Still unsure what to get Mom for Mother’s Day this year?
According to the National Retail Foundation, children of all ages in the United States are poised to spend about $180 per person, but most children know it's not how much you spend. Moms enjoy receiving thoughtful, meaningful gifts —no matter how old they are.
When choosing a gift for an older mother, keep in mind her needs, capabilities and living situation. If she's moved into a senior living community and has a studio or one-bedroom apartment, she probably doesn't need any more knick-knacks. That could be true even if she's living at home since older moms have had years to collect memorabilia and decor.
Ask yourself questions such as:
- What needs can you meet with a thoughtful gift?
- Is there a treat or fun item Mom would never buy for herself?
- Does the gift fit with your mom's lifestyle and living situation?
Self-care in a tin
Bag Balm has provided skin care products for more than a century, so the brand just may evoke memories for Mom. Bag Balm makes lip balm, soap, lotion and other moisturizing products that help treat dry, chafed or sensitive skin.
Since the product hasn't changed much through the years, moms who remember it may appreciate receiving this gift all the more. It’s another reliable option for last-minute gifting, available at Walmart and many major pharmacies.
Cost: starts at $3.99
To order: Bagbalm.com
Chicken Soup for Mom's Soul
You can't go wrong with a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book on Mother's Day, says licensed psychotherapist Lisa Hutchison. The brand publishes a variety of books, which makes it easy to customize your gift to fit your mom's interests.
Hutchison, who’s also a contributing writer for the series, suggests the series’ For Mom with Love edition, which includes 101 inspiring stories specifically for mothers. The volume includes a story she wrote about her mother's positive approach to life after a stroke.
To order: Amazon
A paper-bound coffee break
Author Breeda Miller points out that "many senior moms are now caring for their 90-plus-year-old mothers themselves." That puts older moms in a position that can be exhausting, with little time for themselves.
Miller's book, "The Caregiver Coffeebreak," provides resources to help caregivers take those much-needed breaks and care for their older loved one. "I have written a little book I wish I had when I was my mother's caregiver," says Miller. The book itself is easy to slip into a purse, so caregivers can take it with them as they run errands or transport their loved one to medical appointments.
To order: Amazon
A daily health helper
TimerCap provides an easy way for anyone to see when they last took a pill. The device replaces the cap that comes with a typical prescription pill bottle, and each time the bottle is opened, a stopwatch clock on the cap restarts.
TimerCaps come with space for writing the appropriate dosages, so the user knows exactly how many hours they're supposed to wait between taking pills. This item is an inexpensive, easy way seniors can increase medication compliance. It can be found at drugstores including CVS and Walgreens, making it an easy last-minute Mother's Day gift that can bring both you and Mom peace of mind about remembering her daily medication.
To order: TimerCap.com
A personalized book for Grandma
No matter where your mom lives, if she's also a grandmother, you can delight her with a customized book from I See Me. "My Super-Bestest Grandma" is an adorable picture book printed with the name of your child (or children) and the appropriate moniker for your mother (whether it's Grandma, Nana, or something else).
It's not just a cute gift to adorn the bookshelf. A customized book that your mom will love reading with the featured grandchildren can also provide the gift of quality time.
To order: ISeeMe.com
A hospital-friendly hoodie
The chest access hoodie is a collaborative project from Care+Wear and Oscar de la Renta. Care+Wear CEO and co-founder Chat Razdan says the company's design team worked with patients and clinicians at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for their input to design a comfortable, attractive hoodie that helped make medical treatments easier for patients with a chest port-a-cath or central line.
Choose from three sizes and two colors to gift Mom a comforting wearable for treatment days. As an added bonus: a portion of the sales is given to cancer patients on an ongoing basis.
To order: Care and Wear
A no-hassle storage service
ZippBoxx is a service that works closely with assisted living communities and those in the process of downsizing homes and possessions.
"A service like ours would be the perfect gift to give a senior who is downsizing," says ZippBoxx spokeswoman Kelly Tenny. "Basically, we pick up items that need to go into storage, transport them to our secure facility and then deliver those items back upon request."
Gifting ZippBoxx or a similar service can make a moving or downsizing process streamlined and simple for Mom. Since ZippBoxx keeps all of her items safe and secure — and brings them back upon request — she can feel better about testing the downsizing waters.
Cost: Storage space plans start at $95/month
To order: ZippBoxx.com
Customized furry friends
When senior moms are suffering from dementia, it can be difficult to find an appropriate gift. One option might be a customized stuffed animal from My Petsies. According to My Petsies, studies indicate that patients with mid-to-late stage Alzheimer's continue to feel deep emotions associated with memories they made with their pets, and stuffed animals have been shown to bring comfort to dementia patients.
My Petsies creates custom stuffed animals that look like someone's previous or current pet to better foster that comfort.
Cost: $169 - $199
To order: My Petsies
An upgraded walker
Limited mobility doesn't have to keep Mom at home, and upgrading her walker can give her the confidence to stay active within her social circle or community. The Motivo Tour walker is one option that’s made to enhance posture to reduce back and neck pain. It also comes with options such as cup holders, storage compartments and a sturdy tray that can hold a laptop or dinner plate.
To order: motivolife.com
From customized stuffed animals to specialty clothing and medication reminders, gifts that bring comfort, joy and functionality to Mom in 2018 are sure to be great choices. Choose something from this list, or any gift that simply says how much you care.