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Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to carry a lot of weight.
That’s probably because moms do so much, yet their contributions are frequently taken for granted. They’re the pillars of the family—holding everyone else up, keeping everyone else together—but too often their service and sacrifice is under appreciated.
Which means that when Mother’s Day rolls around, the pressure is ON.
It’s important to get it right—especially if the words “thank you” have gone unsaid over the past year. If your gift is so thoughtful it actually makes her eyes well up? Well, then you have definitely gotten it right!
So whether you’re a partner who wants this Mother’s Day to be extra special for the mom of your children, or a mom yourself looking for unique ideas for your own mother (or perhaps a list of ideas to send your husband as a major hint!), there’s something here that’s sure to tug at the heartstrings.
Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts That’ll Bring Tears to Her Eyes
Custom Inscribed Latitude-Longitude Jewelry
Listen up: You are about to discover your wife or mom’s new favorite piece of jewelry.
Move over, birthstones. Hello, coordinates! Latitude-longitude coordinates, that is.
Lat & Lo designs and handcrafts sentimental jewelry inscribed with the unique latitude longitude coordinates of a special place on earth. The pieces are meant to represent a place where your wife or mom’s heart is “anchored”—maybe her favorite travel spot, where you got engaged or found out you were expecting, or the place she calls home.
(And no worries if you don’t know the actual coordinates; you just input the location and Lat & Lo can get the coordinates for you!)
Here I’m wearing the 14K gold filled Bar Necklace, one of Lat & Lo’s most popular pieces. The latitude longitude coordinates are from the hospital where both of my precious children were born, and the back of the necklace is inscribed with their names. <3
No matter where we go in life, a piece of my heart will always be anchored to the birthplace of my kids. I love that this beautiful piece of jewelry represents that.
If you’re looking for a heartfelt, sentimental piece of jewelry, this is it. Plus, you can use code pickanytwo10 for 10% off your purchase!
The cutoff for Mother’s Day orders is May 1 to allow plenty of time for customization, so don’t wait to get a thoughtful and gorgeous piece of jewelry for the special mom in your life.
Find or purchase a pretty decorative box (this Willow Tree memory box is both beautiful and affordable). Then fill it with small items that represent maternal memories you have of the woman in your life.
If you’re a hubby, maybe it’s a menu from the restaurant you were at when she first told you she was pregnant years ago. If you’re a daughter, perhaps it’s a seashell from the mother-daughter beach trip you took last year where you reconnected while relaxing by the waves.
The point is to show her that she’s not the only one who remembers—and cherishes—those special moments.
If you’re reading this far enough in advance, get started now! For the weeks or days leading up to Mother’s Day, make a point of recording every instance when you realize Mom deserves a “thank you.” Think short and simple phrases like thank you for getting dinner on the table night after night or thank you for being there for me even when you’re feeling tired or stressed.
Sure, it doesn’t make up for all the times you neglected to say it before, but it does show her that you genuinely appreciate her and want her to know it.
(You can find some beautiful blank journals to use for this project here, here, and here.)
While this one may not elicit tears right away, they’re sure to come later—due to the amazing connections these journals foster between moms and their kids.
The journals provide thoughtful, creative prompts that get moms and their children talking (or, more accurately, writing) about topics and issues that might otherwise remain unspoken. They are a beautiful way to deepen the relationship and cultivate a genuine bond.
Here’s a great one for moms and daughters, and another for moms and sons.
A Clean House
Whether you cleaned it yourself or paid someone else to do it, this gift will undoubtedly be met with tears—of relief!
Is your wife always talking about how she wishes she could take a yoga class to help de-stress? Get her a 10-class pass.
Has your mom always regretted that she never had time to study a second language? Sign her up at the local community center.
Because mothering can be so demanding, many moms find that they lose their sense of identity when they become parents. Who am I, anyway? What do I even like to do? These deceptively simple questions become complicated when your days are spent bouncing a fussy baby while your clothes are covered in spit up, or when your precious little free time is constantly interrupted by bickering siblings who still can’t share.
The gift of a class is more than meets the eye; it’s a gift that shows her you value her—her talents, her interests—even beyond her role as a mom.
Check out Groupon or Living Social for more ideas and good deals in your area.
Donation to a Worthy Cause
Cards get recycled and flowers dry up, but supporting a nonprofit whose work your wife or mom supports and admires? That’s a gift that keeps on giving.
But don’t just make a donation on a whim. The point here is to be incredibly thoughtful about where you make a gift in her name. Show her that you know what she’s passionate about, that you understand her values—and that you’re on board with them. Doing so makes a grander statement than any $10 bouquet ever could.
Which of these Mother’s Day gift ideas is your favorite?
Don’t forget to use code pickanytwo10 for 10% off your custom designed and handcrafted latitude longitude jewelry from Lat & Lo! Plus, connect with Lat & Lo on Instagram or Facebook to see more of their lovely collection.
15 responses to “Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts That’ll Bring Tears to Her Eyes”
I LOVE that necklace! I’m going to have to leave this page open for my family to see – hint, hint!
It is even more gorgeous in person!
OMG!! Love these ideas. I am always stumped when shopping fro mom because she says she never wants anything. These help me think of things other than store bought gifts to give.
Ok, I’ll take the clean house! That is a labor of love. Actually I did that once for my mother and she loved it. I think it was her favorite Mother’s Day gift ever.
I love the idea of a mother-child journal. How amazing would that be to look at years from now? Great list.
These are very thoughtful gift ideas for moms. Yup! We all want them to smile because of something we did for them.
These are all great gift ideas. I love the Memory box, I think my mom would really like that.
That bar necklace is a winner. Going to mistakenly send this as an email to my husband lolol
What a thoughtful gift! I actually gave my sister one with the coordinates of her wedding location as a gift.
That’s an amazing idea!
I am loving that necklace!!! What a great idea!
I like that latitude and longitude necklace. That would be special, showing off where the kids were born
I’m loving your gifts ideas! Finding meaningful and personal gifts is always a goal of mine. I love your new necklace!
I literally live right across the North American continent from my Mom – but I love that Lat & Lo necklace. Thanks for the idea! I bet she would totally love it.
Hi I was looking for last minute gift ideas, I really like your list. I feel like I always end up getting a spa card or flowers or making dinner.
This year I did something different and went with a wine gift on Amazon. Thoughtful but will be used for a long time, good gift for guys to get their wives/monthers. Thought I would share this for those looking for last minute gifts, if you want to add it to your list of ideas!