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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mother's Day Gift & Experience Ideas

This year, I was really determined to make an awesome gift guide for Mother's Day.  I did polling to see what y'all's budgets were, and I perused pages upon pages of products on Nordstrom, Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Draper James, and QVC.

I think the reason that I am struggling so hard to make a gift guide this year is that my family is focusing on experiences this year.  We all have so much stuff, so instead of adding another item to the pile, we're going to spend Mother's Day with my mom.  She wants to go to a local museum, so my brother and I are planning to cover the tickets and lunch.  I realize that some of y'all may be in the same boat this year, so I'm sharing a list of experiences.  I totally realize that experiences aren't everyone's gift of choice and aren't always possible, so I've also included three gift options that I think your momma will love, and they're under $50!

Gift Options

Arrangement from BouqsLast week, I learned that all flower companies are not created equally.  Bouqs came highly recommended to me from multiple people in my life, but I didn't use it because I felt like paying for a vase on top of a $50 arrangement was ridiculous.  Instead, I used Teleflora, paid basically the same amount, got an arrangement that didn't look like what I ordered, and was met with horrible customer service.  I learned my lesson, and I will order from Bouqs next time.  If you order from this link, you'll get a $10 credit that can be used to upgrade your blooms or for a free vase!

L'Occitane Nourishing Favorites • I love L'Occitane products because they feel luxurious and smell amazing.  If you're looking for an "every day upgrade," give this to your momma.  It's a sampler, so the hand cream and lotions are perfect for tossing in her handbag or gym bag.

One in a million necklace • This necklace is absolute darling, and the messaging behind it is even sweeter.  It comes in gold and silver.

Mother Knows Best trinket trayThis trinket tray is only $18, and shipping is free!  Order this, pair it with some of mom's favorite candy or a handwritten list of lessons you learned from your momma.

IT Cosmetics Five Piece Travel Brush SetWhen was the last time you bought new makeup brushes?!  This little set is only $30!  It's great if your mom travels a lot or carries a makeup bag with her.

Gift Experiences

Museum Passes • Including this because it's my family's gift of choice this year!  These can be expensive at retail value, so be sure to keep an eye out for coupons, AAA discounts, promotions, etc.

Family Photo Shoot • This one may be a little more difficult under $50, but if you have siblings or split the cost of the gift with someone else, this is an awesome option!  My Christmas gift to my mom was a gift card for a family photo shoot and canvas print that I won in a silent auction.  (PS - If you're bidding at a silent auction, be sure to check into what you are actually getting.  I was fortunate, but I have heard horror stories about the purchase of an affordable photo session but having to pay more to access the photos.  Yikes!)

Spa Day • Another gift that's not quite $50, but is a great option if you can split the cost with a sibling!  Mom works hard, and even a small, more affordable service is sure to make her happy.

Day at the Movies • My mom loves seeing movies, but rarely makes time to go.  Take mom to see the movie of her choice, order one of those date combos with an enormous popcorn and two massive drinks, and go all out.

Flower Planting •  If your mom loves her flowerbed, buy some plants that would work well and offer to help her plant them.  Or work together to start an easy herb garden!

Girl's Night Out • When was the last time you had a girl's night out with your mom?  To keep it in the price range, keep an eye on Groupon and restaurant specials.  Or find a Happy Hour with endless apps!

Hope that you found this post helpful!  I want to hear from you - what are you giving your mom for Mother's Day this year?


  1. Love these experience based idea. I'm hoping to get my Mom a small gift (love that luxurious lotion set) and then hopefully have a mani pedi date with her.

  2. I love all these ideas! The experiences sound amazing! If only my mom lived closer!

  3. I love all of these ideas!!
    Thank you for sharing! :)


  4. the photoshoot is such a great idea! I love this!

  5. Love this! I'm thinking about getting my mom and me an exercise class pass if I can find one!


  6. Such great ideas! Love this!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  7. These are all great for mothers day! A family shoot is a really good idea and good gift to frame!

  8. We did a family photo shoot for my mom last year and she loved it! These are all such great ideas!

    Carly |

  9. These are great ideas! We gave my mom photos one year and she loved it

  10. I love the idea of experiences for Mama's! My sisters and I are springing for a cooking class for our Mom-it will be so much to take the class together!

    xoxo, SS

  11. The gift experience is a great idea! If my mom and I lived closer, I would totally treat her to lunch and a spa appointment.

  12. I LOVE the idea of doing a Gift Experience! In fact, I'm treating my mom to a girls facial day and then brunch with my husband and my parents!

    xo, Sara

  13. l'occitane is SO good for mother's day, it's one of my go-tos as well! & the "gift experience" idea is great, definitely my kind of thing x

  14. Great ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. I love giving experiences to my parents for Mothers and Fathers Day-- they usually love them and it might not be something they would do on their own. One year my sister and I gave my mom a gift certificate for a massage at a spa... she cried because she had never had one and would never spoil herself with one (note: she LOVED it!).

  16. Loving all of these ideas! I did experiences for both of my parents for Christmas and it was so much fun!

    The Blush Blonde

  17. I love these ideas! I am always soooo clueless on gifts like this, so this is super handy!

  18. These are such great ideas! And I needed a reminder that mother's day is coming up!

  19. I love the idea of gifting an experience! I think that's much better than a physical gift!

  20. These are great gift options! Thanks for sharing!

    xo Mariam |

  21. The experiences gift idea is more fun to me! I love giving them something that they'll cherish for good over material things.

    Jessica |

  22. Right there with you on the experiences gift idea! The memories made during those experiences are priceless!


  23. A spa day is an awesome idea! I love doing flowers, breakfast in bed and whatever activities are mom's choice!

  24. These are all such great ideas!! Can't believe Mother's Day is so soon!

  25. Love these ideas!! I especially love the family photo shoot idea. My mom loves photos (I see where I get it from) and I may use this as her gift this year!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  26. LOVE the idea of a gift experience!! I wanted to make my mom a Shutterfly book of our trip to Europe, but tbh... did not have the time to get it together by the time I thought of the idea! Next holiday I guess!

  27. I love all of these ideas! I wish I could have an experience type gift with my mom this year, but she lives so far away! Thanks for the inspiration!
    - Jessica
    Miss Moore Style

  28. so many great ideas, girl!! xo