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Choose from Encore Senior Living experts’ carefully curated Mother’s Day “best of” gift ideas.

No one knows your mom or grandma better than you, but sometimes, finding the perfect gift can be tricky. We polled our senior living experts, who offered you their thoughts on the best Mother’s Day gift for an aging parent or grandparent.

1. Caring Coupons

Many moms and grandmas will tell you, “I don’t need anything else—just you!”  What better way to make time together tangible than to create a home-spun coupon book full of options for dedicating your attention to one another? Tea for two, plant shopping, container gardening, baking a cake, taking a stroll, or just shooting the breeze!



Grandma Coupon book


2. Words of Advice

As the saying goes, “Mother knows best,” and sometimes her advice is worth preserving for generations to come. Document your favorite “mom-isms”—a sage saying, favorite poem, or often-spoken prayer—in her handwriting. Then, scan, print, frame, and share her words of wisdom with both mom and family.


Words of Wisdom



3. Share the Love

Give the gift of a shared experience. Tickets to a live performance, a certificate for a shared dinner at a favorite restaurant, or a matinee movie enjoyed together can provide a welcome respite and celebration.


Play Bill


4. Picture Perfect

Gathering the family for Mom’s Day? Create a new Mother’s Day “photo-booth-style” moment, complete with party store props, for the whole family. Enjoy the process and the wacky, memorable results!


Mom's day backdropMom's day props


5. Tell Her Story

Preserve mom’s meaningful memories in a personalized keepsake book. Then, share the experience with loved ones and discover stories you never knew! Visit to learn how.


Book about mom


6. Ca-ching!

Treat mom to a little something special with a gift certificate for the salon, “fun money” for her next outing, or “magic money” for something special she’s always wanted but would never think of buying for herself.



7. Chill Out

Plan a “Girls Night In” complete with a spa gift basket with face masks, nail polish, lotion, soft towels, and special tea or wine. Don’t forget the popcorn and Netflix!



8. Get Crafty!

Create a memorable family mini “brag book” or shadow box filled with photos of pets, childhood memories, or grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



9. Peace of Mind

Help mom leave memories, not a mess. The “NOKbox” (NOK as in “Next of Kin”) is a complete system to help organize her accounts, possessions, social media presence, passwords, personal history, estate plans, and general important stuff. Ditch the scavenger hunt by following the instructions and getting organized together. You’ll both feel better! Visit



10. We’re Lovin’ This One!

One of “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” this heartfelt snapshot collage will be one of Mom’s favorite things, too! Collect your best shots, drag and drop, and share with love. Find it here.


However you celebrate, she’ll be glad you showed how much you care. And, since caring for many moms is what we do best, we’re happy to help you celebrate with these fun ideas.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Encore Senior Living moms!