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Useful Gift Ideas for Surprising Your Mom

May 09, 2019 By Kayode Oseh 2K

Good mothers are truly awesome and a source of joy and inspiration to us. It sometimes makes it difficult to find ways to express our affection for them because it just seems like nothing is or will ever be enough to do so. However, there are some nice gift ideas that can help you express some of the affection you feel towards your mother, though you might never be able to fully express it even if you buy all the gifts in the world.


There are few things an African mother will love more than a nice Ankara or lace fabric, and you can even throw in a nice chiffon or silk material alongside. You can also consider Guinea Brocade and other nice fabrics to splurge on and spoil your African mom with. She is guaranteed to appreciate this coveted gift.

Shoes and Jewelry

What woman wouldn’t like to be gifted with nice shoes and jewelries. African moms are not an exception. A nice pair of shoes or a nice set of jewelry or maybe even both is sure to put an endearing smile on her face (except of course, wearing jewelry is against her religious beliefs, in which case you can just get her a nice pair of shoes and a nice bag to go along with it).

Pamper Her and Spend Quality Time With Her

With this idea you can kill two birds with one stone by pampering her with a spa day and going along to spend some quality with her (especially if she has been complaining that you don’t spend enough time with her). This, of course, applies more to daughters than sons. For sons, taking her to a nice restaurant to eat some good food and sparing her the stress of having to cook that evening, is a nice way to pamper her and get her heart warm with love and appreciation. You can also take her to the beach (this applies to both sons and daughters) or to see a movie. So if your mom is one that seems to never take time off for herself, this might just be a great gift idea for her.

Get Her a Nice Hamper or Hampers

Depending on the size of your pocket, you can get your mom a nice hamper or hampers with all sorts of goodies and items you know she would love. You can even go a step further by making it a surprise and delivering it to her personally just to see the look on her face when she sees it all. If you are unable to do so personally, delivering it to her as a surprise also works fine. This is definitely a gift that most moms will appreciate and call to thank you profusely for.

Personalized Items

It’s always nice to have a gift that screams I love you mama as a keep sake to remind her of your appreciation for her. You can get her a personalized card for Christmas with their faces splashed on it. You can personalize a mug, wall art, throw pillows or even a car freshener.

Need Based Gifts

Has your mum been talking about something she would like to own, or would ease her burden, like a new car or has she recently lost or broken something. If there is something you know your mum absolutely needs, then nothing says I love you better than getting it for her. It shows you listen to her and you care. My mum once broke her favourite glass oven and I replaced it before she did. She screamed as if I had bought her a plane. It is not about the size of the gift but how much she needs it at the time.

Mother-Daughter/Son Day Out

Does your mum work so hard that she never takes a day off? Buy her a bikini (mother friendly) and take her swimming or to the beach. Or take her to see a movie and stuff your faces with popcorn. You can also lodge her at a hotel for the weekend. If your dad tries to tag along, politely say decline and ask him to wait for father’s day. Haha

Help Her Hone Her Secret Talent

Mothers are incredible people and majority of them have given something up to raise you. Were you ever told she was an incredible dancer in her time but couldn’t pursue it because it wasn’t a popular career choice? Take her to a dance class and record the entire session. It will give her joy to know she can still bust a move.


Create a video mash up of family and friends telling her what an incredible person she is. Get the tissues ready because she might tear up a little.


An awesome idea would be to makeover her room. If you cannot makeover her entire room, pick one area. Buy her a new bed or Egyptian sheets with the highest thread count. If her room needs a fresh coat of paint, by all means, paint it for her. There is no better gift than having her wake up in a room that brightens her day.


Give your mum the gift of your time and attention if you can’t give anything else. Our schedules these days rarely allow time for us to bond with our families and focus on what matters. This mother’s day, visit your mum or invite her over for the weekend and treat her to some of your special meals. Pamper her and listen to her talk about the same thing a million times without interrupting, Get your kids (If you have any) to sing for her and show her that you truly love her. This is guaranteed to make her feel loved.

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