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Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Mother's Day is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the dilemma of what to get mom this year. If you have searched the internet for ideas, you have certainly seen suggestions like flowers, brunch or dinner at a nice restaurant, a picture of your family, and gift certificates to spas and nail salons.
Instead of going the same old boring route, why not get your mom something less predictable this year? Here are some gift ideas for Mother's Day that will inspire you.
Unique Gifts for Moms Who Have Everything
It is a fact that moms who seem to have everything are the most difficult to shop for. Sometimes they will mention a gift idea, and the next day they will go out and buy it, leaving us racking our brains for weeks when Christmas, their birthday, or Mother’s Day comes around.
The truth is that no one has everything. The secret to gift-giving for difficult people is to focus on unique items or things that solve common problems in unique ways.
1. Slim Reading Glasses (Fit in a Phone Case)
If your mom is one of those people who can’t read small print without her reading glasses—and the six pairs she owns are never around when she needs them, consider getting her the ThinOptics reading glasses. This is a typical example of a gift that solves a common problem in a unique way, and it is perfect for those who seem to have everything.
These are small, super-thin, and completely flat reading glasses that don’t have any arms. They just fit right on your nose, kind of like the pince-nez glasses Hercule Poirot wears. The clever thing is that they come with a little case that your mom can stick to the back of her phone, this way having a pair of reading glasses always with her (and not in a bulky way). You need to know that these glasses are designed for short-term use.
They are not designed to replace normal reading glasses or are intended to be worn all day. But your mom will find them super convenient when she is in the grocery store trying to read labels and price tags, in a restaurant reading menus, or checking text messages on her phone.
The slim glasses come in three different strengths and 11 different colors, so if your mom is into fashion and style, you have the option to pick a color that will match her taste.
2. Handmade Eyeglass Holder
The next Mother’s Day gift idea for a woman that seems to have it all is a beautiful piece of art that also serves a purpose. One great example is this nose-shaped eyeglass holder. When not in use, the wooden holder looks like a stylish, decorative sculpture. This gift will look lovely on your mom’s nightstand or dresser, and she will always know where her glasses are.
This nose-shaped holder is handmade by fair trade artisans, which is something that many people will appreciate. When you buy a fair trade product, you are actually supporting artisans in developing countries, getting a fair deal. Also, fair trade products are unique and usually made from recycled, upcycled, or sustainable materials, making no two alike. That is why they make awesome gifts for those who have everything.
You should know, however, that there are many people selling low-quality versions of this holder. They look good in the pictures, but in reality, they are made from unfinished, rough wood and will fall apart easily (because the holder is made from several pieces glued together). If you think that this functional art piece is a good Mother’s Day gift and you want to get one for your mom, make sure you are getting the high-quality, fair-trade product.
3. Gurgle Pitcher
Another functional piece of art that will make a lovely Mother’s Day gift is this whimsical fish-shaped pitcher. It is not just a beautiful-looking pitcher, though. The interesting thing about it is that it makes a fun “gulp, gulp, gulp” sound after you pour water from it. The gurgling sound is made by the trapped air that escapes out of the tail of the fish and comes up through the water. It is a stylish and amusing conversation piece that a mom who likes to entertain will probably appreciate.
The gurgle pitcher comes in several different sizes. The larger ones are perfect for water, wine, milk, juice, etc. Some people even use them as flower pots or to store kitchen utensils on the counter. This means that it would also be a good gift for a mom who likes cooking. The medium size can be used for milk for your cereal in the morning, and the smallest ones are for cream or milk for your coffee.
These pitchers also come with a rich history, which is another plus when it comes to gifts for people who have everything. The original ones were known as the “Gluggle Jugs” and were made in England in the late 1870s by a pottery maker that was famous for its fine ceramics. Even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have a pair of these, and people say that Prince Charles still uses one of them.
3. One-of-a-Kind Jewelry (With Handwriting)
Mothers deserve to be thanked for all they do each day of the year, and jewelry is a great way to do that. It is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift that will be appreciated for years. Jewelry is something very personal to give, and your choice will depend on your mother’s style, favorite color, and whether she prefers fine jewelry or statement pieces. Just give some thought to her personal style and find out which piece reminds you most of her.
For the moms who love jewelry but already have enough pieces to open their own store, the perfect gift would be something that is one-of-a-kind. For example, there are jewelry makers who can use your actual handwriting to create totally original rings, bracelets and necklaces. A person’s handwriting is as unique as their personality, and adding it to a piece of jewelry is like adding a little bit of them. A Mother’s Day gift really can’t get much more personal than that!
You can create a ring or necklace with a handwritten name, phrase, or even your signature. If you are a guy looking for some kind of a keepsake gift for your wife, you can get her a piece of jewelry with your child’s name in your handwriting, for example. The possibilities are numerous!
4. Relaxation Coloring Book
Coloring books for adults would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for those who are in need of some unwinding and seemingly have everything. If you haven’t heard already, these types of books are all the rage right now. Some of them are actually outselling novels on bestseller lists. If you read the numerous blogs on the topic and the thousands of comments on social media, you will find out that many grownups, especially moms, find coloring relaxing, calming, and sort of an escape from daily life and responsibilities.
Unlike kids’ coloring books, which typically feature bunnies, dragons, and fairies, the grownup versions have artwork that is sophisticated and all about intricacies and design. They usually feature whimsical and fantasy-inspired images of animals, mosaic patterns, floral designs, paisleys, abstracts, and mystical circles. The intricacy of these designs forces people to focus, and focusing on a pleasant activity will take your mom’s mind off work and whatever is stressing her out.
Some of the best coloring books for adults that will be perfect for Mother’s Day are:
- Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book, by Johanna Basford. This is the book that actually started the adult coloring trend. It is filled with garden-themed illustrations, and hidden within the book are all kinds of creatures and surprises like owls, butterflies, keys, and even a message in a bottle.
- Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford. This is another book by the same artist, but with fantasy forest-themed illustrations.
- Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs, by Mantra Craft. This one would be perfect for animal-loving moms because it features detailed animal designs that range from jungle cats to sea creatures.
- Creative Cats Coloring Book, by Marjorie Sarnat. The coloring book every cat lady needs.
- Mystical Mandala Coloring Book, by Alberta Hutchinson. A collection of whimsical mandalas (circular designs used for meditation purposes).
5. Essential Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy and essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries. The oils are well known for their ability to help people relax and reduce stress. They can even help keep cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay. One of the best methods for aromatherapy is to release the essential oils into the air using a diffuser. This way, you are able to inhale the aromatic benefits of the oil and, at the same time, enjoy its fragrance. This means that an essential oil diffuser would make a wonderful gift for a busy, stressed-out mom.
One really good option to consider is the Riverock Oil Diffuser. Here are some of the reasons why your mom would like it:
- It’s elegant-looking and pretty small in size, so it will fit basically anywhere and will match just about any home décor.
- It’s an ultrasonic diffuser, which means it uses less essential oil compared to others. For example, diffusers that use heat burn through oils very quickly. Heat diffusers also have the potential to change the chemistry and properties of essential oils.
- It makes almost no sound while working, which will delight many ladies who have difficulty sleeping with noise in the background.
- You can fill it with water only and use it as a humidifier.
- It is portable and easy to move from room to room. Your mom can take it with her to the office or when traveling.
- Unlike one of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts—the gift certificate for a spa day—a mom can enjoy an essential oil diffuser every day and at any time she wants to.
6. Wake-Up Light
Good sleep doesn't come easy to mothers, regardless of how old their kids are. It is not only newborns who keep their mothers awake at night. Preschoolers also know how to drag out their nighttime routines, and high schoolers are great at running up and down the stairs at midnight.
One gift that can help a mother fall asleep easier and wake up refreshed and feeling fully rested is the Philips Wake-Up Light. It is actually an alarm clock that uses light instead of sound to wake you up. This brilliant alarm clock simulates the rising of the sun by gradually getting brighter as your wake-up time gets closer. There is no sudden shock of a loud, obnoxious alarm, and when you wake up to this simulated sunrise, you will actually feel like getting up, regardless of how ridiculously early it is. If that is not enough, you can program the clock to wake you up with peaceful sounds like chirping birds, ocean waves, or calm music.
In addition, there is a "fall asleep" function. As you can guess, this one simulates a sunset. Opposite to the sunrise mode, the sunset gradually dims out the light and the sounds over a selected period of time. This makes you fall asleep faster and in a more natural way. If your mom is someone who lies in bed tossing and turning for hours, this will really help her in a major way.
7. Portable Battery Charger
Moms have busy schedules and are always on the go. Because they often juggle a full-time job and at the same time shuffle kids around to school and extracurricular activities, they are multitasking on their phones along the way. Running out of battery, however, is something that happens to them way too often because remembering to charge it is not really a priority. But there is no need for them to be caught off-guard with a low battery. You can make their busy lives a bit easier with an external battery charger.
Since this is a Mother’s Day gift, it would be a good idea to choose an external battery charger that not only does what it is supposed to do but also looks good. One great brand to consider is Lepow. Unlike the vast majority of portable chargers that lack style, design, and vibrant color, Lepow’s products are sleek-looking and come in several pretty colors. Their Poki battery charger, in particular, would be perfect for a busy mom because it is thin, light, and easy to carry. It is roughly the size of a small wallet, and she can slip it into her purse or even tuck it in a pocket and have enough power to make it through the day. That little thing will give most phones at least a couple of charges.
It is also easy to see how much juice is left in the charger—you just need to slide your finger along the nifty metal strip on the side. The strip will then illuminate and tell you how much is left.
8. Bluetooth Tracking Tag
For many moms who have babies or small children, getting ready to leave the house in the morning can take a long time. They usually need to remember to pack an avalanche of stuff and complete a bunch of tasks before getting out of the door. Finally, mom is ready, but she can’t find her keys. Then the drama starts! Yes, keys grow legs and walk off all on their own, but one Mother’s Day gift that can help eliminate the unnecessary drama and stress is a Bluetooth tracking tag such as the Tile.
The tracking tag is a little piece of plastic that has a Bluetooth receiver in it and a sound module that plays a ringtone. You pair the tracker with your phone and then attach it to things that you often misplace, like keys, wallet, TV remote, etc. From then on, when you misplace something, you launch the Tile app and select the item you want to find. The app can manage multiple Tiles, so if you forget your keys in a jacket in the closet, for example, you select “keys”. The Tile will then play a ringtone, and the app will show you on a map where they are, as long as they are within the Bluetooth range. As you walk around, a chart on your phone will show you if you are getting closer to the Tile or farther from it. Sort of like the old “warmer, colder” game.
It also works the other way around: in case you have the Tile nearby, but you don’t know where you left your phone, you can find it by pressing the letter “e” twice.
What if your lost keys are not within the Bluetooth range? You can use the app to mark them as “lost”, but you won’t be able to locate them. The app will only show you the last location it received from the Tile tag. However, the cool feature is that if anyone else running the same app comes near your keys, it will notify your phone where they are.
9. Bluetooth Car Speaker
We all have seen moms who drive around with a car full of kids and her phone in her hand. Needless to say, this is just not safe. But we all also know that sometimes you do need to make or take a call. If you know someone like that, a Bluetooth in-car speakerphone would be a priceless gift for her. Since many people, especially busy moms, don’t have time to fuss around with complicated gadgets, a simple speakerphone like the Jabra Tour would be a good choice. It is one of the simplest to pair with phones; it doesn’t require any setup and is very easy to use.
One of the best and most useful features of Jabra Tour is the voice commands. By pressing a button, you can activate Siri on iPhones and the voice engine on Android phones and make calls completely hands-free. You can even dictate text messages or tell Siri to read incoming texts to you.
10. Stylish Orthopedic Shoes
Those moms who spend long hours on their feet each day and complain of pain and aches in their feet, legs, and back will be happy to get a pair of comfortable shoes for Mother’s Day. Orthopedic shoes are probably the most comfortable you can find, but the problem with them is that most women don’t want to be caught dead in them.
The vast majority of these shoes look frumpy and downright ugly. However, there are some brands that make good-looking orthopedic shoes that would be perfect as gifts. One of them is Vionic. Their shoes are quite stylish and don’t look like medical shoes. They also have a lot of different designs, including sandals, loafers, boots, and sneakers. And they come in tons of different colors, which is something rare when it comes to orthopedic shoes.
11. Purse Organizer
Moms who are always on the go usually carry a lot of stuff with them, which means that their purses may not always be the most organized things in the world. Having an organized purse can make or break her day. A purse that tends to be like a black hole into which everything you own disappears can have a huge effect on your sanity. So, a nice organizer insert can make another awesome Mother’s Day gift. It also makes switching purses a snap, which can save quite some time.
If you’re not familiar with purse organizers, the concept is pretty straightforward: they are pouches, often made from soft fabric, that have pockets and compartments for all of your essentials. When you are changing purses, you just take the organizer out and put it into a new purse.
Bonus Gift Idea: Memory Journal
Sometimes it seems like there is nothing you can get your mom that she doesn’t already have. If that is the case, you can consider getting her a memory journal. This is a gift that you can even pass down to your children when they are old enough, so they can remember lovely things about their grandma.
These types of journals ask questions about each stage of a person’s life, and when mom fills it out, she will end up with a chronicle of her life. A memory journal can also be a thoughtful gift for the mother-in-law, who you have no idea what to get. Some good ones are:
- Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms, by Meredith Jacobs and Sofie Jacobs
- A Mother’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words, by Thomas Nelson
- Mom, Share Your Life With Me, by Kathleen Lashier
Mother's Day Activity Ideas
Here are some fun ideas for things to do to celebrate Mother’s Day:
- Cook a family meal: If you think your mom would be having lunch with her kids (and grandkids), you can prepare a meal at your home or organize a family BBQ in your backyard. Restaurants are always crowded and overpriced on Mother’s Day, anyway.
- Pack a picnic: You can also pack a picnic and take her to the park or lake for an afternoon, depending on the area you live in and if the weather permits.
- Take a class together: If you don’t see your mom as often as she (or you) would like, consider giving her the gift of a class you can take together. Choose a topic that she would enjoy or something she always wanted to learn about. Maybe she wants to learn how to use a computer or likes gourmet cooking.
- Spend an afternoon doing what she wants to do: What does your mom enjoy doing? Offer to spend an entire afternoon or evening doing that thing with her. Whether it’s pulling weeds in the garden or attending her book club (where the youngest person is 70), you can spend that time together.
- Organize a special visit: Is there a friend or family member who your mom rarely gets to see? Take your mom to visit that person. If this will make your mom happy, then this could be a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day together.
- Go to the city: If your mother is lives in a small town, treat her to a trip to the nearest large town or city. You can go shopping, visit a gallery or the zoo, or just have fun. There are also so many free things you can do in a large town.
- Send flowers: Another cool thing to do is to send her flowers at work (perhaps the Friday before Mother’s Day). It will make her feel extra special, and everyone will comment on what a wonderful kid she has.
Happy Mother’s Day!
© 2010 iZeko
peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 10, 2013:
i love your hub. Tons of ideas for all range of mommies. Voted up
iZeko (author) on May 02, 2010:
Hi dealrocker! I'm glad you liked my hub. I linked it to yours too. Following you.
dealrocker from California on May 01, 2010:
Hie iZeko. Liked your hub. very cool ideas. Putting your hub's link in my hub "Nicole Richie House of Harlow 1960 Jewelry Collection". Joining you. Hope will you will be joining me too!
iZeko (author) on April 30, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by, Angela. Following your hubs.
couponalbum from Sunnyvale, CA on April 30, 2010:
Very nice hub. Good suggestions! I also do have two hubs on Mother's Day. Looking forward for your comments on them. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine.
It was nice visiting your hubs. :)
mrspanish on April 25, 2010:
We'll written hub. Nice images.
FastORIGAMI on April 23, 2010:
Hello! I just uploaded a tutorial of how to make an origami rose for Mother's Day! (or for your lover, whichever comes first)
How to Make 3D Origami Rose Part 1 - Mother's Day ????????