Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Safety Focused and Others

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. April 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Safety Focused and Others


It is that time of year when we begin thinking about what to give mom for Mother’s Day. You may have siblings and want to go together on a gift. Or you may live far away and must prepare farther in advance to be sure your gift arrives on time – before May 14, 2017.

Of course, at Safety In Place we suggest getting mom a grab bar or other fall prevention device. In fact, our mom has requested an Assist-A-Tray from Stander - a couch-side handle that makes it easy and safe to stand from your favorite couch or chair. There are other gifts that are also practical and useful.

  1. Spending Time Together. Many moms will tell their children that they really do not want or need anything for Mother’s Day. But I think that most moms want and appreciate a day to spend with their children to reflect and relax. Although spring is a busy time of the year, spending time with your mom is an important demonstration of your appreciation for her. Make it her day – cook for her or take her out to a restaurant.
  2. Getting to Know Her Better. Busy lives often leave us short on time to observe and assess. Find out how your mom is doing with her daily living activities. Does she need help? How is her health – mental and physical?
  3. House Cleaning. One gift idea is to help mom with cleaning her house. Spring cleaning often requires many tasks, some of which can be rather dangerous. Discuss cleaning with your mom and identify specific cleaning tasks that may be especially hard for her. Here are some ideas:
    1. I know of few people who like to clean screens and windows. What a nice way to help mom if you are willing and able.
    2. It is hard and at times hazardous for older folks to really do a thorough cleaning of tubs and showers.
    3. Help mom spruce up a room by adding a fresh coat or a new color to one or more rooms.
  4. Yard Work. Getting a yard ready for the summer can require a lot of heavy lifting. Consider a few of these options.
    1. Mowing lawns is a younger person’s sport. Help her pay for a lawn care service if you can afford it.
    2. Find out which plants and flower colors are your mom’s favorites. An easy to maintain hanging basket can provide a nice reminder of your love of your mom throughout the growing season. Perhaps you can help her set up a few vegetable plants in a containerized garden on her deck.
    3. Bird bath and lawn ornaments. These are a nice way to spruce up a yard by inviting birds and adding color and art to a yard.

You may want to help her with the cleaning and yard work tasks yourself – although only spend a small amount of time on Mother’s Day doing these tasks. After all, the Day should be a time to spend with your mom – not a day to wash all the windows. Set aside another day to help with house cleaning or yard work if that is your gift choice.

On the other hand, consider hiring someone else to do these jobs if you can afford it. Perhaps go together with your siblings to engage a reputable cleaning, yard maintenance or handyman/painting service.

Now is the time to start considering some gift options for your mom. With a proper gift, you can show your love and gratitude and make life more pleasant and safe for mom.

Do you have other Mother’s Day gift ideas? Let us know!


Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.