12 Gift Ideas to Celebrate Mom

While we celebrate Mother’s Day once every year, there are always opportunities to help Mom feel special beyond that one day every year. Gift ideas are challenging to me because I usually want to give more than my budget will allow, so I have to reel it back in and really put some thought into it. Over the last few weeks, I have been brainstorming gift ideas for Mom. I have come up with 12 ideas that would make your mom know how special she is to you.

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you. so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Clean the House

Send her away for the day and surprise her with a clean house on her return. What Momma doesn’t love a clean house?? More importantly, you have just removed chores off of her to-do list and now she’s free to spend more time with those she loves. You can accomplish this by hiring someone to do it for you, or enlist the entire family to pull one over on Mom. Either way, she is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Complete a Household Project

Every Mom I know has a small list of household projects she would like to get done. Usually these kind of projects are not a lot of fun so they typically get pushed to the bottom of the list. Well, at least they do for me. 🙂 In case my kids and/or husband are reading… hint, hint. My dreamy list has things like:

Make a small hay bale garden or flower garden

Reorganize the linen closets

Go through and clean out my daughter’s room of broken, unused, or outgrown toys

Add cabinets to my laundry room

Dress up my back deck

Print out some family photos and put them in a few empty frames that are hanging on my wall (Yes, this is true. We have just adopted and named the picture people as extended family at this point.)

Go through my rubbermaid containers in the kitchen and get rid of the lid-less ones

Deep clean the carpets

All it takes is a few strategically placed questions to find out some of your Mom’s desires.

Free Day of Childcare

If the Momma you love and adore has some little ones, give her a much deserved break! Take care of the kids and send her off to do whatever she wants to do. For example:

Get her a gift card for a spa day

Give her a gift card for her favorite store and send her shopping

Go on Priceline and book her a hotel room for the day and night, and make sure to give her a little gift bag with a few of her favorite munchies and drinks. She can binge watch movies ALL DAY LONG in her pj’s without interruptions… this might be my dream… Ha!

Make her a playlist

Remember the days of making your sweetie a mixed tape?  I know. Those days are gone BUT maybe Momma likes music! Make her a playlist so she can listen while she works, walks, does laundry, or drinks coffee on her back porch. Whatever your momma does, she can do it while she listens to the playlist you created filled with her favorite songs.

While she is listening, she will be thinking about how much she loves you and how special you made her feel, the entire time. Bonus points for you!

Cook for her

Make it a family affair to celebrate all she does for you. Plan the meal and the guest list, shop for the ingredients. On the big day, tell her to put her feet up, read a book, go watch a movie, sip a favorite drink outside, or whatever she wants to do while you get it all ready for her.

P.S. Don’t forget dessert!

OOH… Wait a minute! And definitely don’t forget to clean the dishes after everyone eats! A kitchen full of dirty dishes is not a way to make Momma feel special.

Just saying.

Family Photo Shoot

Organize and schedule a family photo shoot with a photographer. What Mom doesn’t love a beautiful, updated picture of her loves?? Don’t stop there, make sure that you get a nice frame to display her favorite photo.

Home Spa Day

Are you lacking the funds to send Mom away to a serene spa for the day? No worries, you can still pull it off on a budget, at home! Make a calming play list, pick up some flowers and chocolate from the store, make her some coffee, light a few candles, and give her a mani/pedi and facial at home.

Hand-written Letters

Create a Letter Series for her. Create them to be opened weekly, monthly, seasonally, holidays, or whatever. I know it is kind of old fashioned but there is something about a hand-written letter. This gift doesn’t cost any money, but the intention and meaning behind it sure will make the reciever feel special. Not sure what to write?

Here are a few ideas to include in your series. Tell her how much you love her and why. Share what you appreciate about her. Talk about your fondest memories of her. Tell her what she did right when she was raising you. Share your dreams for the future. Simply share your heart with her.

Post-it Notes

Yep! You read that right! Get a fancy pad of Post-it Notes and write every reason why you love her, what makes her special, happy memories, encouraging scriptures, what you appreciate about her, etc. Fill that pad up and then put them everywhere she will find them, such as, her bathroom mirror, her car, on the refrigerator, her nightstand… Everywhere. Get the picture?


You can buy her a journal or make your own. On page 1, write a special letter to her. On page 2, list all the things about her that you love and appreciate.


This is so easy now! There are so many companies online where you can upload your photos and create a photo book of them. Get those pictures off the computer so she can flip through and enjoy them any time she wants.

By the way, if you have access to pictures from her childhood years, you can also create a photo book with those too. Of course, scrapbooking is always an option too!

Treat her to lunch

This seems like a no-brainer. Momma likes to be treated to her favorite meal. Sure. Who doesn’t? This goes so much deeper than that though. When we share meals, it is the perfect time to share hearts. Talk to her. Ask her about her life and how things are going. Listen. Share with her about your life. Chat about fond memories. Laugh with her.

Still not sure?? Here are some more Sweet Gift Ideas for Mom from Amazon!

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Just a little something to ponder …

I have been so blessed to have both, a loving mother and a step-mom, and have had the experience and joy to bring 4 children into the world. I realize that, unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed in that way.

Mother’s Day brings up a lot of hurt and emotions for many. Whether you have lost your mother, have suffered through infertility or the loss of a child or pregnancy, or have experienced abuse from your mother, I want you to know that whatever feelings this day brings up for you, there is a Father in Heaven that desires to comfort you in that loss.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will saor on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV)

I’m stepping out on a limb, but if you are open to doing so, try replacing that hurt by showing kindness to someone else. The world could use some more kindness and empathy.

Consider searching for someone in your life that has modeled as a “mother” figure for you. If you can’t think of someone like that, consider an extended family member, someone at the church you attend, a family friend, or even a friend’s mother who is special to you. Do you know another place that is full of people with stories, that crave people to make them feel special? Go visit your local nursing home, and I’m sure you’ll find someone there to express kindness to.


Sincerely, Christi

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