GIft ideas that my mom would actually like.

May 12, 2012

“When all is said and done, all you really have left is your story. Make sure its a good one”

I don’t have enough words to explain how much our mum has done for us. She is our champion, hero, and our protector. She is also a confidant, and a keeper of secrets, big and small. In short, she is a mom. She sees her future in us and has always made sure that we know that we are her world; that we are her storytellers when she can’t tell her story anymore. I love my mother.

My siblings and I were champions at  coming up  with the tackiest Mothers’ day gift ideas, and spending an entire day making them. My mum, bless her heart, has kept every single one. She has all the macaroni cards and the popsicle stick bird houses, and she still treats them like they are her most precious gifts. The last few years, however, we have decided to celebrate Mothers’ day a bit differently. We still do the breakfast, and cooking and cleaning and such, but we also try to find and get her things that would actually like. She is a practical woman with great taste, and raising 4 kids doesn’t really allow one to indulge in the luxuries of life.

Before I go any further, I do want to note, that yes, I am aware that this is personal finance blog, and yes, I try to be frugal and save money where I can, but I want to spoil my mum for 2 days a year: Mothers Day and her birthday. The rule in our family is that she can’t object to presents.

I know there are tons of posts out there for frugal Mothers’ day gift ideas. My siblings and I have a running list of things that we think our mum would like. Keep in mind that we normally pool our resources and get a bigger present.


  • A work outfit. She is a skirt and blazer type of lady, but both my sister and here LOVED the grey dress that Stop Staring was kind enough to send over last week. The fabric is so soft and the dress fits any body type. They have both cocktail dresses and retro dresses, and the dresses are uber classy. I am in love with this store. The mix of vixen and professional attire is hard to find, but they do it so well. I am debating between a gift certificate, or just getting her my dress in black. That way I can borrow it, too.  Ps. Yeah, my mom has style 😉
My sister is voting for this one and I have a feeling its because she wants to get something from there, too.


  • A cruise. We got this for her 4 years ago, and she, along with a girlfriend went away for 5 days of sun and water. Total cost was around $600


  • A Kindle. I got my reading habit from her. She usually has at least 1 book with her at all time. Total cost= $100 plus cost of books (cheaper than paperback)

  • Jewelry. She doesn’t normally wear a lot, but she values quality over quantity. I know she has her eye on a few pieces from Belargo Jewelry, and we will most likely get her something from her for her birthday as well. The pieces are divine, and the best part is that I can borrow them, too! Total cost = $205

  • A scarf from LivefashionAble. I mentioned them the other day, and I know she really liked the scarf that I got. This will be an add-on to her present.   Total cost = $40

  • A pair of diamond earrings from Nothing too extravagant and a simple design that provides her with an accessory to match her dresses.


  • A DSLR. She loves taking pictures, and the camera that she has is about 4 years old and about to fall apart on her. You should see the pictures she can takes with that little thing.

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  • Daisy @ Add Vodka May 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    All great ideas – I think that’s so nice of you for being willing to splurge on her. My mom lives so far away, otherwise I’d be all over it!

  • shoppingtosaving May 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Really great ideas! I love to spoil my mom on her birthday and Christmas and Mother’s Day! I think the cruise is a wonderful idea. It’s something that will never be forgotten. Also I like the camera and that dress is perfect! I’m sure she will love anything you give her 🙂

    • Marissa May 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you. Mom’s are our unsung heros.

  • Marissa May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Credit cards, and delivery service! 😉

  • Careful Cents May 13, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I completely agree with you wanting to spoil your mom on her birthday and on Mothers Day. I mean come on, she does so much for us, she deserves it! The cruise was an amazing gift, and IMO going on a cruise is actually quite thrifty. I’ve been several times, and I promise you I ate my weight in seafood and chocolate. 🙂 A Kindle is a great gift idea, because she (most of the time) won’t have to spend as much on a Kindle book as she would on a paperback book. So it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

    • Marissa May 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Im so tempted to go on a cruise with her.

      • Christopher @ This That and The MBA May 14, 2012 at 2:50 am

        Me too…I could fit into her luggage…I think the kindle is a great gift idea….like careful said it is a gift that keeps giving through books that a cheaper than the paperbacks. It is very nice that you are in a situation to be able to give back to your mom. I know quite a few people who are not in the financial situation to do that. We went the cheap route this year for our mothers…we had a brunch at our house for both of our families….it was good ole fashioned quality time together…I hope you had a great weekend!!

        • Marissa May 14, 2012 at 3:13 am

          Sometimes that is the best gift of all.

  • jefferson May 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Great ideas, all of them. But yeah, all of those are expensive!
    You are one awesome daughter, to splurge like that on your mom 🙂

    • Marissa May 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you!

  • Early Years June 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Definitely, homemade. Parents love getting homemade gifts from their children. They know that the whole time you’re making the gift, you’re thinking of them. The sky is the limit for what you make. You know them best. Incorporating a photo is always great.

  • Sarah Anderson August 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Amazing ideas – your mum is lucky to have such loving children. 🙂 I think for mums, it doesn’t matter what you get us, if effort has been put into it, we’ll love it (even the macaroni picture frames!).

  • Audra January 8, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I love the black suit. I love my mom very much as like you…. Really a great feel between the mother and children, that we cant able to examine. Some of belargo jewelry uploaded in your post was awesome and I will find one day to give that to my mom….