Mother’s Day Gifts: The 13 Most Creative Ideas

Written by: Christina Pichler, 15.04.2021

Flowers, poems and beautifully written cards. Every year on the second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother’s Day. But why do we do this?

Flower shops did not come up with this idea to boost their sales, but Mother’s Day is a result of an initiative by the women’s rights activist Anna Jarvis. She started celebrating Mother’s Day in 1905  to raise awareness for problems and obstacles that women are facing in their daily lives.

In 1914, the second Sunday in May became an official holiday in the USA. In Europe, Mother’s Day has only been celebrated since the 1920s. But this celebration is not a completely new idea. In fact there was already a festival for goddesses as early as 250 years B.C.. They did not only pay homage to women, but they also focused on gratitude for all life on earth.

Without our mothers, we would not be here today. They raised us, have always been there for us and love us even on days when we don’t especially like ourselves. And we forget to say thank you far too often. Our mothers only deserve the very best, so we found the best Mother’s Days gifts for you to make your mom happy and say THANK YOU!

Don’t worry, even with a small budget, you will find a tip that suits you and your mom! It doesn’t matter whether it’s flowers, a relaxing massage or just a heartfelt thank you. We are certain that she will appreciate you thinking of her.

Important note: Try to listen carefully to your mom and find out what she likes, so that you can find the perfect gift for her!

1. Time

An unbeatable classic. Have you just moved out and only see your mother 2-3 times a year? Give her a little of your time because time is the most precious gift!

There are a million different ways to do that: a phone call, a beatufiully written card, a visit, or even a full weekend for the two of you!

Our recommendation: Go and visit your mom and maybe even bring her a homemade cake! We guarantee that your mom will be very happy!

2. A sneak peek into your world

Depending on your budget and weather conditions, you take your Mom on lovely trips to various cities and give her a little sneak peek into your life as a student!

Did you just move into a (STUWO) student dormitory? Then show your Mom your room and all your favourite places. She will love to learn more about your life!

You’ve recently moved to the Austrian capital? How about a city tour through the first district, a guided tour of the university grounds or an extensive coffee break in one of the famous Viennese coffee houses?

Maybe Graz is your new neighbourhood and your Mom wants to explore the city you live in. No problem, here you will find the 10 free activities in Graz and the most popular travel destinies in Graz!

But if you live in the south of Austria, Villach for example, we recommend the most beautiful excursion destinations around Villach!

3.  Your Mom’s perfect day

This idea requires a little more planning and attention to detail than our other tips, but it’s definitely worth the effort!

Plan your Mom’s perfect day!

Does she love fresh croissants for breakfast? A yoga class makes her super happy and playing board games in the evening is her great passion? Then you know what to do! Pay attention to her passions and hobbies and fulfill her wishes. Of course, you can also just ask her what she wishes for!

4. A sporty day

Does your Mom love to be active and work out? Great, then invite her to a weekend run or get her a new cute outfit for working out!

You want a little more creativity? How about a self-made workout plan or a DIY competition shirt for her next marathon? Here you will find the top 10 home workout exercises for the perfect workout plan!

5. Massage

Hard work, long days and lots of people to take care of? If this applies to your mother, it is high time you give her a little relaxation. Get her a massage and some time for herself.

Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose one of many options here. Head massages, acupuncture or a healing massage… There are endless options to relax!

6. Beauty Day

You and your mom could really use a little break right now? Then invite her to a wellness day! Many spas have special offers for Mother’s Day that you can take advantage of. Alternatively, you can also check whether hotels in your area offer SPA days!

Or how about a DIY Beauty Day at home? Just get yourselves some face masks, snacks and your mother’s favorite drink and convert your living room into a temple of relaxation!

7. DIY wellness box

Your budget doesn’t allow you a visit to the spa, but you still want to give your mom some relaxation and time for “self-care”? No problem! Create a DIY wellness box and surprise your Mom with a homemade peeling, a homemade face mask and maybe even a glass of sparkling wine!

Homemade peeling

What you need for a self-made peeling: cane sugar, coconut oil, essential oil (as prefered)

This is how it works: 

  • Mix sugar and coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio
  • Add about 3 drops of an essential oil of your choice
  • Your homemade peeling is ready! 

You can now simply put the scrub in a beautiful glass to give away! You can find more instructions for homemade face masks here!

8. DIY Chocolate

Chocolate makes you happy! And homemade chocolate is even better than store-bought chocolate! You can make the chocolate according to your mother’s preferences and add an extra portion of love!

What you need: Chocolate (depending on your Mom’s preference: dark, vegan, etc.), toppings (nuts, caramel, edible flowers, dried berries…), aluminum foil, baking sheets, a pot and bowl for a water bath and a nice bow for wrapping!

Here’s how it works: 

  • Carefully melt the chocolate in a water bath
  • While it melts, you can make a shape out of aluminum foil
  • When the chocolate has melted, fill it into the mold, add your toppings and let the whole thing harden
  • When everything has cooled down and hardened again, you can cut the chocolate into pieces and wrap them up – done!

9. Photo Album

3,000 pictures on your smartphone but not a single one in your photo album? Time to change that! It is much nicer to flip through a photo album than to swipe through old folders on your phone.

Pick your favorite family photos, get them printed – for example at dm Fotoparadies – choose a nice album and get creative!

How about, for example, a re-do of your favorite children’s photos? Grab siblings or family members and simply recreate old pictures! Try to wear similar clothes and take the new picture in the same or a similar location as the original picture. This idea takes a bit more time than the others, but it will definitely be worth it and not only please your mom on Mother’s Day but for a long time!

10. DIY flower pot

With this DIY the motto is creativity! There are several ways to decorate a flower pot, but acrylic paints are best for painting them, as they are waterproof and stick to almost every surface! If painting is not your thing, you can put other things on the flower pot too! For example mosaic stones – all you need is mosaic stones, tile adhesive and a cool idea!

11. Plants for the garden

A bouquet of flowers is something very beautiful! Plants for the garden are even more beautiful, last longer and can also be useful! Since Mother’s Day is in May, it’s also perfect for plants that can be planted outside! Surprise your mom with an extraordinary tomato variety for example!


Seeing your mom in person is not an option this year? No problem, simply send her floral greetings! Many regional florists offer blooming and fragrant surprises for delivery. The long-established company “Blumen Brunner” from Bregenz, for example, offers particularly creative arrangements and supplies all mothers at the “Ländle”.
You can choose from various creatively designed flowerboxes that are guaranteed to bring a lot of joy.
Mother’s Day bouquets are available in three different sizes. You can either choose classics such as red roses or get more colorful boxes and add a personal greeting card as well.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose your desired bouquet at the webshop
  • Enter the delivery address and a short text for the greeting card
  • Choose payment method: by invoice, credit card, PayPal
  • Your Flowerbox will be delivered to your front door on Mother’s Day

If that’s not a nice surprise, we don’t know what is!

13. Voucher book

Your heart is full but your wallet is empty? No worries! Grab some paper and scissors and make a small book of vouchers for your mom! There are no limits here. Cleaning, taking care of your little siblings, helping with computer problems or acting as a shopping companion… Think about what your Mom would enjoy and find useful! Your mom will definitely be happy for a mindful voucher!

Show your Mom how much you love her not only on Mother’s Day, but every day!

We hope we inspired you with our extraordinary gift ideas for Mother’s Day and wish you and your Mom a wonderful day!

All the best, your STUWO team!


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