The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Guide

Affordable Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts

So, what do you give the mother of your children or your own mom on Mother's Day? Many moms get highly sentimental on this day, so choose a gift that will make her nostalgic, happy, or pensive.

It is a must that you include a handwritten card. Moms most likely will cherish the handwriting long after the holiday is over. Especially if a Mother's Day gift is coming from young kids, have them write out her name and their own. You can write the rest if there's more to say. But she'll cherish their signatures forever.

Breakfast in Bed

Affordable Mother's Day Gift Ideas

The gift itself can be anything from breakfast in bed to a handmade plaque. Back to the old reference, it's the thought that counts. So make it count and show her that she is cherished.

One thing is for sure, mom needs to be treated like a queen on Mother's Day. So why not create a Queen for the Day theme?

She'll be so happy that you value her for all she does, and will really feel great that everyone took time out of their day to plan something special just for her! You really can't go overboard with sincerity so make it good!

Queen for the Day

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Start with giving her a tiara. The kids can make this out of paper with glitter glue gems or you can go pick up a little ballerina tiara for a few dollars at the store.

Next, make her a robe. This can be a piece of velvet from the fabric store (or an old velvet curtain a la Scarlett O'Hara!). Create a costume of sorts for her to wear while she's eating her breakfast in bed that you so lovingly prepared.

Moms will eat anything but do try to help the kids if they aren't exactly aware that chocolate syrup isn't a food group. Although Mother's Day cookies are always a hit.

Mother's Day Gardening Gift - Do this with the kids!

Free Up Her Afternoon

Thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts

After her breakfast in bed, allow her to do whatever she wants for a few hours. She may choose to soak in a bubble bath, run to the gym (alone!), go shopping, or meet a friend for tennis. Whatever she likes to do should be allowed.

Moms get few chances to do what they want as they often cater to everyone else in the family all year.

Clean the House

Thoughtful Mother's Day Gift Ideas

When mom arrives home or gets out of the bath, have the house cleaned up. It costs you nothing but will make her entire day. This would almost be enough of a gift in and of itself. With cleaning comes doing the dishes, and clearing clutter.

But you can also throw laundry in, feed the pets, and do some of the other chores that mom normally attends to. Tell her she doesn't have to do anything at all if she doesn't want to.

Gift Cards and Books

Best Mother's Day Gifts

Along with the theme of Queen for a Day, you can wrap up some presents in some fancy paper or artwork that the kids have done. Gift her with a pretty journal and pen, a photo frame of the family that the kids decorated, a book she's been wanting to read, or any other items that would make her day. This is the perfect time to break out a gift certificate to a makeup store like Ulta Cosmetics or Sephora. Then let her go and spend it while the kids are occupied at home.

Thoughtful Mother's Day presents don't have to be expensive. It really is the thought that counts on a special holiday like this.

Honor your mom this Mothers Day to show her how much you love her. Don't forget to shower her with gifts and hugs! Gifts can be as simple as a handwritten poem or as extravagant as a vacation. I have put together this post for you to give you some ideas and some unique gifts and gift baskets.

Send Mom a Bouquet She Can Eat!

Best Mother's Day Gifts for Mom

Thank your mom for all those cookies she baked for you with a beautiful cookie bouquet, cookie basket or cookie cake! Sent right to her door, she will love how amazing they look and how good they taste! The above Mother's Day Cookie Bouquets can be found on our Mother's Day category page.

Write A Poem For Your Mother

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Write a special Mothers Day Poem for your mom and put it in a special frame.

To start your poem just jot down things that are special about your mother. The way she smells, the cookies she bakes, her warm hugs? Once you have those down then start putting them together in your poem. It doesn't have to rhyme, it's the meaning that counts.

A simple way to compose a poem is to put the word "MOTHER" in large letters vertically on a piece of paper, then using each letter to write something about your mom. For example: M = My best friend, O = Outstanding Cook, T = Teaches me how to love, etc.

Mother's Day Crafts

Best Mother's Day Gifts for Mom

What you'll need:

  • 2 sheets of cardstock, purple and light blue
  • White printer paper
  • Acrylic paint: purple, light blue, pink, red, white
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Damp face cloth

How to make it:

  1. Print poem (below) onto white paper. We used the Comic Sans font.
  2. Cut poem out, curving edges around the poem making it look like a cloud.
  3. On a separate blank sheet of white paper, use a pencil to lightly draw a heart and the word "MOM" above it.
  4. Cut the heart and MOM out, leaving about an inch border.
  5. Glue the heart drawing and the poem onto the purple cardstock.
  6. Cut around the poem and the heart drawing, leaving a small purple cardstock border on each.
  7. Glue both onto light blue cardstock, the poem at the bottom.
  8. Have the child write their name and the year on the back of the blue cardstock.
  9. Put small puddles of paint onto a paper plate, one puddle of each color except white. Make a second puddle of pink and add some white to it to make an even lighter pink. You should have 5 puddles of paint (purple, light blue, red, pink, light pink)
  10. Have child dip fingertips into puddles to decorate the heart and write MOM. Do the Ms in purple and the O in light blue. Use red, pink and light pink to decorate the heart. Use damp face cloth to clean off fingertips in between each paint color.
  11. Let the paint dry completely.

Fingerprint Poem

My dirty little fingerprints I've left on every wall

And on the drawers and tabletops, I've really marked them all

But here are some that won't rub off, I'm giving them to you

Because I'm thankful to have a mom that's just like you!


  • Construction paper can be used instead of card stock but will not be as sturdy. To add more strength, cover with clear Con-tact paper.
  • Use the print preview option on your printer before actually printing. This will allow you to see what the printout will look like without wasting countless sheets of paper.
  • Change the purple and light blue colors we chose to your mom's favorite colors. Simply match up two colors and use them for the card stock and the two paint colors for the word "MOM".

Photo Flower Bouquet

Creative Mother's Day Gifts

What you'll need:

  • Construction paper, various colors
  • Glue stick
  • Photos
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Green chenille stems, one for each flower
  • Optional: patterned paper

How to make it:

1. Cut photos into circles to be used as the center of the flower.

2. Cut simple flower shapes out of construction paper.

3. Glue photo circle to the center of the flower.

4. This step is optional: Glue construction paper flower to a piece of patterned paper. Cut around the flower giving your construction paper about a half-inch border of patterned paper.

5. Tape chenille stem to the back of your flower. Make sure the tape is secure by pressing onto the tape with your fingernail.

6. Trim ends of chenille to the length you desire, depending on what you are using as a vase. If making a handheld bouquet, don't trim the chenille; simply tie a ribbon bow around them all.


  • Instead of patterned paper, have children color white paper with various colored markers or crayons and use that as your border.
  • If you find it easier, instead of cutting around the border, trace it lightly first with a pencil, then cut.
  • Even the littlest of children can make this craft, simply help them by cutting out photos and flower ahead of time and have them help with the gluing and taping.

Fingerprint Flower Vase

Creative Mother's Day Gift Ideas

What you'll need:

  • Empty glass jar
  • Enamel paint (purple, pink, yellow)

How to Make it:

1. First, be sure to read the instructions on the back of the enamel paint bottle.

2. Be sure glass jar is clean, dry, and all labels have been completely removed.

3. Have children dip their fingertips into the paint and dot onto the glass to form the petals of the flowers.

4. Repeat this process to dot on the flower centers--alternate the colors (purple flower, yellow center, pink flower, purple center, etc).

5. Let paint dry and cure according to directions on enamel paint bottle. This may require baking in the oven, or a longer alternative is air drying for up to three weeks before using.


  • Hold jar by the mouth to avoid bumping or grabbing any wet paint.
  • Acrylic paints can be used; however they will wash off if the jar is washed. To protect it better you can spray entire surface with acrylic sealer, however this can diminish the shiny surface of the glass.

Send Mom a Wine Basket this Mother's Day

Best Mother's Day Gifts for Mom

For the moms who love the finer things in life, send them a wonderful basket filled with tasty treats and a bottle of their favorite wine! Delivered straight to their door, your mom will appreciate your thoughtfulness! Wine gift baskets can be found on our site.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. - Sophia Loren

Pamper Mom!

Best Mother's Day Gifts for Mom

Check with your local Spa for gift certificates. She would love a day of pampering! For the busy moms, a spa basket is another great idea. Find the above Spa Baskets above on our site.

Spend the Day with Mom!

Popular Mother's Day Gifts

What does your mom like to do? A great way to show your mom you care is to spend the day doing something she loves. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Golfing
  • Browsing Antique Shops
  • Bowling
  • Wine Tasting
  • Shopping
  • Fishing
  • Spa Day
  • Day at the Beach
  • Going to a Movie
  • Gardening
  • Lunch at her Favorite Restaurant

For an extra special gift, you may want to book a weekend trip to a location your mom has always wanted to visit. It's a wonderful way to create new memories.

Personalized Tote Bags Make Great Gifts

Best Mother's Day Gifts for Mom

A personalized tote bag is a great gift for mom! She can use to to go to the gym, beach, book club or out for a day of shopping! A personalized tote is a gift they'll use for many years to come. Find more personalized tote bags at Wedding Favors Unlimited.

Simply Love your Mom

Best Mother's Day Presents

All moms really want to know is that we are not forgotten. Something as simple as a phone call or hug can bring a smile to our face! Above are some fun ways to say "Happy Mother's Day". But the single best way is "I Love You, Mom".

Best Plants & Flowers to Give Mom For Mother’s Day

Plant Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day comes around just once a year. So get ready for this year early by knowing what to get mom ahead of time. Plants and flowers are always a good idea. Who doesn’t love their fragrant blooms? You can find just about anything you like at any time of year nowadays. Gone are the days when you had to select from just what was in season. So get schooled on some of the best choices for Mother’s Day plants.

A flowering plant is a lovely idea for mom. You might select a potted rose plant that she can have indoors and then move outdoors when it gets warm enough.

Orchids are ideal for the mom with a little garden know-how. They’re a bit hard to take care of if you don’t know how. But they are the cream of the crop when it comes to flowering plants. Orchids come in many different types from vanilla to teacup varieties. Any that you select will be gorgeous.

For the simplistic Mother's Day gift with big appeal, go for the azalea bonsai plant. You can get these at florist shops. Azaleas by themselves are pretty. But when they are trained into bonsai trees, they are even more gorgeous. You can include a tiny pair of shears so she can trim it and keep it neat as it grows. Pretty pink flowers will add life to the room.

Hydrangeas never disappoint. You can either gift them as a wreath dried which is always pretty or you can go with fresh stems. They pair well with roses, so don’t be afraid to ask a florist to mix them for you in an arrangement.

Another nice idea is to start a terrarium garden for her. Buy a big glass container with a lid and fill it with small succulents and other plants. You can research easily what goes into a terrarium. They are easy to set up and a unique gift that will last a lot longer than fresh flowers.

Peonies only bloom for a short amount of time. It just so happens that they are perfect for a May holiday. They have fuzzy pink mop heads and also come in other colors as well. They are reminiscent of an Asian breeze and bring joy to everyone who receives them.

Go with a silk arrangement if you want your gift to last even longer. Today’s silks are so lifelike, you can barely tell until you touch them that they are artificial. Go to a craft store and make an arrangement in a pretty planter. The container really does have a lot to do with how the arrangement appears, so choose a mosaic planter or tin pot, vintage vase or gift basket for her, to make yours really special. Use floral oasis (the green chunky stuff at the craft store) to make sure your bouquet stays upright and intact. There are so many themes you can go with, from roses to carnations to calla lilies.

Don’t be sold on the very first plant at the garden store on Mother’s Day. Prices can be higher on this special holiday, so shop around and go for one of the lesser chosen plants for a real bargain that will look fresh.

For The Mom That Needs A Break

Mother's Day Presents

Moms tend to think about everyone but themselves, which is great for everyone around them but it can take a toll on even the most devoted mom. In order to keep your sanity, it is important that moms take time out to relax and regroup.

I know it is easier said than done, there is always one more diaper to change, one more meal to cook or one more load of laundry to do. So what can you do to take time out for yourself and when are you supposed to do it? Here are a few ideas to help get your mommy timeout started.

Ask your husband, a friend or a family member to watch the kids for a while. In just a few hours you could go see that movie you have been dying to see, minus screaming babies and frequent trips to the bathroom to avoid bothering other people. In just two hours you can get your hair done, a manicure and a pedicure. Give yourself a spa gift. Imagine how relaxing just two hours of alone time would be.

Chances are you won’t be able to get someone to take the kids everyday for a few hours but it’s still important to take a mini time out everyday. By doing this you will spare the children from unwarranted outburst and yourself from slipping into depression.

  • Leave the dishes, the laundry and the spill in the kitchen for just thirty minutes, maybe while the baby is napping or while the kids are watching a cartoon. Just taking thirty minutes to relax or work on a hobby will alleviate some of the days stress.
  • Wake up and hour early or go to bed an hour late, the kids will be sleeping and you can spend sometime getting ready in the morning or watching TV.
  • Exercise regularly can be a great way to get you going and keep you in shape for keeping up with your kids.
  • Eat right, veggies and organic fruit will charge your immune system, the last thing you need is a sick mommy.
  • Remind yourself that you can’t control everything. Don’t spend your mommy time out worrying about what is going on at the house, your husband is perfectly capable of handling the kids alone for two hours.
  • Start a baby swap, a baby swap is when two or more moms agree to take each others children for a few hours to give the other some free time on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • Share the load. Sit down with your family and divide the chores. By sharing the load you can make more time for everyone and by giving
  • When hit overload just taking a few minutes to sit and think about the positive things in your life can make you feel better.

You don’t need to be busy every minute of the day. Stay home with your family. Don’t make a commitment unless it is important to you. Get in the habit of saying no to things you don’t want to, or don’t have time to do and don’t feel guilty about it.

While motherhood is a very rewarding experience and totally worth the sacrifice it can be stressful and with all that you do for your family it’s hard to think about yourself, but very important. By taking care of yourself, you also teach your children the importance of taking care of their own mental and physical health. Look at the time spent on yourself as an investment to make you a better, happier mom for your husband and your children.

Mother’s Day Gifts for a Mom Who Has Everything

Gift for Mom

Mother’s Day is easily one of the most important holidays on the calendar. It’s the chance to celebrate the single most important women in your life. Not every mom, though, is easy to buy for. Finding the ideal gift for a woman who seems to have everything can be tough, but these suggestions can help.

For Moms With Younger Kids

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A Day Off – Motherhood can be overwhelming when the kids are young. It seems there’s always so much to do with little ones in the house. A day off may be the perfect gift for the mom who seems to have absolutely everything else. Offer to take the kids out to lunch and to a movie, giving Mom the time and space she needs to relax. You may even want to offer to hold a sleepover so Mom can get a solid night away.

Coupon Book – This is a great one to engage the kids while still giving Mom a present she’ll actually like. There are lots of different coupon choices you can put inside. From dinner out to thirty minutes alone to read a book to a hot, quiet bath after a long day at work, think about what Mom might really like, then give her a coupon she can actually cash in.

Tickets – Lots of moms are interested in a variety of things – movies, book signings, music artists, plays, even the opera in some cases. This year, instead of getting her a trinket she won’t actually care about, why not get a set of tickets to a memory that she’ll truly cherish? Take a look at a website like TicketMaster to see what’s coming to town in the near future, then book great seats.

A Homemade Meal – There are few moms in the world who don’t love it when someone else takes the time to handle the cooking, and this is the perfect way to show your appreciation. Plan a meal you know she’ll love, buy the ingredients, set the table, then have her sit down with an amazing glass of wine, some quiet music, and a bit of great conversation. Just be sure to handle the clean up afterward too.

A Subscription – From online services to great journals to of-the-month clubs, there is probably something Mom wishes she had a subscription too. Consider getting it for her this year to make Mother’s Day a little happier. Perhaps she’s like to read the Wall Street Journal online at her leisure. Maybe she’d love a quarterly subscription to her old college’s literary journal. Maybe a wine of the month club is just right for her. Think carefully about her needs, then place your order.

Services Gift Certificates – While most people jump to the idea that a massage or a pedicure might be perfect for Mom this year, there are other services that can make perfect gifts, too. You could get a month’s worth of house cleaning services from a local cleaning company. You could offer her a year of free oil changes. You could even have her car detailed for her if she’s on the road a lot. Knowing what services she might use the most is the key to making sure this present is just right for her.

Tips On Involving Children In Buying Mother's Day Gifts

Present for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a time for mom to be celebrated for all that she does and for all that she means to the family. Children really should have a hand in choosing her gift. It will mean so much more to her that way. But how do you get them involved if you are a dad or an uncle or a caregiver?

It's easy! Kids love to make things. No matter what age they are, they will surely have a passion for making something. Whether it's a Lego castle, a paper airplane or a finger painting, kids love to work with their hands. So start there with each child's interests.

The children should be able to give ideas of what mom might like. They probably spend a great deal of time with her watching what she does and knowing what makes her happy. So, let them suggest based on what they think would be perfect. No answer is too foolish to consider. If Bobby thinks mom would like a green giraffe made out of clay, let him make it. If Sarah insists that mom wants a dress made out of tissue paper, let her do it.

Moms love getting drawings, crafts and heartfelt gifts from their children. But if you want to pick out a gift that's more permanent and a bit more expensive than a craft item, bring the children with you to help find it.

If you're heading to a mall, start talking with the kids in the car about what they think mom would like. They may suggest something you'd never thought of. Try to arrange to have mom's sizes on hand if you can. A shoe size, pants size, and ring size are all handy. But you can also opt for Mother's Day gifts that require no sizing.

When the kids have given some ideas, head to the stores that you think might have the items. If you're going for jewelry, head right to the anchor stores like Macy's or Nordstrom's. Whichever stores are at the two ends of the mall will usually have a nice jewelry department and can be less pricey than the stand alone jewelry stores. But try those, too. A nice necklace or bracelet is always a good idea. Just be sure you think about which metals mom favors. If she only wears white gold and you show up with yellow gold, you wont' make a big hit. (Save the receipt just in case.) But most times, you already know what mom favors and can easily choose personalized jewelry.

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Have the kids do some undercover sleuthing ahead of time. Have them look at her handbags and see which brands she likes. Yes, there really is a big difference in manufacturers when it comes to purses.

Have them write down her shoe size, measure a bracelet for size, and get as many details as they can about what she already has in her jewelry box. They'll think this is fun and will feel more included in the choice of the Mommy gifts.

No matter what you choose as a gift, let the kids wrap it in their own special way and be present when it's time to make the presentation on the big day. They'll be beaming from ear to ear.

What Mom Really Wants for Mother's Day

Best present for mom

So what is it that moms really want for Mother's Day?  Is it Candy?  Perfume? Flowers?  The real answer is 2 simple words - A BREAK!

The answer is simple, but your mom's definition of this word might vary.

A break could mean:

  • A spa day
  • A round of golf and lunch
  • Kids and Mommy time - movies, games, snacks
  • Clean the house for Mom
  • Make Mom breakfast in bed
  • Run Mom a hot bath and top it off with a spa gift basket.
  • Take the kids to the park and let Mom have the day to herself. If she loves to read a book gift basket may be the perfect gift.

You know your mom best, so choose something she will really enjoy. What mom's love most is just to know they are appreciated for all their hard work, and giving her a day off from all that work is the best gift of all.

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As a freelance writer, Nicole has been sharing her baking tips and recipes on various blogs and sites such as Hubpages and Squidoo.

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