08 Apr 2015

100 Mother’s Day Gifts I Would Actually Give Myself

I’m a ten-year-old mother this year.

The hubs and I each have a mother we love, cherish and that our kids, our laundry and the inside of our fridge all wish lived closer.

So when I started thinking about Mother’s Day, I thought about what we’d love. And I came up with this list of things I’d give myself {and them} if I could.

Perhaps you’ll find inspiration here too. Here’s to the Mothers! There is nothing ordinary about you. You are mighty because you mother.

100 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

      1. A box of 52 of your favorite memories about your mom –one for her to read each week over the next year.

      2. A now and then photo – one from when you were still a baby and she was a young mom and one of the two of you now.
      3. A collection of favorite family recipes from all the generations. Bonus if it includes photos.
      4. A list of all the things you wish you’d thanked her for before leaving home.
      5. A handwritten letter via snail mail each week leading up to Mother’s Day.
      6. Something re-gifted from your childhood– a favorite lovey, the hospital bracelet from when you were born, that baby lock of hair she’d saved, your first book.
      7. A table runner with all the kids/grand kids’ hand prints on it.
      8. A collection of her favorite music you remember from your childhood.
      9. Pressed flowers snuck into the pages of her favorite book.
      10. My book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom – you can read the first three chapters for free over here.

      11. Her favorite perfume.
      12. A week’s worth of doing her laundry.
      13. A personal stylist in a box – seriously, I’m addicted to Stitch Fix. No changing rooms or bad flourscent lighting or dragging kids to the mall anymore. A mom’s dream come true.
      14. Candles made out of the grand kids’ melted down crayons.
      15. A collection of answers from the kids/grand kids: “I love mom/grandma because…”
      16. A hair appointment, a nail appointment, a spa day, or a simple foot rub.
      17. Anything from DaySpring’s (in)courage collection {use code GYPSY20 for 20% off}.
      18. A book signed by her favorite author.
      19. Her kids/grand kids art in a frame.
      20. A framed print that says, “You were right about everything.”

      21. A vacuum cleaner that won’t crack under pressure.
      22. A handy dustbuster for dealing with the Cheerios problem in the car.
      23. A custom Mother’s Day Necklace that will donate half the cost to a community center for mothers and kids we’re building in South Africa.
      24. Clean out the fridge.
      25. A Big Ol’ Monthly Chalkboard Peel and Stick Wall Calendar.
      26. A custom return address stamp.
      27. Flowers, always flowers.
      28. Handmade totes, necklaces, and bowls by and in support of young mothers in Kenya.
      29. The cutest custom signs for her veggie garden (use code INREALLIFE for 10% off).
      30. A recurring appointment added to her calendar for a call with you each week.

      31. Get her car washed, vacuumed and filled up.
      32. Gorgeous jewelry made by moms in Haiti that both bless other mothers and help support the women who make them.
      33. Her “secret” cookie recipe printed and framed.
      34. A YouTube video from the kids/grand kids.
      35. The Mom’s Devotional Bible.
      36. A book that will remind her to make time for herself.
      37. A decorating book that won’t make her feel like her home has to be perfect.
      38. Make a photo collage of her kids/grand kids.
      39. Send her out on a date night with her girlfriends.
      40. Let her sleep in as long as she likes.

      41. A super hero cape.
      42. Free printable framed with a favorite quote about motherhood (scroll to the bottom to view and print).
      43. A Mother’s Day e-card – free and easy to send.
      44. A book for the desperate mom who needs to know there is hope for her to breathe again.
      45. A subscription to an online consignment store with beautiful clothes for moms and kids.
      46. Starbucks gift cards.
      47. The Head Wizard Scalp Massager. I’ve had mine for years and still get it out most nights after I’ve wrestled kids to bed for what feels like hours.
      48. Shadow box framed kids memorabilia – think toy cars, tiny shoes, hair bows.
      49. Her favorite Bible verse printed out and framed.
      50. One of those awesome awesome eprinters you can send photos to straight from your phone or tablet.

      51. Replacing the batteries in all the remotes. All of them
      52. travel mug with the reminder that moms save lives daily.
      53. A recordable storybook as read by the kids.
      54. A reminder that there is Hope for the Weary Mom.
      55. A prrrrrettty pink camera bag.
      56. Cleaning up any of the mess that comes with kids making her breakfast in bed.
      57. Love notes from the kids/grand kids tucked into unexpected places.
      58. Any kind of jewelry with the kids/grand kids’ names on it.
      59. A T-Shirt reminder that moms save lives daily.
      60. Changing her cell phone ring to all the kids yelling, “We love you mom/grandma!”

      61. Unloading the dishwasher.
      62. Taking the lint out of the dryer.
      63. Matching all the socks.
      64. Fresh flowers as picked by the kids/grand kids.
      65. Macaroni necklaces – yup, we still love those.
      66. Membership to the Ten Dollar Tribe that is changing the world, one mom at a time.
      67. Match all the socks that live at the bottom of the laundry basket.
      68. Fun photo bookmarks of the kids/grand kids.
      69. A box of her favorite tea.
      70. A Mom’s Planning Calendar – hand painted and so pretty

      71. If she’s a military mama, then this -Serving You: 31 Days of Encouragement for the Military Wife
      72. Personalized family tree pillow cover.
      73. Extra special Hershey’s chocolate bars with custom wrapper.
      74. Date night.
      75. Top to bottom clean house.
      76. A video Skype call.
      77. The Keurig Single Serving Maker because – coffee!
      78. That thing you know she’s had her eye on for months but won’t splurge on for herself.
      79. Italian Herb Garden for her kitchen.
      80. A flock of geese.

      81. An book of letters by mothers for mothers
      82. Custom, floral, hand painted letters for baby signs
      83. A subscription to her favorite magazine.
      84. A reminder that she’s Already Amazing.
      85. One Thousand Gifts.
      86. The parenting book that will make her laugh till she (maybe just maybe) pees her pants a little – Dad is Fat.
      87. The book for moms who want to earn more and make a difference.
      88. A week’s worth of driving the car pool.
      89. Return and pay for all the overdue library books.
      90. The perfect ebook for planning a low stress {birthday/anniversary/you name it} party.
      91. Her favorite worship song lyrics {use code GYPSY20 for 20% off}.

      92. Saving Savvy: Smart and Easy Ways to Cut Your Spending in Half.
      93. Old family movies converted to digital.
      94. A freezer full of her favorite ice creams.
      95. A nap for as long as she likes.
      96. FashionABLE scarves that are both beautiful and empower women.
      97. The highest thread count sheets you can afford.
      98. Custom postage stamps.
      99. Yes, breakfast in bed.
      100. A list of 100 things you all love about her!

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And if you need a good cry about how awesome moms are, start with this video to get you in the Mother’s Day mood.

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{A few Amazon affiliate links included to some of my favorite favorites. I work for DaySpring and that’s how I can share my 20% off code with you, and all the rest are just things I love and wish the hubs would give me. Hint hint, hubs!}
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Comments

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  1. 1

    Mother’s Day is a horrible day for those who have a mother who is no longer here. Each year it seems more in your face, and I tend to get more and more cynical about it. My mother-in-law died this year too, so hubby and I both are motherless.
    No matter what age you lose your mother – it is like nothing on earth. You can have a mother sick almost all your life – 24 of the 28 years I had with her – and it still hits you like a bomb. Or you can have a mother die in just a few weeks – and it still hits you like a tonne of bricks. Motherloss is VERY hard.
    I have kids – but I don’t want them to give me gifts on a certain day – I would much rather they showed me by actions, words and intentions, that they love me EVERY day of our lives! That is far more special, precious and heartwarming….

    • 2

      Betsy, thanks for the reminder about how difficult Mother’s Day is for those who have lost their mothers. I bet Lisa-Jo would agree with you about how difficult it is…she lost her mother at a young age as well. This year on Mother’s Day I will make it a point to encourage my friends who have already lost their mothers.

    • 3

      Thanks LeeAnn for sharing a bit of my story. And Betsy, I so hear you. It’s a hard season, I know. and I’ll be sharing more encouragement for us motherless daughters and mothers here on the blog. But in the meantime just know that I so understand what you’re feeling. And that nothing fills up the hole a mother leaves behind. It’s OK to be mad and frustrated and sad. This is always a safe place for those feelings. And you’re so right about the blessing of leaning into our kids and just letting their love fill us up.

      So many warm wishes from one motherless daughter to another,
      Lisa-Jo

      • 4

        Thanks Lisa-Jo – your comment made me cry! There isn’t so many motherless mothers out there, and until you have been there, you just don’t understand!

  2. 5

    Does anyone have any good pointers/resources/lists for those of us who have uncomfortable relationships with our emotionally disordered mothers? I am still in contact with my mother, and things remain pretty peaceable, but this is after years of counseling I received to grow and heal past the problems resulting from her emotional abuse to me as a child and young adult. My mother desperately wants closeness and “best mom” declarations from me, but I cannot honestly give her what she really wants. I usually end up sending her flowers or praise CDs (she is a believer, thank the Lord. I look forward to having a whole Mom for the first time once we’re both resurrected. I will rejoice when she dies, because God will finally be answering my prayers for her – that she would finally be fully satisfied in him and not give in so much to being an emotional vampire to everyone around her.)

    • 6

      Hey there Sophie,

      I don’t have anything that immediately comes to mind. I will say though that it sounds like you’ve made wonderful decisions in relation to keeping that relationship open but healthy. Thanks for sharing a bit of that here.

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