How to Buy a Mother's Day Gift for the Mom Who has Everything


Mother's Day gifts can be hard to buy, especially if your budget is tight, or your mom doesn't need anything, or has mostly everything she wants. Flowers, perfume, or candy are always good, but it's nice to come up with something unexpected and creative. Perhaps some of these ideas or variations on them will strike your fancy. Show mom how much you love her by thinking outside the box; she'll appreciate it!

Things You'll Need

  • A Mother's Day card

Gift Ideas for Mom

  • Get mom a gift card to her favorite store or restaurant. Gift cards may seem impersonal, but they allow the recipient freedom to shop or dine without thinking about the cost. Think of gift cards as a special treat. They give mom the opportunity to purchase something she might not otherwise, or to indulge in a special menu item.

  • You can pamper mom by treating her to a gift certificate to a salon or spa. A new haircut, a manicure, massage, or spa treatment are always a welcome reprieve from a mom's routine.

  • Consider mom's interests and hobbies. Whether she likes sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, or photography, you can surely find a gift certificate to a store that sells related items and supplies, or better yet, you could pay for a class in her field of interest. Maybe your budget would allow enough for you to take the class with her, which doubles the gift in quality time spent together.

  • Consider those interests as mentioned in Step 3. You could make mom a gift basket with items that pertain to her hobby or interest. For example, if she's a Jane Austen buff, you could tuck a DVD of "Sense and Sensibility" or another favorite and some of her preferred candies or cookies into a pretty basket or decorated box.

  • Give her the gift of time. Moms usually enjoy spending time with their kids, especially if the kids no longer live at home. Take her out to lunch, or go to a movie, or for a walk in the park, cook her a special meal, or visit a regional place of interest such as a museum.

  • Give mom the gift of time off. Make up coupons that give mom the day or week off from laundry, cooking, weeding the garden, chauffeuring the kids to events, or cleaning. Babysit while mom goes out shopping, has lunch with a friend, or goes to the salon. Mom might even enjoy being left alone for an afternoon, doing what she enjoys most, whether it is reading a book, doing her nails, or taking a nap.

  • Don't forget culture -- perhaps mom has always wanted to go to a play, the opera, or the symphony. Buy her a ticket. Better yet, buy more than one and go with her. If your budget can't handle the cost, check to see if these venues allow guests to attend dress rehearsals or practices. Some do, at little or no charge.

  • Give mom the gift of help. Make up a coupon that says you will weed the garden, run her errands, paint the shed, do little fix-up projects around the house, or walk the dog for a certain period of time. Moms like to have a little spare time in their day, and this is one way to give her a helping hand.

  • Give a personalized gift. Stationery, clothing, jewelry, handkerchiefs, mugs, mouse pads, calendars, picture frames -- the list is endless. Local and online stores that specialize in personalized items are everywhere. Most photo processing centers offer custom calendars, tote bags, and more. Treat mom to her very own personalized note cards, or a mug with her grandkids' picture, or a handbag with her initials. This gift will remind her often how much you care.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get or make Mom a Mother's Day card. Even if your budget is tight, she'll appreciate the thought and a tangible reminder that you were thinking of her.
  • Don't forget Mother's Day. Even if your relationship with mom is less than perfect, make an effort to say hello and let her know you were thinking of her. Without your mom, you wouldn't be here today.

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