I remember the best Mother’s Day gift I ever bought for my mom. It was the first time I was able to buy her something really nice. I was a teenager, and I had just started working at my first job. I finally had money! I still remember going to the jewelry store in the mall and picking out a pair of pearl earrings for her. They were perfect for her classic, elegant style. It was a financial sacrifice for sure, but I was so pleased to make it. I think that gift meant as much to me as it did to her. Remembering the expression on her face as she opened the gift told me my sacrifice had been worth it. Isn’t that how it is with our moms? They are going to love anything you get them, especially when they know that your gift reflects your love for them.
Top Mother’s Day Gifts
When it comes to choosing top Mother’s Day gifts, as a mom myself, I look back on that experience and know that the gift meant a lot to my mom. For her, it was bittersweet because my being able to purchase something of real value meant I was growing up. In her memories, those pearl earrings stand side-by-side with the ceramic corn on the cob I painted for her one year in Sunday school. Both came from the heart. Both represented where I was in my life. And both said “I love you” in the best way I knew how to say it. Today, with my own kids more on the “pearl earrings” end of the spectrum than the “ceramic corn,” I hope they keep in mind three tips for choosing the best Mother’s Day gifts for me:
Don’t overspend. I don’t want my kids to overspend on me–especially if it means they have gone into debt to do so. I also don’t want them feeling like they have to compete with each other over who spent the most. Price does not always reflect value, in fact, take a look at these cheap Mother’s Day gift ideas HERE. You can find and make nice gifts that fit anyone’s budget.
Plan ahead. I think most moms can tell when something was truly planned and purchased, and when something was just thrown together. Mother’s Day happens every May. It’s not like you don’t know it’s coming! Plan ahead, and put some thought into it to let her know you really care.
Express your appreciation. More than anything, moms want to know that their kids love and appreciate them. Here are some ideas:
- A gift that was carefully selected or that calls to mind special memories. What does your mom talk about? What are her interests? What was the last thing she pointed at in a magazine or store? Take a look at these ideas for Mother’s Day gifts personalized HERE. Find something that you can personalize so that it is just for her.
- The gift of time spent together. (These days, that may be the greatest sacrifice for busy families.) A meal out, or a meal in. A day at the mall. A day at a museum. Dr. James Dobson once said, “Children spell ‘love’ T-I-M-E.” I think moms do too.
- The gift of arranging for her to spend time with long-distance family members that she hasn’t seen in a while. Arranging for a sister or best friend to come for a weekend might be one of the best Mother’s Day gifts ever.
:: Find more ideas for Mothers Day Gifts HERE.
Article by Faithful Provisions contributor Rebecca Ingram Powell
What’s the best gift you think you ever gave your mom? And what’s the best gift you’ve ever received as a mom? I’d love to know!