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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Adults

Posted by Kayleigh

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Adults

If you're anything like me, you are beyond your teenage years of angst and parent-hating and far beyond your childish years of finger paints and crafted flowers (and let's be honest, your mom doesn't want that from you anymore, you're too grown up). As an adult, it can be difficult to figure out what to get your mom for Mother's day. Most of us will end up contemplating what to get her based on loose ideas of what a mom needs, but somehow always end up with a card and a bouquet of flowers. While this is a nice gesture, it doesn't show your mom JUST how grateful you are for her in your life. That's where I come in! Today I'm going to show you some simple last-minute Mother's day gifts you can give to your mom as an adult (that won't wilt in a few days)!

Before we get started, it's important to remember that your mom is a different person than you, which means she has different interests and desires. This didn't matter so much when you were a child and your only source of income was that random cash you received to buy scholastic books at school. However, as an adult, your mom will greatly appreciate you putting effort into finding (or making) a gift she will actually love. So, remember to take into account your mom's personality when thinking of ways to thank her. Odds are, she won't want something you'd find in a white elephant gift exchange. That being said, there are four different types of gifts you can give to your mom on mother's day: Hand-made, Purchased item, an Experience, or a Gesture.


The first type of gift you can give your mom on Mother's day is something Hand-made (and no, I'm not talking about a framed hand-print of yours). If your mom loves hand-made gifts from the heart, then she will greatly appreciate you making something for her that is catered to her interests (I highly stress this point because you cannot assume because your mom likes to cook occasionally, that she wants custom painted wooden spatulas for every gift-giving holiday). While I can't know for sure what kind of hand-made gift your mom would appreciate most, I can give you some ideas! 

For The Sweet Tooth!

Emergency Candy Stash by Crafty Morning

If there's one thing to know about my mom, it's that she LOVES candy. When I was little we had one of those ceramic canister sets in a Hunter Green color and in the smallest one, she would hide all of her candy. She thought we didn't notice because the other canisters were filled with flower and sugar! I guess she forgot how curious little ones are. This candy stash is perfect for the mom's out there with a sweet tooth! You can use practically any kind of container for this DIY and fill it with all of her favorite candy! 

For The Eco-Friendly Mom!

No Sew Tote Bag by Mommypotamus

Global Warming is a thing. Whether it's our fault or the sun's is still highly debated about. However, for those moms who would like to leave less of a carbon foot print, there are Eco-friendly reusable tote bags! Yes, reusable tote bags are sold at practically every grocery store. However, those tote bags are always something generic and not catered to specific interests. With this 10-minute T-shirt tote bag you could create the perfect custom design for your mom! Use a shirt with her favorite TV or movie character, or even an old school shirt that you know she still has as a keepsake somewhere.

For The Memory-Saving Mom!

Pallet Picture Frame by 5 Minutes for Mom

If you're a mom yourself, then you know just how important pictures are to a mom! They help us remember visually when we can't seem to remember ourselves. This DIY photo memory frame is the perfect way to show your mom that you love her and give her something she will cherish forever! 

Purchased Item

The second type of gift you can get your mom for Mother's Day is a purchased item gift. Think about something she'd really love or something she's always wanted. If you're having trouble thinking of a gift to get her, the website Uncommon Goods is a great place to look! They sell unique gifts for everyone in your life for any occasion. The following are a few examples of some unique purchased Mother's Day gifts. 

This Floral Kimono

Floral Batik Kimono Robe $78

If your mom is anything like mine, then the older she gets, the more important comfort becomes! Why not treat her to a comfy yet cute popular lounge style, the kimono! The lounge kimono combines the style of the traditional kimono with the comfortability of a traditional robe. 

This Ultimate Neck Pillow

Ultimate Travel Neck Pillow $60

If your mom likes to travel then this ultimate comfort neck pillow is perfect! Now that my mom is older, she spends her days flying all over the states to visit family members and friends. Even if your mom is not a frequent traveler, this pillow is the perfect way to stay comfortable at home as well!

An Experience

Getting your mom an experience as a gift is the perfect way to show her how much you love her. Cater the experience to her interests. If your mom likes music, get her tickets to see her favorite artist. If she likes wine, take her to go wine tasting. If your mom just needs a vacation, get her a weekend away somewhere relaxing. One of the best places to find local experiences for your mom without emptying your wallet is Groupon. With Groupon you can easily find an experience close to your mom and gift it to her. They give you the option to either print out your gift (maybe you can put it in a thoughtful card!) or email it. Get her a yoga class or a gym membership, or a two hour Swedish massage. 

A Gesture

The gesture has always been my favorite gift to give my mom on mother's day. It typically costs no money and shows your mom that she means enough to you that you will go out of your way to make her day. It shows that you were not only thinking about your mom on mother's day, but you wanted to return the favor of her kindness and caring. A gesture can be anything that you know your mom would appreciate. Growing up, my mom was always nagging at us kids to clean up after ourselves, she would spend hours every day perfecting the house and always making it look like it was in tip top shape. So, for mother's day I would always clean the entire house, make it spotless for her. As an adult, though, this kind of gesture might be a bit difficult, especially if your mom lives in another state. For those who might live far away from their mom, give her a call and actually have a conversation with her, let her know how much you love her, don't just tell her "Happy Mother's Day" then hang up. If you can, FaceTime or Skype your mom, talk to her face to face. Make plans to go out to lunch with her. If you're talented (or even if you're not) write her a poem, draw her a picture. The things that mean the most to moms are not the gifts, but the gestures that show them you love them.