Ten of the best gift cards to buy for mom on Mother’s Day
10 Best Mother’s Day Gift Cards for Mom
Here’s the beautiful thing about gift cards–you don’t have to be right. You don’t have to pick a sweater in the right size, a pillow in the right color or a new blouse in the right style. You simply buy mom a gift card and let her make all of those decisions for herself. If you’re not sure which gift card to buy, then look at this list. I picked gift cards mostly from stores and restaurants that are on the National Retail Federation’s Top 100 Retailers list. That way, the gift cards should be easy to buy and easy for mom to redeem.
1. Visa® Gift Card or Mastercard® Gift Card
For the ultimate in flexibility, get mom a Visa gift card or a Mastercard gift card that can be used anywhere. Before running to the grocery store to buy a generic card, however, consider uploading an image to make a personalized gift card instead. Try the Gift Card App while you’re at it. In just a few clicks, you’ll be able to make and send a personal gift to mom that will fit just right.
The demands of motherhood are great. Even when I originally plan to shop for items at local stores, I often end up buying what I need online because I can shop while waiting in the carpool line or late at night when the babies and traditional retailers are all asleep. When pressed for time, Amazon.com is my trusted friend. If your mom buys stuff online as well, make it easier than ever for her to pick out something she wants or needs. Oh, and here’s a tip–go ahead and send her a digital Amazon.com Gift Card. That way, she can access the egift card on her smartphone and shop whenever it’s convenient for her.
3. Spa or Pedicure
I’ll be honest, I feel a little guilty when I take money out of the family checking account to treat myself to a pedicure, and I almost never spend money on spa treatments. With three growing kids, paying for self-indulgences doesn’t seem as important as spending money on the things they legitimately need. When someone buys me a gift card to the spa or salon, however, the experience is entirely different. I relish the opportunity to refuel and am grateful I don’t have to chintz out on groceries to make it happen. Giving mom a spa or salon gift card isn’t just a present, it’s permission to have a guilt-free experience.
4. Discount Apparel
Gift cards to discount apparel stores might not be for everyone, but the savvy shoppers I know like to troll the aisles of Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx and Ross Stores whenever they get a chance. Imagine mom being able to buy an entire designer outfit for the same gift card dollars that might only buy a blouse at a full-priced department store.
5. Starbucks or Jamba Juice
Whether she kick-starts her day with a little caffeine or prefers an energy boost in the afternoon, both Starbucks and Jamba Juice have gift cards mom might like for Mother’s Day. One nice thing about these cards is that a little bit of money can go a long way–even a $20 gift card to one or the other may be redeemable for a couple of future visits.
6. Apple Stores, iTunes, Google Play
A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have put technology stores on a list of perfect gifts for Mother’s Day but much has changed. Some of us moms are almost as tech-savvy as our teenagers. We check email while waiting at the bus stop with our kids, post funnies on Instagram and suffer through Snapchat with our teenagers. (Sorry…the app isn’t my favorite and my daughter says I’m too old to have a “story.”) Even my mom who turns 70 this year has an iPhone, an iPad, and a laptop. Bottom line, the number of gadgets us ladies use to stay connected with family, friends and work is greater than ever, so don’t second-guess buying a gift card for the technology your mom uses most often.
7. HomeGoods or Bed Bath & Beyond
When I got a rice cooker for Christmas, I didn’t really care that it was an appliance for the family, but receiving the gift didn’t necessarily make me feel special either. If you want mom to know you appreciate her, consider a gift card instead of something she uses to make dinner for the family. Even though stores like HomeGoods and Bed Bath & Beyond sell kitchen appliances, mom could use a gift card to buy a luxurious bathrobe, the perfect travel mug for her morning commute, a foot bath or even something practical like a new cutting board. What I’m trying to say is that YOU probably shouldn’t buy mom an appliance for Mother’s Day, but a gift card to one of these stores will allow her to pick one out for herself if that’s what she really wants.
8. Etsy or eBay
Veering slightly from the traditional nationwide stores, I’m wondering if your mom might like something very unique for Mother’s Day. With a gift card to Etsy, for example, she can select from thousands of personalized, hand-crafted items such as a necklace with the kids’ names on it or a custom vinyl quote to put on the wall above her bed. With an eBay gift card, mom might surprise everybody and buy herself an old transistor radio or a 1920’s cocktail gown. Try a gift card to one of these online stores for the one-of-a-kind mom who has everything.
9. Favorite Department Store
Back to the traditional. If your mom likes to shop the big malls, then get her a gift card to Nordstrom, Macy’s or JCPenney. If you give the gift card to her early (before Mother’s Day), she can use it to take advantage of the Mother’s Day sales when she shops. Picture that. Hand mom a gift card, the latest sale circular and a bottle of water to stay hydrated on her shopping excursion.
10. Shoes, Shoes or Shoes
In my opinion, a ladies gift list wouldn’t be complete without a shoe store in the mix. Maybe I’m being sexist for suggesting it, but the number of shoes in most men’s closets simply doesn’t compare to the variety I have in mine. A gal needs sandals (in several colors), heels (in several colors), flip-flops (in several colors), boots…well, you get the picture. I actually need a new pair of tennis shoes as we speak. If I get a gift card for Mother’s Day, then shoe shopping is where I’ll start.
Local Mother’s Day Gift Cards for MomDid I miss any of your mom’s favorite gift cards? Like I said above, I opted for nationwide stores that are in seemingly good financial health so that the gift cards are easy for mom to use. But I certainly encourage shopping local as well. If there’s a home store in your area, a downtown shoe store mom likes to shop or a special boutique she likes to visit, then get her a gift card to one of those places. By paying attention to the retailers mom regularly visits, picking out the best Mother’s Day gift card for her shouldn’t be a problem. If you have another suggestion for this Top 10 Mother’s Day gift cards, then let me know.
Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend