5 Mother’s day gift ideas (that aren’t chocolate)

Hey friends!

So Mother’s day is just around the corner and I thought I’d jump in with some present ideas for you a little early so that you’ve actually got time to organize it. Nobody wants to be the kid that forgets about Mother’s day and has to get a last minute box of chocolates for their dear mum. Take it from the favourite child...your thoughtful gifts are the way to your mother’s heart.

Something you should know about me is that I LOVE giving gifts. It’s just second nature to me.

The problem with giving gifts to adults though (and parents in particular) is that it seems they have just about everything. What could I possibly get mum that she hasn’t received from every other well-meaning child in her class? There is only so much soap and chocolate you can hoard.

What I have come to realize is that the secret to great presents for older people is making them focused on experiences rather than tangible gift.

My dad doesn’t need any more CDs or DVDs. My mum doesn’t need any more aprons or cookbooks (she might disagree on that one.)

But everyone needs and LOVES quality time and precious memories.

So this Mother’s day, all of the presents I recommend you give are focused on experiences, laughs and memories. And these are often the things they would so love but never would buy for themselves.

This year, give your mum something that she will look back on over the years and actually remember.

5 Mother’s day gifts that aren’t chocolate:

Spa day…

Take your mum to your local beauty parlor and treat her to a manicure, massage or facial…and #treatyoself while you are at it. It’s a win-win. Happy mum and pampered you. Manicures from beauty salons are well worth it. They last 100x longer and look so effortlessly perfect. 

But, if you can’t quite afford a luxury spa treatment then set up your own spa day at home. It’s as easy as pie(which should also be included in this delicious occasion.) Grab some soft bathrobes (the cure for all of life’s hardships,) pretty nail polishes and face masks. Put on a soothing playlist and get ready to relaaaaaax.

Have a high tea…

I’ve always always wanted to do this because getting all dolled up and drinking tea are two of my favourite hobbies (I was born 100 years too late I’m telling ya.) And this Christmas I FINALLY got to do it with my Mumma and Gran. And they both LOVED it.

There is something about club sandwiches and eclairs that screams elegance.

There are several hotels in my area that do high tea so I am sure there will be some where you live too. Be warned though, they can be a bit pricey, so make sure to look around before booking.

And, if they are a little out of your price range then host your own high tea. If you can boil a kettle and make a sandwich…you’ve got this!

Go see a musical…

A few years ago I gave my parents tickets to see Mamma Mia the musical and they had such fun. There is so much variety in what shows are playing so there is bound to be something that your mum will like. If she is a real fan you could even splash out for a season pass which would be a gift that just keeps on giving. 

I guess the cheaper option for this one would be putting on the musical yourself…how well can you sing? 😉

Brunch and a visit to the botanical gardens…

Nothing says I love you like a waffles and whipped cream. Head to your favourite cafe for brunch or breakfast, just make sure you reserve a table if it’s a busy spot.

Then take your mum to the botanical gardens (or whatever pretty park in your area you can find.) Take a wander through the rose bushes, feed the ducks or paddle in the pond. Or you could skip brunch at the cafe and pack yourself a picnic. Croissants and coffee are a MUST!

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Something touristy in your town…

This option varies greatly depending on where you live and what your mother is like. But I’m thinking something along the lines of a river cruise, gondola ride or zip-lining (I live in a tourist hotspot so the options are endless here.)

It’s crazy how many people live in a place for a billion years but never do any of the touristy activities…so this is the perfect chance. Just don’t go making your poor mum do something you know she would not be a fan of like bungy jumping or hurtling down a hill inside a giant beach ball.

So there you have it 5 top notch present ideas for you to give this Mother’s day. You are most welcome.

Don’t forget to include a sappy card letting your Mum know just how much you appreciate her, everyone needs that reminder every now and then. Also, make sure to take lots of pictures so you can look back on the day and smile in years to come.

If you do try any of these ideas, let me know how it goes!

Mother's day is right around the corner so it's time to get your gifts ready. I've got 5 gift ideas that your mother will love...no chocolate is involved.

M x

Now tell me…

What touristy things are in your town?

Have you ever had high tea before?


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  1. Ooh thank you for giving us these ideas. Tea is such a fun experience, and I think I would love to maybe do a special breakfast for mama. 🙂 Our mamas are so amazing aren’t they?

  2. Ooh thank you for giving us these ideas. Tea is such a fun experience, and I think I would love to maybe do a special breakfast for mama. 🙂 Our mamas are so amazing aren’t they?

    A picnic also sounds delightful. Hmmm… I’ll have to think about it.

  3. So, again, why do we live so far apart? All of these make such perfect gifts for mothers day, but they are also all things I love to do! I have this dream to get all dolled up and have tea somewhere fancy, like this beautiful mansion/landmark I live close to. My sister and I have taken our mom to a winery for a day, and simple things like shopping and making her look for herself:) I could definitely use some of these ideas this year!

    1. Right!? Getting dressed up is just fun anytime. I love those old landmark buildings. I went to a market at one the other day and it would be the perfect spot to take beautiful pictures for the blog too. Ooh wine tasting is a great idea too! I’ve never done that but it would be fun.

  4. Man, I wish I had a love for giving gifts- I’m so bad at it! I scour posts like this desperate for the right gift to show my mom how much I love her. Thank you for this! I’m not sure if my mom would be into a tea day…. but it sounds soo fun!

    1. I wish I could help you out more. If that was a job I think it would be perfect for me. Like being a personal shopper kind of. I hope you find the perfect gift for your mum!

  5. I LOVE these – especially the spa day! My mom would love that since the spa is such a luxury that neither of us can afford too often (although we’d love to)! I’m looking forward to trying some of these out!

    1. I guess high tea is romantic in a Jane Austeny way but I’m not so sure any guys would appreciate it haha. Yup quality time is the best gift of all.

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