Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll ACTUALLY Like

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It celebrates my biggest achievement in life; becoming a mother. I’m a firm believer that it is important to show your gratitude for your mother everyday of the year, but why not dedicate a whole day just for her! It is a fathers job to teach children from a very young age that it’s important to celebrate their mother for being so selfless, and dedicated to their family. So I am making this post of Mother’s Day gift ideas from older children, and from fathers with younger children. Let me know what you think!

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***From Fathers and Young Children***

Photo Shoot:

Plan out a session with a photographer to get family pictures taken. It’s like pulling teeth for me to get my husband to take family pictures, so if he were to offer… I would be all over that! If you want to go all out then you could even get her a gift card to somewhere to get her nails and/or her hair done for the photos. Also, I’m currently planning a photo shoot with these super cute family outfits! So if your wife is into this kind of thing, do it! It’s a gift that keeps on giving, every time she looks at the photos!

Homemade Craft/Home Decor:

Anything you go out of your way to make will mean the world a mother. You can do crafts with your children’s hand prints, or photos. If you have any recent family photos you can print them out, or make a photo album/scrapbook. If you choose to do a homemade gift, do your best! Show her she’s worth the effort it took. These ideas are super cute and fairly simple!

24 Easy DIY Gifts for Mothers Day

Something Personalized:

These are the kinds of gifts that are fairly simple, like jewelry or household objects, but they mean so much more because you personalized them! For example, you could get her a necklace or bracelet with your children’s birth dates to signify the days she became a mother. Also, you could have her something made. One of my favorites is a wine glass that says, “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” and then you could get her a bottle of her favorite wine. Here are a few more ideas!

Mommy’s Sippy Cup–

Customized Cutting Board–

Family Tree Necklace with Personalized Birthstones– 

Do something unexpected:

If you don’t normally clean the house, let her wake up to a clean house and breakfast. Maybe you guys don’t get to vacation very often, surprise her with a family trip, however small it needs to be to fit your budget. If you know she’s been wanting to accomplish something that she just hasn’t had time for, make it possible for her. Time is a very useful gift!

Something Sentimental:

My favorite of them all! I’m all about sentiment. There’s something so satisfying to know that someone knows you all the way down to the core, and they are able to express that knowledge of you through a gift… whether it’s free, cheap, or a million dollars– it doesn’t matter.

If I were trying to think of something sentimental to me I would think of Lornadoodle cookies. While I was in the hospital giving birth to our daughter, I ate all of the Lornadoodle cookies they gave me, and I had my husband get me some more from the hospital waiting room. They are my favorite cookies and they used to be fairly hard to find. If my husband got me a package of Lornadoodles and a hand made card that said “Here’s a little something to remember the greatest day of our lives– We love and appreciate everything you do for us everyday,” etc. That would make me happy, not the fact that he got me cookies, but that he got me the cookies I ate when I had our baby. The fact that he remembered that day so well, just as well as I do, all the way down to the cookies I was eating, means so much more to me than something without any thought put into it, like expensive jewelry, or a Hallmark card. You can never go wrong with a sentimental gift!

***From older children***

Personalized Items:

 You can never go wrong with something that can make your mom laugh. There are so many to choose from, so I’ve made a list below

Funny Sibling Mug

Long Distance Mug

Mother/Daughter Bracelet


This is especially fun with grandkids, but works well just from older children as well. An example would be a mason jar that says “365 things my mother taught me,” and she can take one out everyday. Some ideas are “You taught me to be kind to others” or they could be funny, like “You taught me that dish soap, and dishwasher detergent are NOT the same thing” to signify a funny moment that happened when you were young. A few more homemade ideas are listed below–

MOM Photo Collage Sign

If your mom always read you a special book, get her a copy of that book and write a memory, or something sweet inside the cover.

Something Simple:

This could be her favorite flowers, a homemade card with grandkids pictures, or even making her dinner one night. If she’s into gardening get her some seeds, or tools. If she likes to cook get her some new kitchen supplies. Anything easy, but meaningful.

I hope you found these Mother’s Day gift ideas helpful! Let me know what your favorite go to gifts for Mother’s Day are in the comments!


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  1. Sarah Harris |

    May 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    The winner for me: let mom wake up to a clean house!
    All are wonderful ideas. Love your Lornadoodle cookie story!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 7, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Thank you! I love a clean house! But it becomes more and more foreign as my toddler grows older haha

  2. Tifany Lee

    May 7, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I love the 365 day jar—that is the absolute sweetest! My mother would love it. Great post. Thank yoU!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 7, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Yes its super cute! I would love it as well!

  3. Mica

    May 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    These are great gift idea! I agree the handmade and/or sentimental ones are always the best gifts! 🙂

    1. McKayla B.

      May 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Totally! Most moms prefer that, or the clean house! Haha

  4. Meredith

    May 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    That 365 jar is so fun! I’ve never heard of that before. And I know I would love the “something unexpected”. I love a surprise!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I do too! As long as I don’t know I’m getting a surprise, because then I’ll ruin it for myself!

  5. Luci

    May 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    My mom’s favorite gift for Mother’s Day is her favorite cake, almond cake or cupcakes and I make it for her every Mother’s Day and even for her birthday.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Cute! That sounds delicious!

  6. Neil

    May 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Such a wonderfully written article.. will definitely take some cues from this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. McKayla B.

      May 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  7. April Kitchens

    May 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    These are all great gift ideas! I would personally love a house keeper for mothers day lol.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Me too! Sadly I’m super picky about cleaning, so I would still find stuff to do! Lol

  8. Pooja Sharma

    May 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I really like the Mommy Daughter bracelet idea.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      They are so cute! I want some for my daughter and I when she gets a little older.

  9. Sarah

    May 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I love all of these ideas, especially the photo shoot. Bonus points is if its all planned, outfits picked out and everything, so all I would have to do is show up!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Right! Sadly my husbands fashion sense is not so great! Lol

  10. Alexandra

    May 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Great tips! A BIG fan of the doing something unexpected or helping out in a surprising way. Those types of things are big hits with my mom.

  11. SC

    May 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I love your gift ideas! Personalized and unexpected gifts really do provide a nice touch and make the receiver feel special. 🙂
    xo, SC //

  12. Pooja Krishna

    May 11, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Really nice ideas. Never thought of a photo shoot. Personalized stuff is always precious!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 11, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Definitely! I love personalized gifts, really anything that shows sentiment.

  13. Alyssa Dawson

    May 12, 2017 at 4:10 am

    such a great post especially for mother’s day. always looking for good gift ideas for moms!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Definitely, moms deserve the best!

  14. Dianna

    May 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Personalized gifts are always a win for my mom and mother-in-law they love them! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas(:

    1. McKayla B.

      May 14, 2017 at 3:36 am

      Definitely! You can’t go wrong with personalized gifts!

  15. Brenda Brown

    May 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    All of these are such great ideas. My favorites are homemade gifts. They are unique and you can save it and show them when they are grown. I cherish homemade gifts more than anything.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 14, 2017 at 3:38 am

      I love homemade gifts as well! Anything original is such a great gift.

  16. John

    May 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Love the photo shoot suggestion for timeless memories. Super glad you mentioned that. 🙂

    1. McKayla B.

      May 14, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Yes! I just thought of it the other day and thought it would be so fun for Mother’s Day

  17. Liz

    May 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    These are great gift ideas! I love the ideas of a photo shoot. Pictures are one of my favorite things ever! I’m a big fan of the gifts the kids make in school. I think they are my favorite.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 14, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Definitely! I’m a total sucker for some quality photos.

  18. Travelberries

    May 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    i’ll always go for something sentimental. Thank you for this helpful tips

    1. McKayla B.

      May 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Agreed! Sentiment is so much more meaningful.

  19. Helena

    May 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love your ideas for gifts! I especially love the idea for a photo shoot…

    1. McKayla B.

      May 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Yes! I can’t wait for our next family pictures! They always turn out so great. (:

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