How To Find A Mother’s Day Gift For Your Chronically Ill Mom

Mother’s Day is a really important day for your mom.  She loves being pampered and having a day of no cooking, cleaning, and working.  You want to give her a gift that shows your love and appreciation, but that’s harder to do if she’s dealing with chronic illness.


Mothers tend to always desire the Flowers and Candy choice.  Beautiful blooms and scrumptious candy is wonderful, unless your mom has allergies to certain flowers or is on a special diet.  That’s why you have to be careful what you select as a gift.  Below are a few ideas:

  • Massage – Almost all women love to get a massage.  It’s relaxing and soothing.  A massage can also offer physical benefits to anyone who is dealing with chronic pain.  Offer mom a nice Massage Gift Card.
  • Manicure/Pedicure – Getting treated to a mani/pedi can be quite a treat.  This wouldn’t be appropriate if your mom has allergies to nail polish or gets headaches from the strong odor.
  • Comfortable and soft robe or pajamas.  For moms who spend a lot of time being sick, they may wear pajamas all day.  So, getting a new pair or a lovely robe is a wonderful gift.
  • Gift card for a delicious delivery meal.  Think beyond pizza and find out her favorite restaurant that delivers, and select a gift card for her.
  • Cleaning service – If mom has trouble cleaning the house, because of pain, a gift of house-cleaning is superb.  You could offer your own work or buy her a gift certificate from a cleaning agency.
  • Decorative Journal – Moms that like to keep a journal would love a decorative journal.  Find an unusual one that has hand-made paper or striking colors.  Think about her taste and she’ll enjoy writing her thoughts down.

coffee set

  • Coffee/Tea Set – If your mom likes coffee, she’ll appreciate a cute mug and gourmet bag of beans.  If she prefers tea, there are so many wonderful choices.  Try to find a delicate tea cup to match her favorite tea.
  • Take her to a garden show or craft fair.  If she’s able to attend an event, find a special place that she would enjoy visiting.  Purchase the tickets and spend the afternoon taking her on an adventure.
  • Do you know her favorite author?  Grab a new book or collector’s edition of one her favorites.  If she has vision problems, you can find a great audiobook for her to listen to.  You might even find a great set.
  • Collectibles – Does your mom collect anything?  See if you can find something that will make her collection complete.  Check antique shops and online stores like eBay or Etsy.


Chronically Ill Mom

These are some wonderful ideas for your mom, but don’t forget the thing moms want most: your time.  Try to spend time with her as much as you can.  Nothing cheers up a chronically ill mom more than the special moments spent with her children.  She won’t mind if you can’t spend a big amount of money on her.  Mom visits are always appropriate.  Have fun on Mother’s Day!

@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman


  1. These are great ideas to pass on!

  2. These are great ideas! When my Mom wasn’t able to drive anymore due to her Alzheimers I would order take out from her favorite restaurants to deliver her dinner some nights.

  3. I live far away from my mom, so I try to send her something that would make her feel comforted. She likes soft blankets and snack boxes!

  4. I’m sure this post will be a huge encouragement to daughters who are wondering what to do. My own mum passed a away almost one year ago, and it was so strange last year to celebrate Mother’s Day without that wondering.

    • xaoti

      April 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Oh, I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. I dread that day, too. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a blessed Mother’s Day with your children 🙂

  5. I have spent time with my mom every week exercising. She motivates me to move. She’s more active than I am. I will thank her and wish her a happy mother’s day

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