My top 4 non-physical & consumable gifts for Mother’s Day

With Mother's Day fast approaching at the end of March, now is the perfect time to start shopping for something special for your mum. My approach is always to find a non-physical gift that can be enjoyed over a prolonged period so here are some present ideas that do just that...

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Personally, I prefer experiences and tasty treats to physical gifts so it probably comes as no surprise that I turn to less tangible presents when it comes to special occasions.

I’ve recently been shopping for Mother’s Day at the end of the month so I’ve researched plenty of ideas for getting great gifts for mum.

In fact, last week I shared a blog post about sourcing unique, handmade gifts from local makers so be sure to check out those ideas if you’d still like to get a physical gift for your mum this year.

However, this time I’ve gone for those less permanent gifts – the ones that your mum won’t need to find a place for in her home, but that will bring plenty of pleasure while she’s enjoying it. Here are some ideas…

A gift experience

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but there’s nothing better than giving someone a great experience rather than a physical gift. However, that often means you don’t have anything physical to open on the special occasion so that’s where a voucher comes in handy.

I often add experiences like days out or theatre tickets inside my mum’s card but an even more physical way to make an intangible experience feel tangible is with an experience gift box. This gives mum something to unwrap AND a fun experience to look forward to.

I can personally recommend vouchers from Red Letter Days, as I have used many myself over the past few years. They have gorgeous gift boxes available, such as the Especially For Her gift box or the Table for Two voucher, both of which can be cashed in for a range of experiences from spa days to afternoon tea and more.

Alternatively, if you want to give your mum something special but don’t want to leave the house, you could always send her an ecard! Punchbowl has a great selection of Mother’s Day e-cards which will make her day.

Online experiences

If your mum truly doesn’t need something physical to unwrap on Mother’s Day, you can explore a range of online experiences that she’ll enjoy without needing to store the gift in her home.

A lovely way to create a truly personalised online experience is to create a special game just for your mum. With you can turn any image into an online puzzle for free – simply upload your photo and the online software will convert it into a puzzle that you can play.

If you’re a whizz on the computer you could create an image with a gift message included in the photo. Then turn it into a puzzle with different difficulty levels (from an easy 9 pieces to a very hard 50 pieces) and options for the puzzle shapes including hearts and stars.

Once you’ve made the puzzle you can send it to your mum as a gift via email, so it makes a great last-minute gift option. Plus you can share it on social media or even embed it on your own website.

Edible gifts

My favourite option is always edible gifts. Whether it’s a lunch out or a lovely hamper of goodies, it’s great because it combines the experience of a tasty meal with the joy of unwrapping a physical gift.

But the best part is that mum can enjoy the treat you buy her over the coming days, weeks, even months. A personalised connoisseur box of Green & Blacks chocolates from Prezzybox, for example, is a truly decadent gift.

The custom label allows you to include a message of your choice and shows mum that you’ve gone to the trouble of sourcing a special box of her favourite sweet treats just for her.

An activity gift

For mums who DO like to unwrap a physical gift on Mother’s Day, why not go for something that she has to make herself? If that sounds a little harsh, let me explain…

An art set or a crafting box like this Make Your Own Planter Cover kit makes a great gift because it’s not just the gift of a decorative item that your mum would love to have, you’re also giving her the experience of getting creative while she makes it.

Making something with your hands is a great way to slow down and relax. There have been lots of studies about the benefits of doing something creative and I’ve previously written about 4 ways that crafting can boost your physical and mental wellbeing.

So this type of gift is a double-whammy. It combines the lovely experience of creating something with a gorgeous gift that’ll be produced at the end of the process. And will be something that mum will feel proud of having made.

I hope this blog post has given you some ideas for gifts for your own mum. Please let me know if you treat your mum to any of these experiences and do share your own tips for non-physical Mother’s Day gifts in the comments below – I’d love to hear what you’re getting for your mum this year. 🙂

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Some items in this blog post have been gifted to me and the pink links indicate a gifted product, affiliate link or information source. All thoughts and opinions in this post are based on my own experience and I am not responsible for your experience 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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