Go can never go wrong with flowers. But beyond that, selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or any gift for that matter, is really just about picking up on subtle clues we’re always dropping about ourselves.
“When people I’ve bought gifts for ask me, ‘How did you know I liked that?’ I always say, ‘I just paid attention,’” says Aileen Avery, a Los Angeles gift expert and author of Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving.
Whether you’re giving or you’re the hint dropper, here’s a roundup of thoughtful Mother’s Day ideas that go beyond the usual perfume, roses, bath bombs, jewelry, candles, clothes and gift cards. Of course, those are always good. But for the wow Mother’s Day factor, it’s good to go off the grid.
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The Funky Veg Kit could be perfect for moms who love to garden or love the idea of gardening but don’t have a ton of space. It produces interesting vegetables, such as purple carrots, striped tomatoes and red Brussels sprouts.
In general, targeted gift baskets or “kits” filled with items Mom loves are a guaranteed hit because they’re personal. “Personalized presents are the best gifts because they really touch a Mother’s heart,” says Avery.
To come up with the perfect Mother’s Day basket or kit for your mom/mother-in-law, etc. ask yourself a key question: What does she really like to do? Then, laser focus on gifts for her hobbies, interests or favorite things. For example, this basket might be great for moms who love breakfast. For moms who have gotten into the pandemic sour dough baking craze, this artisan bakeware kit could be fabulous. (Or better yet, a bread machine might just help take her new homespun bread obsession to the next level.) This gift basket could be perfect for moms who love sandwich cookies. You get the idea.
Frequently changing your sheets, fluffing up your pillows and making your bed in the AM is one of the best ways to create a comfortable and inviting setting to doze off in for a solid night’s sleep, which is especially important during COVID-19, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Of course, a good mattress is important. But as warm weather approaches, you’ll want to stay cool too. “Temperature and sleep quality are closely related,” says sleep specialist, Terry Cralle, RN, author of Sleeping Your Way to the Top. Cooling sheets are just the ticket. They’re made from a special material that wicks away moisture to help mom or grandma feel cooler at bedtime and throughout the night. “Temperature and sleep quality are closely related. The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 to 68 degrees,” Cralle says.
Every pregnancy is filled with hopes, dreams, sights, sounds and experiences that tell the inside story. When you’re pregnant, you swear you’ll remember it all to recite later. But as every good memoirist knows, there’s no substitute for writing it down in real time to capture and preserve the detail and the magic. Like a time capsule, Dear My Baby is a receptical for expectant moms’ thoughts, anecdotes, memories, photos and other special keepsakes gathered during pregnancy to cherish in the future to answer the question: What was it like when Mommy was pregnant with me?
Forget storing pumped breast into plastic bags and stowing it all in the company fridge (before we all began working from home). From new moms on the go–or who will be once we’re all free to move about the cabin–the Ceres Chill breastmilk chiller–a double-walled stainless steel, dual chambered system–is a safe, discreet, convenient and sustainable way to keep 12 ounces of pumped breast milk cold for up 16+ hours and keep it with you, wherever you are. Pump right into the Ceres Chiller. Fill the outer chamber with six to eight standard ice cubes; if you need more than 16 hours, just add more ice. BPA/BPS & DEHP free. When your breastfeeding days are over, use your Ceres Chill to keep your favorite beverage cool.
For writer moms and scrapbook aficionados, Treasured Passages allows you to create a family heirloom/scrapbook as a joint venture. Treasured Passages includes 40 cards with questions that mothers answer about themselves and send to their daughters, who collect and tuck the cards into nooks in the book. When the cards are completed, the book becomes a family heirloom between mother and daughter.
For sleep-deprived new moms or just moms or grandmothers who love coffee, lattes and espresso, the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Maker could be a winner. At the easy touch of a button, the system will tranform the kitchen into a coffee bar. The coffee quality is a cut above; the milk frother–wow! Every latte is a moment to savor. For moms or grandmothers who are already Nespresso Vertuo fans, the recylable coffee capsules/pods (sold separately), are a gift unto themselves because you can never have too many. Not sure which capsules to buy? This Nespresso capsule variety pack could be a winner. To show off this delicious coffee, glass coffee mugs are in order.
For fitness-minded moms, Crossrope Weight Jump Rope set could be a strong contender in the great Mother’s Day gift department. The lightly weighted rope comes with a free app with guided workouts that allow you to exercise at home. Crossrope’s most popular ropes start at 1/4 pound, allowing you to get an incredible workout in, with only one piece of equipment. Guided workouts in the app offer heart-healthy, HIIT workouts in that burns almost twice the calories of running–although maybe not as many calories as running after a 2 year old.
Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Wrap-Up
- Funky Veg Kit
- Bread machine
- Dear My Baby: A Lovingly Inspiring Pregnancy Journal
- Ceres Chill Breastmilk Storage System
- Treasured Passages: A Unique Keepsake for Mother & Daughter Kit
- Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Maker
- Nespresso Vertuo pods
- Glass coffee mugs
- Crossrope Weight Jump Rope set
- Cooling Sheets