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Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 22, 2024

Mother’s Day is May 12 in the US this year, and if you celebrate by giving a special mother a gift I want to help you be ready. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things that would make great gifts for a wide range of ages and affinities. Honestly, I usually buy the mothers in my life a “little something,” but a few years ago I did surprise my mom with an exquisite straw and leather Brighton bag that she continues to cherish and use today. And since I know many of my readers will share this list with their significant others as their own “wish list,” I did include the pricier items as well as some that are more budget friendly. I have so many great ideas in our 2024 Mother’s Day gift guide.

2024 Mother's Day Gift Guide Cover Photo

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I’ve divided the 2024 Mother’s Day gift ideas into categories to help you shop for the special women on your list more efficiently. You’ll find shoppable links underneath the photos in the captions. I’ll also have a shopping widget with all of my suggestions at the bottom of the post.

Gift Guide for the Sporty Moms

I found some lovely and unique gift ideas Spartina 449. And if you’re looking for something pretty to wear to a Mother’s Day church service, brunch or gathering you might want to check out their beautiful ideas, too.

Sporty Mother's Day Gifts
zip top // skort // pickleball backpack // drawstring bag // tropical golf ball marker // ball & tee pouch // golf shoe bag

The accessories above include ones suitable for the pickleball, tennis or golf enthusiasts. And aren’t those coral colors so pretty? But they do come in other colors and patterns as well.

Sleepwear and Accessories

Next I rounded up some of my favorite pajamas and sleepwear accessories. I think these make such lovely gifts for moms of all ages.

Lake Pajamas
scalloped robe // short-sleeve scoop neck top, shorts, and pants set // pima shorts set in garden vines

My daughter and I both love our Lake pajamas, and she has a robe, too. I may have to get a set of their pjs for my mom this Mother’s Day. I love that you can get a 3-piece set that includes a short-sleeve scoop neck top, shorts, and pants. That’s how I wear pajamas generally. I wear the shorts to bed, but switch into the pants when I get up or to watch television or read before bedtime. That said, I think the pima shorts set in garden vines is just so sweet and feminine. I find that the Lake Pajamas website size guide is usually spot on. You can also check customer reviews at the bottom of each selection to see how customers found them to run. They are SOOO comfortable!

But I also love my pajamas from Haven Well Within.

organic cotton poplin striped pajama pants & coordinating top (sold separately) // Organic Cotton Poplin Dot Sleep Dress // Organic Cotton Jersey Fern Scallop Sleep Set // striped slippers // fern slippers

I purchased the organic cotton poplin striped pajama pants & coordinating top (sold separately) for this summer, but I haven’t worn them yet. I tried them on and they fit true to size, but I’ve been saving them for my upcoming vacation. I recently ordered the Organic Cotton Jersey Fern Scallop Sleep Set as well, but it hadn’t yet arrived when I left town last week.

Fashion Accessories

I think fashion accessories make great gifts for the women in our lives, too. Especially if you know the woman well and understand a little about her personal style aesthetic, an accessory could delight her.

 Accessories and Handbags
whimsical garden square scarf // sunglasses // brooch // raffia belt // wicker bag // beaded bracelet // cognac leather belt

And because my mother loved her straw purse that I gave her a few years ago so much, I specifically gathered some similar handbags for you to consider, too. I think a straw or wicker bag is perfection for summer!

Straw and Wicker Bags
classic straw tote // mini shopper tote // Spartina Melody Bucket Hamilton Rug Print // leather trim tote // Brighton Alessa Straw Satchel


I also love giving thoughtful gifts of jewelry at Mother’s Day. I’ve selected some versatile pieces from my favorite jewelry sources. These will be accessories she will love and wear for years.

Silver Jewelry from Brighton
gold earrings // two tone wrap necklace // two tone hoop earrings // multi tone bracelet // trio necklace // gold bangle

You can’t go wrong with two tone pieces like some of the Brighton jewelry above. But I also selected some more colorful pieces from Julie Vos. These are so bright and fun, especially for summer.

Julie Vos
Nassau statement ring // Aquitaine Statement Necklace // X Stud Earrings // multicolored stone bracelet // gold bangle // pink stone bangle // gold hoop earrings // blue stud earrings // fern necklace // pink statement ring

Desk Accessories

Finally, I think desk accessories make really nice gifts for women. And no one does them better than Rifle Paper.

Rifle Paper Desk Accessories
picture frame // weekly desk pad // mug // candle // notebook set // hand towel // embroidered journal

I use the notebook set above for my daily quiet times. And I drink out of the mug shown above at least a couple of mornings each week. I also have the weekly desk pad and use it to chart weekly tasks.

You can also shop my 2024 Mother’s Day Gift Guide by simply clicking on the images below.

Thanks so much for dropping in! I hope you have a lovely day.

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Blessed for My Day

As I’ve watched my daughter mother our little Hannah this past week, I was reminded how tiring that early stage of motherhood is. I’ve always said that mothering babies and preschoolers is physically exhausting, but the weariness doesn’t end when they grow up; it just changes. Parenting school age children was mentally taxing to me, as I struggled to keep up with packed schedules, new math and social science projects. Can I get an amen? And being the mother of grown children, especially while they were in college and just beyond, has been more emotionally exhausting at times, as my kids navigated rejection, fickle friendships, love lost and won, and disappointments and achievements. Do you relate?

Of course many of us also know that becoming a mother-in-law also presents new challenges. Hopefully those challenges are self-imposed as we simply seek to be the best mothers we can be to these new members of our family. But I do know that some moms have to navigate complicated relationships with difficult spouses to their children. These are all hard things, but we want to do our best to fulfill these roles in a godly way. Let’s take a moment today to pray through these relationships and recommit to being mothers and mothers-in-law who please the Lord and benefit our children.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. ~ Genesis 2:24

xoxo, Kay
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6 thoughts on “Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  1. Spartina 449 has been a favorite of mine for many years. I discovered the brand on a trip to Hilton Head. I recently purchased the Charlie zip tote straw and every single time I carry it I get compliments. It is a wonderful company.

    1. Great to hear, Peggy. This is my first time to feature them. I do have one sweater from them, but otherwise I’m fairly unfamiliar with the brand. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. I liked your thoughts on motherhood and being a mother-in-law. Bein a mother might be the hardest job in the world, but also the most rewarding. God bless you on this Mother’s Day that is approaching.

  3. Thank you for today’s blog post. Being from SC, I am familiar with Spartina 449. They have a great outlet store in Myrtle Beach, where I can usually find quality merchandise at a great price !! Also check out their website. They are currently having a 50% off sale on a 3 piece luggage set. No, I do not work for them, but always like to pass along a sale.

    1. I actually just stopped at a little Spartina 449 mini-boutique at the Atlanta airport. They have the bag I showed here and it is just LOVELY! Better than the photo for sure. 💙 Thanks for sharing. That luggage looks darling.

  4. I like your thoughts on motherhood. My children have it all together now in their 40s. Praying for my grandchildren as they are growing up now.