Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8. This year I am lucky enough to be able to be with my mom in between her birthday and Mother’s Day. My sisters and I are taking her on a surprise trip! It’s rare though that I am able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom, so when I’m able, I like to send a gift. As a mom who is decluttering, the gifts I give and like to receive are simple and clutter free. Here are 10 thoughtful, practical gift ideas for the minimalist mom on Mother’s Day.
The saying, “it’s the thought that counts” when referring to gifts is particularly true for gifts given by children to their moms. I know that as a mom, the heartfelt card or drawing is always more appreciated than the last minute token gift. A big hug with sincere words of appreciation and love make my heart happy!
10 Practical Gift Ideas for the Minimalist Mom
As a mom seeking simplicity and a clutter free life, these gifts mainly focus on shared experiences, consumables, and won’t create clutter:
1. Breakfast in Bed.
This is always a favorite of moms – especially if it includes a kitchen that has been thoroughly cleaned afterwards! Make sure to give mom time to relax and read or do something she doesn’t normally get time to do because of her normal day to day responsibilities.
2. Personal letter, poem, or handmade craft.
I still have a framed Mother’s Day poem that my middle son made for me at church when he was 3 years old – he’s 12 now. I love it because of his small handprints and the cute, touching poem.
3. Picnic lunch at a park or horticultural center.
There are beautiful parks with spring flowers and trees in bloom that would make for a wonderful relaxing time together. Find one near you and pack a simple picnic lunch of some of your mom’s favorite foods.
4. Handmade coupons for acts of service.
I don’t know a mom who wouldn’t love these coupons – especially if it includes NO grumbling and having to ask twice! Some suggestions for acts of service: laundry for a day (washing, folding, AND putting away!), washing a car, or gardening work.Mothers Day is just around the corner! Here are 10 practical, thoughtful gifts for the #minimalistmom. #minimalism #mothersday #practicalgifts Click To Tweet
5. Dark chocolate just for her.
I know that whenever I have something yummy, my mom instinct is to share it with my kids and husband. Make sure to let her know that this is just for her – no sharing required! These dark chocolate squares are one of my favorites.
6. Tickets to an event she normally wouldn’t spend money on.
Some suggestions might be a play, the ballet, or a sporting event – whatever your particular special mom would find enjoyable.
7. Restaurant Gift Card.
I know that as a mom on a budget, I always make my coffee at home and bring my lunch to work. Getting a gift card gives me permission to indulge in that special coffee drink or go out to lunch when I normally wouldn’t. It is definitely a treat.
8. Digital photo frame.
I decluttered most of my physical photos, but still have a ton of digital photos. A digital slideshow with photos ranging from baby photos to the present would be a great gift. This digital photo frame is a great price right now.
9. A Spa Treatment.
I’m not a fan of manicures (they last for about a minute on me before they start chipping) but I love a massage or a good pedicure. Does the mom in your life like facials or massages?Is the mom in your life #decluttering and #simplifying? Here are 10 ideas for gifts she will appreciate! #mothersday #practicalgifts Click To Tweet
10. Fitness cards to a local studio.
Does she love yoga, pilates, spin, or kickboxing? Has she been wanting to try one out? Attend a trial class together, or buy a certain number of classes for her if you know she already enjoys it.
Looking for other great gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Click below:
Abby at Winstead Wandering: Gifts for the Foodie Mom
Lisa at Life on Merlin: DIY Craft Kits for Mom
What favorite, practical gift ideas have you received or given in the past?
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I have very fond memories of making coupon books for my mom for Mother’s Day. Now that I have kids of my own, I’m beginning to understand how special that would be. I think I’d cry if my kids gave me one 🙂
That’s very sweet Abby. My kids haven’t made me a coupon book either but I would love to get them. They have made me breakfast in bed and the effort they put in to doing it when they were young was so sweet.
Love these ideas! Many times I have received coupon books from my kids, so special!
My kids have NOT made me a coupon book but I may just “happen” to leave this post open for them to read. 🙂
I hoping for a pedicure gift card this year. It always fits and its relaxing. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Thank you for reading and commenting Rachel! I too hope you get that pedicure gift card – I love the warm bubbly soaks and the massage chairs!
Great ideas for the upcoming holiday! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & tweeted ! Have a great week!
Mother of 3 says
We try to make memories instead of giving gifts; for the past few years we’ve taken my mother in law to the zoo, on a kayak trip with the family, to a museum, out to lunch, etc.
Those sound amazing! Especially the kayak trip. I’m across the country from my mom – but feel fortunate that we can create a memory together this year.
I don’t like too much stuff…so I love this list! I would happily take quite a few on this list.
Katie Bennett says
This is a great list Angela! Thank you for putting it together! I’m definitely sharing it!
Ruthie Gray says
Such great ideas, gal! My very favorite mother’s day gifts are the ones my kids made for me down through the years, and still, a home made card or gift carries way more value in my book than anything else. I have quite the collection after 27 years of mothering!
Thanks for sharing your special post over at Tuesday Talk this week, tweeted and pinned!
That is so sweet Ruthie that you have all of the cards from 27 years! I love the homemade cards as well. I’ve started taking photos of them after awhile to preserve the memory. Thank you for sharing
Sharon Rowe says
Thank you for sharing on Monday Madness Link Party this week! I love the idea of giving a gift that doesn’t cause clutter. The idea of a meal out sounds ideal! Thanks again for sharing and I hope to see you again next week! 🙂
LZ Cathcart @The Summery Umbrella says
Aww! Loving all of these ideas, Angela! I definitely think I need to do some kind of combination of 5,6, and 8 this year. Thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂
These are perfect! a SPA day, picnic, and event are my personal fav gifts to receive.
Have you linked up at #bloggerspotlight this week? This would be perfect!
Those are some of my favorite gifts as well Hil! I hope you were showered with love on Mothers Day!