“Only our mother would give us a gift on a day we’re supposed to honor her!” That’s what my kids said when they read the Mother’s Day Gift Tag on their gift for Mother’s Day!
I’m sure you’re wondering why I do this. As much as I would like to take the credit, it really wasn’t my idea.
I learned this from a friend who was telling me how she made it a tradition to give her kids gifts on Mother’s Day. When I asked why, she said “because, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have the privilege to be called mom.”
Why I Give Gifts On Mother’s Day
I don’t know about you, but that really resonated with me in my spirit. As I thought about it for a few days, I realized that gesture to honor them on Mother’s Day would be a beautiful reflection of a mother’s love for her children.
Instead of focusing on how I can be honored that day, it was an opportunity for me to show my gratitude for the privilege I have as being their mother. That God chose me to raise them, and for that alone, I honor them.
Let’s face it ladies, one day of the year is not nearly enough to honor what we do 24 /7! So honoring them on Mother’s Day wasn’t going to steal my thunder.
However, little did I know the effect this decision I made would have on my kids.
The Effect On My Kids
I have to admit this took my kids by surprise. It’s tradition to spend the morning at church, then come home to have brunch and my husband and children would shower me with cards and gifts.
Well the first year I did this, when it was time for me to open their gifts, I interrupted their flow and said wait just a moment. Before we begin, I have a gift for the two of you.
The look on their face was priceless. After all the complaining…no mom we’re supposed to be giving you gifts, etc. I finally got them to be quiet so I could explain.
I communicated how blessed I was that God would select me to be THEIR mother and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be a mom. Then I handed them their gift.
For them, the essence of my actions stopped there. Although, for me God began to show me what was happening in the spirit. And if you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know we are always looking for teachable moments.
Mother’s Day The Teachable Moment
After seeing how my kids responded to me, I realized the impact was far greater than I realized.
You see, they told me that Mother’s Day was a day for me to receive gifts, not to give gifts. And that reaction confirmed to me, that they have recognized a selfless act of kindness.
By putting the emphasis on the gesture and not the gift itself, it showed my children that it wasn’t about what the gift was, but why I gave a gift that made all the difference.
A mother can only hope that when her children become husbands and fathers, or wives and mothers, they too will demonstrate such selflessness with their spouse and their children.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
If you’re thinking about honoring your children this year with a gift, I want to encourage you to keep it simple. Remember this is a gesture to honor them as your children; which is the sole reason you bear the title mom. You’re gift doesn’t need to be extravagant.
The first year I gave them gifts, I got them $5 Starbucks gift cards tied around a Mother’s Day Gift Tag that said: you give me the privilege to be mom! Trust me, they were thrilled to get it; mostly because it caught them off guard.
Mother’s Day Gift Tag is available in our COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Whether your kids are toddlers, teens or young adults here are a few gift ideas.
Gift Ideas for Toddlers
- Coloring Book with Crayons
- Favorite Candy or Special Treat
- Pajamas or Slippers
- Mother And Son Prayer Journal – This journal is a fun and creative way to encourage young boys to journal their feelings, or prayers with your help!
- Bible Belles – Most young girls can name all the Disney princesses. However, very few know about the women of the Bible. Bible Belles is a great gift to help teach young girls about Esther Ruth, and Hannah just to name a few.
Gift Ideas for Teens & Young Adults
- A Board Game for the Family (Don’t Forget The Game Ledger!)
- Gift Cards (Movies, Gas, Starbucks, Amazon or Fast Food Give Cards)
- Picture Frame with Photo of You and Them
- Favorite Candy or Treat
- Traveling Utensils – We gave these to our kids for Christmas last year so they can continue to go out to eat in a pandemic and use their own utensils. Our kids said it was the best stocking gift ever!!!
- Adulting Budget Binder – The Adulting Budget Binder is a FREE Bonus included with the Family Budget Binder and a great gift to help young adults manage their money.
- Family Budget Binder – This includes The Adulting Budget Binder as a FREE bonus.
- The Game Ledger – Score book to document wins and loses when having family game nights!
- Board Games
- Bible Color Code Worksheets (free from our library) with a set of Highlighters!
- Take them to out for a coffee date (breakfast or lunch)
If you have adult children raising kids, here are a few books that would make great gifts!
In The End
My greatest accomplishment in this life is raising the children God has given me. So this Mother’s Day I look forward to honoring them as much as they look forward to honoring me.
How will you honor your children this Mother’s Day? Share it with me in the comments below, I’m always looking for new ways to bless my kids especially on Mothers’ Day!
Free Mother’s Day Gift Tag
PS…Don’t forget to head over to our FREE COMMUNITY LIBRARY to print your Mother’s Day Gift Tags For Kids today!
~ Timberley Gray