Best and Funniest Mother’s Day Gifts

Carylee Carrington

What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received? What’s the funniest Mother’s Day gift you ever received? We asked these two questions of several local moms and their answers are touching, thought-provoking, and absolutely hysterical. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do and to all you moms out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day. May it be fabulous and side-splittingly funny!



Carylee Carrington | Gainesville 

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

My favorite Mother’s Day gift came a little late and it was for my first Mother’s Day. My son, Bradley, was born the day after Mother’s Day. It’s always such a great treat when his birthday and Mother’s day are close together, because he’s still so young and can’t really make a big deal over mom, but I like to make a big deal over him.

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

My funniest Mother’s Day gifts are always the stories my boys wrote in preschool, the one that has them answer questions about their mother. I have been 108-years-old, 13-years-old and my job has been a fairy princess. Those stories have been such a highlight. They also are some of the sweetest, just seeing what they came up with.



Christine Craddock | Haymarket

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

My birthday and Mother’s Day are in the same week, so I am often asked by my family what I want for those two special days. My love language is not gifts, it is time spent together. The best gift I have received is a whole day with my family going where I want to go and with a photo session with me and my two beautiful kids. It is usually a day trip somewhere out to the mountains or a nice lunch outside somewhere. A few Mother’s Days in a row, I asked to go camping so we spent the weekend together and the kids were able to make crafts as part of the campground activities. The things they crafted were for me and they were so sweet. 

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

The funniest ones were when the kids fill out those little questionnaires at school and their answers are either so off or just adorably accurate. One year my son wrote that my favorite food was “chips with green stuff.” I am a total avocado-holic. He also said of me “you are cute like a little dog.” 



Jennifer Mills | Gainesville

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

The best Mother’s Day gift I have ever received was being awakened to breakfast in bed, served on a platter with avocado toast, eggs and a mimosa. Then, my two girls along with my husband, made a picnic at Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket to enjoy some fishing, hiking and just chatting on a blanket. We brought toys, books and snacks and spent a lovely afternoon together. The weather was perfect, which made it even more special.

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

The funniest Mother’s Day gift I have ever received was a basket filled with my children’s toys when they were four and five years-old. I was a little confused why they were giving me their toys, but decided to ask them how they chose the “gifts” to give me. They told me that these were their favorite, so they picked them out for me to play with and enjoy on “my” day. It was so sweet! The “real” gifts came after dinner time. 



Jennifer Roberts | Haymarket

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man with whom I have two amazing children, Kennedy, 14, and Warner, 11. My husband always does an excellent job of organizing my Mother’s Day celebrations which usually includes me enjoying some “me time” the Saturday before, not having to cook on Mother’s Day, and the gift that keeps on giving – cash, and my children always make me feel special by making or purchasing cards as well as giving me thoughtful gifts. But the best gift I’ve received was when, unbeknownst to me, my husband took our children to Muse PaintBar in Gainesville and each of them made me a beautiful painting of a mother elephant and her calf.  Not only are the paintings visually stunning, they are extra special because my husband thought of a gift that would touch my heart and my children invested time and effort to create the paintings. 

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

My husband and children have great senses of humor. Five years ago, we adopted a sweet dog named Louie who loves frequent rubs. I would often complain about Louie’s clinginess. One Mother’s Day after Louie’s arrival, my family gave me a gift of a “Pet Petter” that promised that “you will never have to touch your pet again!” When I opened it, the box was empty. We all got a big laugh out of it.



Laura Sears | Haymarket

Best Mother’s Day Gift

I think Mom’s can unite in that we don’t want to cook, wash dishes, or do laundry on Mother’s Day! A day with my family and without doing my usual tasks is a very welcome break!

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

My boys have attended Haymarket Baptist Preschool and I’ve always loved the Mother’s Day crafts they bring home. I’ll never forget when they drew a picture of me and had to fill in the blanks describing what they thought about me.  “My Mommy…weighs 22 lbs, always says, ‘Go brush your teeth!’ and smells like flowers!” Those handmade gifts are priceless.



Samantha Spittle | Nokesville

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

As much I love being a mom, it can be hard and sometimes parents need a break!  One of my most memorable Mother’s Day weekends was when my kids were toddlers. I went up to Leesburg with some girlfriends, leaving our kids at home with our spouses. I think we squeezed five women into a small hotel room for some laughs and time together. We went for a hike, ate some snacks, had some drinks, took some naps, and enjoyed our freedom.  The time away together refilled our cups so when we returned home Sunday afternoon, we truly enjoyed spending time with our kids. I realized that weekend that, although I love being a mom, it can be very physically and emotionally draining. It may be a cliche but it’s true; you can’t pour from an empty vessel. Self care looks different to everyone, but the important thing I realized was that refilling my cup was essential. 

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

Well, since my love language is more acts of service and quality time, gifts aren’t a big thing in our house. My husband and I usually get cards for each other when we are at the grocery store.  We lovingly pick out a card, hand it to the other person to read, then put it back. Sorry, Hallmark! 



Tricia Driscoll | Gainesville

Best Mother’s Day Gift 

The best Mother’s Day gift I ever received was a dinner with the whole extended family at a Korean BBQ restaurant. Our whole loud, happy family in the corner with my sisters, my parents, their kids, my kids, and our husbands enjoying our favorite foods is the best memory and gift. Perfect chaos.

Funniest Mother’s Day Gift

The funniest Mother’s Day gift I ever received was a handmade book by my then 7-year old son about Deadpool. It was full of his drawings of Deadpool and a story. He said, “You won’t let me watch it or read it, so I had to guess.”

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