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9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For The Under-Appreciated Mom

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start putting together the perfect Mother’s Day gift. For many of you guys out there, it can be difficult to come up with a Mother’s Day gift for your spouse that gets the point across of what she means to you and the kids. If you find yourself struggling with this, then here’s a Mother’s Day gift guide that will help you narrow down your search. Whether you are looking to save a little money, or are in the mood to splurge, here are nine Mother’s Day gift ideas to help you pick the perfect gift that will make her smile.

Give Her A Photo Album

There’s nothing more thoughtful than a personalized Mother’s Day gift. One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts to give and to receive are family photo albums. Not only are they super customized, but it’s a great way to remind mom about the special memories that have happened over the past year. If you enjoy DIY projects, then this can be a great DIY Mother’s Day gift that doesn’t put too much strain on your wallet. If a DIY Mother’s Day gift is not up your alley, businesses like Costco, Walmart, and Shutterfly offer customizable photo albums that can be printed at fairly affordable prices.  

Personalize The Gift. Literally.

If you want to step up your Mother’s Day gift, this next Mother’s Day gift idea is for you. There are many companies nowadays that offer personalized Mother’s Day gifts like stationery, jewelry, and engraved personal items. These gifts might cost a little more, but they won’t disappoint if personalization is what you’re aiming for. After all, every mom loves having a custom personalized tote, photo frame, or personal item.


If mom’s got an eye for jewelry, then you can never go wrong with bedazzling her on her special day. Now although jewelry may not sound like a cheap Mother’s Day gift, don’t be so quick to pass it off. You don’t have to go to your local jeweler to pick out a gift for her. A personalized, handmade bracelet or necklace can carry just as much value as the gems do. If it’s coming from someone she loves, then jewelry can be the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you have little kids at home, this is another great DIY Mother’s Day gift to get them working on. Go to your local craft store, pick out some gems that would suit her style, and get to crafting!

If you are in the mood to splurge, then, by all means, do so. Some of the best-personalized Mother’s Day gifts are bracelets with charms. For each year or special occasion, she can add a charm to symbolize that memory. It’s a great Mother’s Day gift to remind her of all of life’s special moments. Plus, each charm can provide a sweet story that she can share when she’s asked about her charm bracelet.

Seal It In A Locket

If she’s anything like me and her two favorite things happen to be photos and jewelry, then a locket is a perfect Mother’s Day idea that you can’t go wrong with. (Honey, I hope you’re reading this!) Lockets are a classic piece of jewelry that are slowly making a comeback. Lockets will always have a charming appeal to them that cannot be matched. Find your favorite family picture, or if you want, use a picture of just the kids and scale it digitally so that it snugly fits into the locket. I suggest scaling several photos in several different sizes and then printing them out on a 4×6 photo card. The different sizes and array of photos will help you figure out what photo would best fit into the locket.

Treat Her To A Day At The Spa

This next idea is a great Mother’s Day gift for new moms. For many new moms, time magically disappears when a little one is involved. Give the new mom in your life a break this Mother’s Day by treating her to a facial, massage, or a full day at the spa. If you are looking for deals, this can easily become an affordable or sometimes even cheap Mother’s Day gift if you book her pamper session through discounted package sites like Groupon.

Craft A Handmade Card

This next DIY Mother’s Day gift idea is great for kids of all ages. If you are looking for a personalized Mother’s Day gift that also doubles as a Mother’s Day gift you can make, then its time to get to crafting. Pull out some cute stationary, glitter, colored markers, and stickers, because there’s nothing sweeter than a personalized Mother’s Day gift card. If your little ones can’t write yet, have them make handprints or drawings on their card. You can be sure that mom will love these thoughtful cards. Not only that, but handmade cards from little ones make the perfect keepsake. The whole family will get a kick out of them twenty years down the road when she pulls them out. 

Speaking of older kids, have them create a personalized card that includes a short message or poem that reminds mom about why she’s so special. You don’t have to spend tons of money on Mother’s Day cards when you can make the perfect one right at home!

Write Her A Letter

Another great Mother’s Day gift idea that doesn’t cost any money but will really touch her heart is a handwritten letter. You can transcribe a letter if you have little ones who can’t write yet, or you can encourage older kids to write a sweet and sentimental letter on their own. For an even more personal touch, have the letter mailed out to her work. This is certainly a way that is sure to make mom smile.

Cook Dinner For Her

This is a great Mother’s Day idea that the whole family can pull off. Dinner needs to be made regardless, right? Why not surprise her with her favorite meal when she comes home. If you don’t have faith in your cooking skills, then you can still pull off this feat. Order dinner from her favorite restaurant and lay it out on your finest china right before she gets home. Your inability to cook her dinner will give her a good laugh, and you’ll still be able to say that you made dinner for her. (Hey, setting pre-cooked food on dinner plates still counts as cooking dinner in my book).

Don’t forget about dessert. Try your hand at baking a cake and have the kids help you write a special message on the icing. Not only will this make her smile, but it will certainly be a Mother’s Day memory she will cherish for years to come. Oh, and don’t forget to snap lots of photos while you are cooking and baking. She’ll surely get a kick out seeing your cooking process in action.

Give Her A Free Day

This next Mother’s Day idea doesn’t necessarily need to happen on Mother’s Day. It can happen before or after, but it will take some planning on your part. There’s nothing that moms need more than a day off. So pick a date that works best for you and take that day off. Then, call into her job, and work it out so that you can get her to have the day off as well. (Just let her boss know not to ruin the surprise).

Make sure to also free up any appointments, playdates, or duties regarding the kids. That way she doesn’t have any obligations on her free day. When she wakes up to start her day, surprise her with the news that the whole day is hers. Let her plan the events for that day and go with the flow of what she wants to do. Use this time as a free day (for the both of you) to do the things you used to do before you had kids. This can be as easy as binging on TV and eating junk food. The important thing is that you give her a day to herself again.

I hope that this article can help you to find the perfect gift for your wife and mom. Good luck!


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