Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we’re starting to see all the reminders everywhere. If you’re one of the many who has a hard time coming up with gift ideas Mom will love, today’s post, Customized Gift Ideas that are Perfect for Mother’s Day, is for you! (I guarantee Mom would love any of the Mother’s Day Gifts I’m showing off today.)
This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Make this Mother’s Day with a personalized gift that says it all.
Just the other day, my daughter asked what my favorite holiday was. While I love Christmas-time for all the decorating and big family gatherings, my birthday for the cake, parties (and of course all the Facebook birthday wishes,) Mother’s Day is actually my favorite holiday.
It’s the day I get tons of extra love, sweet snuggles, kisses and handmade keepsakes and goodies from the kids. (Thank you, teachers, lol!) I also get to sleep late, have breakfast in bed, usually lunch out with family and then a leisurely afternoon of whatever I want and no chores!
While visiting at my parent’s house recently, I saw a framed family photo I had given them about seven years ago. I commented how sweet and little the kids were in the photo and my Mom said that was the most recent family picture she had of us and she would love to have a new photo.
It’s funny, as someone who loves photography so much, you would think that my house and my family’s homes would be overflowing with gorgeous family photos. I’ll tell the truth here: I love taking the pictures, editing, and sharing them via email and social media, but since everything is digital now, I rarely take that extra step and print the photos. (Which is really kind of sad!)
I knew exactly what to do to make my Mom feel extra special this Mother’s Day. I would make her a customized gift basket full of personalized goodies and the best (and most recent) photos just for her. And you’ll never believe it – they all came from Shutterfly! (Shutterfly has a ton of gift ideas to choose from: canvas prints, Photo Books, wine glasses, candles, blankets, pillows and even cell phone covers.)
When choosing what to create for my Mom, I wanted to put together a gift that was meaningful and included items she would display and actually use.
My parents are huge coffee drinkers; I knew my Mom would love a bright and cheery coffee mug specially made for her for Mother’s Day. Shutterfly makes it super easy to create a custom photo mug. Choose your style of mug, size and color and pick one of Shutterfly’s premade templates or design your own. Then all you have to do is pick the photo! (They even offer little add-ons to go inside the mug if you are giving it as a gift. I opted to add a little package of Ghirardelli chocolates to ours.)
With just a few clicks, I added a few recent photos and personalized it with a Mother’s Day message!
Another gift I thought my Mom would like was a new display photo for her desk to replace the outdated family photo. Shutterfly has multiple sizes, shapes, and themes of desktop plaques to choose from. You can add anywhere from one to ten photos (depending on your chosen layout) and customize it with a personal message. I love the look of the little bracket framed plaque, so that’s what I chose for her.
I had made myself a Photo Book from Shutterfly last fall. The book turned out so gorgeous; I couldn’t stop showing it off to everyone in the family over the holidays. I promised my Mom I would make a smaller version for her to keep at her house. So I definitely wanted to include the Photo Book in her Mother’s Day gift basket. (Whenever we’re at Grandma’s, everyone always loves looking through her collection of family photos, and she needs a few new photos from our family.)
If you want to include a Photo Book, but are short on time, I recommend using Shutterfly’s Make My Book™ Service. It’s a great service because you just upload your photos, and the Shutterfly designers will curate your pictures and make a photo book for you. If you enjoy making your photo books but are still looking for something fast and easy, you can also use Shutterfly’s Simple Path® – your photos are instantly arranged in your book and generally only need a few minutes of time to get the crop just right on some of the photos.
I want to make sure my mom feels special on Mother’s Day, and I can’t wait to give her the gifts I’ve picked out, I know she’ll love them! Wouldn’t your Mom love a personalized gift too?
Now it’s your turn. What gift would you love to give your Mom for Mother’s Day?
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.