Mother’s Day is right around the corner! I have been lucky enough to be raised by a strong, smart, beautiful, hilarious, and kind person who I could not be more grateful to have as a mother. My mom is amazing; she is my best friend, and I love her way beyond to the moon and back. I love Mother’s Day because, although I am a huge believer in randomly celebrating amazing people, I love that there is an entire day dedicated to showing our moms how much they mean to us!
I know I’ve been hard at work, thinking of the best ways to celebrate my mom, and I hope some of these tips will be helpful to you in celebrating your mom, aunt, grandma, or anyone who has taken care of you and loved you!
If you enjoy this post and would like some more ideas and tips, check out my Mother’s Day Ideas Board on Pinterest for some more inspiration!
365 Days Jar
I am so thrilled by this first idea. While I’ve seen it for other things or occasions, I think it’s the perfect gift for a mom, especially if you are going off to college or moving out or something like that!
Write down 365 reasons why you love your mom. Put them in a jar or a box, and she can open one each day for an entire year! It’s so meaningful and this gift will keep thrilling her all year long.
Mother’s Day Flowers
My mom, personally, loves receiving flowers. To make things even more special, I like to use a local florist who is the same person who did the flowers for my parent’s wedding! Flowers are beautiful, simple, and customizable; you can not only choose the flowers, colors, and more, but also things like how much you’re looking to spend as well as the vase or packaging.
Letter & Card
I know many people who are very good verbal communicators; however, for people like me, who are much better at written communication, it’s very easy to fill a page or two with words about my mom and what she means to me. I’ve always done a card and a letter for Mother’s Day. The card, which I usually make myself, is a cute, small representation of my gratitude. Then, I write my mom a letter, explaining how important she is in my life and thanking her for everything, from everyday little comforts to overwhelming supports and encouragement, she does for me.
Mother’s Day Food
Food: a way to celebrate and to come together. Good food often makes great memories.
Mother’s Day is a chance to surprise your mom with a treat she loves. A box of chocolate covered strawberries. A dozen decadent cupcakes. That expensive olive oil she’s been eyeing for months but couldn’t bring herself to splurge on. No matter how you choose to celebrate, food represents love, celebration, and warmth.
Throughout my life, I have loved photography. There’s a distinct feeling of nostalgia and joy that accompanies looking through old photo albums, or seeing memories captured on film. For Mother’s Day, gather some photos of your mom, you, and your family. You could get them printed and put them in a frame or photo album yourself.
Another idea is using a website like Shutterfly to make your own photo book. Whenever I have seen someone receive this as a gift, they are well received, gorgeous quality, highly customizable, and so meaningful! I think it would be amazing to do photo books for high school, college, vacations, and parties! Having a physical book to flip through with high quality photos is so nice.
Mother’s Day Gifts
Presents don’t have to be costly or huge, but putting thought into a meaningful present is a kind gesture to make mom feel special. Thinking deeply about the things that make your mom happiest ensures a good gift idea. Listening to your mom also can give you telltale ideas for gifts. Some of the best gifts are those that you notice her looking at for herself!
I like to give my mom and grandmother presents randomly throughout the year. I’m a huge advocate for random gifting to show love and thoughtfulness! However, I do like to give a gift on mother’s day, whether handmade or store bought, in order to show how much I value everything these people contribute to my life and who I am.
If your mom likes to feel pampered, there’s no place like Lush for nice gift sets. However, I like to pick and choose individual products and pair them with things like a blanket, candle, nail polish, a good book or movie, and more. Combine these items in a package or basket to make a very special gift completely customized to the things you and your mom love!
If you’re looking for more luxury gifts, things like jewelry or, for my mom who is an avid purse lover, a nice bag or wallet from somewhere like Michael Kors.
I know in my experience, my mom has enjoyed special gifts that I’ve made as well throughout the years, so don’t feel like you have to spend tons of money! Thought and effort are what’s really important in giving a special gift.
There is nothing more special than going on a road trip with your mom! Packing up to escape the stress of everyday life will make memories to last a lifetime. My mom and I did a few road trips for college visits, and they are some of my favorite memories of all time! I can’t wait for the next trip we take together, wherever it may be.
Don’t forget to take pictures, wherever you go! You’ll want to remember all the fun you had and memories you shared. Write about your trip. One day, you’ll look back and smile at the memories.
For my 18th birthday (read all about my birthday here!) my mom gave me an amazing present in the form of a trip we will be taking soon to a nice spa, where we’ll spend the night in a hotel and everything. Take mom to the spa for some serious pampering and show her how much you care.
Moms do a million jobs in one. It’s important to encourage your mom to relax and rejuvenate! Giving her a few moments of ‘me time’ will make her feel appreciated and de-stressed!
There is nothing more pleasing to the eye than a clean house. For a simple gesture to make Mother’s Day special, clean! Making an effort to help out will make your mom very happy.
Mother’s Day is the best time to get nostalgic. Laughter with the people you love about memories from your childhood should fill the spaces of conversation on Mother’s Day. Nothing will make your mom feel more appreciated than you reminiscing on memories of good times. Memories of the time she stuck up for you in front of that mean kid from down the street. Lunch dates or coffee dates or movie nights. Reflection is one of my favorite parts of life.
The memories we carry should be treasured and celebrated every day. However, life moves fast, and Mother’s Day is a time to slow down, and be truly grateful for the people and memories who matter. This is also the best way to infuse love into the mood for the entire day.
Mother’s Day is not just a time to recognize your mom. It’s a time to celebrate any female role model. A time to cherish those who’ve been meaningful contributors to your life. A time to reflect on the people who helped make you the person you are. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank them for all they have done.
I want to take a quick moment to shout-out my own wonderful mom.
Mom, thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I love you so much and can’t wait to see what memories we will make in the future; most of all, I am so proud to be your daughter. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me; thank you for supporting, encouraging, and comforting me. You are truly my best friend and always will be.
To all the moms out there, keep being amazing. It takes a special person to be a role model and put others first. I’m ecstatic for this weekend to celebrate everything that is amazing about my own mom!
What are your Mother’s Day plans this year? How do you make Mother’s Day special?