“Mama, I have a surprise for you! Close your eyes!” I peek through a squinted eye as my little boy whips a sticky hand out from behind his back and places something yellow and squishy in my hand. I look down to see a wilted dandelion. The perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Dandelions are one of the most common “flowers” out there. Dare I say, a weed, and this specimen is in particularly rough shape. But I look back at his face, and that proud grin makes a dandelion the best gift in the world in that moment. I ooh and aah over it. My little boy beams.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Taking time to show our moms how much we appreciate them and love them often involves some sort of gift. Since you are most likely past the wilted dandelion phase, I came up with a few gift ideas to get you started!
But before I move on, I have to use my sweet children as an example. All of my kids shower with me dandelions often, and I love it each one that they pluck from the ground, crush in a sticky hand, and present to me. The dandelion isn’t a sweet gift because of the dandelion – no matter which way you spin it, dandelions are not considered a special flower. It is a sweet gift because my little boy or girl saw that dandelion, and thought of giving it to me! I think most mothers would agree that the best part about Mother’s Day gifts or gestures is not so much about how elaborate the gift is, but the love and thought that went into it.
For Mother’s Day consider giving…
Caffeine In Some Form
Especially consider this if the lady in question is a mother of young kids! Grab a gift card to her favorite coffee shop, order her that specialty tea that she never buys herself, or grab her a bar of dark chocolate (this orange dark chocolate bar is my personal favorite).
A Book Of Encouragement
To me, one of the best things to do at the end of a long day is grab a book filled with encouragement geared toward moms, sip a cup of tea, and take a deep breath as I read. Even if today was a disaster, I need that reminder that mothering is important. I will get a fresh start tomorrow. Of course, the Bible is the best book of encouragement for moms or anyone else! But some other books to consider are:
- The Magic Of Motherhood by Ashley Gadd
This one is full of tear-jerking essays, laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and “me too” moments. A must-read if you’ve ever felt alone on this motherhood journey.
- Pressing Pause by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Karen and Ruth are experienced mothers who do a wonderful job of reminding us to fill our own tanks on a daily basis. Short devotionals in a simply beautiful package.
- Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman
This one is full of relatable essays paired with journaling pages and wisdom from moms who have been there. If you cried when you watched the Slow Down music video, you’ll love this book.
If you want to kick it up another notch, get her a book journal and some good pens so she can keep track of her thoughts as she reads! This is my favorite journal because it has such a solid cover and lays flat (and comes in so many fun colors!), and these are my favorite pens.
Something She Won’t Spend Money On For Herself
There is bound to be something that a mom wants but can’t really justify indulging in. Those things make the perfect gifts! My personal favorites are massages – it’s not something I would spend money on for myself normally, but I love it when I get a chance to get a massage! Other ideas might be a manicure, pedicure, or a salon session, for example.
Cold, Hard Cash
Most people like to shop for something, so even if your mom is not a shop-for-clothes type of person, she probably wouldn’t mind going shopping for something else! Or there might be something she is saving up money for – add to her fill-in-the-blank fund! However, if you are going to go the cash route, the next thing on this list is very important.
A Heartfelt, Handwritten Message
I’ll tell you a secret that card companies might not want you to know – the card doesn’t really matter. It’s what you write, in your own handwriting, that makes a mom keep a card (or let’s be honest, even a scrap of paper) until she is old and gray. If you ignore every other idea on this list, absolutely make sure you write your mom a thoughtful note about what she means to you. This is a non-negotiable, guys. Don’t drop the ball!
Even if I don’t get a single other present, having a nice message from my kids (or husband, since most of my kids can’t write yet), and spending time all together as a family is what really makes Mother’s Day special. Those two things make me feel appreciated and loved more than anything else. This can look however you want it to. Do the traditional breakfast-in-bed or go somewhere unique. Eat lunch at a restaurant or say home and watch your mom’s favorite movie with her. Just do something together. I don’t think a single mom will contradict me on this.
Moms, what has been your favorite Mother’s Day gift?