Mother’s Day is one of those holidays you don’t want to goof up.
I mean, you can say Mother’s Day is just a Hallmark holiday, but really, who doesn’t want to be acknowledged for the hard work that mothering is?
Whether you’re buying Mother’s Day gifts for your own mom or mother-in-law or sending hints to your spouse, these are a dozen plus of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts that are thoughtful, useful, and fun.
I hope these suggestions will help you be a rockstar when May 9th rolls around (always sooner than you expect, of course).
13 Really Great Mother’s Day Gifts
I’ve worked with Storyworth for about four years and every time a holiday (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc) rolls around and I mention it again, I get a slew of grateful messages from people who couldn’t figure out what to buy their mom or dad who already has everything, including a lifetime of stories and memories. It really is the BEST gift. You sign up your parent or grandparent (or anyone you’d like – a spouse would be fun too!) and Storyworth sends the recipient a question every week for them to answer. You can choose from their bank of hundreds of questions, make up your own or let them just send their choices) and at the end of the year, they compile all their stories and memories into a beautifully bound book (you can go in and add photos before it prints too!). I mean, how can you beat that? You can get $10 off here and I wrote a more complete post about how it works here!
Have you seen these gorgeous custom maps that showcase anywhere in the world that’s meaningful to you? You can choose where he was born, where you met or married or any other place you want in a variety of gorgeous designs. I just ordered a new one for our new house and I cannot wait!
I’ve heard about this subscription box for YEARS and finally tried it out this year and . . . I get the hype. It’s SO fun and I’ve been so impressed with the products that show up. For $50 a quarter, you get a box with at least $200 of products. It’s just DELIGHTFUL. (This is what we gave my mom for Mother’s Day last year and it was a huge hit!).
Flecks of Gold Journal
I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts (too many audiobooks to get through!) but I do love 3 in 30 and I love the journal she launched to help moms notice and remember the best parts of being a mom. This is an heirloom quality book and Rachel got every detail JUST RIGHT. Use the code everydayreading for 10% off.
Makeup is NOT one of my strong skill sets or even particular interests but I am 100% obsessed with Flekk eye shadows. I’ve been using the Flawless palette for nearly three years and I’ve loved it every single day. It comes with a little illustration on the inside of the cover that shows you exactly where each shadow is supposed to go on your eye and then has a coordinating brush set with the brushes numbered so you know which brush to use for which shadow on which part of your eye. Basically designed for people like me who have ZERO idea what they’re even doing. Use the code MOM for 20% off.
Family Films with Sam course
I’ve talked about this before, but it’s seriously the BEST $50 you could spend. I love photos, but nothing is quite like a video. Looking back at my family in action – the way my baby walks, a big jump into the pool, a laugh – is just priceless and Sam’s course teaches you how to make ridiculously wonderful family videos with your phone. Plus, I love learning a new skill and it’s really amazing to watch my video clips turn into a tiny piece of magic that my children want to watch over and over again (you can see one of my recent family videos on this post). You can use the code JANSSEN for $5 off.
Book of the Month Club Subscription
You know those people who love to read but you’re afraid to buy them a book because what if they already have it? A Book of the Month Club subscription solves that problem – they pick five new releases each month and then every subscriber gets to choose which of those five books they want. So smart! I wrote a full post about Book of the Month Club here with all the details about how it works.
We bought the kids version of this watercolor class for Ani for Christmas and it was a HUGE hit – definitely the best gift we gave that year. The adult version is the perfect Mother’s Day gift – just add a watercolor palette and an art pad. Use the code JANSSEN15 for 15% off any of the classes!
Two Peas and Their Pod Cookbook
This is my #1 cookbook right now. It’s beautiful and has a full range of recipes from breakfast to dessert, vegetarian and main dish desserts, and salads, soups, and snacks. I’ve made a slew of recipes from this book and you just can’t go wrong with any of them. Plus, it’s 20% off right now!
Glass Mixing Bowl
I mentioned this in a favorite things post, but it is too good not to share again. This is the bowl I reach for EVERY time I’m baking – I love how it looks and it’s just so easy to use because of the handle and the markings on the side. And it’s super affordable. One batch of muffins, coming right up.
I made a bunch of these book labels for our Book Swap party last year and I’m OBSESSED with them. They’re totally reasonably priced, there are a million great designs, and you can personalize them however you’d like (“This book belongs to Susan Clark” or “Return this book to Jane Rogers or else. . . “). And you can just put them in an envelope with your Mother’s Day card and it will cost you zero extra shipping dollars. Or bundle them with a book for super bonus points (here are the ten books I recommend most frequently!)
For a mom with young children, it’s hard to beat Loom Journal – it’s a beautifully bound journal made to use with your child. There are interesting prompts and lots of ways to use it to connect with your child. You can use it together or pass it back and forth. Either way, I promise it’ll become one of your most treasured possessions. (There is also a couples version too!) Use the code EVERYDAYREADING.
I Chart You geneology chart
My sister found these charts a few years ago and we gave one to my parents for Christmas and it was STUNNING. I have my own now and I’m obsessed with it. Use the code JANSSEN for 20% off!
I’d love to hear your favorite Mother’s Day gifts, whether they’re ones you’ve given or received or even just heard about!
P.S. If you want to get a jump on Father’s Day, one of my most popular posts is this one with really good gift ideas for men.