by Tricia Goss
Mothers and daughters share a special bond, and, regardless of the clashes and complexities that occur, most cherish one another dearly. This is why only the best birthday gifts for your mother will do. Once you consider your mother's hobbies and interests, you can find the perfect present to show her how much you care.
For the mom who gives good advice: You can show your mother that the life she has lived thus far, as well as her current goals and observations, are important to you. Find a journal that suits her style and personality, such as one handcrafted from fine paper or bound in rich leather. Write a note inside the journal, telling your mother that her memories, dreams, and thoughts are part of her legacy, and include a nice pen. A journal that includes slots for photos and mementos will make it a very thoughtful gift.
For the mom who loves to shine: Special pieces of jewelry from her daughter make treasured birthday gifts for Mom. Select jewelry that is lovely and delicate and has sentimental meaning, too. A heart-shaped locket, a ring with a double-heart motif, or a bracelet encrusted with both your mother's birthstone and yours are all great choices. To make a personalized gift, put together a charm bracelet with charms that have special meaning to you both.
For the mom who loves nostalgia: They say a picture paints a thousand words and, likewise, a meaningful piece of art can tell your mother volumes about your love for her. Choose a painting, art print, or sculpture that reminds you of a precious memory of your mother, such as a woman holding a little girl or a house reminiscent of the one in which your mother raised you. Or make it even more personal by giving her a photo album with photographs of the two of you together and other family pictures.
For the mom who deserves to relax: Whether she works hard and could use a little time to herself, or she is retired and taking it easy, a gift that helps her rest and get rejuvenated will make a perfect gift. Find a throw blanket in colors that complement your mother's home, and include a note with it, relating memories of all the times she tucked you in at night or made sure you were covered up when you were ill. Or choose a spa gift basket that will let her make the most of her relaxation time. Add a book by her favorite author to really maximize the gift.
For the mom who could pass for your sister: Moms who have a youthful appearance tend to have an appreciation for fashion and beauty, so indulge your mom in the things she loves most. A new handbag, a bottle of her favorite perfume, or some nice make-up would all be welcome gifts.
Published April 29, 2010
Updated February 13, 2015