A couple of weeks ago I started a small blog series on gift ideas for Mother’s Day and today will mark the last edition of the series. If you missed my first 2 posts, you can still check them out here and here! Given that Mother’s Day is THIS weekend you might be looking for guaranteed, quick turnaround time -this Last Minute Edition is for you and the quality of your gift does not have to be sacrificed!
Whenever I find myself with only a couple of days left to figure out a gift for someone, I start to go into a slight panic mode. I know, I know…silly, but I like for my gifts to be at least somewhat meaningful and I want the other person to enjoy them. Enter my husband’s birthday coming up on the 19th…I’ve still got over a week, but I don’t have a CLUE what to get him -someone please give me a list that does not include a Golf Cart or Jeep to drive around only in the summers! I’ve got plenty of ideas when it comes to the ladies in my life, but figuring out gifts for the guys is a whole different ball game for me. So, if any of you are in the same situation for Mother’s Day that I am for my husband’s birthday, this post should help trigger a few ideas to help get you squared away before this Sunday!
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1) A Memory Book – I want to start with this one first because I just purchased mine recently and I’m so excited about it! I first saw these One Line A Day Memory Books at a local shop in town around Christmas time. I opted to pass on the purchase because I wasn’t supposed to be shopping for myself at the time! However, I’ve had this tucked in the back of my head ever since. There are so many times that my 4 year old says something and my heart just wants to melt. For instance tonight before bed he sleepily said “I love you more than the whole Earth.” Sadly, I sit here and try to remember all of his other phrases that I’ve told myself to mentally file away ever since he started talking and I struggle to remember these -it has only been a couple of years. I can’t imagine how my memory will be when he is much older. Needless to say, in February I started trying to make a conscious effort to write his words down to record in this book once I finally got around to buying it. Among some of the sentences I have written down is this one – “Ya, so that’s why you went to the doctor, to get some babies because then when they get older, they’ll help ya” -reading this back I can still hear his sweet voice saying this and it makes me smile as I’m sure it will years down the road. Jack is just now starting to put sentences together so I’ll be able to capture the earlier moments with him.
As they get older will I still want to write down everything they say? Probably not, I expect these sweet little moments to decrease, but I do know there will be other moments that I want to record like their first day of school or a silly fight they got into that we can laugh about when they are older. I think that mother’s in any stage of their life can find use in this type of memory book. When you open it there are just a few lines for each day so entries do not have to be of a long length which is nice for busy days. I found mine at Checkered Moon in Champaign, but in the case that you don’t live around here or that they are sold out (there was a limited quantity), Amazon Prime is your friend! Check out the options below that include the exact one I got for the moms that like to capture moments in time.
2) Does the mother in your life like to spend time in the kitchen? If yes, you can’t really go wrong with any of the below items. Joanna Gaines and the Instant Pot are all the rage! There are a ton of Instant Pots to choose from, I’ve included one of the most popular but if you just type “Instant Pot” in the search bar below you’ll see others that are available depending on the features that would be most important to her. These make busy days a little less busy! The cutting board and the spoon are nice because they still allow for you to give a personal touch without having to have something custom made.
3) Home Decor. If you are confident that you know mom’s style, then home decor is always a nice gift as well, maybe even something for her office if she has one. If you opt for a picture frame -fill it with pictures before you give it to her! Luckily, many places will be able to turn your pictures around up to the day of if needed. Check out Walgreens and Walmart for prints and be sure to look at their picture gift items as well. Both are running deals right now that can still be ordered in time for Mother’s Day. I’ve given and received options from both and have had great experiences, feel free to ask me about them! Speaking of pictures…another great idea is to get mom a gift card/certificate for a family photo shoot with a professional photographer. She will treasure these. Want to get mom something that she can put in her home, but not sure what she would like? Get her a gift card to Hobby Lobby!
4) Speaking of gift cards, does your mom love to shop…maybe you don’t? Then grab her a gift card to a store you know she enjoys. You can pop into that exact store and get the card or stop at yet again, Walgreens, where there are multiple options. Gift cards/certificates for a spa day are always nice too. If you aren’t close to her shop of choice or don’t feel Iike venturing out -Amazon Prime can save you here too.
5) New Mom Gifts. Is your wife pregnant? Maybe she recently had a baby? The options below might be a good fit for her. I added the Jimmy Fallon book here, but search for any type of book that incorporates mom, grandma, nana, grams, whatever the name might be. We actually grabbed this one for the boys to give to my mom this year. Also, homemade gifts are GREAT! The handprint/footprint frame is kind of the best of both worlds -it comes with everything that you need. You can easily put little handprints/footprints on other items with a little bit of paint as another options – think flower pots, serving platters, canvas, oven mitts…a quick Pinterest search will give you lots of ideas. Moms love the thought behind these no matter what the age. If your an adult and want to make a gift for your mom there are tons of DIY ideas on Pinterest for you too that don’t involve having to utilize finger paint :-).
You probably noticed I haven’t mentioned flowers, chocolate, brunch, gift baskets…of course these are all great ideas, but these are the standard things that easily come to mind for many so I didn’t feel the need to point them out. Ya’ll know your moms better than I do and will know how to make her feel special whether it’s a fresh picked dandelion, an extra hour in bed, or simply some quality time with the family. So with that, I’m wrapping up this blog series, hope you guys were able to take a few ideas away from this. Let me know what I missed …and again, if anyone has ideas for hubby birthday presents I’m all ears! Lastly, to all the mommas out there – Happy Mother’s Day to ya!!! 🙂