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Favourite Mother's Day Gift


Hey moms - I was wondering what was the best Mother's Day gift you've ever been given?

Or what do you wish you'd get this year?

If you're not a mom, what gift have you given your mom that she loved?

I feel like I am running out of ideas and so many seem cliche (does she really need another framed picture of me? haha) or not useful at all.
Apr 18, 2011 @ 01:18 pm

8 Replies


gift of your time

If you're a busy daughter, then moms usually crave "together time". A picnic in the park, getting pedicures together, or a long hike in the woods just mom & daughter goes a long way. It doesn't have to be pricey - let the only souvenir of the day be some wonderful pictures she can look back on later!

Of course if you're a daughter who has frequent time with mom, then this might not be as significant. I find though that quality time is something most of the older generation is always wanting - Grandmothers, older aunts, and anyone generally who has an empty nest or is perhaps widowed often find themselves with long hours of little interaction. Not something a random tchotchke will help :)

My second favourite suggestion (and this would be what I'd want) is a plant. Not a small potted African violet - I'm talking a big chrysanthemum or orchid. It can be indoor or outdoor, as long as it's reasonably long lived and smells divine!
Apr 18, 2011 @ 01:29 pm

You can always spend more time together

I love the idea of spending a day together. Doing something she loves or would love to do. I also try and stay up-to-date on the things my mom is into. For example, my mom loves Tosca Reno (she's an author and fitness model) and a few other fitness celebrities so I try and see if there are new books out or if any of these people are coming to Toronto within the year and I'll try and snag some tickets.

Apr 18, 2011 @ 02:01 pm

Time and something homemade

I'm not a mom, but I agree totally with the gift of time. My mom and I have spent the last five Mother's Days shopping together for plants. We both enjoy gardening and it's a great way for the two of us to spend the afternoon. I usually buy my mom a rose bush or larger plant when we're out.

Last year I also had my new mother-in-law to consider, so I made homemade biscotti and put them in a flower pot with some coffee. I also made hand-made cards with my scrapbooking skills. Both moms loved their gift. The flower pots were something they could use and would have bought themselves anyway, and the cookies and coffee, once consumed, didn't have to be stored.

Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:16 pm

Thanks for suggestions

I live far away from my mom, so I am sad to say that spending time together isn't an option. Always sad not being there to go for brunch. Time together is the best gift!
Apr 25, 2011 @ 09:17 am

How about a visit or delivery?

Siofan, if you're too far away to spend time with your mom on Mother's Day, how about a call and a promise to visit some other time? Maybe a weekend or a couple days in the middle of the week?

If that's not an option, flowers are always a nice choice. Or a cookie bouquet, or an edible arrangement--something that lets your mom know that you're thinking about her, even if you can't be there.
Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:51 pm


I'd like to
get the day off and have some quiet time to myself with a good book. For my
mom, she gets me. Even though we live in the same city we don't spend near
enough time together. I found out just how much you can miss your mom ounce
she's gone when my Aunt died. Her daughter tells me all the time she just
wished she could have spent more time with her mom. It sure was a wake up call
to me that my mom isn't getting any younger and how much I'll miss her when she
is gone. Time spent with our moms is always the best thing we can do for her
and for ourselves!

Apr 27, 2011 @ 11:14 am


I totally agree that spending time together is the best thing. My Mom always seem to love that the most. In the past, my siblings and I have taken her out for afternoon tea, manicures, to the ballet, dinner, etc. This year for Christmas we took both my parents out for dinner and then to a light show at Downsview Park in Toronto. It was simple, easy, and we kept it a secret until right before we left. Seriously, I think she set a record for saying "Oh Wow" the most times in one hour ever.

If you can't be together with your Mom, aside from sending a gift, here's an idea: you can get her a gift certificate for a pedicure (or something like that) and plan to get one at the same time in your respective cities. Then call her up just before you go and chat the whole time. So even though you can't physically be together, you're still doing something together!
Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:00 am

a "virtual" outing

What a cute idea, Cathy! I threw a virtual wedding shower once, because the bride was living in another city and everyone else was in my city. We had coordinated with the mom who was planning to visit her daughter around that time so that on the designated evening she handed the bride an invitation to our Skype shower. When she logged in, she saw all of us there with cake and the whole 9 yards, and then had a chance to webchat with everyone individually. At some point in the party, the mom handed over a high-value gift card to the store where she had registered (all attendees had chipped in) so that the next day, she and mom went shopping.

It wasn't the same as being all together, but she seemed quite pleased (and ambushed, for which I got into trouble later - she had no makeup on and thought her hair was a mess, which of course it wasn't).
Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:11 am

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