With Mother’s Day just around the corner, May 8 to be exact, you may feel like the holiday has crept up on you yet again. Finding the perfect gift for a maternal or motherly figure can be a challenge, especially if you’re running around the morning of Mother’s Day in a scramble. Luckily, there are a select few gifts that are universally meaningful and thoughtful that can come in clutch for this upcoming Mother’s Day. For anyone who might need a bit of help this year, feel free to use this little cheat sheet. 

  1. Orchids or Potted Plants

Flowers are always a safe bet when it comes to Mother’s Day, but sometimes the traditional bouquets available in grocery stores can seem a bit cliche and lazy. Even if you spend a bit more money on a bouquet, it’s still an easy gift that anyone could give. On the other hand, special flowers such as orchids and other potted plants are much more appropriate for Mother’s Day. While these flora are also often available at the grocery store, they have much longer lives and can often stay alive for months or even years. With unique colors and especially decorative pots, giving this gift that can be looked upon for months is much more thoughtful than a traditional bouquet that would be dead after a week or so. 

  1. Jewelry

When the perfect piece is selected, a beautiful necklace, ring or pair of earrings can be a great gift for a mother. As something that can be worn for both special occasions or even daily, picking a nice piece of jewelry can ensure that your mom will often think about you whenever she wears it. Although some items can be a bit more on the pricey side, many jewelry companies offer Mother’s Day sales, including Zales, Kay Jewelers and Pandora. With the help of a store associate, going to the store and making a selection can be much less stressful and much more thoughtful than most people would think.

  1. Brunch or Breakfast in Bed

Now that Mother’s Day can be spent in-person, starting a mother’s morning with breakfast is the perfect way to show appreciation for them. A fresh, homemade breakfast not only saves money, but also amplifies the level of work someone puts in to celebrate Mother’s Day. Brunch at a restaurant can be just as nice too, however. Being able to dress nice or even just go to a casual spot to grab a bite to eat is the perfect way to start the day of celebration and appreciation, as well as give a bit of time to talk and reminisce on old memories.

  1. Self-Care Basket

Filling a small basket with all sorts of goodies for a mother can ensure that every base is hit. Items like slippers, face masks, hair accessories and candles can be the perfect fit for pretty gift baskets, and there will be less of a worry about breaking the bank since most items are unique and affordable. A gift basket is definitely one of the safest options, especially if you have a mother who isn’t sure what specifically she wants for her special day.

  1. Framed Photos

While smartphones allow easy access to a full range of photos and images, framing a picture and gifting it allows mothers to keep memories captured in a physical form. Whether they place it in their living room or bedside table, just like the flowers, a framed picture is something that can be viewed and appreciated day after day. A framed photo can also be a vessel for many conversation starters to come. 

Gift giving isn’t everyone’s talent, but there will always be presents that can cater to almost anyone. Whether you’ve been thinking about the upcoming holiday for weeks or it just came across your mind, finding the perfect present doesn’t have to be a challenge. Besides, sometimes quality time spent with your mom is enough of a gift on its own.