Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Hi guys! How’s your day going so far? Hope you’re enjoying Cinco de Mayo! We’re having tacos and margaritas tonight for our little fiesta.

This morning was spent at the car dealership -thank goodness for the fun kids’ area because Livi had a blast- and then walking around the mall. After BodyPump training, I don’t have a ton of energy today, so it’s been nice to relax and spend time with my favorite girl.

A recent addition to the candle collection:


Candle  1 of 1 5

Since Mothers’ Day is just around the corner (next Sunday!), I thought I’d post some ideas for the moms and caregivers out there. 

Here’s my #1 idea:

a nap. The end.

The sweet gift of sleep is free and you don’t even need to wrap it πŸ˜‰ 

Usually, I’d plan a brunch celebration, but since we’re out of town this year, I’ve been brainstorming ideas for something we can send to the amazing moms and nanas in our family. If you’re looking for some ideas, too, here are some fun things that I’ve found:



1. Spa giftcard for a mani, pedi or massage. My last “pedicure” was done on the porch while watching Livi run around on the grass, so when you can get the professional version, it’s always a fun treat πŸ˜‰

2. Bouquet of flowers in a large Mason jar, or a hand-painted vase. I love these hand-painted vase ideas, but if you’re not the craftiest of peeps (I’m right there with you) a Mason jar looks lovely with fresh blooms and a twine bow.

3. Somethin’ Special goodie basket. This is my all-time favorite place to order bath and body goodies. Everything is handmade using natural ingredients and the scents are incredible. The products are also very affordable and the owner, Sue, has incredible customer service. I order all of my lotions, perfumes (the Sweet Petals fragrance oil rocks my world) and wax melts from Somethin’ Special.

4. Alex & Ani charm bangles. I love the different types to choose from, and that they can be personalized and stacked.

5. New pajamas. Rompers are fantastic sleepwear because they’re extremely comfortable and you don’t end up losing one of the pieces πŸ˜‰

6. Photo collage. I love getting a photo collage and filling it up with beautiful photos. It’s an expensive and personal gift option.

7. DIY beauty gifts, like homemade body scrub, shower gel, rose facial spray or lip balms

8. Stitch Fix gift card. I’ve given gift cards to a couple of friends, and they’re an awesome gift idea! It’s especially wonderful if you’re not sure what type of gift to get; a personal shopper customizes their clothes just for them. 

9. A summery tote with beach reading inside. LOVE this Tucson, Arizona tote in my friend Emily’s new shop: Fine Life Co

10. A lightweight fitness jacket or hoodie. My current fave is this one from Moving Comfort. 

 Quality time really is the best gift of all. (Even though I will say I’m pretty stoked for my Sunday nap.) I’m excited to spend the day with the little lady who made me a mom, and also have a great time with my mom and nana when they visit in a couple of weeks <3 



Today is International Day of the Midwife! Sending love and endless thanks to the midwives out there who spend their time, late nights, energy, and love, in order to help women have safe births. Often, I think of our midwife and doula who attended Livi’s birth and send them gratitude. <3

**This post isn’t sponsored in any way, but there are some affiliate links above. Thank you for your support!

Post Navigation:


  1. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on May 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Or maybe even that Bath and Body Works candle! I totally forgot about candles!

  2. Brynn on May 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’m loving the location-scented candles from Bath and Body Works. I have that one and the Maui scent that is amazing.

  3. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m not a mom yet but I’m sure all moms would appreciate a nap! I like the spa gift card idea too! You can’t go wrong with some pampering!

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 5, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Love these ideas! I am thinking about signing my mom and up for some cooking classes together. I am moving back close to home next month and am excited to get to do some things together we haven’t been able to in a while!

  5. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on May 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Great ideas for moms! I got my mother a purse and my mother-in-law a charm for her Pandora bracelet!

  6. Emily on May 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you SO much for including the bag as a gift idea! I’m glad Megan snatched one for you and I can’t wait to hear how you like it! <3

  7. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on May 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I love the photo collage idea. I always make my MIL a calendar for Christmas with family pictures for every month. But I hadn’t thought of a cool collage for her desk!

  8. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on May 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    It may be weird but, this year, I’m planning on buying my mom some clothes. The clothes she has are fine, but she never spends any time or money on herself so I want to hook her up with some new duds!

  9. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Love all these ideas! I’m getting my stepmom and MIL each something sparkly to thank them for all the help with the wedding last year. πŸ˜€

  10. Jackie on May 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Love all the ideas!

  11. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    OMG….I need the Tucson bag. So cute! I have no idea what to give my Mom. She seriously has everything and with just having heart surgery a few weeks ago I can’t think of anything she needs. She lives in WI so kind of hard to make it anything big. I’m king of thinking a spa gift card.

  12. Sarah on May 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    The stitchfix gift card sounds like the perfect gift card! I am totally going to have to remember that for all sorts of gifts! Girls love clothes, and something picked out by a stylist seems so much more special!

  13. Courtney Bentley on May 6, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I always treat my Mom to facials, I swear it makes her so happy and she really does not need another piece of jewelry, scarf etc. I always gift beauty treatments as we never treat ourselves and with the money I spend on little random gifts that get worn once and tossed aside I would rather give that to experience something relaxing and nice! Lots of love C

  14. Runner Girl Eats on May 6, 2014 at 6:19 am

    My go to treat is a massage/mani-pedi or something similar. Its a simple but always enjoyable. I also love giving really plush socks and rich lotion so that they can pamper themselves at home too.

  15. Crystal on May 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    So funny, I’m giving my mom one of those Alex and Ani bangles and a Stitchfix gift certificate for Mother’s Day, lol! I hope she loves them.

    My mom says that while naps and spa days were nice gifts for her, she mostly just loved spending time with my sister and me on Mother’s Day when we were kids. I’m sure a lot of moms feel that way πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      that’s the best git of all <3 thankfully we'll have our fun reunion with my mom and nana in a couple of weeks

  16. Tracy on May 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm
    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm


  17. Marianne Savoie on May 7, 2014 at 6:57 am

    As a mom of a ten month old in the middle of sleep training I’m so hoping my husband lets me nap for Mother’s Day.

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

      oh man. i hope so too!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.