30 Best Gift Card Ideas for Mom (2024)

30 best gift cards for mom

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Gift Cards for Mom

Gift cards are one of our favorite things to gift. I know they aren’t for everyone, but I like that the person gets to pick out something they really want or need.

Many moms have turned to minimalism because they have way too much stuff in their homes. I hate to add to someone’s clutter with stuff they really don’t love but feel like they need to keep.

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You can get mom a gift card or certificate for pretty much any occasion. They are good for any gift-giving time including:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Her Birthday
  • Christmas
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How to Pick Out a Gift Card for Your Mom

Giving a gift card or certificate can still be just as thoughtful as giving a material gift. You still need to think about where Mom would like to shop based on her hobbies and likes.

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a gift card:

  • Does mom have access to this store, or can she shop there online?
  • How expensive are the things she’d like to buy from this store?
  • Does the store offer electronic gift cards, or do you need to purchase a physical card?

Here’s a few tips for picking out where to buy a certificate from:

  • Pick a store your mom likes to shop at or somewhere that offers things you know she likes and will use.
  • Stores that offer electronic gift cards are great for last-minute gifts.
  • Only buy gift cards to the same place if you know your mom has used the previous ones you gave her (unless she is saving for something big).

The following lists are broken down into a few categories so you can get some ideas for your mom. There are ideas for crafty, DIY, gardening, home decor, fitness, bookworm, outdoors, and cooking.

E Gift Cards vs. Physical Cards

Electronic gift cards are now available pretty much anywhere you want to shop. They are a great option if you are a low on time and need a last-minute gift. The chart below shows our top gift card option ideas and whether or not electronic versions are available.

Electronic gift cards are pretty simple to use. On most sites, you enter your name, the recipient’s name, and their email. Then the card is sent straight to their email.

I like to use electronic versions if we can’t see mom on the day of her birthday or Mother’s Day. However, I still prefer to gift a physical card when possible. It’s less convenient, but I like to be able to actually hand something over when giving a gift.

A lot of the websites will allow you to print off your electronic card that you can put in an envelope as an alternative.

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30 Best Gift Cards to Buy for Mom

Here are our top 30 places that you can find a gift card for any mom. We’ve listed the store (with a clickable link, whether or not you can get an electronic gift card there, and the category the store falls in. For more details on different hobbies, check the sections below the table.

StoreE. Gift Card Available?Category
1.Ace HardwareYesDIY/Home Supplies
2.AmazonYesGeneral
3.Barnes and NobleYesBooks
4.Bass Pro ShopsYesSporting Goods
5.Bed Bath & BeyondYesGeneral
6.CabelasYesSporting Goods
7.Crate & BarrelYesHome Goods and Decor
8.Create for LessYesCrafts
9.Dick’s Sporting GoodsYesSporting Goods/Health/Fitness
10.EtsyYesGeneral
11.Gardener’s Supply Co.YesGardening
12.GNCYesHealth/Fitness
13.Hobby LobbyNoCrafts
14.Home DepotYesDIY/Home Supplies
15.IKEAYesHome Goods and Decor
16.Joann FabricsYesCrafts
17.Local Plant NurseriesWill VaryGardening
18.Local Book StoresWill VaryBooks
19.Lowe’sYesDIY/Home Supplies
20.LululemonYesHealth/Fitness
21.MichaelsYesCrafts
22.Park SeedYesGardening
23.Pottery BarnYesHome Goods and Decor
24.REIYesSporting Goods
25.Sur La TableYesCooking Tools
26.TargetYesGeneral
27.True ValueYesDIY/Home Supplies
28.WalmartYesGeneral
29.WayfairYesHome Goods and Decor
30.Williams SonomaYesHome Goods and Decor

For the Crafty Mom

If the mom you are shopping for is crafty, you have a lot of options for gift cards. Michaels is probably the most well-known craft store and is a really safe option. Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics are also great choices. Make sure to pick a store that has supplies for the crafts she likes to do.

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michaels
  • Joann Fabrics
  • Amazon
  • Create For Less

For the DIY Mom

Is mom always completing house projects? If she is into building things and upgrading her space, these DIY stores are sure to be good gift card options. Lowe’s and Home Depot are the most popular picks for this category.

  • Lowe’s
  • Home Depot
  • Ace Hardware
  • True Value

For the Gardening Mom

Does mom love to dig in the dirt and plant beautiful things? We love shopping local nurseries the best for gardening. However, it can be harder to get gift cards to local places, especially if you live far away or are short on time. Most home stores will have supplies, plants, and seeds that she can shop with a gift card.

  • Lowe’s 
  • Home Depot
  • Local Nurseries
  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Gardener’s Supply Company
  • Park Seed

For the Home Decor mom

If your mom loves to decorate her space with new things, she will love a gift card to a home goods store. We love Target for an easy, local idea. Wayfair and Etsy are great if she is an online shopper.

  • Target
  • Wayfair
  • Etsy
  • Ikea
  • Pottery Barn
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michaels

For the Fitness Mom

For the moms who are really into health and fitness, you have a lot of shopping options. Lots of stores offer workout clothing, equipment, and supplements giving you different places to get a card.

  • Lululemon
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • GNC (e gift card)

For the Bookworm Mom

If mom loves to read, then what better gift to get her than a book shopping spree? We love audible if she doesn’t have time to sit down and read and would rather listen to a story on occasion.

  • Audible
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Local Used/New Books Stores
  • Amazon

For the Outdoors Mom

For hobbies like camping, hiking, fishing, and anything else outdoors, these four stores are great for gift purchasing. Let mom pick out something for her next adventure at any of these well-known stores.

  • Cabela’s
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • REI

For the Cooking Mom

Is mom somewhat of a chef? Let her pick out a new cooking tool or gadget with a gift card at one of these stores. Our favorite is Sur La Table for fancier items. Bonus- she’ll probably make you something delicious with whatever she buys.

  • Sur La Table
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Target
  • Bed Bath and Beyond

So, Are Gift Cards a Good Idea for Mom?

We think, yes! Put some thought into where the gift card is to and give it to mom for her next big day. If you don’t think a gift card is the right fit, check out these experience gift ideas instead.

Do you give out gift cards for family? Where are your favorite places?

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