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The Exhale Photography Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and this year, more than ever, all the mamas of the world deserve to be spoiled. After nearly two months at home in isolation with their kiddos, mamas need a little love!
I am someone who can’t stand to give just any gift. I want my gifts to be thoughtful. I want the person receiving the gift to know that I didn’t just grab something off the shelf, but put thought into it. So, this Mother’s Day I want to help you do the same. I want to help you find a gift that makes mama feel special! I’ve created a list of gifts for all different types of mamas! Peruse the list below and let me know what you think! Also, feel free to comment below with any other thoughtful gifts I may have missed! Let’s help each other out this Mother’s Day and ensure all the mamas get something a little extra special this year!
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES JEWELRY
STACKING RINGS | starting at around $33
I am OBSESSED with these rings. I have one for each of my children and they are one of my favorite possessions. I am not a big flashy-bling-type girl. I like dainty and understated and these rings are just that. I also like to have my kids names on things (it’s a mama thing) and since I’ve been too chicken to tattoo their names on myself, jewelry is the next best thing. These ring stacks are sure to catch everyone’s attention and have them asking mama where she got those rings.
CUSTOM SILHOUETTE GIFTS | prices vary
I have worked with this company before and they are amazing! Their products are incredible. They have a whole assortment of gifts that are perfect for mom. Their lockets are absolutely adorable. You can customize the locket with the entire family or just your kiddos – you can even add the dog! Their bracelets are so unique and dainty – a gift mom is sure to love.
You simply purchase your item and send in head shots of each person. They then create the most amazing silhouettes (the accuracy is mind-blowing) and create your customized gift.
FOR THE SPORTS MOM
ROCKER MESH CHAIR | $54.99
If you’re a sports mom you understand the dread of the bleachers. Sitting all day on hard, uncomfortable bleachers with people sitting nearly on top of you and blocking the view in front of you is not ideal. Gift mom something that she’ll love all season long! I received one of these last year and it’s amazing! It is so comfortable and SOOO much better than sitting on the awful bleachers. Trust me, if your mom is a sports mom, she’ll thank you for this gift!
FOR THE CRAFTY MOM
CUSTOMIZED FAMILY CROSS-STITCH | $50
I am your typical creative person. I love anything that I can create. I have loved cross stitching since I was a kid and I still do it to this day (it’s not just for old people, ya’ll!). It’s super easy to do and a great stress reliever. If your mom is crafty she is sure to love this custom family cross stitch. It’s not only something she’ll create herself, but it’s something she can hang on the wall and be reminded of you each time she passes it!
FOR THE ATHLETIC MOM
AIRPODS & CASE COVER | AirPods starting at $139.99 | Case $26
Every athlete needs a pair of AirPods! If you’re in the middle of a sweat sesh, the last thing you want to be doing is messing with your headphones cord. These solve that problem seamlessly. They are super convenient and can be charged wirelessly in their case. And, of course, we can’t let mom be just like everyone else with that boring white case! Hook her up work a beautiful case like this one from Anthro to give her AirPods a little personal touch.
FOR THE PET LOVER
CUSTOM PEEK-A-BOO DOG PORTRAIT | $100.40+
I’ve seen so many custom dog portraits – they’re everywhere. But these are just a little bit different and a lot a bit amazing! Mom is sure to love this custom painting of her furry best friend.
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES TO COOK
CUSTOM RECIPE CUTTING BOARD | $28+
Family recipes are such a treasure – even for people like me who don’t cook. I love having recipes from my mother and grandmother written in their handwriting – they’re such an heirloom. The problem is, I rarely cook and those recipes are hidden in a box in my cabinet and are never seen. How sweet to put your favorite family recipe – in your mom/grandma’s handwriting no less, on a cutting board that you can use often. Or you can simply hang/display it in your kitchen.
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES A GOOD BAG
K.SLADE CARRY ALL BAG | $356
I received this bag as a gift from my husband a couple years ago and it is, by far, my favorite bag I have ever had. It is big enough to carry everything you need – a laptop, a camera, 8 million children’s toys, your calendar – you name it, it fits! I even ditched my diaper bag with my last child and used this instead. It truly is worth every penny. Also, check out the K.SLADE Franny Backpack, as well. This is on my list to purchase next! All you local people, this is a small business right here in Newburgh, IN, so you can shop small and also score an amazing gift!
FOR THE HOMEBODY
CUSTOM WATERCOLOR HOUSE PORTRAIT | $30
We have given these as gifts to family members several times and they have always been a huge hit. We have done sketches in the past, however, I am loving these watercolor paintings. As a gift we typically have prints made for each house the person has lived in and then we frame them ourselves. It looks to beautiful to see all the homes hanging on the wall. Homes are such a special part of our life stories and this is such a creative way to remember the homes that you have lived in. Mom is sure to love this sentimental gift.
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES PHOTOS
COLOR SERIES PHOTO BOOKS | $20+
These photo books are such a fun way to keep all your photos together. This is such a great gift idea for families with multiple kids. Dad, if you’re the one making the books, create a book for each kid and include photos of mom with that kid. If your creating the book for your own mom and you and your siblings have families now, create a book for each family. What a fun way to share photos with grandma – especially if you live far away and your mom doesn’t see you or your kiddos much.
A GIFT CARD TO YOUR FAVE PHOTOGRAPHER | varies | any photographer – but you know I’d love to work with ya!
Moms almost always want photos of their families but are often too overwhelmed to book a session or are worried about the expense. By purchasing a gift card all she has to do is contact the photographer and set the date and she is all set! Already have a session booked? Or just had a session? Purchase a gift card from your photographer for your wife/mother to buy high quality prints or canvases from the session from your photographer’s professional print lab. If you tell your wife to buy prints, she’s likely not going to do it. If you give her a gift card, she has all the encouragement she needs.
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES THE WATER
SAND CLOUD TOWEL | $47
I am completely fascinated by these towels! They dry 3x faster than a normal towel, are non-bulky and fit in your bag AND they are sand-resistant. I looove the beach. BUT, I hate taking a towel to the beach and bringing back half the beach with me. I swear you find sand for months after. These towels are not only amazing, but each towel purchased helps to protect marine life.
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES HER COFFEE
CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION COFFEE MUG | $26.50
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I might become one just to snag one of these adorable mugs. These mugs are customizable – you choose the hair and skin color. (They have mugs with mom and son, as well.) They also have a bride and her mom – this would be perfect for a bride-to-be to give her mama!
FOR THE MAMA WHO HAS A PACKED SCHEDULE
INSTACART | varies
Have you got a mama who spends all day at work and all her free time carting kids around? Is she someone who never gets a moment to herself because she is always doing for others? Why not get her a subscription to Instacart? This will eliminate her constant trips to the grocery and will have her groceries delivered right to her doorstep! She will be thanking you every time those groceries arrive on her doorstep!
FOR THE MAMA WHO LOVES TO SHOP
GIFT CARD | varies | hundreds of stores
Mamas typically are pretty selfless and would rather buy for their kids than themselves, right? How about giving mom a gift card to a local boutique and give her a chance to buy something for herself? Times are super hard right now and small businesses are suffering so bad. Use this time to support small businesses and spoil mama! One of my personal faves is Joelle Co. They have the cutest little shop in downtown Newburgh and have the prettiest clothing, shoes and accessories. Still being quarantined? No problem, shop online! There are countless stores to choose from, but consider all those small businesses when your shopping this Mother’s Day!
So there ya have it! Some super thoughtful and creative gift ideas that are sure to let mama know you appreciate her this Mother’s Day! Which is your favorite? What is the best Mother’s Day Gift have you ever received? Let’s hear it!
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