Give Mom a Gift to Use All Year Long!

There are memoirs about mothers, inspirational books for moms, even how-to manuals and hilarious family photo montages. There’s books about mother/child relationships and an onslaught of novels that reveal mom as a saint, a peacemaker, a teacher, a lover, or even a shrew.

You can walk into any bookstore and pick up something with a cool cover that she’ll read once — maybe — then add it to her bookshelf, or worse, shove it under her bed! We wouldn’t want that.

This year find a book that celebrates her all year long!

The Outdoor Mom

These books speak for themselves. Get outside and play, observe, and interact. Great for grandmas too!

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kidby Rebecca P. Cohen.

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You & Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward.

The Travelling Mom

Whether mom is a world traveler or just dreams about it, these books will take her on an exquisite journey. Other options include a pretty calendar or a brand new road atlas!

Where the Locals Go: More Than 300 Places Around the World to Eat, Play, Shop, Celebrate, and Relax from National Geographic.

USA’s Best Trips: 65 Amazing Road Trips from Lonely Planet.

The Mom Who Needs Inspiration

Moms are awesome but sometimes they need a little inspiration, whether it is through meditations, faith, or a good chick flick.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

Cinematherapy for the Soul: The Girl’s Guide to Finding Inspiration One Movie at a Time by Nancy Peske and Beverly West

The Artsy Mom

As a mom and someone who likes to dabble in arts and crafts I am always complaining about not having enough time. These books create time for creativity!

Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures by CathyJohnson.

Creating Art at the Speed of Life: 30 Days of Mixed-Media Exploration by Pam Carriker.

Journal Fodder: 365 Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric Scott and David Modler.

No matter who your mom — or your grandma, aunt, wife, sister, friend — these books, and others like them, will inspire the women in your life to reach for your gift again and again throughout the year, and maybe throughout their lifetime.

There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. — Jill Churchill, author

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