Best Gift Guide for Mother's Day 2019: Classic Ideas from Childhood

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 12. Lucky for you, you have plenty of time to prepare for the special day! While scouring the web for some good gift ideas, we thought why not go back to basics. This year, have a classic Mother’s Day with you mom by doing all the things you used to do as a kid on Mother’s Day.

Classic Mother’s Day Gift #1: Make breakfast in bed for mom

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Start the day early and wake your mom up with breakfast! While this is obviously difficult to do for those who do not live within driving distance of their mothers, you could try alternatives, like Postmates or Uber Eats. We would try to find a local favorite, but worse case nobody can turn down IHOP pancakes! If you are so lucky to make breakfast yourself for mom, go for her favorites or try these twists.

Healthy Pancakes for Mother’s Day

Literally still dreaming about these pancakes from SF’s Little Gem…

Literally still dreaming about these pancakes from SF’s Little Gem…

Inspired by one of our favorite pancake spots in San Francisco, Little Gem, we found this online recipe to make similar ones at home! These almond quinoa pancakes that are gluten-free and refined-sugar-free! Top with enough fresh blueberries and maple syrup for sweetness in every bite. This would go along great with a hot coffee, or classic OJ like we used to serve as kids. Plus, you can get all your ingredients online now beforehand, including gluten-free flour, quinoa flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond meal, almond milk, vanilla paste, and upgrade all your future brunches with this beautiful crepe pan..

Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice for Mother’s Day

Buy 2-4 grapefruits to make about 1/2 to 1 cup of grapefruit juice. We like this commercial grade juicer and its sunny orange color. Citrus juice taste better when you gotta work the manual squeezer and throw some weight into it. But the strength required might not be for everyone, and it’s twice as expensive as an electric juicer.

Avocado Toast with a Drizzle of Honey for Mother’s Day

The sweet and salty combo is everything.

The sweet and salty combo is everything.

This sounds weird, but our favorite cafe in NYC called Honeybrains, always has several jars of honey to drizzle on your food, in your tea or coffee, on everything. And we LOVE it. So why not do it yourself for mom. The recipe is pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you need a primer — roughly mix chunks of avocado with lemon juice, salt, pepper, red chili flakes, and whatever other spices you like. We sometimes sprinkle in some chia seeds or flax seeds from Trader Joes, toss in some banana slices, or lay apple slices on top. Leave large avocado chunks in place, and spread on toast. Drizzle with any honey you like, or check out this manuka honey from New Zealand or this surprisingly affordable Brazilian raw organic honey. Or how about this raw eucalyptus honey?

Classic Mother’s Day Gift #2: Handwritten card + favorite memories in print

Find your inner Frida Kahlo and make a fun hand-drawn card for mom with a personal, handwritten note. Include signatures from everyone who loves your mom! Present your card with the breakfast, and maybe some photo prints.

Print out some simple 4x6” family photos from recent events or memory lane

We love sharing family vacation photos together, especially the candid silly ones, where someone is laughing or even annoyed! No photo is a bad photo, since every one tells a story. If you happen to find a particularly good one, print it on a mug or stick it in a frame for mom. Even hang it up for her so she doesn’t have to find a spot for it (on the invariably cluttered family photo display table). You can get these photo printed professionally for less than 15 cents a pop now, or even less with frequent promotions from Rite Aid (20 prints for $3) or Walgreens (30-40% off everything…). Mugs or larger prints are under $20!

Classic Mother’s Day Gift #3: Vase of fresh or dried flowers

We have a good feeling about this!

We have a good feeling about this!

You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? We are a flower company’s blog after all. But honestly, moms love flowers and flowers love mom. Go for the classic hand-picked from the garden flowers if you have that luxury, or order from LaRolf! We have a wide range of dried flowers or fresh eucalyptus, that would look lovely on her breakfast tray or safer on the kitchen table.

Classic Mother’s Day Gift #4: The best gift of all

All moms really want is to spend the day with their loved ones1 So set aside your day to do at least one thing with mom, and it could be as simple as going for a walk around a park or a shopping trip to the local mall. Big box stores and high street brands always have markdowns for Mother’s Day, so you could score some great Mother’s Day deals as well. Look out especially for clothing, shoes, home goods, cookware, and furniture deals.

Lemon desserts are the best of both worlds - sweet and tangy!

Lemon desserts are the best of both worlds - sweet and tangy!

Here’s my plan for this year, in case you’re wondering. I’m going to make my mom the same cake I made for her birthday. She has not stopped talking about it, and it’s been months since then. It’s a 4 layer lemon cake with lemon curd frosting, and fresh blueberries on top. It goes great with milk or coffee and is best at room temperature. II’ll post the recipe next time since it was all kind of made-up on the spot, so I’ll need to test my memory, but it’s based off of Tartine Bakery’s Lemon Meringue Cake (also an SF establishment). They also have locations in Los Angeles and Seoul, and I highly recommend a visit to try their cakes and breakfast pastries.

That will be breakfast. Yes, cake for breakfast. Honestly, I eat cake as meals all the time and I am super happy about that.

For the afternoon, I plan to take my mom to a park to enjoy the lake views, get some fresh air, and walk around and get the blood pumping. Before dinner at a restaurant of her choice with the whole family, we would ideally take naps to recharge.

Then after dinner, we will watch Lady Bird together (again) because it is an amazing movie. Can you correctly pronounce the main actress Saoirse Ronan’s name? I practiced and I think it’s kind of pronounced like Cersei from Game of Thrones, but kind of different from that. I’m still working on it. If you have any other great mother-daughter centered movie recommendations, comment below about them! I’d love to hear more for other options on Mother’s Day or really any day. Who can resist a good movie?

Let me know if you plan to do any of these things on Mother’s Day with you mother and family, what your Mother’s Day traditions are, and any that you hope to start.

Pancakes photo by Little Gem. Toast photo by Erica Ekman.