas.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      The best gift I ever received varied by year, and how old my kids were. Sometimes those little popsicle stick houses were great, and other times I loved the IOU's for getting me a cup of coffee or a car wash. I have also loved journals that were given to me to take on my travels.

      You have some really good ideas for gifts for moms here. *Blessed*

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      7 years ago

      I like the Talking Photo Album. Will buy one for my Mom this Christmas. Nice lens. :) Liked.

    • niceman91 lm profile image

      niceman91 lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens!i think i have an idea to surprise my moms this year.thanks to your post! :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      The best gift I ever got from one of my kids was a shirt my son picked out all by himself that was in the right size. This told me he really researched the gift.

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      That is so sweet of you to include me on your lens. I know I'll be able to do the same once I learn how!

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      I like the video idea of hiding a gift inside the book.

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      Odille Rault 

      7 years ago from Gloucester

      @Nightcat: Ah, I bet your mom loved that! The best gift I've ever had from my son (who is 15 now) was a card he made himself just last year for my birthday, which had a drawing of me, and all around it he'd written adjectives describing what he thought of me, including "kind", "loving", "funny" and "understanding" - it honestly is better than anything he could ever have bought :)

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      7 years ago

      Super like it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens. :)

    • Nightcat profile image


      7 years ago

      This is awesome, I loved the mom opening her gift video. You've been Blessed!

      Best gift I ever gave my mom? A few years ago I had no money, so I made a book for her with all sorts of pictures I cut from magazines. I wrote a memory of something she told me near each one. She still has it! :)

    • yourselfempowered profile imageAUTHOR

      Odille Rault 

      7 years ago from Gloucester

      @BeyondRoses: Ah, that's so sweet! How wonderful for a child to come up with an idea like that. I bet she loved it!

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      7 years ago

      Your "box of love" takes me far back, when once as a child I ask everyone I knew to write my Mom little messages of how much they cared about her. I collected them in a box, till it came to me, she didn't know most of them, so she'd know I had got them to all write messages. So I hid them, and gave her only the ones from a a few friends she had met, but they each wrote a bunch of notes. Long ago, and she has been gone a long time, but you reminded me of a softer time. Your gift ideas are fun, creative, and sweet!

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      7 years ago

      Great Ideas, Nice lens

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      Bob Black 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens. Some good ideas here.

    • tara-lynn lm profile image

      tara-lynn lm 

      7 years ago

      Loved this lens. great job and great ideas. it must have taken some time to find ideas like this. shows you worked hard and have a good imagination!

    • smithlights profile image


      7 years ago

      Great ideas. Certainly some of the most unique ideas I've seen!

    • hysongdesigns profile image


      7 years ago

      some very nice and different ideas!

    • Rhidawn profile image


      7 years ago

      I loved this! Awesome lens, thanks for the great ideas!


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