The Do’s and Don’ts of Mother’s Day Gift-Giving

If you usually buy Mom flowers or send her a text with a heart emoji we’re sure she appreciates it (she’s Mom, after all!). This year, however, we challenge you to surprise her with something unique, useful or fun, relating to her favorite activity or to give her a break from her daily grind.

For the Modern Marvels

It’s a sign of the times when publications like post a Mother’s Day Gift Guide. For the athletic outdoorsy mom, consider a pair of socks that makes any footwear waterproof or an updated version of the classic bicycle with a greaseless belt and puncture-resistant tires. To bring out her whimsical side, present her with a tough-girl tutu for her next charity 10K run. If your busy mom likes to cook, choose a pre-programmable pressure cooker with The Royal Touch cookbook from the personal chef to Britain’s Royal Family. Or how about a portable hot tub to help mom relax?

For the Technically Inclined

If you’re on a budget but still want to make an impact, 13 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50 suggests a desk organizer with a docking station for iPhone and USB and storage card ports. If you really want to upgrade mom’s tech-savviness, check out the video at for its Top Five Best Mother’s Day Tech Gifts. Perhaps it’s time for your mom to finally replace that five-year-old smart phone? You can even give the gift of healthy skin with a UV exposure-tracking bracelet at

For the Over-Booked

She’s been a soccer mom, a little league mom, a scout mom, and so much more. Why not give mom a spa day that’s designed just for her. is a great resource for spa packages and more. This may be the only Mother’s Day gift for which a gift card is appropriate.  If not a day at the spa, can help you in creating a decorative basket with everything she needs for an at-home spa day.

When the asked moms what they wanted for Mother’s Day, most just wants time to relax and not feel guilty about taking a nap. With JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, every relaxing nap can deliver the real beauty sleep she deserves. (Our gift to all moms: $39 off JuveRest with code WELUVMOM through 5/15!)

If your mom’s idea of relaxation is gardening, DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas suggests a do-it-yourself gift basket complete with colorful garden tools. Use a decorated watering can as the gift basket and remember to include a homemade sugar scrub to soothe her gardening hands. If she unwinds in the kitchen, fill a wooden bowl with a few specialty items such as a collection of spices, vanilla beans and a great bottle of olive oil. Tie a few cinnamon sticks on top with twine for a sweet-smelling gift mom will love.

After her beauty sleep, pamper mom with breakfast in bed. Who better than to offer Mother’s Day Recipes that say “thanks mom.” Start with a heart shaped egg-in-a-hole for a breakfast delight. Then treat her to a relaxing afternoon on the patio with raspberry lemonade and apricot-basil chicken salad. This year suggests an “experience” present. Try packing a picnic basket full of mom’s favorite foods, then pick a picturesque spot to spend a few hours of quality time.

Do’s and Don’ts

Still not sure what to get for Mom? says please avoid these items: step away from the home appliances unless it involves a hobby she loves; never succumb to frumpy mom clothes or mugs with cliché sayings. But a decorative water bottle is okay for the sporting mom as is a good bottle of wine if you’re looking for Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts.

Mom, this and every day of the year, THANK YOU for all you do. We love you!