Mother’s Day is May 13th this year, and that special day will be here before we know it. I wish one or both of my kids were around to enjoy the day with this year, but alas, they will both be hundreds of miles away. But I do intend to send a little something to both my mom and my mother-in-law to show them how loved and appreciated they are.
In times past I’ve also shown a little love to other moms in my life – women who have “mommed” me or my kids well. If you’re a mother, I hope you receive a little love on this special day, but I know you, like me, may also be thinking of sending a little something to a special mom in your life – whether she’s your mom, someone like a mom, your mother-in-law, a grandmother, a dear friend or even a daughter or daughter-in-law.
When I give a gift I like to give something that I know that unique individual will enjoy because it’s right up her alley. But I also like to give something that she might not buy for herself…because it seems a little frivolous. You know what I mean?
So the gifts I’m sharing are items I’d like and I think some of the other moms in my life would appreciate as well. But they’re also the kinds of items or services most of us gals wouldn’t purchase for ourselves.
So many stores offer special gifts with purchase or gift sets of popular fragrances at this time of year. In fact, this has been a frequent and favorite gift that I’ve received on Mother’s Day. I told my husband the other day that I’m almost out of the Calvin Klein Euphoria I’ve been wearing (and loving!) for years, but I’m ready to switch to a new scent. So I’m hoping for some Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum this year.
2. A Devotional Guide or Book
I love receiving a new devotional guide as a gift. And if you have a young mom you’re shopping for, this can make a sweet gift. Especially if the book is geared toward busy moms. I found some sweet ones at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Bookstore. And some even come with a special Mother’s Day bonus gift.
Do you like macarons? My daughter and I have really got a thing for them. But, because making them is quite involved, they are a little pricey. Thus, a gift I love but wouldn’t buy for myself! But I love it when someone sends me some. If you don’t have a local bakery that makes them well, I’ve found Dana’s Bakery to be a great source for shipping them. And they have so many macaron flavors to choose from.
4. Cooking Lessons or Other Experience
I love experience gifts really more than I like receiving physical items. And if you live near your mom or “significant mother” you can even purchase a joint experience gift – golf lessons, cooking lessons, horseback riding excursion, mani-pedi or paint class…for two! We don’t have a Sur la Table near where I live, but I would love to take an Italian cooking class at one if we did.
PJs are one of my favorite gifts. And my favorite brand by far is Soma. I love their Cool Nights collection. They’re made for the older woman who gets a little warm at night. Ahem. And I really do think they keep me cooler. At least a little. But honestly, I’d prefer to pick them out. So a gift card is a great option here unless you know your mom’s taste well enough to wrap her up a set. I gave my mom a Soma gift card for Christmas, and I’m pretty sure she liked shopping with it.
6. A Beach or Family Tote
Do you watch The Middle on ABC? If you do, you understand why this gift cracks me up a little. The frazzled mom on this hilarious sitcom, Frankie, forgets her family’s “blue bag” filled with snacks every time they head out the door for a trip or outing. And we’ve probably all done the same thing! But I think I wouldn’t forget this darling Vera Bradley Drawstring Family Tote if I had one. I love the mesh overlay that keeps items safely inside as you transport them. Great for the beach, a car trip, a day at the ballpark or other family outing.
7. Hand Cream or Other Luxury Self-Care Item
My mom actually gave me this luxurious Thymes Kimono Rose Hand Creme as I was leaving to come home from my recent visit with her. Y’all! It is the most amazing hand creme I’ve ever used. It’s a little pricey. (She accidentally left the price tag on it!) But I found it a little more reasonable for you here at Ulta. Anyhow, I think it’s worth the price. And it comes in other scents I’m eager to check out, too. This is one of those gifts your mom might not buy for herself, but she’ll love you for giving it to her. (Well, I realize she already loves you to the moon and back! But you know what I mean.)
8. James Avery Charm Bracelet and Charms
These suggestions are definitely in no particular order because if they were this would be at the top of my list. I love, love, love my James Avery Charm Bracelet, which I’ve had now for over 20 years. I think I now have over 50 charms, and most of them are also from James Avery. Right now until May 29th, they are having their “most charming event of the year.” Buy two charms, which run about $40 and up in the silver, and receive a charm bracelet OR necklace FREE. That’s up to a $70 value. The thing I like about this gift is that it supplies ample opportunity for future gift giving. And it reminds me of my mom, who always had a bracelet loaded with charms as I was growing up.
9. A Massage or Other Beauty Treatment
Both of my kids and my husband have treated me well on Mother’s Day many times. But one of my favorite gifts that I’ve received was a gift card to a local spa. I used it for a massage and a facial, and it was pure bliss. Once again, something I wouldn’t do for myself but I was so thankful someone else did for me. We don’t have Massage Envy where we live, but if you or the mother in your life does, you might check them out. They are running some Mother’s Day specials.
Hey, ladies! Don’t feel one bit bad about forwarding this blog post to the gift buyer in your life if he or they need some ideas. And I’m all for treating ourselves to something special on these days, too. Just saying.
Do you have additional ideas for great Mother’s Day gifts or women’s gifts in general? We’d all love to know if you do.
Blessed for My Day
I realize that many women are not mothers and that Mother’s Day feels awkward at best (but maybe even painful) for them. And I also realize that some of you may no longer have your mother here to celebrate, and sorrow comes more easily than joy. And if you, like me, live far away from both your children and your mom, the day can seem a little empty as you watch other families celebrate together. Days like these can be trying on several fronts. But I encourage you, as the day approaches, to choose joy and celebration rather than sadness. I know sometimes I have to “pray up” for such days, and I have to determine to dwell on what I do have rather than what I lack. Let’s not allow a day on a calendar to rob us of happiness, but let’s choose to reflect on the joyous memories, the blessings we’ve experienced and the opportunities we’ve been graciously granted.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8