Gift Ideas for Mom – Beyond flowers, chocolate, or a candlelit dinner
Valentine’s Day is a beautiful day to show love to the special people in your life. But knowing what to get the real love of your life — your mom — can be a challenge. After all, the woman who does it all deserves the best of Valentine’s Day. But what to get her?
We polled our readers to find out what moms want for Valentine’s Day – beyond flowers, chocolate, or a candlelit dinner. Here’s what they had to say.
A clean home.
A clean home is truly the best gift you can give someone. A clean house is a kind gesture that no one is going to turn down. After all, who doesn’t want a free ticket to relax while their house gets scrubbed from top to bottom? Multiple moms like this idea.
You could never go wrong with a deep clean of the house. We have a puppy and two small kids right now. I’d love a handmade ticket from my husband good for one entire day off of kid/pet/wife duty that I could pull out and use anytime I wanted. I know. I’m dreaming. ~ Sylvia W.
More than anything in the world, I want someone to come in and deep clean my house. I want to come home to a SPOTLESS house. – Laura M.
I would love a spa date or and cleaning service to help out around the house! – Fredrika H.
A day off.
One significant—and nearly free—way to reward a mom is by giving her free time. Whether you arrange a day at the local spa or let her sleep in, let her enjoy a relaxing day with none of the typical stressors.
A nice dinner and no cleaning after….or the day off. – Carrie J.
A massage, a good nap while the house is professionally deep cleaned, and wake up refreshed to enjoy a clean house for two solid hours before my husband comes home with the kids. – Drina D.
Spending time together is a great gift idea. There are many activities you can do together that range from free to super expensive, whether it’s watching a movie together or a romantic vacation getaway for the weekend.
My main thing is making memories that we all will never forget. A day with my family with good quality time and no distractions, watching my kids play, laughing and conversing over a picnic. – Devanie G.
Anyone can take the easy way out and buy a gift card, but often homemade gifts prove you thought long and hard about what your loved one would enjoy.
The best part about homemade gifts is what they mean to you personally. Anyone can see the present, but only you know what it means.
I like homemade items, and the thought put into gifts. If they are treating me to a meal, I don’t want to go to a restaurant. I want the hubby and the kids to each have a hand in cooking a meal-regardless of how simple it is. If they want to buy me a gift, I’d rather they try to replicate the gift or idea by making it themselves. It’s the homemade aspect and the thought that counts. – Brittany P.
An oil change.
Are you looking for a practical gift? Give your mom’s car a tune-up. Better yet, take her car in for an oil change, tire rotation, and under-the-hood inspection. Single moms, especially, will appreciate this gift. There are plenty of moms raising kids with no help. Money can get tight, so any bit of support can go along way.
My car fixed without me losing a day. – Natalie B.
More great ideas!
If you need more Valentine’s Day gift ideas, check out the following list from one of our newsletter subscribers.
- Heart jewelry
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Romantic vacation getaway for the weekend
- A gift certificate to a favorite clothing store for a shopping spree
- A couple’s massage
- Spa Day gift certificate
- Beach trip
- Slow dancing in private to your favorite love songs with candles lit
- Sexy lingerie
- New dressy outfit and shoes that he picked out on his own for you to wear that night
- Created photo album of pictures of the two of you from Shutterfly or SnapFish
- A couple’s photoshoot
- Favorite slice of dessert — for example from Cheesecake Factory
- Bouquet of gift cards from your favorite places
- Watch a romantic movie or your wedding video
- Bubble bath together with rose petals in the tub, favorite wine, candles lit, and love songs playing softly in the background
- Sticky notes around the house of things he loves about you
- Concert of your favorite band or singer