Amazing Birthday Surprises for Your Mother

If your mother is always there for you, it’s only normal to want to do something special for her birthday. However, it’s not uncommon to be completely stumped when it comes to deciding what to do for this big occasion. After so many years, you might be running low on ideas on how to do something original and interesting.

Luckily for you, we’re here to help. Regardless of whether the present is a small but thoughtful one or it’s a huge birthday bash, your mother will adore these gifts and feel appreciated and loved. Take a look.

Do some crafty projects

In case this birthday is not one of the big ones, you might be looking for a more affordable present. A good approach there is some DIY. For instance, if you’re crafty, you can look through your old photo albums and select some of them that show your favourite memories. If you don’t want to use the originals, make some copies and put them all together to create a big collage. Get a nice frame and include a thoughtful message to your mom. She is sure to love this reminder of all the nice things you experienced together.

On the other hand, you can use old pictures in another way. If you have siblings, gather everyone and try to recreate some photos from when you were kids. You can look online for some inspiration, as people recreate everything from first baths and travel pics to funny poses and accidents. Alternatively, you can show your mom how similar you actually are by dressing up as her from the past.

Get customized jewellery pieces

If you don’t consider yourself a creative person, you can buy her a present, of course. And what better than jewellery, right? However, don’t get just anything – look for a piece that can be customized. Luckily, there are plenty of items that can be personalized to fit the occasion.

For example, if you choose to get a locket for your mom, you can put a photo of you and your family inside and engrave a special message or date. Furthermore, various bracelets can be customized with a quote dear to you. If she’s not big on jewellery, maybe she’d prefer a customized belt buckle – so look for the right style. It can be sporty, with a metal or leather, big or small; whatever you choose, she will surely love it, especially when she sees the words you had engraved.

If she’s into plants…

Is your mom a plant lover? If yes, great! That gives you so many amazing opportunities for creating a huge surprise. Seeing as how there is a huge variety of birthday flowers out there, you will not have any problems finding something that she’ll love. The perfect way to surprise her is to make a flower delivery order to her door. 

On the other hand, you can choose to go all out and put your DIY skills to work. Have you ever thought about creating a living wall? There are easy instructions you can find online so making something of this scale to surprise your mom should not be too difficult. Alternatively, if she’s been complaining about how she doesn’t like the backyard, you can get her out of the house for a while and do your best to redesign it. Think about planting new trees, bushes and flowers as well as adding cute but practical furniture pieces. However, if she’s also crafty and would like to be present for this, just offer your help.

Invest in a kitchen renovation

Does it seem like your mother spends every waking hour in the kitchen? Then, how about getting her some new items that might be more efficient when cooking and more visually pleasing when serving food? Consider getting a new tableware set, some new cookware pieces or new appliances such as a waffle maker or a pasta machine.

However, if you have more time on your hands and a big budget, you can even redo the entire kitchen. Make it more functional, spacious and illuminated. Improve the flow of the space and replace all outdated appliances. See if your mom would benefit from a kitchen island and new cabinets. This is no small undertaking and you will probably have to consult with her but she will be surprised nonetheless.

Arrange a trip

If she has a destination she always wanted to visit but hasn’t had the opportunity yet, you can plan the trip of her dreams. See when she is available and look for travel arrangements that fit her schedule. Maybe she wants a faraway destination where she can relax on a gorgeous beach or maybe her dream is to visit some big cities and explore every corner. Whatever you heard her talk about, try to make it a reality.

Of course, if this is something way out of your financial reach, there are also some more budget-friendly options. For instance, maybe a day or weekend at the spa is exactly what she needs. You can also take her to get a mani-pedi and a gorgeous new hairdo.

Throw a surprise party

If it’s one of those big birthdays that your mom is celebrating, you can organize a surprise party. Get a nice venue or do it at home, if you have space. Come up with a guest list, and see how many of your mother’s friends can make it. Of course, don’t forget about inviting your relatives as well.

Hire a band or DJ to create a nice atmosphere and opt for catering so that you don’t have to worry about the food. Additionally, look for professionals who can create some signature cocktails for the party. Think of some games you can play if you think the guests will need more entertainment.


These are just some ideas for surprising your mom for her birthday. You know her best and you can adjust all of these suggestions so that they fit her wishes and preferences. Just know that no matter what you do, she’ll love it because you did it with love.

by StellaR

Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book.

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