What Gift Moms Want This Mother’s Day #Infographic

Happy Mother's Day |

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and it’s always one of my favorite holidays. It may be heavily commercialized but celebrating our mothers is important. To give thanks and share our love with our mothers (and maybe work in an apology or two for those teen years) and to receive it back as both a daughter and mother is a real privilege. In honor of our mothers, I have a fun infographic to share with you, but first I want to set a few ground rules when it comes to giving gifts to your Mom (or really anyone).

Spend What You Can Afford AND Want to Spend

There is an unfortunate perception that the price of a gift makes it more valuable or indicates the love the giver has for the recipient. This is false. Money spent does NOT determine the value of the gift. This mindset really inhibits the fun of buying and giving gifts because it puts so much pressure on you. Once you let go of that mindset, you’ll find gift-giving is much more enjoyable.

The key to successful gift-giving is to determine how much you can afford (no gift should create debt) and want to spend. Those are two different things. Sometimes you want to buy an extravagant gift for someone you love that is out of your price range. It’s not wrong to have that desire, so don’t feel bad about it, but stay within your budget. Your Mom does not want you to go into debt for her Mother’s Day gift!

On the other hand, you may have the discretionary income to buy an extravagant gift but that doesn’t mean you have to do so either. You pick the amount you want to spend. Gifts given with love are what matter, not the price tag, no matter how big or small it is.

Know What Would Make Your Mother’s Heart Happy

This one can be tricky as I know Moms are notorious for saying that they don’t need anything. I also know from experience on both sides of the equation that gifts will still be given. There are lot of people and advertisers who will tell you want Mom wants, but the only person who truly knows is Mom herself, so ask her. And Moms — be honest. This way you ensure whatever they buy you is money well-spent.

For example, flowers are popular gift. I regularly see them get dismissed because they are expensive and don’t last, which is true. I also know Moms who anxiously wait all day for the doorbell to ring and the flowers to arrive from their kids or grandchildren. They love the flowers they receive and look forward to their Mother’s Day bouquet every year. While other Mothers have zero interest in receiving flowers. The best gift is whatever makes your mother’s heart happy and fits your budget. Don’t get caught in the hype of bad or good.

What Gift Mom Wants This Mother’s Day

I found a fun infographic on what Moms want for Mother’s Day. All of them would be welcome in my book, although I am a little bit suspicious about 0% wanting chocolate. It may be a more traditional Valentine’s Day gift but what Mom would turn down chocolate? Not me! 🙂

What Mom Wants for Mother's Day #Infographic |

Moms — what has been your most treasured gift? What are you getting your Mom this Mother’s Day?

Happy Mother’s Day and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


May 8, 2015  •  13 Comments  •  infographic

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  1. Friday, May 8th, 2015
    My daughter made me a little potted plant in school. Love it! I asked my husband for hanging plants and flowers for the yard. I'm here 24/7 so I want it to look nice! Other than that, I already have everything I want.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      Love it, Holly! And I agree, working for home, you want to look outside your window and see beauty. :) Happy Mother's Day!
  2. Friday, May 8th, 2015
    I find the no chocolate one a little odd as well. I'm all about personalizing the gift for Mother's Day and thankfully with little ones that pretty simple to accomplish. :) We usually go to the botanical gardens for the day and then I give Nicole a day to do whatever she likes to allow her to get some me time in just for herself. Have a great weekend and Mother's Day Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      I have to admit that I am big fan of the "me time" gift too. I want to spend the day with my family but a gift of a few hours to myself is such a precious gift. I'm sure Nicole loves it!
  3. Friday, May 8th, 2015
    Happy Mother's Day Shannon! I wish I could afford to get my mom something nice (it's also her birthday today) but it's just not in the cards right now. If I was in Detroit I'd just spend the day with her hanging out, but for now it's just a card and phone call. But she understands my situation and would be upset if I was spending money I didn't have right now.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      Thanks, Tonya! Trust me, the card and phone call means the world to your Mom, although I understand you wanting to do more. It will be in the cards again, I'm sure!
  4. Friday, May 8th, 2015
    Happy Mother's Day! I agree, it is a very over advertised day indeed. Knowing what makes your Mom happy is key. It is the simple things in life right! Cuddling with any or all of my 3 children would be great! Great read ;-)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      Thanks, Ellen! Happy Mother's Day to you too! I have to agree that snuggling with my girls makes Mother's Day (and every day) special. Thanks for stopping by and commenting - I appreciate it!
  5. Friday, May 8th, 2015
    Aside from the cuddle and a card, I am giving my mom a mug warmer and a backpack bag. Happy Mother's Day Shannon and to all moms out there! Thank you for everything you do and share.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      Sounds like great gifts she will love, Jayson. Thank you for your kind words and well wishes - I appreciate them!
  6. Sunday, May 10th, 2015
    Happy Mother's Day!!! I think this comes down to knowing your mom :) I love flowers (not a mom of course, but just saying!), but I know others who really don't. It relates to the way you like to receive love. Some people prefer gifts, others prefer words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, or acts of service (the "5 love languages"). My mom prefers gifts, so I go with that!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, May 10th, 2015
      Thanks, Natalie! Absolutely - it's knowing what your Mom (or any gift recipient) values and everyone values different things.
  7. Monday, May 18th, 2015
    I know this comment is kind of late, but I think the most important gift is just spending time with one's mom. As we get older we tend to see our parents less, so some quality time is best.
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