12 Unique Gift Ideas to Celebrate Mom

While we celebrate Mom on various holidays throughout the year, there are many opportunities to help Mom feel special beyond that. 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 unique gift ideas for Mom and I have come up with 12 ideas that would make Mom know how special she is to you. Well, actually… I have given you way more than 12, but hopefully, it will get your brain flowing.

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Exodus 20:12 NIV

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Make her something special

Zazzle is a wonderful resource to help you put your idea or photo on a product just for Mom. They have all kinds of gift ideas from coffee mugs and home decor items to planners and phone cases. There are so many options to choose from that are truly unique in and of themselves. You won’t find them anywhere but Zazzle.

Or if it’s Christmas time, make her one of those beautiful Christmas ornament wreaths with everyone’s name on the balls! I made one using a wire coat hanger, except without the names. I just came up with that on the spot just now! Ha! I wish I would have thought of that earlier though. Maybe next year, I’ll do that!

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 and filled with her favorite songs.

Get her connected to I-tunes, Pandora, or Amazon Music and she will be good to go!

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!

If it is in your budget and you want to experience something with Mom, then a lot of Mommas enjoy concerts and theatrical performances! Why not treat her to see one of her favorite musicians or shows?


Complete a Household Project or 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 is free to spend more time with those she loves. If it is in your budget, you can accomplish this by using a housecleaning service or if not, enlist the entire family to pull one over on Mom. Either way, she is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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.

***Just a hint on this one… Home Depot is your friend!


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

If your budget allows, book her a hotel room at Comfort Suites for the day and night, and make sure to give her a little gift bag with a few of her favorite munchies and drinks from Dollar Tree. She can binge watch movies ALL DAY LONG in her pj’s without interruptions… this might be my dream… Ha! A Roku Player from Target and a subscription to PureFlix is sure to please whether she is at home or away.

Of course, another option is just to take the kids away for a playdate while Mom takes a long bath or a nap! Ha!

On a side note… I don’t want to make this into a post about Comfort Suites BUT I will admit that I love them for the value and cleanliness that I have experienced. Their beds are very comfy and they always have a wonderful breakfast so that would be a double win for Mom. She can come home well-rested and fed! Ha!

And they always have some kind of promotion going on so you could book her a stay and get double points for you towards a future stay!

Take Care of Dinner

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

Not sure what to cook? Pinterest has lots of ideas.

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.

Another thought…

Better yet, get her a subscription to The Dinner Daily and she’ll save money and never have to figure out “what’s for dinner” again! You can even try it a few weeks for free.



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.

If you are a total DIY-er or have an interest in photography, you can set up your own camera on a timer and edit the photos yourself with easy-to-use online programs like PicMonkey. This is a super cheap, but meaningful gift idea.

On a side note, I did this for my father one year and it was one of the VERY FEW times I ever saw him cry.



Pamper Her Body and Soul

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! Mom’s typically put themselves last on the to-do list so self-care can be lacking. Make sure you take care of her, body and soul.

Make a calming playlist, pick up some flowers and chocolate from the store, make her some coffee, light a few candles, and give her a mani/pedi complete with a facial at home.

Or get her a subscription to Faithbox and feed her soul every month of the year. She deserves it! 


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 idea doesn’t have to cost any money, however, there are some cute little card sets to use for this at DaySpring. The intention and meaning behind this one are sure to make the receiver feel special. Not sure what to write?

Here are a few ideas to include in your “Love Letters to Mom” series. Tell her how much you love her and why. Share what you appreciate about her. Talk about your fondest memories of her or the most comical memories. Tell her what she did right when she was raising you and 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, life lessons you learned from 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 get very creative with this one.

Target has a variety of colors to use!


Journals Make a Great Gift!

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. On page 3, list all the ways she makes you feel special. On page 4, write a few thoughtful quotes or favorite scriptures, or Bible promises. Then simply leave the rest blank for her to fill out.

Here are some great options from DaySpring. My favorite is the Illustrated Faith Journal.

Make a Photobook

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 as well!

Speaking of companies that help you accomplish this, Blurb is a great one. I have used them on a few occasions and it’s very easy to put a photo book together in a cost-effective way. Oh, and they have a pretty quick turnaround 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.

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.

Holidays may bring up hurt for many who have experienced loss of any kind, or abuse at the hands of someone who was supposed to love.

Whether you have lost your mother, suffered through infertility or the loss of a child or pregnancy, or have experienced abuse at the hands of your mother, I want you to know that whatever feelings the holidays bring 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 soar 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. The world could use some more kindness and empathy.

Consider searching for someone in your life that has been 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 listen to them and 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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