Mother’s Day is always one of those holidays that sneaks up on me, even though I know about it all year long! With so many of us being busy mamas, it’s easy to let this holiday slide by without showing our own mamas or those other moms in our lives some special love. Which is why I’m so excited to share a few thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts that can really bless the mamas in your life, even when you’re short on time.
Heads up: This thoughful Mother’s Day gifts post is sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.com and all opinions shared are my own.
And you know who’s really on my mind this Mother’s Day season? The single mothers.
While I’m not a single mother, and I can’t say with conviction that I understand the battles and trials fully, Chris and I have each had our share of travel and know what it’s like to have a house-full of kids to ourselves. To take that a step further knowing the mamas out there, day in and day out, raising these littles on their own… I want them to know how appreciated and loved they truly are, even when kiddos can’t always figure out how to let it be known.
I remember it so vividly, and I’m sure it plays out similarly in most households, every holiday would roll around and I’d slyly try and pry a wish list from my mother. Each answer would somehow revert back to the fact that she had everything she needed.
Our love was enough.
Ugh, as a child I’d get frustrated with those answers because I wanted to talk my dad into buying something for me to give her (’cause it’s not like I had the money or a car to go buy gifts myself) that she would really, truly love. And now? I’m the mama giving those same answers. Hearing them seems cheesy and I always thought my mama was giving me a line, that there was something she was secretly wishing for and hiding those wishes from me; but in truth when it comes to showing love and appreciation, thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts don’t always have to come in the form of present.
That being said, there will always be gifts I appreciate and love having and using, which is why I’ve put gift lists together before. But I have to say, if you’re short on time, forgot to order something special or just don’t have time to wait (even for Amazon prime!,) we’ve got a few ways to shower your mom in love… those thoughtful mother’s day gifts you know that she’ll really love (because it’s from YOU,) and you can get them together even when you’re on a time crunch.
4 THOUGHTFUL MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS
1. A DIY Mini Coupon Booklet.
You heard that right, and no matter your age (or your mamas, or that friend of yours that just became a mama,) think of all the things your mother enjoys and all the things she asks you to do with her and for her. Then just write them out! It doesn’t even have to be fancy. Cut up some paper and make 10-15 coupons that she can cash in at any time. Examples might be washing the dishes, setting the table, putting the laundry away, going for a walk with her, making her dinner, etc. My little brother and I use to make coupons for my mom for just about every holiday. I think if I made her one now as an adult and sent it to her in the mail or handed it to her in a card, she would get such a kick out of it… and think of all the ways that she could be blessed by that now. Doing the dishes? Yes, that means stopping by and chatting over coffee as you wash.
2. Get Creative.
What is it that you like to do? What has been that thing in your life that your mom has encouraged you to do? Use your talents and make your mom something! It could be a painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture, a carving, jewelry… pull items from your craft closet or stash, draw from your heart and create something that you know will bring her joy. Maybe she’s always commenting on your photos, print some! Maybe it’s your baking she really loves, bake her favorite treat. If you’re a writer, write her a poem or story. If you’re a musician, learn her favorite song or even better write her a song. When she’s sees whatever it is that you’ve created just for her, she will think of you.
Many times, it can be more about the time spent together. I know I love getting that time in with my kiddos and baking is something that brings me joy. When they want to spend time in the kitchen mixing up a batch of cookies? That right there is my jam… especially when they’re older and will help clean up! 🙂
3. Plan a Picnic (or a dinner out depending on your budget).
Even if you don’t have time ON Mother’s Day for a meal (or even before), get on the phone and make a date! Get it on your calendar and protect that space so that you don’t miss out on that time together. Once the date is set, then you can take the time to plan out the menu and make all of her favorite things. Depending on your locations and what your mom likes, take her to her favorite place. If your mom likes the park, take her there! If she likes the ocean, a beach picnic it is. If she’s always commenting on the flower garden in your backyard, take your picnic there. Wherever, or whatever you’re doing, make the meal about her.
4. Bring (or send) Flowers.
A gorgeous floral arrangement is ALWAYS a great way to make any woman feel special! We’ve even wrapped up mini-bouquets for our mama-friends before as a way to shower them all with a bit of love.
I recently received a giant bouquet from 1-800-Flowers.com and you guys, I can’t stop looking at it! I’m kind of obsessed with how pretty it is and was SO sweet to see my kids light up while helping deliver it into my hands too.
Mother’s Day is the number one floral holiday of the year (which makes sense with how much this arrangement made ME light up) and 1-800-Flowers.com has unveiled its 2018 Mother’s Day collection, which is available online… so you can order ANYTIME and the new collection features a ton of gorgeous designs at a broad range of price points. I’m LOVING my garden-inspired “Amazing Mom Bouquet” with plenty of stunning blooms in rich purple, delicate pink and striking white… and every friend that’s walked through my door since has swooned over it as well.