Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by on April 22, 2012

As soon as Easter decorations are packed away and we’re getting into the spring groove, it’s time to start thinking about Mom. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 this year. (Pssst! It’s always the second Sunday in May!)

Based on our spending, we value and treasure our moms.

  • According to Hallmark, Mother’s Day is the second most popular holiday for gift giving (following Christmas) and it’s the third largest card-sending holiday in the U.S., with 133 million cards exchanged annually.
  • According to the most recent statistics available from the National Retail Federation, Mother’s Day ranks fourth on the list of overall holiday spending at $16.3 billion, just behind Valentine’s Day. (The winter holidays and back-to-school are in the top spots.)
  • The Society of American Florists reports that Mother’s Day accounts for 25 percent of the floral purchases made for holidays, giving it the second spot just behind Christmas. More than a third (35 percent) of adults bought flowers or plants as gifts for Mother’s Day 2011, with the majority of those purchases (69 percent) being fresh flowers.

This year I’ve spotted a couple of items that would be perfect Mother’s Day gifts, especially for moms with younger children. These gift ideas incorporate the children into the gift, and let them have a hand in making the gift personal and very special.

Wood Gallery Oversized Mat Frames – Available from Pottery Barn ($49-$69, www.potterybarn.com) in a choice of finishes. I love the idea of the oversized mat for children’s hand prints. Remove the mat from the frame and place it on a protected surface. Paint each child’s hands with acrylic craft paint (it will wash right off their hands) and help them make hand prints on the mat. (Practice on a piece of paper or cardboard first.) Allow the hand prints to dry, place a special family photo in the photo opening and re-frame the mat. Be sure to put the date on the back of the mat, or, if your handwriting is good, in the lower right hand corner of the front. Wrap and present to Mom!

No matter what you choose for Mom this year, make it hit a few elements of the perfect gift, particularly sentimental or meaningful; and make sure it’s within your spending plan!