5 Gift Ideas For Your Mom or Dad

5 Gift Ideas For Your Mom or Dad 2

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you are like me, sometimes I’m stumped as to what to buy for my mother.  So here’s a few ideas if you are in this predicament.

My grandmother passed away last summer and when we were cleaning out her house – a Mother’s Day Gift our family made for her was on her dresser.  I was blessed to be the one who got to take it home.

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It’s a memory jar.

All of the grandkids and great grandkids wrote out our favorite memories on 52 slips of paper so she could open one a week and be blessed.

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As I unfolded the memories to lay them out for this post – tears flowed.   My son, Alex, listened as I read each one out loud until my voice got shaky and I could no longer read…and that sweet boy teared up with me and comforted me.  Family matters.  Memories matter.  This is the perfect way to preserve them as a Mother’s Day Gift.

Here’s 5 more gift ideas:

1.) Make a collage like this one below using the letters to spell –> M-O-M, D-A-D, G-R-A-N-D-M-A or G-R-A-N-D-P-A.  We simply used poster board to draw and cut out the letters.  Then we made the photos black and white so we didn’t have to have the kids in matching clothes. 😉

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2.) Tickets to an event or show.

3.) A magazine subscription.

4.) Freezer meals.  My sister used to fill my grandmother’s freezer with soup and home cooked meals that she could take out and warm up for dinner. Grandma loved this gift.

5.) Gift Certificates to their favorite store, restaurant, gas station, or beauty salon.

Chime In: Do you have any creative gift ideas for Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day)? Share them in the comment section with us!

Walk with the King,



  1. Sadly, my grandparents are all gone 🙁

    I live with my husbands mother so my gift to her is helping to care for her & supporting her as she has Alzheimer’s at 90. I sell Scentsy so I give my Mom some new Scentsy bars for her to melt. My dad is easy. He likes gift cards to Sears so he can save up for a new tool for his garage! Lol

  2. Give a card stating that each month you will take your parents out to eat for a year. This works for Father’s Day and Mother’s Day combined. You could clean her house.

  3. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. My dad will be turning 60 this summer and my brothers and I are hosting a surprise party for him. The memory jar is something I think I’ll ask each guest to do as a group gift for him to take him. He’s one of six children so there are lots of memories to go round between siblings, children, nieces, nephews, grandkids, and friends. Thanks again for sharing!

  4. since my daughter was born 6 years ago and i became a mom myself, i came up with the idea of doing something together with my mom that we’d both enjoy. so, every year, as close to mother’s day as we can, or when it gets warm, my mom and i go for a pedicure. it’s a bonding time for just the 2 of us. i look forward to it every year!

  5. I love the memory jar idea 🙂 A few years ago I decided that instead of buying something for my parents for mother and father’s day I would make a thank you jar. Very similar to the memory jar, but instead I wrote out 52 things that I am thankful to them for and reasons that I am thankful they are my parents. Didn’t cost me much money and I think it meant a lot to them 🙂 Very thankful to have Godly parents that raised me in Christ.

  6. Shampoo & Set. My husband and I were stumped as to what gift could we possibly give his Mother. Her needs were simple and had been met, the last thing she needed was another collectable. Each and every Friday she went to the beauty shop to have her hair washed and set. We contacted the owner and arranged to purchase 3 months worth of Fridays. She raved about the pampering to all of her friends.

    1. That’s a great idea! We are still try to help my grandparents get rid of items that they have in storage, so I never want to buy my Grams more “stuff”….but she does go get her hair done still.

  7. This one takes some commitment, but it is the most appreciated gift I have ever given. My grandmother lives 3 hours away, so to keep her up to speed as to what we’re up to, I send her a “postcard” every week. I print out on cardstock a recent 4×6 photo and then on the reverse side type up and print out an update on how we are and what we’ve been doing that week. I send her a photo album once a year so she has somewhere to put them with a note saying we’ve renewed her subscription to the family news. She now has 13 years worth of albums. 🙂

  8. One year for my mom on Mother’s Day, my kids and I made an ABC book for her. For every letter of the alphabet we thought of as many words as we could that would describe her or have something to do with her and we would add some clip art pictures to it. Then on the back of each page we put a picture of a family member that had a name that started with that letter. It was a lot of fun putting it together and she really loved it.

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