The Ultimate Guide to Buying Mother's Day Presents for Moms of All Ages
For the past few years, Mother’s Day has become a bit of a cliché. Stores cram the holiday with floral-embellished cards, candy-filled baskets and expensive gifts. But this year, you don’t have to just settle for going along with the crowd to show your mom how special she is. You can give her something that shows you know her better than anyone else: a personalized gift. I’m talking about mother's day presents that show your mom that you’ve done your research, think about her and her interests, and are ready to go out of your way to make her happy. Everyone appreciates a thoughtful Mother’s Day presents, no matter how old the mother is. Even though she’s not your actual mother, she counts as a mother. Here’s everything you need to know about buying presents for your moms of every age.
Know What to Buy
Start by knowing the typical interests, hobbies and passions of your mom’s age group. If you’re buying for an older woman, it’s helpful to know at least a little bit about her interests. If you know your mom is a huge fan of jewelry, you can ask a store associate for some recommendations for jewelry she might like. For younger moms, you can also use this information to get some ideas for gifts. You might be surprised at just how many things are inspired by their age group. For example, many moms love fitness, so you can get them a fitness-oriented gift like a yoga mat, a fitness tracker, or some workout clothes.
Figure Out What Makes Your Mom Happy
Next, figure out what makes your mom happy. This is different for every woman, but you can often get a pretty good idea of it by doing a quick internet search on your mom’s birthday. Once you know that, you can start to look for things that fall into that category. You can also ask your mom what she does or does not like, and she can tell you what makes her happy. You might come across some things that make your mom happy that you weren’t aware of before, such as things that make her more active or creative. If you’re unsure of your mother’s interests, you can also look online. There are a number of sites that allow you to search by favorite activities and interests, which can help you narrow things down.
Ask Your Mother for Input
You can also ask your mom if she has any suggestions for what might make her happy. If you’re buying for a specific age group, you can ask your mom what gifts she thinks her daughter would like. If you’re just looking for general inspiration, you can also ask your mom what she loves and you can get ideas from there. You might be pleasantly surprised by what she says.
Show You’ve Done Your Research
You can also show that you’ve done your research by including some links and references in the card. It doesn’t have to be long paragraphs of information; just a few sentences is enough. You can also include a Q&A or a “would your mother like to try something new?” survey. This can help you get a better idea of what makes your mom happy, and it can also help you get a better feel for her interests. You can also use this information to get some ideas for gifts if you’re stuck. For example, if you know your mom loves books but you know she’s never read a book called “How to X,” a book recommendation would be a great way to show you’ve done your research and are ready to go the extra mile.
Go the Extra Mile
Finally, you can go the extra mile by making your gift personal. This doesn’t have to be in every gift you give, but it’s worth keeping in mind for the more personal gifts you give, like gifts that incorporate your mom’s hobbies or passions. If you know your mom loves baking, you can include a set of baking tools in a gift basket, for example. You can also include a handwritten note if you’re feeling especially creative or want to go the extra mile. You can write a quick note letting your mom know how much you appreciate her and what you’ve learned from her. You can also send a text or email if you have time during the day when you know she’s not going to be particularly busy.
Wrap it Up!
Finally, wrap it up! This is the part that everyone skips, but if you don’t, you’ll be disappointing your mom. You can use a gift bag and bow or a nice gift bag and nice wrapping paper. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be something that makes the gift look nice and show off the gift inside. Wrapping is also an opportunity to tell your mom what you love about her, so you might as well take advantage of it.