Mother's day gift ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Age and Budget

Mother’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to honoring and appreciating the incredible mothers and mother figures in our lives. It’s a time to express gratitude for their unconditional love, support, and guidance. In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of thoughtful Mother’s Day gift ideas and gestures to help you show your appreciation in meaningful ways.

When is Mother’s Day?

The date of Mother’s Day varies in different countries and regions. Additionally, the actual date can change as in some instances it is always on a Sunday.

Mother’s Day in the USA, Canada, Australia and Others

Mother’s Day for much of the world always falls on the second Sunday of May. In 2024, this will be Sunday 12th May. Countires that celebrate Mother’s Day on this day include Brazil, Belgium, New Zealand and Mexico.

Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland

Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland is always on the 4th Sunday of Lent, so the date moves according to Easter. In 2024, it is on Sunday 10th March.

Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day

In some countries, including, Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8th, the date of International Women’s Day.

There are also a number of countries who celebrate Mother’s Day at completely different times to any other place. Read more about Mother’s Day in different countries.

mother and grandmother recieving gifts on Mother's day

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

No matter when you celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of gift ideas to suit all budgets and age groups.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Babies and Young Children

Even though it’s probably Dad that is in charge of buying the Mother’s Day gift for this age group, a “first mother’s day” after having a baby is a very special and memorable occasion and persoanlised keepsakes are an ideal gift for this time.

Handprint Art

Baby or toddler handprint art creates a unique and lasting keepsake, and is a very affordable option. Our Mother’s Day handprint art templates are ideal for this purpose, and what’s more they are available to download instantly.

All you need is some paint to create the handprints, and while the idea is simple, we can’t promise the execution will be when young children and paint are involved! But when the mess is cleared up you will have a beautiful and budget friendly Mother’s Day gift.

Handmade Crafts

Pre-schoolers will also love creating this Mother’s Day Spinner Wheel craft. Simply print out, cut and let your little artist decorate how they see fit for a special Mother’s Day gift idea.

Relaxation and Self-Care Gifts

Treat a mother to a luxurious spa experience at home with a gift basket filled with bath bombs, essential oils, and scented candles for ultimate relaxation.

A subscription to a meditation or relaxation app: Help her unwind and destress with a subscription to a meditation or relaxation app that promotes self-care and well-being.

Luxurious skincare or beauty products: Pamper her with high-quality skincare or beauty products that make her feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Personalized and Hobby Related Gifts

Personalized Jewelry

A piece of jewelry personalized with the birthstones or initials of a mother’s children is a beautiful and sentimental gift that she can cherish forever.

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Birth Flower Mug

Treat your mom to a Birth Flower mug this Mother’s Day to reflect her month of birth. Each month has two birth flowers to choose from, with a description of the characteristics of each flower.

Or perhaps your mom has a specific hobby or interest? Maybe she’s a cat lover, a caravan enthusiast or even a keen paddleboarder! Whatever your mom is into, a gift that reflects her hobbies or interests is sure to be appreicated.

DIY and Last Minute gifts

Personalized Coupon Book

Grab our Mother’s Day Gift Coupon Book for an affordable and last minute Mother’s Day gift option that could last for months to come. Simply edit the coupons with a free Canva account, and personalize with whatever treats you wish.

These could include simple treats such as a coupon for a big hug, breakfast in bed or a chore free day, but you could also include more luxurious items such as a coupon for a Spa Day or a meal at her favorite restaurant.

If you’re short on time this is the ideal thoughtful gift to give on Mother’s Day while promising treats to be redeemed on future dates.

Not sure how to use Canva? Please check out our post How to edit a design in Canva with a video walkthrough.

If you prefer, you can also buy printable Mother’s Day coupons with some done-for-you gift suggestions and some blank examples to write on.

Homemade baked goods

Get busy in the kitchen and make Mom her favorite treat to enjoy this Mother’s Day. This is another budget friendly and thoughtful option for kids (with some adult supervision!)

Tech and Gadget Based Gifts


Gift her an e-reader such as a Kindle Paperwhite for moments of relaxation, allowing her to escape into the world of books and entertainment.

Smart Home Device

Simplify her daily routine with smart home devices such as Amazon Echo Dot that enhance convenience and efficiency in managing household tasks.

Digital Photo Frame

Curate personalized playlists or gift digital photo frames filled with cherished memories to brighten her days.

Gift Experiences

Cooking or Art Classes

Encourage her passion for cooking or creativity with experiential gifts such as cooking or art classes that offer new skills and experiences.

Tickets to a concert or event

Surprise her with tickets to a concert, theater show, or sporting event for a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Subscription Services

Meal Kit subscription

Simplify meal planning with a meal kit delivery service that offers convenient and delicious meal options.

Book or Magazine Subscription

Gift her a book or magazine subscription tailored to her interests and hobbies for endless entertainment and inspiration.

Monthly Flower delivery

Brighten her day with a monthly flower delivery subscription that adds a touch of beauty and joy to her surroundings.

A bucket of pink flowers with the caption Happy Mothers Day

What will you gift your Mother this Mother’s Day?

As Mother’s Day approaches, take the time to choose a gift or gesture that truly reflects your appreciation and love for the special mothers and mother figures in your life. Whatever your mother’s day gift idea, the key is to show your gratitude with sincerity and thoughtfulness.

About The Author

Melissa is an Educational Consultant in the UK with over 25 years teaching experience. Through her expertise in creating educational resources for children she opened her Etsy shop, Gin&Gemini, in 2022 and quickly expanded her offering into the party planning niche, offering a range of physical and digital products for children’s parties, family celebrations, holidays and the bachelorette / hen party niche. She lives on a farm with her husband, young daughter and cats.

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