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Six unique gift ideas moms and grandmas will LOVE!



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Today I was lucky enough to share with Studio5 viewers a few Mother’s Day gift ideas. These gifts can be used for moms, grandmas, and girlfriends any time of the year! I tried to “think outside the box” and come up with some fresh ideas that will hopefully help you out this Mother’s Day.

Mom and Me Photo Sessions

Moms everywhere laughed and cringed at the truthfulness of the Chatbooks commercial about #getinthephoto. It’s so funny, I think we need to watch it right now.

Totally true, right? I am probably one of the worst offenders, so maybe that is why I absolutely loved the idea a local (to Utah) photographer has for “Mom and Me Photo Sessions.” If you are in Utah you can book a 30 minute Mom and Me Photo Session with  Lexi Rae Photography  as an amazing Mother’s Day gift. Look at some of her gorgeous photos.

I also think this would be a fun idea to give a Grandma, a photo session with her grandkids! If you are interested in giving (or getting!) this gift, Lexi has adorable cards to give the lucky recipient on Mother’s Day. Go to Lexi’s website to purchase your photo sessions. Lexi does amazing family photography as well, and later this week we will be giving away one 30 minute photo session to a lucky Instagram follower! Follow me on Instagram and stay tuned for details!

DIY Seed Bombs

Studio5 wanted me to share this DIY with viewers (that you might remember from my May Day Post.) This is an easy and inexpensive craft you can make with your kids that makes an adorable gift for grandmas! I added some new free printable cards for moms and grandmas in pink, red, purple and yellow.






These seed bombs can be planted under a small amount of dirt and they grow gorgeous wildflowers that also help out the bees. They are so much fun! Read the whole DIY here on my May Day blog post.

You can get these seed bomb cards (and tons of other fun and free gift printables!)  by signing up for my Gift Printables resource library below.


Quote Chalk Board


I think all moms would love more time to express (or try to express!) creativity. This chalk board quote gift will give moms not only a fun way to be creative, but also a way to pass along inspiring quotes to their family.

This gift includes

  • a Beautiful chalk board : I found this lovely chalk board at The Quilted Bear in Draper, but you can find smaller/different sizes at craft store or home decor stores.
  •  The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. We’ve all seen those beautiful hand lettered chalk boards, and if you are like me you thought there’s no way I could do that! This book includes step-by-step lessons on how to find your own style of chalk lettering.
  • Chalk and an eraser
  • Three pages of inspirational quotes to make it easy for mom to write special messages for her kids. (You can print  this from my gift resource library!)

I have my own quote board in my home and I love being able to write an encouraging note or quote for my kids.

Book Club in a box


When I was thinking about something fun to give a mom, I wanted to think of a way to give her a regular “night-off.” A Book Club gives us an excuse to read books and hang out with friends so I created a Book Club in a Box. This gift includes items that a mom or grandma would need to start their own fun book club and it could be customized several different ways.

A long-distance book club and include instructions on how to Skype a meeting.

A family book club and give copies of the first month book to other family members as well as the giftee

In this Book Club in a Box I included:

Four book club books.


The Promise Girls “Every child prodigy grows up eventually. For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother’s narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn’t been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three “test tube” daughters—gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery—were engineered and molded to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. But now, twenty years after the book’s release, she hopes to redeem herself by taking part in a new documentary.Meg, who hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in years, adamantly refuses to participate, until a car accident leaves her with crushing medical bills. While she recuperates in Seattle, the three sisters reluctantly meet with filmmaker Hal Seeger, another former prodigy. Like them, he’s familiar with the weight of failed potential. But as he digs deeper, he uncovers secrets they’ve hidden from each other—and a revelation that will challenge their beliefs, even as it spurs them to forge their own extraordinary lives at last.”

All the light we cannot see “Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.”

The Summer Everything Changed “When Louise Bessire was living in Boston, she dreamed of another way of life, far from the phony smiles and small-talk of corporate dinners. Now she’s got what she wanted—though not exactly in the way she hoped. Blindsided by her husband’s affair, Louise has used her divorce settlement to buy Blueberry Bay, a picturesque bed and breakfast in Ogunquit. And with a celebrity wedding taking place on the premises this summer, business is looking up.While Louise deals with paparazzi and wedding planners, her sixteen-year-old daughter, Isobel, is falling hard for local boy Jeff Otten. Being singled out by Jeff—nineteen, handsome, and from a wealthy family—almost makes up for her father’s increasing neglect. Yet even in the glow of golden beach days there are sudden, heart-wrenching revelations for both Louise and Isobel. It will be a summer that tests their strength and courage and proves that through every changing season, nothing is as steadfast as a mother’s love…”

A man called Ove “Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.”

If none of these books sound appealing you can find a lot of great suggestions (and discussion guides) on this website I chose to put 4 different books in the Book Club in a box but you could put 10-12 copies of the same book (so the giftee can hand out books with invitations).

I also included a beautiful pitcher, and some cute paper cups, floral paper plates, napkins and straws for the host to serve treats on during book club.

Also included in the Book Club in a box is a clipboard with some free printables for planning book club. There are a lot of things that need to be decided to create a successful book club and this will make the process easy. I included spots for writing down club member information, which books are chosen for which months and who will be hosting. I also added a page with sample (general) discussion questions and a page with tips. All of these printables are in the resource library.


I put everything into a gorgeous metal basket from Joanns. Unfortunately they don’t have the exact basket on their website but here is a similar one from the same manufacturer.

Last, but not least, I have created 3 different Book Club invitations you can print out and add to the Book Club in a box and a cute sign to put on top!

Invitations, check! Book, check! Tableware for party, check! Now just get your friends and some treats and you are ready to Book Club like a pro!

Circle with Disney

Circle with Disney

As a mom, I appreciate gifts that help me save time. If I can shave time off of an essential job, then I have more time to slip in something fun for myself (like reading!). The Circle with Disney is a device that will help moms in several BIG ways. After setting up individual profiles for your kids, you can:

  1. Filter everything coming in through your home wi-fi
  2. Monitor and enforce time limits (even getting specific to certain apps)  on all devices connected to your home wi-fi

Please read my post about the Circle with Disney for more information and my personal review. I think this is a Mother’s Day gift that so many mothers will appreciate. I sleep so much better knowing I have the Circle on my side to help me protect my kids!


Grandkid Photo Wall

The last Mother’s Day gift idea that I shared on Studio5 is my mom’s favorite gift of all time…her grandkid photo wall.

This is a seriously easy group gift to manage and can be adjusted to any budget. Click here on my post to get all of my tips and details on how to successfully make a photo wall gift for your mom or grandma. They will love it!!


I hope that these ideas help you with your Mother’s Day gift challenges…whether that means thinking of something you like or thinking up a gift to show appreciation to your mom or mother-in-law.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  I’d love to help you out.

Happy Gifting!


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Jessica Taylor

Thursday 4th of May 2017

I love your ideas!! Especially the grandchildren photo wall. Thank you for sharing your gift giving talents!

The Gifty Girl

Friday 5th of May 2017

Thank you Jessica!!

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