best gifts for moms

The Best Gifts for Moms

Moms wear a lot of hats. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, we have a tendency to act as if we have our stuff together all the time when in fact, there’s a good possibility we’re just winging it. But our families are the light in our lives and we would do anything for them, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. That being said, what are the best gifts for moms, to show appreciation for the cooking, cleaning, caring, sorting, folding, dressing and booger wiping responsibilities (just to name a few). The most thoughtful gifts, may be the ones that are least expected. 

Fluff & Fold

Ugh, the laundry. The washing and drying, not as much an issue, but the FOLDING, that’s what gets me. And I can guarantee there are a lot of other mothers who feel me on this one. If you want to give your wife or mother a gift, this would be a great option. You would be taking what seems like a trivial task, that in actuality is quite time consuming, and removing it from her plate. Plus it doesn’t cost anything, so win win. If you surprise her with all the laundry washed, folded and put away and I guarantee you’re in the running for best present of the year.

Handmade Gifts

Most moms I know, love handmade gifts. There’s a special sentimental aspect in receiving handmade presents, that can’t be put into words. If there is something that you know is near and dear to her heart, get creative and make it into a special gift. Whether a simple photo album or a custom ornament, make sure it’s something thoughtful and something she will cherish forever.

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Breakfast in Bed

This will make her entire day from the moment she opens her big beautiful eyes and it’s such a wonderful way to show her you care. Make sure to include lots of coffee and whether she’s a flapjack, bacon and eggs, or wheaties kind of gal, be thoughtful and include her favorites. Shoot, doughnuts are usually a pretty good bet too! (Side note, if you do this, make sure you have fed yourself and the kids BEFORE you wake her up - just trust me on that one).

Plan a Date Night & Set Up a Sitter

This one is just for the husbands. Guys, this one is huge! Every.. single… woman I know would LOVE this. Taking the initiative to make plans and organizing the details for the evening, would blow her mind. Leave nothing in her court, and no responsibilities at all for the planning. She will be out of this world surprised. I hear all the time from women who wish their husbands would take more initiative. So let me help you out! Plan dinner at a restaurant you know she likes. If you are unsure, pick a type of food she likes and google it. Pick the one with REALLY good reviews, take her to a show or a concert, or something she’s totally into. And, if you really want to get crazy with it, book a hotel. Give her an idea of what type of attire to wear and make sure you have a sitter. That’s it, I’ve written it all out for you. Now get planning, Christmas is coming fast!


Moms tend to like wine. Lots of it. This is a safe bet!

Take Care of Dinner

You want to make the mama in your life happy? Give the gift of preparing dinner. Unless you have a Pinterest mom in your life, (which no matter how hard I try, I am just not) who meal preps and has a schedule of meal plans, I think this one is a win. Sometimes it’s a struggle to come up with what to cook for dinner and sometimes us ladies, just don’t feel like cooking! So take the initiative and get your Chef Boyardee on, or surprise her with carry out! No matter what you come up with, it’s the thought that counts on this one. 

Customized Jewelry with Kids Names

A sweet sentimental gift like a necklace or bracelet with your kid’s name on it, is sure to be a hit. This is something that has meaning and something she can cherish for years to come.

best gifts for moms

A Spa Day

So, us moms, we sometimes get stressed. A spa day, whether a mani and pedi, or a massage and sauna, will help ease some of the everyday pressures that can come along with raising kids. There’s something special about being able to get away and recoup by yourself and not having a three year old banging on the door while you’re trying to take a shower. Give her the gift of alone time and she’s sure to come back fresh faced and ready to tackle mommyhood. That brings me to the next option on the list.

Alone Time

Give the gift of alone time. Whether she’s a bookworm, or in need of a girls night out, or would love some time wandering aimlessly through the long aisles of Target, just let her have some time by herself. It’s not that us moms don’t love and adore our families, it’s just nice to have a break sometimes. Some quiet to clear our heads. A card or homemade gift certificate with a “this entitles you to…hours of alone time” would be an AMAZING gift. No need to thank me when she gets all giddy with excitement on Christmas morning (Click here for a free downloadable gift certificate).

Let Her Sleep

Dads, you want to know the main thing moms are lacking? SLEEP! This would be the mother lode of holiday gifts (haha, yes that pun was intended). Let her know you’ll get up with the kids on days X, Y, and/or Z and she can sleep in as late as she’d like. Hell, if you want to really spoil her, let her sleep but leave donuts and juice on a tray in the room so she can enjoy it in bed when she wakes up. Let her shower in peace and I guarantee this will win gift of the year. There is nothing like a full night’s rest to put anyone in a fantastic mood. This “small” gesture will make a HUGE impact on her and guarantee she will be bragging to all her friends. 

So there it is, my list of best gifts for the moms in your life. Most don’t cost much, if anything at all and they are sure to be a big hit. Know that you don’t have to go out and spend an arm and a leg to woo the ladies in your life and that it could be something small that is the most significant.

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