Finding unique Mother’s Day gift ideas can be a challenge. I love my mother and my mother-in-law. They are both gracious and loving and kind, and each of them deserves all the good I could possibly send their way. However, buying them gifts—whether for Mother’s Day, birthday or Christmas—is far from easy. Part of that is simply they’ve reached that point in life where 1) they don’t need another thing to sit around their house and 2) if there’s something they want, they likely will buy it for themself.
While I realize I probably place undue stress on myself searching for both practical and unique Mother’s Day gifts, I feel like I should at least try to find something they’ll use and enjoy. Although I love gift-giving, buying presents for my mom and mother-in-law is just plain hard. Like really hard. And don’t even get me started on the men in my life; aside from my son, that’s an impossible task!
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, my friend Marian and I decided to pull together some unique ideas, along with a few clever—and simple—tips to deliver on the WOW!
With any type of gift-giving, I think the gift you would buy for yourself is often the best gift to give. All of these, we’ve either given or received, so they come with our two thumbs up!
Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2021
Subscription Box or Membership:
Truly, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! I am a super fan of subscription boxes because they give me the opportunity to try new things. I get a FabFitFun box each quarter and recently ordered the spring box from Erin Condren. Love both of them! Most subscription boxes also offer price options, so you have some choices based on what you want to spend. Below are the ones Marian and I have gifted:
For the wine lover in your life, what about the Wine Club? Among other things, those in the wine club receive a 12-bottle wine case every quarter!
Receive customized toys and treats for your furry friends each month.
This was a new find for us, and actually one my husband found for his mom. Vellabox is a candle subscription box that sends artisan candles monthly. You can choose from three different sizes.
This one is an annual membership rather than a subscription box, but for my garden-loving mother, it was a welcome gift. Depending on your mother’s interests and the city where she lives, a membership to a place she loves might be something to consider.
Who doesn’t love a personalized gift? It provides a special and unique touch to all of your gift-giving. Here are few favorites:
Personalized stationery is one of my favorite gifts to give and receive! There are a whole host of companies that specialize in personalization, but I have had great success with these two:
- Simply to Impress for personalized notecards and
- Printswell for personalized stationery and return address stickers (the round ones are my favorites!).
Simply to Impress simply can’t be beaten when it comes to responsive customer service, fast shipping, and exceptional presentation. I started ordering Christmas photo cards from them a few years ago and have never looked back!
Personalized Return Address Stamp
If return address stickers aren’t you’re thing, what about a personalized return address stamp! Again, you can find these many different places, but this is where we’ve had great luck.
Marian recently received this as a gift, and we think it’s a great idea. With more than one person in the house with AirPods, it’s a unique, and helpful, gift.
A few years ago at Christmas, I hosted a “My Favorite Things” party with a few of my friends. We had so much fun with it, that I carried over the idea of gifting my favorite thing to Mother’s Day. I gave both my mother and mother-in-law a few of my favorite beauty items that I thought they would like…or at least like to try. Below are some solid winners from me and Marian:
I seldom buy these for myself, although Kathleen Jennings, a beauty blogger that is ALL about masking, probably would cringe to hear me say that. However, they are fun to receive and are easy add-ons to any beauty-related gifts you might be giving.
These are my favorites! Marian and I both use these products every night, and we’ve both given them as gifts to family and friends! I think they are well-priced, and they last a long time even with daily use. Seriously, if you buy one thing, buy these. Amazon typically has them priced a bit better, but if you want to see and smell (there are some options), then head on over to Sephora!
My mother-in-law actually is the one who turned me on to this hand cream. She’s been using it for years and loves it. After using hand sanitizer nearly daily for a year, my hands always felt so dry. So, I decided to give it a try, and now I, too, am sold. It’s a bestseller for Aveda, and now I understand why. You can find it on Amazon or Aveda.
Making Life Easier:
Bluetooth Mini Label Maker
For the organized mom in your life, this Bluetooth mini label maker for smartphones makes a fun gift. It’s easy to use and has a variety of fonts, text, and symbols.
You know, sometimes you just want to print a picture, and this makes it easy. Mom can have a picture on the fridge or her bulletin board in no time!
Digital photo frames have come a long way, but we liked this one because it allows us to send photos directly to the frame. It includes an app and a connected email. I need to be a little better about forwarding photos, but it really is simple to do.
We’re just adding one here, but you get the drift. Whatever your mom likes, coffee, wine, spa days, beauty, gardening, etc., you can put together a basket that includes various items to match the theme. Gift cards are easy add-ons to these types of gifts, but the overall presentation adds way more personalization. No more gift cards stuck in greeting cards! I’m guilty of this, but Marian is teaching me her ways:)
Here’s an idea for the coffee lovers in your life:
Trust me on this; it’s the best, but ok, you can get her something different:)
The brand does make a difference here.
3. Gift card to your mom’s favorite coffee shop
Make it even better by adding a note that you’ll join her for a coffee date!
Other ideas to add to your gift: biscotti, flavored syrups, personalized coffee mug, coffee grinder, edible coffee stirrers or spoons, milk frother
One of the best things to come from the pandemic was the explosion of creativity in the online space. While a virtual encounter never will replace the joy that comes from in-person interactions, it’s been fun to see all the new options for virtual learning…and gifting! Even better if you can enjoy the experience with your mom.
Pre-pandemic, my husband actually discovered these classes and signed us up (I know, he’s a keeper!). We had a great time cooking together and learning a few new tricks and tips. However, if an in-person experience isn’t an option for you, Sur La Table now offers virtual classes! Williams-Sonoma also has virtual events. I’ve never participated in one, but that also might be an option to consider.
Although Scardello is local only to the Dallas area, they, too, launched virtual classes during the pandemic and now have several from which to choose. We love their in-person experiences. However, I also participated in a virtual cheese class last spring and can attest to the quality. This one would require proximity to Dallas, though, because they box the cheese selections, along with any add-ons you choose, for you to pick up before the class.
For the True Crime Mom:
Is your mom a true crime junkie? Marian is, and this is a gift she recently received. She and her daughter worked the case together and had so much fun!
This cold case murder mystery game puts you in the shoes of the detective. It includes evidence documents, reports, and more.
The gift of time:
While I, too, soon will be on the hunt for that unique and special Mother’s Day gift, I don’t want to overlook the gift of time. My mother and mother-in-law both are wonderful examples of what it means to be a great mom, and I know the most meaningful moments often have nothing to do with gifts.
I can’t remember what gift I gave my mom last year (and she probably can’t either), but I know we both remember our shared experiences: seated teas at the Dallas Arboretum, day trips for lunch at the Homestead Heritage Farm with a stop at Magnolia Market at the Silos, a Nordstrom Spa day with lunch and shopping, a weekend getaway to the Texas Hill Country, or even just the time we spent sorting pictures for the Christmas albums she wanted to make. Here’s a thought: if your mother has been wanting to organize and declutter, you could compress our Declutter Challenge and help her jumpstart her organizational efforts over a few days or a weekend.
Being available with your time is perhaps the greatest Mother’s Day gift of all.
5 Steps to Make Your Gift Look Amazing
You found the perfect gift, now it’s time to add the WOW!
It doesn’t take much to elevate your gift-giving, but it makes such a difference when you take just a little extra time to add a few details to the presentation. Marian’s broken it down into 5 easy steps!
Step 1: Choose your gift
Step 2: Pick your container (gift bag, gift box, basket, etc.)
Step 3: Coordinate your wrapping supplies (tissue, ribbon, shred, cello, wrapping paper, etc.)
Step 4: Add embellishment for the WOW! factor
Step 5: Personalize the tag in a way that shows your gift came from the heart
And remember, you can NEVER use too much tissue paper! FLUFF AWAY!
So what unique Mother’s Day gift ideas do you have? We’d love to hear from you!
After all, Mother’s Day is coming up, and we need some ideas!