What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

Gradient cowl kit in linen quill from Purl Soho

Gradient cowl kit in linen quill from Purl Soho

It’s that lovely time of year again! Spring, graduation season, and Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, none of the things mom really wants—sleep, alone time, and peace and quiet—can be bought, so here are some ways to go about buying a gift she might like.

Before you can even think about buying a gift, you need to narrow down mom’s interests otherwise you end up trying to decide between utterly generic options like chocolate, flowers or scarves. These gifts just scream, “I had no idea what you like,” or “We ran out of time.” Not the message you want to send to the person who spent 27 hours in labor with you. So first, narrow down mom’s interests. Here are some ideas.

Does mom…

  • Knit/crochet? Try getting her one of these beautiful kits at PurlSoho. They come with everything you need to make any of their projects, and mom will love the opportunity to make something for herself for a change.
  • Sew? Many fabric shops like GirlCharlee offer random bundles of their latest fabrics. The Knitfix is 12 yards, which is plenty to make whatever mom has on her list.
  • Have a book club? Find out what book they are reading next and get it for her.
  • Bike/Swim/Run? For just $20, you can gift mom a box full of goodies specific to her sport, or go in with your siblings and get her a few months.
  • Garden? Check out these seed bombs from Visuallingual on Etsy in a variety of themes, from bee friendly to wildflower. At $7 each, they are budget-friendly and the bags would be cute to reuse or frame.
  • Yoga/Pilates/Barre? Every mothertucker needs a good mat and something to carry it with—and more than one doesn’t hurt, either, so don’t worry if she already has one. If you’re looking for a gift box, try Conscious box for introductions to new, healthy and planet-friendly products.Coffee of the month club
  • Love wine/Coffee/beer? Check out one of the many “of the month clubs” that offer shipments of mom’s favorite vice. This beer club offers 12-24 microbrews each month for less than $50. Discover new wines with Club W, or gift your favorite coffee snob with one of these great coffee subscription services that feature beans from artisan roasters.

If you’ve read this entire article and still have no ideas, then there are two possibilities: either you don’t know your own mother very well (For SHAME!) or your poor mom is too worn out from raising you to have any interests left. In either case, find a local salon/spa and get her an appointment for a massage or mani-pedi.

Don’t forget—Mother’s Day is May 15!

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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