Given everything moms do for us, celebrating them once a year doesn’t exactly feel like enough. But Mother's Day gives you the chance to do something extra special for Mom. This year, the holiday falls on Sunday, May 14. Don’t wait until the last minute to get a gift. Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day!
And please don’t forget that Mother’s Day is for all the moms in your life, so you can celebrate your grandmother, your aunts, your sisters, and your friends with kids, too. Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas to get you started.
Moms spend so much of their time taking care of everyone around them. A gift that allows them to be taken care of and pampered for a day is an ideal way to show your appreciation! Giving mom the gift of a spa day gives her permission to sit back, relax, and focus on herself for a little while. Many day spas and wellness centers offer gift certificates that will allow your mom to choose exactly how she wants to be taken care of — whether she wants to get a massage, spend some time in the sauna or steam room, or get a mani-pedi.
Alternatively, you may know a specific massage therapist who comes well-recommended, so you can reach out to them directly to see if they offer gift certificates. If they’re a traveling massage therapist, your mom can enjoy a massage from the comfort of her own home!
Give the gift that keeps giving (at least for a few months): a subscription box. There are monthly subscription boxes available for just about everything these days. Whether your mom is a coffee aficionado, a wine connoisseur, a book lover, or an avid appreciator of almost anything, you’ll be able to find a subscription service that will deliver her a new treat on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Truly, if you haven’t checked these out in a little while, you’ll be amazed at the variety out there — you can get everything from gluten-free snacks to vinyl postcards that are actually playable records delivered each month.
Most subscription services offer at least 3-, 6-, and 12-month options, so you'll have plenty of choices to find a comfortable price point and length for your gift. And if fresh flowers on a regular basis would make your mom happy, UrbanStems offers flower subscription plans, too!
Nothing shows your love quite like a handmade gift. Your mom will appreciate the effort you put in, and it’s likely to feel more meaningful to her than something you went out and bought at the store. If you’re up for a little crafting and creativity, making a gift for Mom this Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to make sure she knows how much you appreciate her.
There are a lot of great craft guides online that can help you make everything from a homemade flower pot to scented soaps and candles to a fun photo collage. Or maybe you’ve already got some knitting or woodworking skills that you can put to use to make Mom something special. Roll up your sleeves and have some fun getting creative in the name of Mom.
If a homemade gift sounds like a good idea to you, but you’re just not confident in your ability to craft something nice enough for your mom, consider planning an activity that will give the two of you the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There’s research out there showing that gifting experiences is more emotionally meaningful than gifting material objects (yes, someone researched that).
If your mom is a theater fan, get two tickets to a show she’s been wanting to see and accompany her for a night out on the town. If she’s more of a nature buff, plan a special hike and pack a picnic to make it extra memorable. A trip to your local museum or botanical garden is another idea that’s likely to be enjoyable for both of you.
It seems like everyone is over-scheduled these days, so carving some time out of your schedule to spend with your mom would surely be something she’d appreciate. Even something as simple as a family movie or game night is a great way to share some quality time with Mom — but let her choose the movie or game!
Taking your mom out for a nice brunch or a fancy dinner is a tried-and-true Mother’s Day gift. And while this might not be a particularly out-of-the-box suggestion, there's a reason it's such a go-to gift — it’s a real treat to have someone else cook a good meal for you, especially if you’re usually the one responsible for preparing meals for the whole family. If that describes your mom, consider giving her a break from the norm and taking her out for some good eats.
If you want to get more creative, you could treat mom to a homemade meal of your own. Pick one of her favorite dishes, find a good recipe for it, and put your chopping and cooking skills to work!
Historically, flowers have always been a big part of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States. Anna Jarvis, who is credited as being the driving force behind the official recognition of the holiday in the U.S., promoted the wearing of carnations as a symbolic gesture to pay tribute to mothers because carnations were her mom’s favorite flower. Jarvis campaigned for years to have Mother’s Day recognized as a public holiday until Woodrow Wilson signed a formal declaration in 1914 declaring the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.
Today, the holiday accounts for somewhere between 25% and 30% of yearly flower sales in the United States. Fortune Magazine once referred to Mother’s Day as the “Super Bowl for florists.”
That absolutely makes flowers one of the most appropriate gifts you can get your mom this Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for a seasonal arrangement, try Double The Cherish, a lovely mix of tulips that sings springtime, lightness, and joy. . If that doesn’t sound like your mom, check out the rest of the Mother’s Day collection. You’re sure to find that special something that will put a smile on your mom’s face.