Mother's Day gift guide

I walked through a local department store today. I was surrounded by a group of sales women with perfectly painted faces, not a hair out of place and broad fake smiles, spraying perfume onto cards of blotting paper. 

The air in the confined space was so saturated with scent I could barely breathe. Looking around at all of the Mother’s Day displays in this expensive store, there was nothing I could see that I hoped my family bought for me this year. The most meaningful gifts are often not the ones that are on the store shelves.

If you haven’t sorted your Mother’s Day gift already this year, stay away from the Department Stores and have a look at this gift guide. 

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What your mum really wants for Mother’s Day

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Gifts that don’t cost you any money

Time Together

One of the things that mothers cherish most is time with their kids. Give her the gift of your company. For families with young children, plan something fun like mini golf or bowling. Every mum loves having fun and making memories with her kids. For families with older children who have left home, take your mother out for breakfast and have a good long conversation. 

Help her

Mum’s are busy. Too busy. Give your mum the gift of a helping hand. Vacuum the floor, put on a load of laundry, wipe down the bathroom sink. She’ll love it. Want to make it creative? Make a little booklet of vouchers to give her.


Your mum would love to hear how much you love her. Write your mum a poem or a letter telling her everything you love about her, what you admire and appreciate about her. You’ll make her cry and she will treasure it forever.

The gifts you need to buy

Care Package

If your mum loves opening presents on Mother’s Day, think about giving her a consumable treat she’ll love rather than something that will add clutter to her space. Create a little pamper package, including things like a bath bomb, a scented candle, her favourite chocolates, or a new nail polish.

An experience she’ll love

Give a voucher or a promise for a massage, a manicure or a facial. 

Books to build her up

Here’s some of my favourite books. Perhaps your mum will love them too.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength by April Yamasaki

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst

I hope that this Mother’s Day you can make the most of the opportunity to bless and honour your mum or a mother you know, because every mother needs a bit of encouragement.