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Thoughtful & Memorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Last Updated on June 16, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. I don’t know about you, but Mother’s Day gifts are among the hardest for me to pick out. After all, the gift is conveying a big message “Thank you mom for giving me life, nurturing and providing for me for at least the first 18 years of my life, continuing to love me when I was a complete brat and trying teenager, and for putting me ahead of yourself for every day since I was born.”

Korean Mother and ChildGeborgenheitAfrica in the early 1940sDanielle & Lilliyan

Add to this pressure the fact that your mom already has most of the things she wants and needs, or even worse, a mom who is in retirement so she’s starting to get rid off things, and the Mother’s Day gift picking gets even harder. And did I point out yet that you lived with this woman for almost two decades so you are expected to know her desires very well so you’d better pick something thoughtful!

Hopefully you didn’t curl up into a ball on the ground and start crying when I worked up your stress level, because I’m about to provide you some relief.  You’re probably wondering how I’m going to do that when I haven’t even met your mother, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret—there are a few things that EVERY mother has in common.

Mother and Child

Moms Love Their Children

First, moms love their kids. We can’t help it. It’s hardwired into our brains and instincts. If your mother is one of the anomalies and she doesn’t love you, you’re off the hook for having to buy her a present! This means gifts that let her gaze upon your face so she can swell with pride when she shows them off and smile whenever she looks at them are a big hit.

When it comes to giving photo gifts, you have dozens of options. Here are a few:

I love these fun photo bookmarks that you can make yourself from Come Together Kids.

fun photo bookmarks

Another clever gift is  Mixbook’s Mom-isms. The template has popular mom phrases such as “Some day your face is going to freeze like that” and “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” You simply add your own photos to the book to create a unique family scrapbook.

You can find a variety of clever photo gifts at various stores. For example, Wal-Mart offers mugs, canvas art, mouse pads, blankets, puzzles, clothing and jewelry, home video to DVD conversion, and keepsake boxes.

Snapfish lets you easily create personalized stationery, journals, cards, notebooks, notepads, stickers, stamps, bookmarks, rulers, and magnets.

Shutterfly allows you to personalize iPhone cases, stainless steel mugs, pillows, tableware, coasters, and key rings.


Moms Love Fond Memories

Second, as we get older, our memories are less reliable. Gifts that help her preserve her precious memories are therefore considered extremely thoughtful.

Every year we put together a family scrapbook from the prior year. I order two copies—one for me and one for my mom. Since we live so far from her, we don’t see her often and this annual yearbook allows her to stay connected to what we’ve been doing.

If you have access to pictures from your mother’s childhood or from your childhood, you could put together a family memory book for her.

My sister-in-law made a family cookbook that included all of the recipes that had been handed down in the family.

Several sites provide you the ability to create these types of keepsake books, including all of the companies I mentioned in the photo gift section. My choice though is Blurb because of the quality of their books. (Full disclosure: I am a Blurb affiliate so I make a portion of any sales that result from clicking through to them via my links). Click here to save 20% on purchases made by May 10, 2013.

Moms Want To Be Remembered

Third, one of the great things about being a mom is knowing that you are leaving a heritage behind when you are gone. I believe this is the reason we all like symbols of eternity and rebirth.

To satisfy these motherly instincts, potted plants and flowers are a wise choice. They represent vitality, longevity, and renewal. My mother prefers plants, but if your mother is partial to flowers, I love this gift idea from Craftionary.

Daffodil Gift

Potted Flower Gift from Craftionary

If you can afford it, another nice way to honor your mother is to memorialize her by making a donation in her name to an organization that etches donor’s names into a landmark.

Hopefully this list of ideas will help you find or create a gift your mother will cherish. For more Mother’s Day ideas, please check out my Mother’s Day board on Pinterest. Also, if you think your mom wants to get out of the house, here are ideas Where to Take Mom for Mother’s Day.

15 thoughts on “Thoughtful & Memorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas”

  1. I like the idea of making a photo bookmark 🙂 My mom is not here with me but, we talk via Skype. I always send her something special and she always appreciate it 🙂

  2. I would go with the mug printed with mom and myself photo. That way, it is not expensive yet, very useful!

  3. Isn’t that wonderful. Kids who love to give their mother a card or a simple gift melts every mother’s heart.

  4. Awesome ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts. I’ve been trying to think of what to get my Mom so this should help lots.

  5. The art teacher from my kids school always makes them do something special to be given to their Moms every year, I love it! Those are fun and sweet ideas!

  6. I will be 63–my Mom will be 91 and is in very good shape! At this point she has everything she has ever wanted including thousands of pictures!! I think I will just take her out to dinner and maybe buy her some flowers—–then of course is her birthday!!!!


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