72 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, for any budget

A note on the word “thoughtful”:

Mom’s work really hard!  On Mother’s Day, moms just want to feel appreciated and special.  The absolute best thing you can do for her, is help her- whether it’s with the kids or younger siblings, with the cooking or dishes, or just giving her a massage or a foot rub.

When buying a gift for her, get something that she is actually interested in and enjoys in her spare time.  Don’t buy kitchen gadgets just because she spends most of her time in the kitchen cooking (everyone has to eat, but that doesn’t mean she enjoys cooking!) Think about what she does in her spare time, and what her interests actually are before spending money on anything.  With moms, it really is the thought that counts, not the price tag.72 Thoughtful Mother's Day Gift Ideas for any budget | onelittleproject.com

Mother’s Day gift ideas are separated into categories based on price:

Free Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

  • Give a coupon for doing all the dishes that day (or if you really want her to feel the love, make it for a week!)
  • Make her breakfast in bed
  • Make a homemade card
  • Write her a poem
  • Let her sleep in (particularly thoughtful for moms with babies and toddlers)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $10

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $20

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $30

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $100

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Over $100

Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  • DIY coffee mug (draw on a mug with a sharpie and bake it)
  • Etched glass dish
  • Terrarium kit
  • Photo magnets
  • Jewellery
  • A batch of her favourite cookies
  • There are way too many options for homemade Mother’s Day Gifts to list them all!  Check out these awesome lists of 25+ DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas at Lil’ Luna and 75 Things to Make for Mother’s Day at Tip Junkie for some amazing homemade gifts most moms will actually want.

Mother’s Day Gifts with a Theme

  • Is your mom going on a trip?  Buy her a set of sunglasses, a scarf, a travel tote and a book of sites for where she’s going (or wants to go)
  • Does your mom have a sense of humour?  Buy her a big box of chocolates and a workout video (again, be careful with this one)
  • Is your mom planning a renovation project?  Get her a screw driver, some paint swatches and a bunch of decorating magazines
  • Does your mom do a lot of driving?  How about an MP3 book she can listen to, a travel mug and a Starbucks gift card?

Did I miss any other great ideas?  Please leave your favourite Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in the comments.  It just might make a mom smile some day when she receives your idea as a gift!

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  • Alison Wood

    Great ideas. I will use these when I look for my mom and mother-in-law’s gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.indiaflowerplaza.com/ India Flower Plaza

    This is one of the best gift ideas which you talked here. It really shows your love, care and kindness towards your mom.

    It does not matter how costly gifts you purchase for your mom but it is more important that gift you bought must be more valuable and helpful for her.

  • Nancy

    Excellent ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • igotthismartha

    These are all great ideas!!

  • Trish @ Uncommon

    No excuses now! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday! All fabulous ideas!

    Take care,


  • Laura Sexton

    So MANY great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brooke

    Great ideas! Thanks for the wonderful list. Enjoy your day!

  • http://twitter.com/JennyEvolution The Jenny Evolution

    What a terrific roundup. Please share it (and any others) on my
    family-focused Kid Corner @ http://wp.me/p280y0-SQ.
    You may just get highlighted next week :-) Jennifer

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulaeparrish Paula Parrish

    Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas. ;o)

  • http://twitter.com/OrganizedIsland Organized Island

    A great list of gift ideas! Found you on the ISBMTF hop!

  • Carrie

    Some great ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  • http://twitter.com/cheerios_lattes Mackenzie {C&L}

    Such a great collection of things I hadn’t even thought of! I am always looking for ideas for my mom and my MIL! Thank you for this! :) We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week on Saturday Show & Tell! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  • SizzleandZoom

    What a great post. I got some good ideas!

  • Kyle Watkins

    These ideas SUCK….I feel sorry for your mother

  • Kyle Watkins

    Totally boring, not thoughtful or creative AT ALL

  • http://LeftRightGames.net Left Right Games

    Here’s an idea that’s only $2 and is very unique and special. She’ll think of you each time she plays! :) http://www.ToMom.gift