The best Mother’s Day gifts are the ones with a little sentiment behind them (see: handmade cards, macaroni necklaces and knit scarves). Since it might be a bit weird to give her a necklace made of uncooked ziti at this point in life, we rounded up 25 of the most meaningful gifts for mom that share that same “aww” feeling.
1. Personalized Family Portrait
We can already see this hanging proudly in the entryway. Plus, it can fit up to 12 figures, so you can easily include the grandkids and the pets (they’re family too).
2. Unwind Lavender Gift Set
You can teach mom all about self-care, but nothing will encourage her to relax quite like this lavender gift set. It features a real lavender grow kit to brighten up her windowsill, pillow spray to ease her into a restful sleep, a soy-blend candle with notes of orange blossom to lift her mood and a 100 percent cotton sleep mask for a peaceful snooze.
3. Madewell Personalized Oversized Jean Jacket in Lunar Wash
PSA: Madewell offers personalization on many of its denim pieces, like this oversized jean jacket. Choose from block or script embroidery and add up to eight characters over the left breast pocket. You can even customize the thread color—red, black or pink. Oh, and the embroidery doesn’t cost a single cent extra.
4. Instructional Cork Yoga Mat
This anti-slip, hypoallergenic mat has 59 stretches and 60 yoga poses right where she can see them. Mom can make up her own sequences and cater every workout to what her body needs that day—tense back, tight hips and all. It’s like getting her an unlimited yoga membership without the monthly fees.
5. Sarah Chloe Love Count Multi Heart Necklace
With the option to add up to five initials and two hearts, this charm necklace will serve as a cute reminder of all her kids/grandkids/dog children every time she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror.
6. Anthropologie Home Dawn Monogram Mug
She never starts a morning without a homemade latte (you didn’t get her that Nespresso for nothing). A floral mug will make her a.m. ritual much sweeter. Just wrap it up with some coffee pods for extra brownie points.
7. Caraa Sport Leather Medium Studio Tote
At first glance, this leather tote looks like, well, a regular leather tote. But it comes with two removable backpack straps and a whole slew of pocket organizers inside. There are spots for her water bottle, phone and laptop, and even a hidden side compartment for athletic sneakers. It’s everything she could ever need in one compact carryall—and it still won’t look out of place at client dinners.
8. Anthropologie Animalia Monogram Luggage Tag
She’s been planning a family trip to Europe this summer, and she undoubtedly has everything she needs, except for a luggage tag. This leopard one will make her black roller bag immediately recognizable as it inches along the baggage claim belt.
9. Kids’ Birthday Print with Black Frame
She’ll never forget her kids’ birthdays, but this framed print turns each special day into a memorable work of art.
10. LETTERS TO MY MOM: WRITE NOW. READ LATER. TREASURE FOREVER BY LEA REDMOND
There’s nothing better than a handwritten card, and this customizable letter book gives her 12 at once. She can choose to open one per month or dive in and read them all. Just get all your siblings and kids to fill each envelope with their own thoughts and wishes, then seal it with the included stickers. Because they’re all kept in this handy book, she’ll never lose them in the abyss of the desk drawer.
11. Made Easy Kit Metal Letter Wine Cork Keepsake Monogram
Maybe she’s determined to hit up all the wineries in Napa or perhaps she just loves a glass of malbec with her Sunday dinner. Either way, she can fill this metal monogram letter with corks from her favorite bottles and create a piece of art that will remind her of all that swirling and tasting.
12. Google Nest Hub
“OK, Google, show me the weather. And the calendar. And what my commute looks like. Oh, and all my favorite photos.” This smart display device does pretty much everything that will make Mom’s life easier. And it can even answer any questions that pop into her head (so she doesn’t text them all to you).
13. ‘LOVE LIVES HERE’ MAP PILLOW
If you and your siblings are scattered across the country, this pillow will make her feel like you’re constantly gathered on the living-room couch. Just customize it with a heart over each of the states your crew lives in and a family name or phrase at the bottom.
14. This Works Portable Diffuser
Small enough to fit on any desk, counter or hotel bedside table, this USB-charged portable diffuser is just as powerful as standard models—without needing a power cord. Get her a trio of essential oils to try it with, and she’ll likely bring it on every vacation from here on out.
15. Teaspressa NM Starter Tea Kit
She always raves about the time you took her to afternoon tea, so make it an everyday thing with this luxury tea set. It includes three loose-leaf teas (Manhattan black, Charles Grey and green gold) and three sugar cube flavors (London Fog, vanilla and salted caramel) plus a chic teakettle to prep it in. All that’s left are the finger sandwiches.
16. Anthropologie Juliet Jewelry Stand
Mom always stressed the importance of taking care of our jewelry, so now it’s time to take care of hers. Instead of hiding her heirlooms away in a box, give her a reason to display them like the works of art they are.
17. EMBER TEMPERATURE-CONTROL TRAVEL MUG
Her morning commute would be a million times better without lukewarm coffee. Gift her this temperature-control to-go mug that’s designed to keep beverages hot for two hours.
18. ‘THINGS ARE LOOKING UP’ OPTIMISM ON DECK
This deck of 52 cards was created by psychologist Deepika Chopra (aka the optimism doctor) who wrote each suggestion based on her years of helping clients spin their outlooks to the bright side. Each card features a mindfulness practice that will bring on the good vibes and optimism, regardless of where her day takes her.
19. Ulla Hydration Reminder
Instead of annoyingly reminding her to guzzle H2O, gift Mom a handy hydration reminder. It slides right onto the side of any water bottle and blinks when you need to sip. We’re grabbing one for ourselves too while we’re at it.
20. WAVE AT-HOME MEDITATION DEVICE
She likes the idea of meditation but can’t surrender fully to the practice. This immersive, music-driven solution will help cut out distractions and keep things fun, so she’ll stick to it and benefit from all those calming vibes. Ommmmm…
21. Morihata Washable Leather Room Shoes Slippers
We have nothing against her $5 house shoes, but she deserves a pair just as chic as she is. These are made of 100 percent hand-washable leather that molds to the foot so each step feels comfy, cushiony and supportive.
22. Polaroid XS70
Dubbed “the original magic camera” by Polaroid, this vintage-style instant camera folds up into an easy-to-carry iPhone size, perfect for slipping into her favorite purse and bringing on the go.
23. Falcon Enamelware Bake Set
Her clear glass bakeware has seen better days (like the ’80s, when it was purchased). This vintage-inspired white-and-blue enamelware not only looks chic on the dining table but also comes with five of the most essential sizes for everything from lasagna to sides of sautéed broccoli rabe. Pop it into the dishwasher when it needs a deep clean and it will never get cloudy like her old set.
24. Eriness Initial Bracelet
A dainty little initial bracelet gets a glam update with tiny diamonds and 14-karat yellow gold—right in line with the less-is-more aesthetic she lives by.
25. Violet Grey The Bright Eyes Set
Complete with three best-selling products (Slip Silk Sleep Mask, Embryolisse Artist Secret Radiant Eye and Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Hydrating Mask), this kit has everything she needs to feel totally pampered without a trip to the spa.
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