What to Get Your Mom for Mother’s Day, By Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 29, 2022

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you are struggling to find the perfect gift for your mom, don’t worry! We are here to help. The secret to gift giving is to think about the person you’re buying for, not your own preferences. So whether your mom is a free-spirited artist or a loyal traditionalist, we have got you covered! 

Here’s what gift to get your mom this year, based on her personality type.

For Introverted moms, choose a gift that seems small but means the world

Gift giving for introverted personality types involves careful thought and consideration. This is not the personality type that will enjoy lunch at a loud, crowded restaurant or a trip to a giant stadium. Instead, introverted moms will probably prefer a thoughtful gift that they can use in their own time - ideally one that speaks to her soul. 

The starting point is to figure out her interests and hobbies and choose a gift based around that to help make Mother’s Day special this year.

Three gift ideas for introverted moms:

  • A new book in her favorite genre
  • A one-on-one activity like cooking her a special dinner at home
  • Board games or activities suited to small groups

For extraverted moms, choose experiences

If your Mom is a classic Extravert, she gets her energy from being with other people. She loves being out and about and surrounded by friends and big groups. Rather than giving her a physical gift, why not try getting her an experience instead? She will really appreciate having the chance to get out of the house and try something new. And the memories will last far longer than a bunch of flowers ever could!

Three gift ideas for extraverted moms:

  • Concert tickets
  • A class like salsa dancing or ceramics lesson
  • A pampering spa day

For Sensing moms, choose a combination of practical and sentimental

Sensors live in the here and now and often, they are fierce traditionalists. They are fact-based and practical and so are likely to appreciate gifts that are useful. At the same time, they might enjoy something pretty or decorative if it comes from a place of love. So, try to choose a gift that looks good and that your Sensing mom can use every day. If you can make it tailored to her interests or favorite things then even better! 

Three gift ideas for Sensing moms:

  • Useful clothing like a new jacket or summer hat
  • Something nostalgic like a memory book – or the craft equipment that can help her make these items herself 
  • Something tasty like her favorite sweet treat

For Intuitive moms, choose a gift that sparks exploration and imagination

People who have Intuition in their personality type are abstract thinkers. They are often very creative and enjoy looking for patterns in the world and theorizing about new ideas. For Intuitive Moms, gifts that let her lean into these personality traits will definitely hit the mark.

Three gift ideas for Intuitive moms:

  • A non-fiction book about a topic that interests her
  • A day trip to a museum or gallery
  • Tickets to the theater, comedy or an interesting talk

For Thinking moms, choose a goal-oriented gift

Thinking types see the world rationally. They value clear rules, order and facts. Thinking moms are therefore less likely to be interested in touchy-feely sentimental gifts. They prefer to receive things that help them achieve a goal or a specific task. Though it might seem strange to you, and unsentimental, this is what Thinkers really want!

Three gift ideas for Thinking moms:

  • A gift card for their favorite shop
  • Useful gadgets like a FitBit 
  • Membership or subscription to a magazine

For Feeling moms, think personalized and homemade

For Feelers, gift giving is often an important ritual and a way to show someone how much they care. If your mom is a Feeling personality type, it’s really important to put thought into her Mother’s Day gift. She will appreciate anything that shows you went the extra mile to find something personal to her. Relationships are the top priority for Feeling moms so take extra care when choosing a gift for this personality type.

Three gift ideas for Feeling moms:

  • A handmade gift like a bracelet or painting
  • Personalized gifts like a bag with her initials on it
  • A framed photograph of you together

For Judging moms, choose gifts that are super practical

For Mother’s Day, it’s common to buy flowers or chocolate and they can be nice. But Judgers will appreciate gifts that are super practical and help them to be more efficient and organized. Most Judgers choose things they can use rather than something decorative or sentimental.

Three gift ideas for Judging moms:

  • A good quality planner or diary
  • Things for the home like a desk organizer or labeling kit
  • Solving a task that she’s been struggling with like painting a room or fixing her TV

For Perceiving moms, go for the surprise gift

At the heart of the Perceiving personality type is a love of spontaneity and variety. For Perceiving moms, why not give her a surprise as her Mother’s Day gift? This is the type of present that can show your mom how much you care, as well as giving you the chance to make new memories together - and even finding a new favorite spot!

Three gift ideas for Perceiving moms:

  • Take her out for lunch somewhere she’s never tried
  • Go on a spontaneous road trip
  • Head to the beach for a picnic

Use this Mother’s Day gift guide to find the perfect present

Choosing unique Mother’s Day gifts can be a challenge (yes we know, understatement!). But knowing her personality type really does help. By thinking about her unique traits and preferences, you can find a gift that is personal, special and helps to show just how much you appreciate her and care. Happy Mother’s Day!

Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and ghostwriter. She’s an anthropologist at heart and loves using social theory to get deeper into the topics she writes about. Born in the UK, Elizabeth has lived in Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Dubai before moving most recently to Budapest, Hungary. She’s an ENTJ with ENFJ leanings. Find out more about her work at bethharris.com

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


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