Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts can be hard. Maybe that is the reason we so often fall back on flowers, cards or chocolates. This year we resolved to do something different. So whether you are looking for your own mom, another mom or friend who you just want to make feel special, or want to drop a few suggestions for your kids, here are 14 ideas we love.
14 Mother’s Day Gifts For Your Mom, Sister, Aunt, or Friend
1. Find an experience to share with Mom.
Buy tickets to a show, a sporting event, or something far more exciting that you have always wanted to do like deep sea fishing or sky diving. Mothers love nothing more than a gift that comes with their child, no matter how old that child is.
2. Book a class.
How many years have you and Mom been saying that you were going to learn how to cook French food/watercolor/knit? Today is the day that it stops being a dream. At many places introductory lessons are cheaper or even free. Find something that you have both been wanting to learn and carpe diem.
3. Send her some gorgeous bling.
We recently spotted London-based Monica Vinader’s first US boutique in Soho in New York City and found her gorgeous designs to be stunning. The pieces are elegant, unique and come in a range of different price points. Many pieces can be engraved, for free. Gifts come exquisitely-wrapped, too, and are shipped for free, as well. Take a look at the site but we think these earrings are especially elegant.
4. Send her a beautiful piece of art.
Abigail Gray Swartz is the artist behind Gray Day Studios. She burst onto the scene as the artist for the now defunct New York Times Motherlode column and has created art for The New Yorker including the Rosie the Riveter cover. We LOVED her drawing depicting our kids sometimes misguided attempt at finding a passion.
Now you can send your mother an original watercolor, notecards, prints or other unique creations by this incredibly talented artist. View her portfolio and select a Mother’s Day gift at www.GrayDayStudio.
5. Lend a helping hand.
OR EVEN BETTER. Grown and Flown has undertaken to outfit 300 incoming freshmen with the dorm essentials they require for their first year as college students. We are working closely with the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin to provide their Foundation Scholars, who come from diverse backgrounds, with sheets towels, mattress covers, laundry hampers and backpacks to try and ease some of the economic strain of college.
SO if you help us out: with a donation of $20 or more we will send Abigail’s floral card above with a note to your mother (or friend or other special person in your life) indicating that a donation has been made in their name. How great is that? You get to provide some help to a group of students who need it and your mother gets a wonderful momento of your generosity.
Here is how it works:
- Make a donation of $20 or more via Paypal to [email protected]
- Include your name, the name and mailing address of the recipient in your Paypal order.
- Spread the joy with this Mother’s Day gift to help kids move into college with a little extra love and good karma from you.
- No Paypal? Send a check made out to Grown and Flown to
PO Box 810
Katonah, NY 10536
6. Buy a wonderful book of essays on motherhood.
We love Annabel Monahan’s Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?: Thoughts for moms and other tired people. In 47 essays Monghan examines motherhood with humor and compassion.
7. Or one on great design.
Ellen DeGeneres has purchased and renovated nearly a dozen homes in the last twenty-five years and in her stunning coffee-table book, Home, she reveals some of her favorite interior spaces and outdoor settings.
8. Fill her space with sweet scents.
Buying expensive soaps or lotions is a little bit of luxury that many of us do not seek for ourselves but LOVE to receive. Molton Brown is our absolute favorite purveyor of hand and bath gel, lotions, candles, diffusers, etc. and your mom will be grateful for your considerate Mother’s Day gift every time she washes her hands or uses one of their exquisite lotions. This is an especially thoughtful gift for those special women in your life who are downsizing or wanting fewer things.
9. Give your mother of any age a digital assistant.
We have tried Alexa from Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home from, well, Google. Both are incredibly easy to setup and use. Whether she is looking for the news, weather, her favorite playlist or an obscure fact, the answer is just a shout away.
10. Make your mom a terrarium.
We loved this idea from World Market. Spring is just beginning and it time to bring a little of the outdoors inside. Remember how much Mom loved gifts you made for her yourself, nothing has changed.
11. Send a reminder of home.
Moms are all about home. Minted makes stunning gold, silver or rose gold maps of any location your family calls home. Or have a heart made and framed from family snapshots like you can find here: Heart-Shaped Photo Gift. Have you ever met a mother who didn’t love having pictures of her family on the wall?
12. Reboot her accessories.
We are big fans of L.K. Bennett, a UK-based clothing and accessories designer whose outfits have been seen on Kate Middleton, among others. Sending your mom an elegant new outfit or trendy handbag would be a lovely gesture.
13. Take a walk together and count the steps.
There are a host of fitness trackers on the market and, perhaps, your mom has tried one or two of them before. The Misfit Ray automatically tracks steps, keeps time, calories burned and sleep hours. Replaceable batteries last up to six months so no charging necessary. This might be one she actually uses and enjoys.
14. Give a gift all year long.
Over time, it is all too easy to fall into a rut on cooking and shopping. With these subscription boxes, your mom can experiment with new dishes and a new look – who wouldn’t like to try that?
HelloFresh – choose a plan based on the number of family members and menu preferences. An excellent idea for someone who is making the transition from feeding a small army to cooking for two, a box with all ingredients and menu cards also means many fewer trips to the grocery store.
Stitch Fix Gift Card – having a personal stylist to help your mom create a few new look would be a fun experiment and might just be a catalyst for her to update her look – for casual or business attire, in all sizes and tastes.
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