How to Make Mother’s Day This Year the Most Amazing Holiday Ever for Mom


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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2024, and that means you’ll want to have a game plan in place to make Mom’s special day as amazing as possible. We’re here to help! On this page is everything you need for Mother’s Day 2024, including a guide on how to shop for Mother’s Day, what the best gifts for Mother’s Day are, and what to write in a Mother’s Day card to help you maintain your status as the Favorite Child.

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Doing this will give you time to shop in stores or online, select and fill out a greeting card, plan some fun Mother’s Day activities, and wrap your gift beautifully. But if life gets in the way and you need to find a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, we have you covered there as well.

74 percent of people who shopped for mother's day in 2023 bought flowers and a greeting card
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Having a hard time making a gifting decision? It’s OK to keep it simple. According to a National Retail Federation survey, 74% of people who shopped for Mother’s Day in 2023 bought flowers and a greeting card, 60% gifted mom a special outing, and 54% gave mom a gift card. These are tried-and-true ideas for a reason, and we have plenty of ideas here to help you out.

Ready to start putting together your plan for Mother’s Day? Keep reading to check out our expertly curated Mother’s Day gift guides for 2024, along with answers to all of the questions you may have along the way.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2024, and the best time to start shopping is three weeks early (the week of April 21)!

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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts of 2024

If you’re ready to pull out all the stops, these Mother’s Day gift ideas are the best of the best, no matter what your budget is this year.

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Whether you need a Mother’s Day gift within 24 hours or, like, immediately, these life-saving ideas either ship quickly with Amazon Prime or are digital gifts that’ll arrive in Mom’s inbox in an instant. Whew!

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How to Wrap Popular Mother’s Day Gifts

Put down that gift bag! If you’re all thumbs when it comes to wrapping gifts, don’t fret — check out our step-by-step gift-wrapping tutorials for all kinds of Mother’s Day gifts.

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FAQs

HOW SHOULD YOU GIFT A MOTHER’S DAY BOUQUET?

Flowers are a great go-to gift, whether you’re seeing your mom in person or sending your present from afar. Plus, they make for a fabulous last-minute Mother’s Day gift as well.

One of the easiest ways to give a bouquet for Mother’s Day is to gift Mom a flower subscription — this means that Mom will receive a fresh bouquet on the schedule that you choose in your online order, whether that’s weekly, biweekly, monthly, or bimonthly.

If you’d prefer to pick out a bouquet at the florist, farmers market, or grocery store to hand-deliver to Mom, we recommend choosing her favorite flowers. If you don’t know what she likes, you can select blooms in her favorite color or check out the hidden meanings of flowers so that you can gift appropriately.

As for which flowers you shouldn’t gift? If your mom suffers from allergies, avoid gifting bouquets that include amaranth, chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, or sunflowers, per WebMD. If Mom is a plant lover and would prefer something longer-lasting than a bouquet, you can consider gifting her a houseplant instead of flowers. Just keep in mind before you gift a plant that they do require the right amount of sunlight, water, and space at home (as well as time to care for them), so try to choose something low-maintenance like a succulent, spider plant, or pothos.


WHAT ARE THE BEST MOTHER’S DAY ACTIVITIES TO PLAN?

For Mother’s Day, Mom may very well say that what you buy for her doesn’t matter — she just wants to spend time with you.

Mother’s Day activities can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, but it’s best to plan an itinerary, make reservations if needed, and keep Mom’s preferences in mind above all else. Some activity ideas include booking her a spa treatment, going on a hike or stroll through a botanical garden, or cooking her favorite meal for dinner at home.


WHAT ARE THE BEST DELIVERY GIFTS FOR MOTHER’S DAY?

Especially if you and Mom live far away, seeing each other in person on Mother’s Day may not be possible. If you’re not able to visit Mom on May 12, you can send her a thoughtful delivery gift like a food gift basket, bouquet, or a wine subscription that’ll arrive in time. Make sure to give her a phone or video call on Mother’s Day so you can send her well wishes and see her open and enjoy the gift!

As you’re shopping online, keep in mind that certain retailers will gift-wrap your present for you. This will help ensure that Mom has something to unwrap on Mother’s Day.


WHAT SHOULD YOU WRITE IN A MOTHER’S DAY CARD?

No matter what gift you buy, you should definitely get Mom a card and write your own note inside. Here are some tips for coming up with what to say in a Mother’s Day card:

  1. Make a list of the reasons you’re grateful for your mom.

  2. Try to think of any memories or stories attached to these reasons. Add any personal details that you think would make Mom either laugh or well up.

  3. Reflect on what you’ve written and add any new ideas that come to mind over the next few hours or days. It can also be inspiring to look at photos of the two of you from when you were young.

  4. Type out your Mother’s Day message in three to five sentences, expanding on the best parts of your list.

  5. Once you’ve edited your message to read exactly how you’d like, copy it into your card by hand.

The message, written in your own words (and if possible, read aloud by Mom on Mother’s Day!), will be unforgettably sweet. But if writer’s block is getting the best of you, here are 80 heartfelt messages to write in a Mother’s Day card.

No time to even shop for a card? No problem! You can easily fold a paper heart, write a message inside, and attach it to your gift. Check out how to do it below:



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