Mother’s Day Gift Guide and What Mom Really Wants

mother's day gift guide and what mom really wants


By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor

It can be hard to know what gift Mom will enjoy the most. To help get your gift brainstorming a head start, and I hope make the process easier of choosing something your Mom will love, I thought long and hard to come up with this handy-dandy Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

I didn’t want to overwhelm us with too many choices, so I limited it to five categories of gifts with one to four items in each category. I used because it’s available to everyone. And I made sure that each item was Prime Eligible so that even if you don’t have a Prime Membership, the item has a great chance of making it to your Mom or the person you’re buying it for in time for Mother’s Day.

What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day — and Every Day

For a lot of people, Mother’s Day isn’t a happy day. Relationships are fluid and often hard to navigate, especially if there are past or present hurts acting as obstacles to maneuver around. Or for anyone who desperately wants to become a mom but isn’t able to conceive, for those drowning in the paperwork and setbacks of the adoption process, and for those mourning the death of their Mom or child, the day is often one of agony.

There are actually 7 Etiquettes for Mother’s Day that help no matter your age, gender, or relationship with your Mom (living or passed away). I’ve also written on the etiquette of flowers given in some churches on Mother’s Day. All of these manners (best practices for handling things) help us by raising our sensitivity level and giving us tools for handling both happy and sad situations.

Before we get to the Mother’s Day Gift Guide, it’s important to know that most moms, especially of adult children, don’t care much about the gift they receive on Mother’s Day because what they want most on Mother’s Day is what they want the most from us (and for us) as sons and daughters every day.

What moms want most is to know that we think of them, if even for a minute, every day. They hope beyond hope that we cherish them. That we are grateful for them. That we’re happy with the childhood they molded for us. And that we feel they prepared us well for adulthood. They long to hear us say that we love them just as they are — perfectly flawed and all.

Gifts are outward symbols of appreciation and thoughtfulness, but 99 out of 100 moms would give up every Mother’s Day gift for the rest of their lives to hear (or read) those sentiments from their adult child. I love the way Proverbs 31: 28-29 states it:

Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied), and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying], “Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.” (MSG)

High praise. It’s more precious than gold or silver. That’s what moms really want. So along with the gift you hand her or send her as an outward symbol that you’re thinking of her, let her know the depth of your admiration for her! It will be her best Mother’s Day yet! In fact, unless your Mom’s love language is gifts, writing her a letter of admiration from your heart is something that needs very little or nothing else to make it complete!

So before heading to for Mom, shop for her first from the overflow of your heart.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

For the Traveling Mom

Set of 4 Packing Cubes That Make Packing SOOOOO Much Easier


I love packing cubes! Packing anything is simpler and less wrinkly! Plus, mom will never again have to dig through her suitcase to find a particular blouse, jeans, dress, or anything else. This set of four comes in GREAT COLORS.

Click here to view details of the packing cubes. Comes in lots of colors!

Amazon Basics Packing Cubes – 4-Piece Set (2 Medium and 2 Large)

Arrive in Style — Without Unwanted Wrinkles $19.99 (As of this writing.)

About the packing cubes:

For some, packing a suitcase is an art form; for others, an essential part of routine travel plans. Either way, the AmazonBasics packing cubes help keep your belongings neatly stored and conveniently organized. Best of all, the fabric containers protect garments against wrinkles, reducing the need to iron once you arrive at your final destination.

The AmazonBasics four-piece set of two large and two medium packing cubes nicely accommodates both everyday and over-sized or bulky items. Use the medium packing cubes for anything from folded khakis, golf pants, and shorts to button-down shirts, tops, and t-shirts. The large packing cubes work well for jackets, jeans, hoodies, or sweaters.

Click here to be taken to the packing cubes on Amazon. 

For the Mom Who Needs Something Relaxing & Fun to Do

The Perfect Trio for The New Art/Craft Craze That’s Sure to Last!


These three items are what I bought my mom this year for Mother’s Day. (I’m not giving away any surprises — we celebrated early!) I bought them for her because I have this book, coloring pencils, and sharpener. (I have the set of 24 colored pencils. I wish I had this larger set because there are colors I need that aren’t included in the smaller set.)

Adult coloring is the new “IT” thing. I know why! It’s fun and relaxing. There’s also a deeper reason. There’s always something else on a mom’s to-do list. Her list never ends. As soon as she finishes something today — making dinner, for example — she has to do it again tomorrow. There’s a feeling that comes when you finish a page, sit back, look at it, and say to yourself, “It’s finished, and it looks good!” Those are beautiful words for any mom’s ears. And therein is the true art in this new popular art form.

Best yet, with this art/craft, no special talent is needed. You can color your pictures as elaborately or as simply as you choose!

About the Prismacolor Artist colored pencils and sharpener bundle:

These aren’t our colored pencils from grade school. Prismacolor are artist pencils. I tried my son’s coloring pencils and then these. There is a WORLD of difference.

Click here to view details of why these pencils are so special. The bundle of 48 artist Prismacolor pencils in a beautiful tin case and sharpener (the sharpener by Prismacolor is a needed item) are on sale for $41.35. That’s more than 50 percent off the regular price of $99! (at the time of this writing).

About the Artist Colored Pencil and Sharpener:

1 of Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 48 Pack
Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
Lightfast, richly saturated pigments
Thick, robust leads resist cracking and chipping, making them perfect for adult coloring books
48 premium colored pencils
Artist-quality colored pencils for every level of expertise
Colors are easily blended, slow to wear, and waterproof
Soft, thick cores create a smooth color laydown for superior blending and shading
Package contains one 9-3/4 by 8-1/8 by 7/8-inch tin with 48 pencils
Made in USA

1 of Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener
Sharpens your Prismacolor colored pencils to a perfect point
Two different blades, both made from high-quality sharpened steel
Select a wide point for coverage or a fine point for sharp details
Translucent black body allows you to see exactly when the sharpener is full
Specifically designed for Prismacolor Premier pencils

Now that you have the essentials, it’s time to add the artist coloring book!

Here’s the one I have and also bought my Mom. It features beautiful pictures to color adorned with Bible verses, quotes from Christian writers, and phrases from hymns.

Another great feature of this book is that it contains the link to a Spotify playlist of hours and hours of FREE music specially chosen for the book. It’s a fantastic bonus feature, and I love the worship music! Click here to find out all about this book and to look inside. It’s only $10.49 (at the time of this writing).



Details about the book are here and below.

About the “Whatever is Lovely” Book:

Color your way to peace and worship.

We live in such a busy, hectic world — but what waits for you inside this adult coloring book is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.

When we create, we echo the heart of our creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.

So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.

To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the “Whatever Is Lovely” playlist is included.

Click here for this great book.


Note: Here’s another book option. With no Bible verses or music, it is a New York Times Bestseller with over 2,700 Five-Star Reviews. Enchanted Forest is a beautiful book with hidden surprises. Click here to see inside this book. 



For the Fashionista Mom

No Mother’s Day gift guide would be complete without jewelry and something fashion-related for mom. Here, I’ve gathered three modern takes on classic styles. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s sure to please moms of every age!

Sterling Silver and Diamond Accent Bangle

This highly rated bangle looks perfect with jeans at home, office wear from business casual to professional, or even for a night out on the town. It’s a modern piece with a classic look. A great find! Plus, for a limited time you get a FREE pair of Swarovski stud earrings. Double Great!!



Click here to view a 20-second video of this bracelet.  Sterling Silver and Diamonds for $79.99! (at the time of this writing).

About this bracelet:

Sterling silver bangle bracelet featuring figure-eight knot with pave-set diamonds
All our diamond suppliers certify that to their best knowledge their diamonds are not conflict diamonds.
The total diamond carat weight listed is approximate. Variances may be up to .03 carats.
Hinged closure featuring box clasp with safety

Note: Free Swarovski Studs Special Offer With the Purchase of This Bracelet: FREE 1 cttw Swarovski Zirconia Studs with Qualifying $25 Purchase
Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on May 6th, 2016. Free Swarovski Studs.

Click here for this great bracelet.


I Love You Necklace — Sterling Silver with Diamond Accents



Click here for a 20-second video of this necklace. “I love you to the moon and back.” What mom doesn’t love her child to the moon and back, and what child wouldn’t want to say the same thing to his or her mom?!

This necklace is a modern, stylish version of “mom jewelry.” Sterling Silver and Diamond Accents for only $49.99! (at the time of this writing). Plus, for a limited time you get a FREE pair of Swarovski stud earrings. Double Great!!

About this necklace:

Sterling silver necklace featuring round pendant engraved with “I Love You to the Moon and Back” and diamond-accented half moon

Box chain with spring-ring clasp
Single Cut — some diamonds may consist of fewer than 17 facets
All our diamond suppliers confirm that they comply with the Kimberley Process to ensure that their diamonds are conflict free.

Note: Free Swarovski Studs Special Offer: FREE 1 cttw Swarovski Zirconia Studs with Qualifying $25 Purchase
Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on May 6th, 2016.

Click here for this great necklace. 

A Lovely and Unique Tote-Size Purse (Use the Handles, or Wear It Cross body)

I have this bag! I adore this bag! I get compliments on this bag. ALL. THE. TIME.

Click here for more photos and to see the different colors this bag is available in! 

Lovely, unique, contemporary, yet a little classic, too. It goes with everything! Mine is black like the one shown here; I’m thinking I need the red one, too! Maybe next year! 😉


About this bag:

It comes with an easy two-snap washable, durable liner for when you don’t want people to see what’s in your bag. (I keep the liner in mine.) However, without the liner, as it’s shown in the photo above. It’s a great beach, lake, or pool bag. I carry this bag to work and church, and I even toted it with me all through London. It really is a GREAT BAG.

This is an Aldo bag and only $55.00 (at the time of this writing).

For the Fit Mom or The Mom Wanting to Get Fit

#1 Selling Fitbit Wireless Activity Tracker, Quality of Sleep Monitor, Caller ID, and Watch…Plus Lots More in One


I’m a writer. I sit and write all day. I’m not active. I don’t exercise like I should. I live in Florida, the Sunshine State, and yet I’m so rarely outside that my doctor has me on a daily dose of prescription Vitamin D. I want all of that to change! And this is what I’m buying to help!

Sometimes, moms can be so busy doing, that they don’t realize they’re not getting quality exercise or sleep. The Fitbit helps with that and so much more. (It’s best for moms who use a smartphone; however, they can use most of the functions by downloading a free app for their computer.)

Listed below are a few of the important and exciting things the Fitbit keeps track of. Click here to watch a short video. It does a great job of showing all the benefits moms will love!

A great part is the price.  You’re helping to get and keep mom in shape for less than $100. That’s priceless!

About the Fitbit: 
Accurately track all-day stats like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes
See daily stats, time of day, and exercise mode with a bright OLED display
Monitor your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm (There’s sleep and then there’s a good night’s sleep. The two are entirely different. This will let you know whether your body is getting the quality sleep you need to keep healthy and going strong all day!)
Get call notifications right on your wrist (Caller ID without digging your phone out of your purse or bag to see who is calling!)
Access real-time run stats like time, distance, and pace to stay on track
Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer and over 150 leading smartphones.

The Fitbit is available in Slate Blue or Black and in two sizes: Small and Large. It’s priced at $99.93 (at the time of this writing).

For the Mom Who Has Almost Everything

One Year of Amazon Prime Membership

If mom doesn’t have Amazon Prime, she’s missing out on great deals, convenient shopping, and fast delivery, not to mention FREE: movies, music, photo storage, ebooks, and so much more!

I’ve had an Amazon Prime membership since the first year it was offered. I think they must lose money on the McKee family because we have so much shipped that our mailing fees far exceed $99 a year.

Their Subscribe and Save service offers us the products we bought at Costco for about the same or less, so we didn’t renew our Costco membership. Plus, with Amazon Prime Video as a FREE added bonus, we cancelled Netflix.

If you’re not familiar with it, you can find out more about Prime Membership and see whether it’s right for your mom by clicking this link. 

Prime members enjoy:

FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music
Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
Free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive
Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
The gift of Prime is $99 for one year and can only be redeemed on

One Year of Prime Membership is $99.

An Amazon Gift Card Delivered by Email in Any Amount



If mom already has Amazon Prime or wouldn’t be interested in it, and you’re really at a loss for what to get her, you can choose the gift she’s sure not to return by purchasing her an Amazon gift card in any amount. She can pick out exactly what she wants! It’s not the most personal of presents, so when you call her, explain that you chose it because you wanted her to have something that would be special for her, and you just weren’t sure what that would be this time.

About Amazon Gift Cards:

Cards are deliverable by email

There are lots of different card designs for you to choose from, and you can even custom-design

They are available in any amount

Click here for an Amazon gift card.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts Come From the Heart

I hope this guide has helped you brainstorm a gift your Mom will enjoy. Remember to call or write if you can’t be there in person. When you’re talking with her, don’t just say, “I love you!” Let her know how deep and wide your love for her runs. It’s the gift that only you can give her, and to her your praise is more precious than gold.

Until next time, keep doing what you were put here to do, bless others by being you…at your authentic best!

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Hugs and blessings,

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mother's day gift guide and what mom really wants

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