Mother’s Day is this Sunday and if you happen to be a last-minute shopper, don’t you worry because I’ve got you covered! When I put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide last year, I had a little too much fun brainstorming ideas and wanted to be sure to feature one on PBF again in 2015.
Mother’s Day Gift Guide
I divided this Mother’s Day gift guide into categories to make it easy to pull out suggestions that might best cater to your mom or a mother figure in your life who deserves to feel extra special on Sunday. I hope something pops out at you!
For The Mom Who Loves Experiences vs. Things
- Special Date with YOU
If you happen to be fortunate enough to live close to your mom, my favorite Mother’s Day gift idea is a special date for some quality time with YOU! When I used to live close to my mom, my sister and I often collaborated and treated my mom to a girls’ day. Some date ideas: Tickets to a musical or concert, afternoon tea at a local hotel or bed and breakfast, a fancy brunch, spa day, day trip to a local winery, etc.
- Local Cooking Class
If your mom loves cooking, research local cooking classes! If you can go along with her, that’s all the better, or treat your mom and a date to the experience. I’ve had a wonderful time taking local cooking classes with Ryan in both Orlando and Charlotte and know they’re popular in many areas, so a simple Google search should bring up some cooking classes near you. Many local cooking classes have theme nights, so you can hand-pick a class that would appeal to your mom. Does she love pasta? Maybe they have a pasta night class! Is she all about the sweets? Many cooking classes have a dessert-only class pop up on their schedules from time to time. (For Charlotte-area locals, check out Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen!)
Another similar idea for moms who prefer cooking in their own kitchen? A week of Blue Apron meals! I set my mom up with a week of Blue Apron meals in the past and she loved them so much that she now orders them regularly! For those who may be new to Blue Apron, it’s a wonderful service that includes the delivery of all the ingredients you need to make the latest chef-designed recipe.
- Gift Certificate for a Massage or Manicure/Pedicure
Many of the moms I know rarely splurge and treat themselves to a massage or a manicure or pedicure at a favorite local salon. A gift certificate is a great way to make sure your mom gets the pampering she so very much deserves!
For The Hard-To-Buy-For Mom
- Specialty Candles
Is it just me or are candles a gift that every mom out there loves? When it comes to gifting candles, I love to wrap up something a little more unique than what you might find at Target and gravitate toward specialty candles like those from Rewined (<—available on Amazon Prime for last-minute shoppers!) or Anthropologie. This Capri Blue candle frequently sold at Anthropologie can also be found on Amazon and smells incredible. My Pure Barre studio regularly burns it and we’re all in love with the scent!
- Mother’s Day Gift Basket / Grab Bag
I actually went this route this year and sent off two mini gift baskets to my mom and mother-in-law yesterday. (Let’s hope they skimmed this blog post and aren’t reading too closely!) Fill a gift basket or grab bag with favorites you know your mom loves or little necessities like makeup removing wipes, mints, travel-size lotion, lip balm, etc.
- Cute Mug or Tumbler + Mom’s Favorite Coffee or Tea
Pair a cute new mug with a bag of mom’s favorite coffee or a new specialty tea! I love the initial mugs you can find at Anthropologie (they’re also available with a more feminine design) and Starbucks always has some adorable tumblers for the moms who like their morning coffee or tea to go.
For The Active Mom
- Activity Tracker / Stylish Tracker Bracelet
Activity trackers continue to grow in popularity and if your mom doesn’t already have one, consider gifting her a Polar Loop, Fitbit or Jawbone tracker to help inspire her to continue to lead an active lifestyle. If your mom already owns a Fitbit, look for a stylish tracker bracelet that will allow her to continue to keep track of her activity by placing the tracker in a cute bracelet for days when she doesn’t want to wear the traditional athletic-looking band. (This Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet is adorable but not cheap.)
- Active Day Trip
This is a budget-friendly idea, perfect for active moms who love just spending time with you and their loved ones. You can easily cater this one to your mom’s preferred activities! Does she love hiking? Take the time to pack up a picnic lunch and find some new local trails to explore with her. Is she a water lover? Research local springs, lakes or beaches and schedule a day sometime this spring or summer where you both enjoy some time in the water and sun together. Bonus: Give her a new towel or sunglasses when you tell her about the special day you have planned on the water or wrap up a new water bottle and comfy socks if you’re taking her hiking or biking!
- New Workout Apparel
Does your mom need a new workout top or pullover? Maybe she’d love new workout capris or a new pair of running shorts now that summer is almost here?
For The Fashion/Beauty Lover
I actually just gifted an initial gold bar necklace to my friend Leah after she had her baby in March with her baby boy’s initial on it! If there’s a new mom in your life that you think deserves an extra smile, consider wrapping up an initial necklace featuring her child(ren)’s initials.
- Body Butter
A thick and creamy body butter is a great gift for moms who love to feel a little pampered every day. Body butter is thicker (and, in my opinion, seemingly more luxurious) than lotion and does a great job of moisturizing even the driest skin!
Some favorites: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, Kiehl’s Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, Whish Pomegranate Body Butter (<—a personal favorite I first discovered through my Birchbox subscription that smells absolutely incredible!)
- Stitch Fix Gift Card
In the past, I’ve given both my mom and my mother-in-law Stitch Fix gift cards and love hearing all about their latest fixes! This personal styling service allows your mom to fill out a style profile on the Stitch Fix website and have a box of clothes and accessories sent her way to choose from before sending whatever she doesn’t like back. My mom is a big fan and I love getting picture text updates from her whenever a new fix arrives!
- New Slippers
I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough slippers! A beautiful pair of comfortable slippers may be a welcomed gift for moms out there who love to cuddle up on the couch at the end of a long day. I’ve seen a bunch of adorable lightweight slippers at Marshalls recently that I think would make a great gift!
- Beach Tote
With summer on the horizon, a cute oversize beach tote is a great gift for moms who love to spend time at the pool or beach! Fill it with a new towel and some sunscreen for an additional surprise! For affordable totes, check out Target or TJMaxx! I see adorable totes (like this one and this one) at Target all the time! Looking to splurge? I love the extra large “Ditty” beach totes from Hayden Reis.
Note: This post is not sponsored in any way and is simply a list of some fabulous finds I think would make a great gift for Mother’s Day this year. Some affiliate links are included and I sincerely appreciate your support!