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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Updated on May 6, 2016

Mother's Day

Remember coming home from first grade and presenting your mother with a card? It didn't matter that one of the flowers had fallen off and left a glue stain, or that the edges were more torn than cut. Your mother proclaimed it to be the nicest card that anyone ever made for her. Pretty heady stuff for a six-year-old!

By second grade, you probably were crafting a gift. You know, the walnut shell turtle with one eye missing (it's probably still in your book bag with the flower from the previous year's card), or the beautiful vase made from an old mayonnaise jar. Odds are Mom still has it tucked away somewhere. Odds are greater still that you have graduated to purchased items for her.

The Usual Gift Ideas

If your mom lives some distance away, then your first thought is probably on getting a Mother's Day card in the mail. It won't look like your first effort, back in grade one, but if you look around, you're bound to find some really unique Mother's Day cards that will touch your mother's heart and express your sentiments.

If you have the budget, spring for an especially nice card, maybe one that has multiple pages or plays music when opened. It may cost more to mail but the surprise your mom will get opening the card is worth it!

Want to make a regular card extra special? Write a personal note inside, thanking her for being the best mom, ever. Or include a gift certificate for something she would enjoy but not buy for herself, like a manicure, spa treatment or lunch at her favourite restaurant.

Of course, the most popular expression of love and thanks to Mom is the floral bouquet, followed closely by potted plants. The beautiful thing about flowers, aside from their appearance and fragrance, is that one call takes care of everything.

Many floral containers are available in different colours and price ranges, so there may be something perfect for your mother. Who knows, maybe she'll even keep the one you pick next to the mayo jar that you decorated with care so long ago. If you do decide to go the flowers or plant route, be sure to call ahead, so they are delivered on time. Mother's Day is one of a florist's busiest time of year.

Unique Gift Ideas for Mom

If Mom has a sweet tooth, you could call a cookie florist (mmmm!). Chocolate chip is the best for cookie flowers, supposedly, but there are also other varieties available with the stick stem in tins, baskets, mugs, bowls, vases or trays. Just make sure that you allow enough courier time (one to one and a half weeks) if shipping to another province or state.

Maybe a cookie-gram is more your mother's style. Cookie-gram vendors can be found with a simple Google search and might be just the sweet surprise that mom would love.

I know what some of you are wondering and no, there is no such thing as a diet cookie. I asked. So okay, maybe food isn't the way to go.

There are beautiful, hand-crafted items to be had. You don't usually have to leave your area to find them, as most communities have gift boutiques and retailers offering unique items. Browsing through the local shops should help you spot exactly what you want, whether it's a gift made of wood, leather, knitwear or ceramic. Typically, hand-crafted items are created by local residents and may come on special around Mother's Day.

Of course, there is always the online shopping experience, if that works better for you. I think that's an especially good option if you are unable to visit your mom that day. Select the gift you want and have it shipped directly to her.

Remember, 'Mum's the word!' No spoiling the surprise!

Kids Gift Ideas for Mom

Merchants do have a few things that a youngster can afford. Even if the gifts aren't hand-made personally, they will have been chosen with love.

For mommies who like plants, a small violet basket or some variation of a pint-size basket might be a good idea. What could be cuter and more heart-tugging than little hands carrying a little plant to mommy?

As an added bonus, kids can help mom take care of the plant. They get a learning opportunity, mom and child create bonding memories, and kids will feel that they did a great job, giving mom the perfect gift, one she really loves. Everybody wins!

If there are a few kids in the family, perhaps they can pool their allowances and buy a balloon bouquet. Children can take their own weights, such as a pack of sunflower seeds or a framed picture of themselves and have it attached for a special personal touch. To help the children in your life make arrangements for something like this, call ahead a couple of days, at least. It would be sad beyond belief to have little ones get all excited about their gift for Mom and not have it there on time.

Some children might like the cookie idea once they hear it, probably because they know that moms share. Small cookie gift boxes or tins can be purchased very inexpensively and those with a tiny allowance should be able to purchase single cookie flowers on a stick at a local bakery. Again, call to ensure availability.

Novelty items are a good bet for smaller budgets, as well. Gifts such as beeswax candles and pin cushions, make practical and pretty presents. They are typically very inexpensive. That's okay. Mom's don't care about the price, that's not the point. :)

Moms Are Like That

Regardless of how much you spend on your mother this year, her favourite gift will likely be that first awkward creation that you poured so much love into and you can't put a price tag on that.

Very special Mother's Day to all you moms out there.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas by Shirley Anderson, ©1996. All rights reserved.
This hub is an article reprint (with modifications) from the Old South Advocate


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    • SquidooLens profile image

      SquidooLens 5 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas.. Love is all that mottaers to all the mothers for this special day. :)

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      RandomLife 6 years ago from Nashville TN

      This brought back some memories for me. These are some great ideas! Thanks. =)

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think you're right, Lilian. There's nothing sweeter than a child who's poured their heart into trying to do something nice for mom. Thanks.

      Hi, Rebecca. Two kids and a bowl of ice cream for breky in bed sounds deliciously messy and a memory in the making. :) Thanks for coming by and Happy Mother's Day.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      Given I can get away with this, flowers are awesome, but then so is breakfast in bed with two kids and a bowl of ice cream! great ideas here. And yes they can be used really at any other time.

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      lilian_sg 7 years ago from Singapore

      Nicely said. It's the effort and thought put into the gift that counts =)

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Spider Girl!

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      Spider Girl 7 years ago from the Web

      Nice hub Shirley.

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You still have some time, Springboard. Thanks for reading and commenting and good luck with making your gift decision!


      I agree, Anamika. We moms are like that. If one of our babies made it, it has a special place in our hearts. Thank-you for your comment.


      China, thank-you for sharing that. It's too bad that the moms are shy but what does it matter as long as their children know that they're loved.


      Angelique, I think a keepsake box is a great idea. I made one for my mother when I was maybe 8 or 9. I made it out of a fish fillet box. :) It was definitely amateurish but mom kept it until the day she died. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tracy, congrats on publishing your first hub and making your first comment! I'm honoured that you chose one of my hubs to make it in. :-)

      I'm sure that your mom must love all of your homemade gifts. She knows that you made them especially for her, you thoughtful daughter, you.

      Thanks for coming by, Tracy and best of luck on your new hub. I'll be by to join your fan club.

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glad you like the ideas, MWatkins. Thank-you for dropping by, I really appreciate it.

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Keiranthapa!

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Not sure how well cookies travel, Enelle. Some really careful packaging would be needed. :) I kept the stuff my kids gave me, too. Sadly, the glue dried out on a lot of it and I ended up with a drawer full of pieces. Thanks for coming by!

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub, I have an idea, you can make your mother a nice keepsake box it is really easy to do and most people have the supplies needed on hand. I have some great crafting hubs.

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      China guilin tours 7 years ago

      Chinese mums are always much shyer to express their true feeling~but they will do everything to love their kids

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I agree with you Shirley. Whatever you give Mom would be precious to her no matter how cheap they are. It is the feeling with which you give the gift which makes it special for her.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Always helpful round this time to have a helpful hub for choosing something unique and special...

      Still undecided, and the day approacheth quickly. :)

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      Tracy 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hi Shirley, This is my first comment ever on HubPages, and I have finally submitted my first hub! (0 fans so far; it's depressing. They should wait until a person has at least 1 fan before they post how many a person has) Anyway, I have read your hubs and am a big fan of yours. I love making things for my mother - she ALWAYS appreciates it!! Thanks.

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thanks for the memories! you really put some thought and energy into writing this - great ideas!

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      keiranthapa 7 years ago from Darjeeling

      A great tribute to moms Shirley!

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Some really great ideas - love the cookies, I wonder how well they travel? LOL! My mom kept everything I ever made for her, and I am doing the same with my kids :) (Need a really big trunk though...)

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      Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'll bet that paper mache mask was a treasured item for your mom, RMR. She probably still has it.

      Butter tart on a stick, hmmm, not sure that would work very well, unless it was me making the dough. In that case, you probably wouldn't be able to get it off of the stick. :)

      Thanks for coming by, don't know how you found the time with the challenge going on, that was very nice of you.

      Hi, MSorensson! Thank-you for visiting.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Great ideas, Shirley, Thanks!!

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      rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Aah, the memories. I think my mom's favorite gift was the exquisite rendering I did of her face, in papier mache.

      These are some great ideas. I really like the cookie bouquets. I bet they'd look even better with butter tart tulips!