Five Meaningful & Intentional Gift Ideas for Mother's Day - Saltbox Sash

Five Meaningful & Intentional Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

I remember the first time I gave my mom an experience gift for Mother's Day, and how great it felt to give her something I knew she would enjoy and look forward to. She and my father were so excited to have an enjoyable night out already planned and, most importantly, my mom was delighted she wasn't receiving more stuff she didn't need or want. Although that approach was hit for my mom, I knew it wouldn't work for everyone. I needed a few more gift ideas for Mother's Day I could count on for the other mothers in my life. Here are five intentional and meaningful gift ideas for Mother's Day. Bonus: Many of these gift ideas are eco-friendly too. 


consumable gift

Consumable Gifts: These are among my favorite gifts to give and receive any time of the year. Consumable gifts won't contribute to the overwhelm of stuff that tends to accompany gift-giving. I find this type of gifting more personal to create as it involves curating a few favorite items of the giftee. Products such as chocolate, candles, beloved hot drinks, snacks, or beauty products, are excellent examples of consumable gifts that one can easily create and guaranteed to be enjoyed by most.

audio book subscription

Subscription or Membership Gifts: This is a fantastic gift that keeps on giving, and one I wouldn't have thought of if not gifted to me first. I received a year's subscription for audiobooks, and it is one of my most favorite gifts to date. Other ideas can include subscriptions for music, favorite publications, learning classes, movies/shows. Memberships to museums, zoos, aquariums are also welcome gifts most moms will appreciate.


Experience Gifts: Given the plethora of experiences to choose from, these are fun gifts to give and receive. From tickets to the movies, concerts, cafes, shows, restaurants, amusement parks, luncheonettes, waterparks, spas, and mini-golf, you'll have enough experience gifts to give for years to come. Some of these ideas can cost a pretty penny, but you can also swing an experience gift on a budget. I once gave my sister a gift certificate to get her nails done, along with a gift card to her favorite lunch spot, and she loved it.

grandma picture

The Gift of Time: This is a special gift for moms and grandmothers to create with the kiddos for other family members, friends, and neighbors. My husband and boys did this for me one year, and I never forgot their proud, sweet faces as they watched me open the coupon book they helped create. There was one coupon good for helping to make breakfast, another for setting the table, and so on. It was adorable and taught them a valuable lesson that gifts aren't just physical items we purchase at a store. Time is a precious commodity, especially today when we seem to be busier than ever, and so when someone commits their time to another, the impact can be greater than any physical gift. Another idea is to check-in on your elderly mama neighbors or relatives, sometimes, what they want the most is the company of others and feeling seen.  

 lambent crystal candleholder

Gifts that Give Back: If you decide to purchase a physical gift, try to shop from companies that carry fair trade, ethically sourced, and locally made products. Their business practices should be transparent and place value on people and the planet first. You can find unique, handmade products made from natural, sustainable materials from your local shops or online small businesses. 

As you search for the perfect gift for Mother's Day, we hope we inspired you to try one (or all) of these gift ideas. Share with us! Which one of the above ideas will you try first?

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