Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Shopping for a Military Mom

MothersDayHeadMother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take a step back from the sometimes hectic military life and show mom how much you appreciate her.

It’s the one holiday where I always take extra time to find the perfect gift. That’s why I encourage you to shop around, and think outside the commissary. You can always go the traditional route with flowers, breakfast in bed, and a nice card – but if you want to go the extra mile, without breaking the bank, here are just a few ideas for inspiration.

Shop Locally

Lots of spouses work from home and set up online shops selling all kinds of amazing stuff, so why not support the military community while you’re shopping? Especially if you’re living on base or in a city with a dense military population, there’s probably a few milspouses out there with something interesting to offer.

Etsy is a great place to start. You’ll find everything from custom t-shirts, tumbler glasses, iPhone cases, necklace pendants, and everything in between. There are some really unique, niche military shops all over Etsy, with a great search function to help you find exactly what you’re after.

Trust The Reviews

Are you an Amazon junkie like me? The thing I absolutely love about it is all the reviews. If I’m ever on the fence about an item, the reviews will almost always help me make a confident decision.

I especially love to buy books on Amazon. You can search through tons of books geared towards military spouses and sort by average customer rating to find the best ones.

If you have a Kindle or the Amazon app on your phone, you can find tons of great e-books at reasonable prices.

Think Outside the Box

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you get the kids involved! Arts and crafts projects can be a fulfilling way to spend a weekend, and Pinterest is a great resource for DIY gift ideas. It’s hard to pick just one board to link to, there’s so much inspiration out there.

Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still find some simple things to build that mom will love. You can even make a lot of them from household items, so you may not even have to buy anything.

My mom always loved handmade cards. She’s kept them on display even all these years later. If you start a family tradition with the kids to make them every year, you can track how they progress with their artwork as they grow up.

Personalize It

Last year I gave my mom a family picture in a frame that could record and play back multiple messages. We each recorded one, so she can hear our voices even when we’re far away. We got ours at Walmart for around 12 bucks.

If you’re looking for other personalized gifts, you can make custom versions of just about everything these days: mouse pads, pillow cases, you name it. Try to think of practical things she’ll use every day, and then put your own personal twist on it.

Whatever gift you decide to go with, don’t forget to take time out to thank mom for all she does, and let her know you appreciate her. Happy Mother’s Day to all the military moms out there!

Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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