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Finding the Perfect Gift on Mother's Day

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Mother's Day in Style

Every year Mother’s Day comes around, and sometimes finding your mother the perfect gift can be difficult. Something different to last year, something she will like, or even finding her a gift at all. Some people are rather hard to buy for.

One thing I have learnt over time especially since becoming a mother myself, the best gifts are often free or something you can’t buy from a shelf. I have received and given many homemade or crafted gifts that a bought present couldn’t compare to. Of course I’m not saying don’t “Buy” her something, just to consider all your options when trying to find her the perfect gift. Try thinking outside the box, what you want might be in the store next door, or might be in the crafts cupboard, but I’m sure whatever you choose she will love. For a more personal gift you could try some of these.

Make It Special

Taker her on a Picnic – Bring a blanket to sit on, her favourite foods and enjoy your time together relaxing outdoors. Sometimes it’s nice to just hang out together.

Organise an Entire day for her - Pick her up, drop her off and have plenty of her favourite things organised for in between. Just make sure you pre-set a date so she doesn’t have any other plans that day.

Create a Bunch of Flowers - You can do this at the florist telling them exactly which flowers you want, or as you are walking past the park, pick her your own bunch of flowers. You can use leaves such as ferns and pull their leaves off for the string. I have personally done this and the bouquet was amazing!

Pick your own Flowers

Treat her to a Foot or Body Massage - You can buy gift vouchers or take her to a day spa and even spend the time doing it together. Very relaxing and you leave feeling like a million dollars.

Take her Shopping - With the expressed point that she has to pick something she likes and you are buying it for her. If she is uncomfortable with this, then buy her a gift voucher for her favourite dress or shoe shop. Everyone buys clothes and shoes.

Organise Family Photo’s - You can either choose to have your mother in them as well, or keep them a surprise, have them printed and framed and given to her on mother’s day. A lot of families don’t get together like this often so if this is the case, she will love it.

Take her to the Movies – Let her decide which movie you are going to see, or if you think she would prefer to go with a friend you could purchase her two tickets so she can go when she likes with whom she likes.

Buy her a New Camera – Does she rarely take photos, or is always taking photo’s but needs something a little easier and with better images? Maybe she has a really old camera that could do with an upgrade. Presents like these I like to class as spoilers. We often want an upgrade or something new but don’t want to spend the extra money on them. When someone buys you these types of gifts they are great.

Upgrade the older Camera

Shout her to Dinner – Ask her to come to dinner with you, organising in advance a booked table at her favourite restaurant. You can sit and relax and enjoy the time together, which is what a lot of mothers ask for, simply time with their family.

Shout her to a New Do – Does your mother like to go to the hairdressers, or is in need of a fresh new look? Women love going to the hairdressers as you can sit there, relax and be pampered. I could quite often fall asleep whilst getting my hair done it is just lovely.

Buy her the Box Set of her Favourite Television Show – Is there a show she is totally into, never misses an episode, or maybe quite the opposite. Loves the show but hasn’t seen the first season? Buying her this is like saying, “Here, sit down and relax, have some “You” time with your favourite show”.

Make her a Cd – There are always some songs that we remember and love, ones that mean something to us more than others. Our wedding song, our first dance, a special party or occasion. You could do some research and find out what songs mean something to her and make her a cd collection. She can then listen to them as she drives around, cleans the house or is simply having a wine and getting her groove on.

Buy her the latest Book from her Favourite Author - A lot of people enjoy reading, and this shows you have put thought into what she spends her time doing, and also saves her having to buy it herself.

Buy your mother a book

Take notice of what your Mother Collects – Often we collect something we like, ceramic cows, anything pink, paintings, candles, books, or for me it’s those Chinese painted umbrellas. Figure out what she collects and go searching for something extravagant to add to her collection. If she already collects it, then you know she will love it.

No matter what you choose to buy, make or do for your mother on mother’s day she will love it. A mother is often simply happy with the fact that you love her and are willing to go to any effort to make her happy. When trying to find something different there are two things you need to remember; it is the thought that counts, and sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most to us. Often you will find she simply wants your time and love.



Apr 20, 2012 3:34am
I suggest to combine two of your tips: Buy her a camera, and take her on a picnic. The day will be remembered!
Apr 20, 2012 6:16am
You could really combine a few if you were keen, either way im sure she would be a happy mother. :)
Apr 23, 2012 9:35pm
You have quite a few good ideas here, Misskate. I think I may purchase a DVD box set of my mom's favorite television show. That is a gift that will keep on giving. Great tips!
Apr 23, 2012 9:48pm
Thank you, and yes a DVD box set is something that she can watch when she is ready and as many times as she likes. :)
Apr 24, 2012 9:56am
Going on a picnic is a great idea, I think I want to do that for myself really. You have really good ideas, thank you for writing this. I wasn't even going to celebrate it myself, I was just going to give my mom a present, but now this gives me something to look forward to. I'm not going to be able to do much, because my daughter will be having surgery, so picnic it is.
Apr 24, 2012 3:15pm
A picnic is something simple yet nice and relaxing. Im glad you decided to do something. I hope your daughters surgery goes well, depending on what she is having, you could take the picnic to her with your mum also. It doesnt matter where you have it, but who is there. But either way hope all goes well, and you both have a great mothers day. Thank you for stopping by.
May 11, 2012 6:16am
Wonderful ideas - all of them - and I hope my kids take the hint when they see this article on my Facebook wall!
May 11, 2012 3:06pm
Lol thank you, and surely they can't miss it. Thank you for sharing it and i hope you get something lovely! :)
May 11, 2012 11:23am
Great ideas! I took it another step further for our grandma - we got our baby boy to write a poem and present it to her on youtube. He's only 4 months old. =) We can't wait to hear how she likes it this Sunday!
May 11, 2012 3:07pm
That's so lovely! When i proposed to my partner i also did it via a homemade video and we uploaded it to you tube so the family can see it. It makes such a perfect present. She's going to love it!
May 12, 2012 5:07pm
Really nice list of ideas. There's something perfect and appropriate on this list for every mother.
May 13, 2012 4:12am
Thank you :) I hope everyone has a great Mothers Day and gets spoilt!
May 14, 2012 12:09am
I've had very similar ideas to you, over the years. Many Mums don't like to create a fuss but they want to see/feel your love. So personal gifts and pampering that you have got for her without asking her permission, is always excellent. I booked my mum in at the hair salon and nail salon so we could just do girly things together -- without my brothers -- and let her unwind without feeling she is wasting anyone's money. She is thrilled with the gift :)
May 14, 2012 2:02am
Sounds great! Nothing feels nice than being pampered. Time is the cheapest and one of the best presents we can give, sometimes we just don't realise it. I would be happy if i got a beauty voucher for mothers day, although i nearly got one. My 8 year old daughter wrote me a list for Mothers Day stating each of the children would do a special job such as sweeping, dishes or such for the next week. Although they haven't stuck to it, the gesture was nice. Lol
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