Last updated on September 28th, 2021 at 01:28 pm
I love spending time finding the perfect gift, but I understand everyone doesn’t share my excitement. Finding a thoughtful gift can often feel impossible especially for people we have less in common with. Some find Mother’s Day gifts especially hard because it is not just any gift, but a gift of appreciation.
On top of that, we’re all under a pandemic and leaving the house for gifts is not an option right now. So you have to get creative. Take advantage of online ordering EARLY because a lot of online shops are backordered. Look around and think about what you have in your home already that can make Mother’s Day special.
If the moms in your life are too far for a porch drop-off, utilize the internet; even if the gift can’t be delivered in time for Mother’s Day, sharing a photo of the gift over a video call is good enough. It’s the thought that counts, especially under our current circumstances. Don’t beat yourself up about things that are out of your control right now — showing your mom how much you care is the goal right now, no matter how you do it.
Whether you need to get a gift for your mom, grandmother, mother-in-law, or all three, you’ll find the perfect ideas below and most can be purchased online and delivered. And you may even find a nice gift for yourself.
Sentimental Gifts for Mother’s Day
Sentimental gifts are the more traditional, timeless gifts, such as a bouquet of flowers with a nice card.
- Wife: Pink Rose Bouquet (buy here) or perfume mini gift set (buy here)
- Your mom: Indoor plant (buy here), succulent plants (buy here) or aromatherapy candle gift set (buy here)
- Grandma: Lily bouquet (buy here) or chocolate truffles (buy here)
- Mother-in-law: Chocolate coated fruit (buy here) or potted plant (buy here)
- Yourself: A journal (buy here – make sure to write a nice note to yourself inside)
Practical Gifts for Mother’s Day
Some women just appreciate being given things that they need. While getting a few new t-shirts is not an exciting gift, it may be exactly what your mom wants. However, be careful with this one: if you get a practical gift for a not-so-practical mom, you may really hurt her feelings.
- Wife: A nice planner (buy here) or a few new women’s tops (buy here)
- Your mom: Stick vacuum (buy here) or a soap gift set (buy here)
- Grandma: A nice scarf (buy here) or kitchen gadgets (buy here)
- Mother-in-law: A nice sun hat (buy here) or a jewelry box (buy here)
- Yourself: New face wash (buy here) or lighted vanity mirror (buy here)
Another idea: UV Light Sanitizing Station for your phone (buy on Amazon)
Thoughtful Gifts for Mother’s Day
These are the gifts where we take a little burden off mom’s shoulders, such as doing chores mom would normally take care of. These gifts are made even more thoughtful by a cute handmade “coupon” or “ticket” to symbolize the gift.
- Wife: A week of dishes or laundry “coupons” or a subscription to a food delivery service
- Your mom: A “coupon” to do her grocery shopping or wash her windows
- Grandma: Yardwork or home maintenance “tickets”
- Mother-in-law: “Tickets” for an hour of help cleaning or organizing
- Yourself: Splurge on a few hours of maid service or help from a home organizer
Other ideas: Tickets for a car wash or gardening
Ticket and coupon templates can be found easily with Google or on Pinterest.
Service Gifts for Mother’s Day
This is where you treat mom to a service she wouldn’t treat herself to. This may also involve offering to take on some of her responsibilities, so she’ll have the time to do partake in the service. Buy gift certificates online or by phone from their favorite salon or spa.
- Wife: 1-Hour massage or a haircut and color
- Your mom: Hair appointment or pedicure
- Grandma: Facial or manicure
- Mother-in-law: Massage or Infrared Sauna Session
- Yourself: Eyebrow threading or waxing
Other ideas: Tanning session or teeth brightening
Experience Gifts for Mother’s Day
Help your mom experience something new. Make sure you buy two admissions to the experience, so you can go with her or she can take a friend. If these gifts can’t be redeemed right away that’s OK — it’s something that she can plan ahead and look forward to. Just make sure that gift certificate doesn’t have an expiration date attached to the experience.
- Wife: A pottery class, wine tasting or dance class
- Your mom: A Paint and Sip class or a jewelry making class
- Grandma: A night at the theatre or a day trip to a nearby attraction
- Mother-in-law: Day trip to a nearby attraction, dinner at a new or trendy restaurant
- Yourself: Treat yourself to dinner at a new restaurant, take a mosaic class or just go to the movies without your kids
Other Ideas: Operation City Quest, brewery tours, escape room or cabaret show
Check Trip Advisor for ideas or great deals for these can also be found on Groupon.
Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day
All some moms want is something really heartfelt. So something made at home or a nice Pinterest project is enough to make them happy.
- A homemade book about what you and your kids love about mom, grandma, etc.
- A handmade candle
- Homemade jam
- A homemade sugar scrub
- A fun photo collage (create on Shutterfly here)
Commemorative Gifts for Mother’s Day
A commemorative gift with photos or something to help mom remember something fun that happened that year with her kids is a nice way to honor mom.
- Wife: Kids birthstones ring (buy on Amazon) or Tiny Tags customized necklace for mom (buy here)
- Your mom: A photo frame with a nice picture of the family (create on Shutterfly here) or a custom Tiny Tags grandmother necklace or charm bracelet (buy here)
- Grandma: Organize a large family photo session or a photo gallery of your family tree (buy on Amazon)
- Mother-in-law: Keepsake box (buy here) or custom photo calendar (create on Shutterfly here)
- Yourself: Personalized star chart print (buy on Etsy here) or a name plaque for your home (buy on Etsy here)
Moms are special. Make sure she knows how much you love and appreciate her by making sure you make her Mother’s Day special.
Maya Mason lives in the Twin Cities, MN and works as a Juvenile Probation Officer. Maya is the mom of toddler boy/girl twins named Theo and Teia who were born at 24 weeks. Maya has Lupus and this diagnosis has led her to become passionate about natural health and wellness. Maya loves to spend time with her family, play volleyball and travel. She also is an avid writer and is in the process of writing a teen fiction series.