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What do you get for the woman who has given you, well, just about everything? While you may never be able to fully repay her, you can certainly give her a little something to let her know just how much you appreciate her. To find just the right thing, start by thinking about what it is she loves the most (besides you, of course), what her interests are, as well as how much you're able to spend—and go from there.
To help inspire your search, here are the best gifts for moms.
CaitlynMinimalist Custom Handwriting Bracelet
For a truly unique and custom gift, scrawl a meaningful phrase (or her name!) onto a piece of paper and send it to this jewelry maker. Like magic, she’ll turn it into a personalized bracelet (in one of three finishes and eight lengths) your mom is sure to cherish for many years to come.
Women Making History
For the woman you admire most, consider an inspiring coffee table book celebrating the brave women who dared to stand for equal rights. The 87-page collection of New York Times articles and photos begins with the Equal Rights Convention in 1866 and ends with the Time's Up movement in 2018.
You can feel extra-good about this gift, as $5 from the purchase of the book goes to Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war.
Uncommon Goods Head-to-Toe Home Spa Gift Set
Though a great and ultra-relaxing gift for any hard working mom, this gift set is particularly well-suited for new moms who likely don’t have much time to schedule spa appointments outside of the home. The bundle comes with five all-natural bath and body products, including lavender shea butter cream, lavender body scrub, a clay face mask, eucalyptus foot salts, and eucalyptus foot cream.
Uncommon Goods Handmade Birthstone Wine Glass
For a unique spin on birthstone jewelry, turn to these cool, handmade wine glasses. Each glass is crafted from hand-blown glass to represent each month's special stone. Get one (or more) to match each of her children’s birth months—alternatively, buy a full set to match her own birth month. The unique barware, each of which holds approximately 12 fluid ounces, is sure to become a regular favorite.
HB Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Like an at-home brew kit, but much better, since it churns out her daily fuel in no time at all. The premium pressurized keg transforms homemade or store-bought cold brew into a rich, silky, and frothy cold coffee with a smoother taste than your average blend. (No sweeteners necessary!) Though it holds an impressive 64 ounces at once, it’s compact enough to fit in the side door of most refrigerators.
Dainty Layers Paw Print Necklace
For the pet parent who takes their job just as seriously as any other mom (for good reason!), a sentimental gift that’s sure to please. Have their pet’s paw engraved on a pendant in your choice of three metals—silver, rose gold, or gold filled—in one of nine different lengths, from 15 to 23 inches. For an extra-special touch, you can also have the back engraved with a name or a short personalized message.
Brooklinen Linen Robe
Help mom feel chic in even her most relaxed moments—during a TV binge or a leisurely breakfast, perhaps—with this sleek, but super soft and comfortable robe. Made from the finest stonewashed Belgian and French flax, it’s breathable, lightweight, and drapes beautifully. Another bonus? This is one piece of clothing that will only get softer and softer with each wash.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Tree Serving Bowl
This beautiful earthenware bowl is destined to become a treasured piece turned family heirloom. Artist Sheree Burlington hand-paints each bowl with a family name (up to ten characters total) and the touching cursive phrase: "Each a branch upon a tree, reaching for the sky, bound by roots that draw us home, even as we fly." After, it’s dipped in a food-safe glaze, so the 80-ounce vessel can be used for a variety of purposes, from serving salad to corralling fresh produce.
Serene House Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Whether she’s all-in on essential oils or hasn’t yet experimented with the all-natural fragrance, she’s bound to love this functional piece of home decor. It has a sophisticated, neutral design that will blend in with any range of aesthetics, but best of all, it uses ultrasonic vibrations to turn the fragrant water that’s sure to help her relax after a long day.
Kate Spade Heart of Gold Idiom Bangle
For the gentlest, kindest woman you know, a dainty bangle with a hidden message she’ll hold close. The inside reads, "heart of gold." And when it comes to your mother? Well, that’s a statement that couldn’t be more true.
Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
If mom’s house has always been the favored gathering place, give the hostess with the mostess this show-stopping cheese platter. It’s so pretty that she might just put it on display 24/7, opting to use it as a perch for a small coffee table vignette, complete with candles and greenery. Though the white is a timeless choice, there are five other brilliant shades to suit any decor style.
Rothy’s Mary Jane Flats
A symbolic gift that says you couldn't be happier to follow in her footsteps. Though undoubtedly sweet, it’s a functional one, too. Though crafted from repurposed water bottles, this pretty pair is ultra soft and comfortable, molding to her foot for just the right fit. What’s more, they’re fully machine-washable, so all she needs to do when they get dirty is toss them in a cold cycle.
Lollia Petite Treats Hand Cream Gift Set
Treat the most hardworking woman you know to something that will soothe those tired, chapped hands. It’s an especially great gift for any mother who washes her hands frequently—like a nurse or a new mom. The set comes with six nourishing hand creams in sweet scents. And as a bonus, the gorgeous floral packaging will look great on any countertop.
Custom Family Portrait
Can’t get the whole crew together for a family photoshoot? Give mom something just as special, if not even more unique. Simply send the artist a past family photograph, and she’ll turn it into a gorgeous custom watercolor painting that’s digitally illustrated and then printed on high quality, matte artist paper in just two to three weeks.
What to Look for in a Gift for Mom
What types of interests does your Mom have? Does she have something she's passionate about or has spoken about wanting to pursue? Considering what she enjoys and spends plenty of time investing in can give some strong indicators on what kind of gift to buy her. Whether it's a long-held interest or something she's been excited to try, getting her a gift based on her interests is a great direction to take.
Price vs. Value
Price can play a significant factor here—keeping in mind your budget will likely determine what kind of gift you will purchase. However, a gift's price doesn't necessarily dictate its value—the amount of enjoyment and use your mom will get out of the gift. Both factors should be taken into account before making a final decision.
Choosing gifts for your mom can be challenging at times, but sticking with the same old gift every year can be a bit disappointing. Getting creative with your gift can say a lot about the time and effort placed into it. If your mother is sentimental, consider adding personal touches to your present that conveys the sentiment you want to send her. There are plenty of gifts, including ones we've listed, that will check off both of these boxes.
What is Mother's Day?
Mother's Day is a day of honoring motherhood, and is observed and celebrated in different forms across the world.
When is Mother's Day?
In the United States, Mother's Day falls on the second Sunday of May.
When did Mother's Day start?
Mother's Day began on May 12, 1907. It was started by Anna Reeves Jarvis, who helped turn it into a national holiday.
Why Trust The Spruce
This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. Additional reporting was done by Lacey Ramburger, a personality assessments expert and writer whose work has appeared on Thought Catalog.