Our series “Celebrating Motherhood” shares inspiring stories, advice, and insightful recommendations to help you choose the perfect gifts to help you express your love for Moms of all types. 

Throughout your childhood and adolescence, your Mom celebrated all your accomplishments. She’d nudge you to take care of yourself by doing this, not that, or maybe the other. After a year of many adjustments, it’s a good time to return the favor.  

On Mother’s Day, it’s important to make sure Mom feels loved. If she’s an empty-nest Mom, her once-bustling home that’s now quiet may take some getting used to. In addition to sharing Mother’s Day gifts for empty-nesters, we spoke with two empty-nest Moms who blend self-care and time for themselves for tips and advice on how to thrive in empty-nest Mom status. 

“I encourage empty-nest mothers to make the changes they’ve always wanted,” says Lynn Killips, life coach and lifestyle consultant at Leading Potential Health and Wellness. She keeps a flexible work schedule, giving herself the freedom to exercise and do what she enjoys. “I suggest that women make time for friends and join a meet-up group to hike, bike, or form a book club,” she says.  

Yoga instructor Stefanie Maura Lispey of Writing Yoga inspires empty-nest Moms to celebrate their luminous selves. “My Writing Yoga workshops offer people inspiration by weaving reflective writing with yogic moves and mindfulness,” she says. “These practices encourage teachers, nurses, and parents to honor themselves by nurturing their self-image and to be curious about the world around us.”  

The pandemic has left many empty nests emptier than usual as physical distancing forced the cancelation of family visits and tightened Moms’ social circles. To make this Mother’s Day extra special, show her how much you appreciate her with a gift from the heart.  

9 Mother’s Day gifts for empty-nest Moms 

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Island Escape
Spa Gift Basket

This island getaway-themed gift basket includes everything your Mom needs to give herself a little TLC — including body lotion, body scrub, body wash, a pumice stone, an eye mask, a mesh sponge, an exfoliating towel, and a bath mitt. It’s perfect for the Mom who’s earned a well-deserved break.

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My Journey Beaded Bracelet

Just as your mother encouraged you to celebrate your unique abilities, this gift reminds her to do the same. This delightful bracelet beckons her to fill her calendar with her special dreams. Each strand reminds her of these, as each bead represents joyous moments created every day.

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Personalized Garden Stone

Whether your Mom’s garden fills her yard or is modestly perched on a deck, you know she’ll pick a special spot for this gift. This stone represents all of you, the loves of her life! Pick from a palette of colors, matching each with yet another name. Perhaps you’ll include her favorite flower. 

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Mix & Match Preserves and Fruit Butters

How come your Mom says she doesn’t have a sweet tooth? You know the truth! Her secret passions are fruit butters and preserves, thickly spread on a muffin or perfect piece of toast. Think of the delight she’ll have opening your gift.  

Personalized Golf Towel

The Sassy Lady Personalized Golf Towel is the perfect accessory for any woman who is fierce on the golf course. Featuring three design choices, this towel will fit any personality.  

Raspberry Cheesecake

“Cheesecake needs to be baked by the pros!” That’s why your mother always purchased hers, though she was a first-rate baker of everything else. This richly elegant gift will please her palate, even as it sparks fond memories.

Photo of notes of inspiration jar, a perfect business gift to employees

Pick Four Appetizer Spreads  

Your Mother is a woman with distinct tastes. Here’s the perfect gift for such a discriminating Mom. Choose four from our selection of nine flavors. Each one is guaranteed to whet her appetite and those of her friends as they enjoy a refreshing picnic by the shore or in the park. 

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Money Tree

Your Mom wishes she could care for plants the way she did for you kids. Yet you know how much she loves your greenery. This gift brings the natural world inside for her enjoyment. The braided trunk signifies your family’s entwined love, as this bonsai represents prosperity and good luck. A lovely way to celebrate your Mom! 

Always on My Mind Flower Bouquet

This stunning arrangement from the Local Artisan collection features an array of floral fragrances. They convey love, creativity, and a sense of well-being. These are the gifts your Mom has shared with you over the years. Now’s the time to do so for her. 


Joyce is a writer whose professional interests center on wellness and community enterprise. Her work has been featured in Coastal Style, an eastern shore publication. She also contributed a chapter to an award-winning holistic nursing text and has presented at national conferences.

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