Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is a little less than two weeks away, and once again, I’m so excited to be able to spend it with the amazing women in my family. Every day I wake up so happy to be in Tucson; we’re making up for holidays and fun memories since we were stationed away for a while. We should have one more year here, but after that, we have no idea what’s happening or where we’re going. For now, we’re making the most of it!


(Five generations)

Mother’s Day itself is going to be spent post-wedding celebration with the entire family, which will be a blast. Since I wanted to do something fun with mom and nana outside of the wedding, we’re going to celebrate with brunch next Sunday (on Cinco de Mayo!).

As far as gifts go, I told Tom that I would love three things for Mother’s Day:

-a card from Livi

-a pedicure

-a nap

All of those things make me a happy girl, indeedโ€ฆ especially since I haven’t had a pedicure in months and months and my World Beat and Barre-teaching feet are looking a little rougher than usual ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re starting to think of Mother’s Day ideas for the women and caregivers in your life, I thought I’d share some fun ideas, as I’m always looking for new things to gift my madre, nanas, stepmom and MIL. Please let me know if you have any other ideas, too!

Mothers day

Initial jewelry. I have a simple “O” silver ring from Oliv that I wear everyday. Necklaces are always fun, and I also adore stacking the initial rings. I’ll definitely be adding to my initial ring stack as time goes on.

Spa treatment, perfume/lotions, new jammies. You could even make her some of the refreshing rose facial spray!

Flowers. A classic bouquet is always lovely, but even better: place some potted flowers or herbs in her yard to surprise her.

A DIY card. If you have a younger sibling, you could do something as pictured above, or make a cool photo card online.

Photo collage. Photos are always a wonderful and inexpensive gift; Livi loves to give her nanas framed photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Please let me know if you have any other fun ideas! Sending love to you and your family.




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  1. Melissa on April 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    My daughter is giving Oragami Owl lockets to her grandmas this Mother’s Day…typically we would send flowers but thought we would change it up for a year!

    • Fitnessista on April 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      i totally forgot about origami owl- what a great idea! how does it work? do you just order all of the pieces and put it together yourself, or is there a way to tell them which pieces to combine for each necklace?

      • Kim on April 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        You can order any pieces and combos you want to with Origami Owl.

  2. Morgan on April 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Such cute ideas! I’m getting my mom a nice potted lemongrass plant to go on her back porch to help repel Mosquitos.

    I have to throw in a shameless plug for a print from my shop that I’ve heard so many Nana’s and Grandma’s have loved! ๐Ÿ™‚×10-print-for-grandma?ref=shop_home_feat

    • Fitnessista on April 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      oh my goodness, i LOVE that!

      • Morgan on April 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        I would love to send you one personalized with Olivia’s name! Feel free to email me with your information if you would like ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Chelsea on April 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Excellent post, Gina! I love photobooks and my sister makes one every year for the family for Christmas, but I think they would make a great mothers day gift, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kim on April 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Yikes – with all of the graduations going on around us I sort-of forgot about mother’s day (my husband and I don’t have any mothers/grandmothers left).
    Thanks for the reminder!!

  5. liz kaczmarek on April 29, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I’m studying abroad in New Zealand this semester, so I won’t be home to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom, which sucks! I have to think of a really nice gift for her so she forgives me ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on April 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing these ideas! I’m thinking a photo collage or small album would be so appreciated by my mom, such a good idea. I should really put in the work and make it happen!

  7. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on April 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    My mom loves her yard so I think this year I am going to jump start her season by getting her a group of her favorite flowers to plant with some new planters and soil! I know it’s something she will appreciate because she loves functional gifts!

  8. Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian on April 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    My mom and I recently went to a chocolate-making workshop. We had so much fun that I bought a chocolate tasting session at the same place for Mother’s Day:

  9. Erin on April 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    This year I bought my mom (and me) pretty botanical frames for pressed flowers. We always try to spend Mother’s Day weekend with her mom/my awesome grandma. I figured we could pick flowers and leaves from her wooded backyard, press those, and use them in the frames. That way, my mom has a little piece of her childhood home hanging on the wall and we have a project we can do together ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sarah on April 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Gina ~ I’m DYING over your homemade Bath Bombs. Love. Mother’s Day gifts – check! Thx Gina ๐Ÿ™‚

    I want to make some citrusy Bath Bombs with lemon zest. I wonder if you could add epsom salt to them? hmmm…

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