Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Still deciding what to give mom or grandma for Mother’s Day? I’ve got some ideas to share (and a link to a Mother’s Day poem I wrote too)! But first, let me share some art from quite some time ago that I created — and as I was preparing for Mother’s Day, I remembered these two pieces in particular. Both are digital/drawing/photo collages that I created over ten years ago.

This first one is my favorite of the two. I honestly can’t even remember what I titled it at the time, aside from Sunset Girl. My mother loved this image, and ultimately it graced the cover of her book, Riding Past Grief – A Daughter’s Journey #afflink.

So while this piece isn’t about mothers specifically, it is about being a daughter, finding your own way, and holding firm through the storms life may bring. I vaguely recall titling Riding Past Midnight (but that may be the title of a short story I wrote around the same time). The sunset and rough terrain are based on a photograph I took in the mountains of Montana, and the girl began as a sketch. I blended the two, using digital painting and other applications that are probably long obsolete by now.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Sunset Girl Fresco

This second image inspired a poem for my mother. The piece and the poem share the same name – Mother Daughter Walk. Well, her poem may have assimilated whatever I had originally titled it (but I’m ok with that). This image was created in a similar fashion, digital painting with the mother and daughter originating as a sketch and paired with a photograph of mine. The rocky mountain path is from Scottsdale, Arizona, on Camelback mountain if I recall correctly.

Mother Daughter Walk

Given my mother’s love of poetry and all things art, I’ve actually planned ahead and written her a poem.

I submitted it to a Mother’s Day writing contest, and amazingly, my poem was selected as one of ten “finalists” — head over to Positive Parenting to read “A Reflection of My Mother.”

Mom, if you’re reading this (don’t moms always read their daughter’s posts?), you don’t get to read it until Mother’s Day. Sorry. you can read it early but no complaining!

But then the next question, for me, at least, was how to help my son with the concept of Mother’s Day. I will *not* be helping him make a gift for me, as that seems tacky. Dad can be in charge of any gifts that might materialize (and frankly, I’m ok without… toddler hugs are sufficient for me!).

But, grandmothers are still important — so we will be creating something for both grandmas between now and Mother’s Day. Again, since one or both of them may read this before Mother’s Day, I am not going to share what we are creating. But, I do want to give you some ideas in case you’re in the same boat I was a couple days ago.

What to make/do/give… that’s the tough question!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Here are some ideas and resources for thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts! I’ve included the link to the aforementioned grief poetry in case you know someone who has lost a mother and may find it helpful. Links will open in a new window for your convenience. You might also want to check out my Gift Ideas Pinterest board, as I may find some more cute ideas between the time of posting and Mother’s Day.

Follow Betsy @’s board Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

Do You Have Plans for Mother’s Day?

We typically go out for a nice Mother’s Day brunch, and this year we may spend time outdoors too if the weather is nice. Do you have any family traditions for Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear them. And, if you want to share any creative Mother’s Day gift ideas, I’m all ears 🙂

14 Responses

  1. Rena Klingenberg

    Betsy, I love your digital drawing-photo collages, especially the “Mother Daughter Walk”. They’re dreamy and fascinating. Thank you for including my hand colored photo jewelry tutorial in your list of Mother’s Day gift ideas. And I so agree, hugs from our children (even when they’re all grown up) are the very best gift of all. 🙂

  2. Betsy Finn

    Thank you, Rena! I really love your jewelry tutorial, I have some silver pieces waiting to be filled with images and I might just have to use that technique for them :).

  3. Mae

    Great collection of ideas. We will be working on our gifts tomorrow.

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Mae. I want to see what you guys end up making!

  5. Tammy

    I love the Mom and Daughter walking. What a beautiful picture to have.

  6. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tammy 🙂

  7. Meeghan

    Thanks for post­ing on the Mother’s Day link-up! I just pinned this to you on our pin­ter­est board. 🙂

  8. Betsy Finn

    🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for pinning it, Meeghan!

  9. Alecia

    Thank you for linking up to the Small Victories Sunday linky. I love your artwork – so beautiful. I have pinned this to our board. Have a great week and look forward to seeing you link up again next week!

  10. Betsy Finn

    Thanks for visiting, Alecia!

  11. Stephine Lisa

    All pictures are so awesome and creative specially the “Mother Daughter Walk”. A great list of mother’s day gift ideas that’s also a superb and will be a great to make a smile on lovely mom’s face.

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Stephine. Glad you stopped by!

  13. Nancy Maclen

    Awesome pictures. I love all the pictures but specially one that is “Mother Daughter Walk”. Such type of amazing and lovely picture is perfect option for mother’s day gift.

  14. Betsy Finn

    Thank you Nancy! Glad you stopped by!