Trust me, she does not want more handprints no matter how much she adores her grandkids! When you were little your handprints were an adorable Mother’s Day gift. You may have already given your mother handprints of your children, her grandkids. What do you gift your mother who is midlife and beyond? This gift guide, Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40, is just for you!
Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40
Reinvent A Moment:
Note I say reinvent, not recreate.
This serves two purposes.
One, it celebrates the past and two, it creates a new memory for her.
Reenactment of a past event is not always possible or practical.
I think it would be rather funny to go back to the park and sit on my mother’s lap.
That is me sitting on my mother’s lap circa 1975 ish.
It is a favorite memory of mine.
We spent an afternoon at the park in a wide open area filled with dandelion.
Call me crazy but I love dandelion and in my opinion, they are not a weed.
Perhaps this memory is the reason why.
Taking my mother back to this very place and having a picnic together would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.
What memory could you recreate for your mother?
Give it some thought.
I am sure she would love to share a very special moment with you again in a whole new way.
That Is Why This Gift Is One Of The Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40
Next, We Have The Mixed Tape:
Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40 can be tricky but it’s no joke women from our era love our music.
When I was very young it was all about the 8 track and then came cassettes.
With the introduction of the cassette tape, we were given the magical ability to record!
And boy did we!
Now I am not suggesting you literally have to make a tape.
It depends on what music player your mother is most comfortable with.
Of course, she may be fully capable of building her own playlist but it’s about you doing something special for her.
See if you know which songs are most meaningful to her.
Perhaps put a few of your own favorites from your youth on the playlist.
Bringing a bit of her and a bit of you to the mix makes this one of the Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40.
The Road Trip:
Another great idea for Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40 is a weekend road trip.
Women aged 40 plus love adventure too!
We’ve lived quite a while and have put some miles on a car or two!
Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing the countryside with our adult child or children.
After all those years of carting you around while you acted up in the backseat, it’s moms turn to be a little wild.
How’s your karma feeling?
Maybe this time you can drive.
This gift idea can also be mixed with the first one, recreating a memory.
Perhaps you can take your mom on a road trip you took as a family when you were little.
You could even listen to that playlist you made for her during the drive.
If mom decides to pull a Chevy Chase such as in National Lampoon’s Vacation be patient.
Let her enjoy flirting with the good-looking young man in the sports car.
You may be noticing a theme within this gift guide.
All of these gift ideas involve your creativity and your time.
In essence, your time is all mothers really desire.
If you think about it, your handprints you made for her when you were little was all about creativity.
Things have not changed much from when you were young.
Let’s Take A Look At More Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40
House Cleaning And Errands:
You may do this for your mother already as a regular thing but if not it sure would make her happy.
It’s a wonderful idea if your mother is homebound, or has medical conditions that make cleaning and running errands a challenge.
Perhaps she has a caretaker and or a housekeeper.
If so that is great!
Even still, there are some things the average housekeeper may not do.
Things such as cleaning her garage or helping her organize her closet.
Imagine the smile on her face as you do those chores she had to plead with you to do when you were a kid!
Make her a cup of tea or coffee to enjoy as you do all the work.
This would also be a great time for her to listen to that mixed tape you made for her.
Heck, she can even enjoy a nap.
The main thing is, she isn’t to lift a finger!
That sure is a lovely gift.
Plant A Garden:
As we age doing the things we love does become more difficult.
Especially things that require bending, digging, and lifting.
If your mother always prided herself on her flower garden or vegetable garden but has been letting that slide, there is probably a reason for it.
Now, this gift is one that you will have to keep up with along with her.
If she has not been able to do this for herself just getting her set up is not going to help a lot.
Once a garden is planted it needs TLC so perhaps in addition to helping her plant, you can gift her more.
Give her a certificate that you make yourself stating you will visit once a week to help weed, and do up-keep with her.
Set up a sprinkler attached to the hose so she can simply turn it on when needed to keep the plants or flowers watered.
Please be sure you hit that faucet up with some WD-40 so she can turn the dang thing without breaking her hand.
If you do not live locally and can only manage to get her set up you can always buy her service for garden maintenance.
The garden itself will be a constant reminder of her time spent with you.
This makes it one of my favorite Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40
You may be hitting the gym regularly yourself but it’s not as easy for older parents.
Transportation can be an issue, as can the motivation to do it.
Unless you are a “gym rat” you know how hard it is to get to a gym yourself!
The older we get the more vital exercise is in our lives.
Most older people are told to exercise regularly by their doctors.
If your mother is participating in physical therapy you want to stick to her exercise outline and not stray from it.
Working out with your mother is a wonderful way to motivate both of you to stay in shape.
Let’s face it, for some of us exercise is boring, especially when we have to do it alone!
That is why so many of us join a gym in the first place.
To be motivated and not feel all on our own.
This is a really wonderful way to spend time with mom and it’s healthy for you both.
Just don’t expect mom to be at your level unless she is at or above your level.
If that is the case you need to work out more.
Walk Her Dog:
This one is near and dear to my heart.
Our pets are family.
Yes, I know you have heard that a million times from me.
A search of my blog says I have stated “pets are family” a total of 372 times here on Fashion Beyond Forty.
Sorry, not sorry.
Your mother’s pet may be the best friend she has.
Her pet is there for her day in and day out.
Some days her pet may alert her to danger.
Your mother wants to be able to do the things for her pet that she used to.
Yet, she may no longer be able to walk her dog or play with her dog as she once could.
This can cause depression and sadness.
Not only because she sees her pet suffering and bored, but because it is a reminder of what she can no longer do for herself.
You can easily solve one of these two problems by walking her dog for her.
Just knowing her pup is getting exercise and having fun will make her feel so much better.
If your mother has mobility issues but can still get around with a wheelchair or walker take your mother along!
She would love to watch you playing with her beloved pup as she enjoys some fresh air and sunshine too.
These, my dear readers, are the gifts that truly matter.
These Are The Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Women Over 40!
Unless of course, you can send her on a 21-day cruise with first-class airline tickets to get to the port.
I mean that is also a really great gift.
Let me know which of these ideas you may gift your mother this year or add some ideas of your own!
I love hearing from you!