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Do you know what Sunday, May 8 is? If you said no, then it’s time for you to start shopping for the best Mother’s Day gifts STAT. Don’t wait until the last minute to start looking for the perfect present for Mom. In fact, it’s never too early to start shopping for the best gift for Mom, since you want to get her something she deserves. (And instead of the classic Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, which is fine for kids who don’t have money to spend on actual gifts, let’s plan on something a little more special, shall we?)
Of course, your mom will always love getting flowers or a plush new robe for Mother’s Day. But, sometimes it’s nice to throw a curveball into the mix. Sometimes the best Mother’s Day gifts are unique gifts your mom wouldn’t have necessarily picked out for herself. They show her you care and are opting for something beyond the typical go-tos.
From personalized family portraits and adorable jewelry holders to smartphone-charging planters and long-distance lamps, there are plenty of inspiring options located outside of the traditional Mother’s Day gifts category. Not only do these unique gifts ensure your mom is surprised when she opens her present, but they also show that you’ve taken the time to pick or create a gift that is specific to her, instead of grabbing the first thing you find at the gas station or recommended on Amazon.
Take a look through these unique best Mother’s Day gifts and find the right one for your mom. Whether she loves doing puzzles, creating food or relaxing in her very own backyard oasis, we’ve got unique Mother’s Day gift ideas for every mom.
1. Hoya Heart Plant
Show mom a little love with this heart-shaped plant from The Sill. Each plant comes in a unique size and is partially rooted so she can easily repot it at home or in her garden. The plant is pet-friendly, only needs water every 2-3 weeks and thrives in direct sunlight, so caring for it shouldn’t be too difficult for mom.
2. Facebook Portal
Live far away from mom? Then a Portal might just be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for mom, as all she really wants is more time with you. Give her a virtual hug and kiss from your kitchen, living room or playroom this year with the help of Facebook’s portal. They’ve got a variety of models in 10″ and 14″ sizes that you can station anywhere or take with you. The Portal Go is built with a rechargeable battery and a Smart Camera so your mom can pick up every detail of her grandchild’s face, or your new haircut. Right now, you can also save up to $100 on Portal devices, but make sure you hurry, as these discounts won’t last long.
3. Miracu Funny Kitchen Towels Set
This set of four kitchen towels is affordable and cute, and chances are your mom could always use more towels in the kitchen for cleaning, grabbing hot pans and keeping things in order. The different plays on words will delight her and they’re lightweight, absorbent and easy to wash.
4. Piecework Puzzles
We love Piecework Puzzles here at SPY, and we think they make for some of the best unique Mother’s Day gifts of 2022, since they’re beautiful and more elaborate than your average puzzle. Piecework makes truly gorgeous works of art that just happen to come in puzzle form. The company’s 500-piece puzzles can be completed in a day or two, but the 1,000-piece puzzles are perfect for more experienced puzzlers who want a challenge. Head to the company’s website to see the full selection, or shop our favorite puzzle below.
5. Home Decor From The Home Depot
If your mom has super-specific taste for her home decor, you might want to keep scrolling and find something else on this list. However, if she loves a new home accessory, The Home Depot has the best Mother’s Day gifts for moms who are always redoing their home. They’ve got everything from landscaping tools for the garden to chic home accessories that’ll easily jazz up a room. This accent mirror is perfect for placing over mom’s dresser or right by the front door for a last look on the way out. It has an antique gold finish and composite construction for durability.
Read More: The Home Depot’s Mother’s Day Sale Is Here
6. Save 35% on Masterclass
Does your mom love to learn? Then give her a digital gift she’ll really use instead of something destined to collect dust. Even at its full price, we think Masterclass is one of the best Mother’s Day gifts, but for Mom’s special day, you can save 35% on a Masterclass subscription, which unlocks lessons by experts such as Serena Williams, Gordon Ramsay, Margaret Atwood and Natalie Portman.
7. Moft Folding Tablet Stand
For moms that spend hours on their tablets each day, we’ve got a great gift idea from one of our favorite tech accessory brands. Moft makes electronics stands for phones, tablets and computers, and this origami-like stand folds up when not in use. Alternatively, if mom needs a new tablet, Apple’s new iPad 9 is on sale for just $309 right now.
8. Tony’s Chocolonely Milk and Dark Chocolate
Chocolate might not be the most unique Mother’s Day gift, but this chocolate is special. Most people don’t realize that the international chocolate industry is plagued by exploitation, and Tony’s Chocolonely makes delicious chocolates that don’t have a negative impact on the planet or the people who harvest the cacao beans. We can also personally confirm that this chocolate is majorly delicious and rich in flavor. For the mom with a sweet tooth, this is a Mother’s Day gift idea you can both feel good about.
9. Retired Crocs Colors
Crocs is always rolling out new colors and patterns, and Amazon has a huge selection of Crocs in retired colorways. These are the classic clogs that mom loves in colors that won’t be around much longer. Better yet, many of these retired styles are on sale.
10. Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards
Inflatable paddle boards are perfect for the mom that isn’t afraid of a little adventure. When not in use, these paddle boards are easy to store and transport, and this particular model is ideal for beginners. Not only is it backed by a 1-year warranty, but it also comes with a ton of accessories such as balance fins to make the learning curve a little shorter.
11. Celestial Journal Diary
Let your mom escape from the world for a little bit, and tend to her thoughts with this beautiful celestial journal on Mother’s Day. The cover design is gold-tooled and ethereal, with gold foil treatments that light it up with suns, planets and stars. It has 160 lightly-lined pages for writing, drawing, doodling or brainstorming, and the high-quality binding makes it durable enough for her to carry from place to place.
12. Berry Buddy
Talk about a berry good unique Mother’s Day gift. Pretty and practical, this striking stoneware bowl is a strainer and fruit bowl in one. It has a built-in drip catcher and spout, making it easy to rinse fruit and clean the bowl itself. Since it’s handmade in Pennsylvania, each bowl is one of a kind.
13. Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
One of the best gifts for mom this Mother’s Day? Sleep! Slip’s silk pillowcases are what dreams are made of. Since they reduce friction, they’ll keep her hair healthy and bedhead will be a thing of the past. They also have anti-aging powers, since they reduce the pressure on skin, hence preventing fine lines and wrinkles. To make them easy to care for, Slip silk pillowcases are machine washable.
14. Personalized Family Print
Who needs a steel baron-esque, larger than life-sized oil painting of their family when you can get this charming portrait instead? For $75 to $100, artists Mary and Shelly Klein personalize between two to four people on archival enhanced matte paper. Select skin tones, hair and clothing color that matches your clan, then add your family name and the year you were established to make a print that’s entirely your own. It comes framed in black BonanzaWood and hanging hardware is included so you can help mom find the perfect spot for it right away.
15. Mom’s Little Vase
The name alone proves this is one of the best Mother’s Day gifts, and one of the most unique. Bud vases are always charming and this colorful one is especially so. Meant to hold petite clusters of wildflowers or a single bloom, it’s a great way for mom to display flowers from her garden. Pick up a pretty flower to add when you gift it to her on her special day. The vase is handmade in Rhode Island, making each one unique.
16. Tatcha No-Filter Essentials
If your mom is a skincare enthusiast, this gift set from Tatcha will make her day. It comes with four of their best Japanese products for healthy, glowing skin, all in miniature sizes so she can test and travel as she sees fit. Their formulas are made to enhance your mom’s natural beauty, rather than cover it up, and are naturally moisturizing making them ideal for dry climates. The kit comes with a primer, setting powder, a skin mist for a dewy glow and a lip mask as well.
17. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
If your mom or wife is a regular hair dryer (every day, or for special occasions) the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is definitely on her list of splurge dream gifts. This $400 hair dryer really is worth every penny, and it’s exactly the kind of thing she wants but would never buy for herself. The Supersonic uses Dyson’s intelligent heat control technology to reduce frizz and damage while drying hair in record time. It comes with five different styling attachments for different hair types, and the powerful V9 motor uses air multiplication to dry your hair efficiently. If this gift feels a tad too expensive, you can also check out our favorite Dyson Supersonic dryer alternatives.
We know that you wouldn’t normally spend $400 on a Mother’s Day present, which is why this legendary hair dryer tops our list of the most unique Mother’s Day gift ideas, and we’ve previously featured it on our list of the best gifts for your wife.
18. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette
You simply can’t go wrong with a pretty perfume as a mother’s day gift and this fragrance from Chanel is floral and fruity, and comes from the classic luxe brand your mom probably already loves. The scent has key notes of jasmine, teakwood and citron, and the gorgeous pink bottle will look beautiful on her bathroom counter, and she’ll think of you every time she uses it.
19. Sunflower Garden Grow Kit
Let mom show off her green thumb with this Sunflower Garden Grow Kit. It comes with everything she needs to grow her own sunflower patch, including seeds for six heirloom sunflowers in a range of colors, shapes and heights, as well as a recycled egg carton to sprout them in. Mom won’t believe how quickly and tall they’ll grow — one type, the Classic Mammoth, can reach nine to 12 feet, with huge blossoms.
20. Birth Month Flower Scarf
This floral print scarf is more than meets the eye. Get the one for Mom’s birth month as her Mother’s Day gift, since each birth month flower has certain attributions. For example, February is violet, symbolizing loyalty and faithfulness; May is lily of the valley for sweetness and humility; and August is Poppy for pleasure and success. The flowers are watercolors by artist Juliet Meeks and the scarves are made in India.
21. Overland Single-Pelt Sheepskin Rug
Let Mom wake up in luxury with Overland’s Premium Australian Sheepskin Rug that feels as plush and cushiony as it looks. She can place it on the floor right next to her bed so that it’s the first thing she sinks her toes into every morning. Made from long wool in a natural shape, the versatile rug also looks right at home next to a fireplace or draped over a chair or couch. No matter where she parks it, it will add a soft, special touch to any space.
22. Lele Sadoughi Iris Slim Bow Tie Knotted Headband
For a unique Mother’s Day gift, an accessory from Lele Sadoughi is a great option. This designer has become super famous for her delightful prints and beautiful headbands. This one has an iris checkered print that’s perfect for spring and accented with a bow.
23. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Aromatherapy is the gift that keeps on giving, making the Vitruvi Stone Diffuser the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Quite the statement piece, the diffuser is made from high-quality porcelain with a matte ceramic cover — choose from black, gray, terracotta or white. The striking diffuser makes a statement all on its own while scenting your home. Simply fill it with water, add a few drops of a favorite pure essential oil and select the time setting.
24. Kate Spade New York Women’s Kiya Square Sunglasses
You simply can’t go wrong with a new pair of sunnies, especially when they’re this classic and by Kate Spade. Between the tortoiseshell and the square shape, these will never go out of style, so Mom can wear them forever. To keep her peepers safe, they have a UV protection coating. Her Mother’s Day is looking bright this year!
25. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
Instead of perfume, opt for a body fragrance mist for a Mother’s Day gift. The lighter alternative is incredibly versatile — Mom can use it all over her body, as well as on her hair and clothes. Essentially a vacation in a bottle, the fragrance was inspired by the scent of Sol de Janeiro’s best-selling Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. The addicting blend includes notes of vanilla, pistachio, salted caramel, heliotrope, jasmine petals, almond and sandalwood.
26. La Jolie Muse Rose Noir & Oud Scented Candle
This La Jolie Muse candle is one of the best Mother’s Day gifts because of its chic design, rosy muddled scent and long burn time. It can sustain a burn for up to 90 hours, giving mom plenty of chances to light it up and relax, entertain friends or curl up with a great book. The rosy garden scent includes hints of geranium, violet, musk, oud and amber, and the wooden wick is designed to crackle, adding to the sensory experience.
27. Olive and June Polish Mani System
Olive and June is looking to switch up the nail painting game, and make it easier than ever to get salon-quality nails done at home! This nail polish mani system comes with all the tools you need — a clipper, file and buffer, as well as a polish, a clean-up brush, a variety of colors and topcoat. Your mom will love all the money she’ll save painting her own nails, and can order other color kits so she can switch out her look anytime depending on her mood.
28. Flower Hummingbird Feeder
If Mom loves spending time in her garden, then this is the Mother’s Day gift for her. These delicate hummingbird feeders will have Mom’s attention and attract all the hummingbirds, too. Handmade in Mexico by an artisan, they are made from pliable metal from guava juice tins and transformed into dainty daisy petals in a range of colors and prints. In the middle is a recycled glass well that holds the flower’s nectar reserve.
29. Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bags
Stasher makes some of the highest quality reusable food storage bags in the game. Their silicone bags are incredibly high-quality, can be frozen, refrigerated and put in your dishwasher, and they form a tight seal to keep food fresh. SPY editors are obsessed with these bags, and while they might not be the most glamorous gift for Mother’s Day, they’re definitely practical and super useful.
30. Radiate Portable Campfire
If your mom loves s’mores — and who doesn’t? — then she’ll love this portable campfire, one of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas for the social distancing era. For mothers who aren’t into weekends in the wild, it works just as well in the backyard as a campsite or beach. Unlike a traditional campfire, you don’t have to worry about putting out the fire, smelly smoke, or keeping that flame going. Simply light this on-the-go fire pit with a match or lighter for a fire that will burn from three to five hours. Bonus: It’s better for the planet since it’s made from recycled soy wax and paper.
31. A Snarky Adult Colouring Book
If your mom is known for her lovable sass, get her this hilarious Snarky Adult Colouring Book. It features a ton of snarky one-liners like, “I’d agree with you but then we’d both be wrong,” and “Sorry not sorry.” Your mom can sit back, color and have a laugh.
32. Umbra Anigram Bunny Ring Holder
The best jewelry dishes and ring holders make excellent gifts for her for any occasion because people don’t always think to buy them, but always love using them. Get one for ma to put in her closet, or by her sink to use when she washes her hands or does dishes. This one comes with eight necklace holders, a bar for bracelets and a wooden jewelry tray underneath for earrings and daintier pieces. It’s made of solid wood and rustproof metal for stability, and the classic, simple design will match mom’s existing decor easily.
33. YETI Hopper M30 Soft Cooler
If your mom loves adventure, you’ll probably be able to find the perfect gift at YETI. We’ve reviewed numerous YETI products over the years and love their stuff. This soft cooler is portable and super insulating, making it perfect for a park day, trip to the beach or sunset cruise on a boat. This bag just feels well-made and high-quality, and totally worth the price. Our editors own a few of these, and say they’re super waterproof and leakproof, and that the insulation keeps drinks cold all day. The fabric on the outside of the bag is also super durable and puncture-resistant, rendering it ready for the outdoors. It can also hold a full case of your mom’s favorite beverage, so she’ll never go thirsty.
34. Blooming Lollipops
Satisfy her sweet tooth with these almost too pretty to eat handmade lollipops. But these are no ordinary lollipops — all of the eight botanical flavors come on seed-filled sticks, so mom can plant them once she’s done with her treat and grow an herb or flower. The set includes one of each flavor and seed combo: Sage & Marshmallow (grow sage), Lavender & Lemongrass (grow lavender), Peach & Marigold (grow marigold), Strawberry & Basil (grow basil), Champagne & Roses (grow rosetta cosmo), Rosemary & Mint (grow mint), Lemon & Thyme (grow thyme) and Vanilla & Hibiscus (grow baby blue eyes).
35. Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
Take the standard bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day and make it a lot more unique with this fun twist. Just like a gemstone, everyone has a birth month flower, and there’s meaning behind them as well. Select your mom’s according to her birthday month and gift her this kit that contains seeds, a glass growing bottle, a soil-alternative to grow them in, instructions, and the explanation of what her flowers symbolize.
36. Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder
If Mom loves to unwind with a bath, this will take her routine up a notch! To up the relaxation vibes, the wine holder is adorned with stones that were hand-picked from the beach. Suction cups allow it to easily stick to the bathroom wall. And to ensure the only thing that gets into her bath is bubbles, it comes with a BPA-free plastic wine glass so there’s no need to worry about broken glass.
37. DIY Gin-Making Alcohol Infusion-Kit
If you have a creative mom who enjoys a splash of the good stuff from time to time, why not give her this DIY Gin-Making Alcohol Infusion-Kit? For the mom that loves crafts as much as she loves her afternoon rose, this is one of the best boozy Mother’s Day gifts of the year, full stop. This unique gift idea includes all the tools you need to turn plain and boring gin into your very own flavor creation. The 12 exotic botanicals, which include juniper berries, pink pepper and lavender, act as the starting blocks for creating a completely unique gin (or vodka) flavor. Simply add your base alcohol and get inspired by the preselected recipe suggestions.
38. Smartphone Valet & Planter
Is your mom always misplacing her phone charger? Then, this is the gift for her, since this charging station is impossible to miss. This Smartphone Valet & Planter does a lot more than charge her cell; it also has space for a medium-sized plant. The modular dock is handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from earthenware clay with a clear gloss speckle glaze. Its compact size is ideal for bedside tables, kitchen shelves and office desks.
39. Personalized Family Recipe Board
Whether mom has a family recipe that has been passed down for generations or her go-to came from the back of a box, you can memorialize it with this cherry wood cutting board. It’ll last a lot longer than a recipe card and be a standout on the kitchen counter. All you have to do is submit a scanned image of her recipe cad and the ingredients and instructions for her go-to dish will be etched in her handwriting.
40. Long Distance Friendship Lamp
If you don’t live close to your mom, it can be hard to let her know how often you think of her. At least that was true until the long-distance lamp was invented. Add one of these Long Distance Friendship Lamps to your home and your mom’s home, and she’ll always know when she’s on your mind, or visa versa. Simply tap the top of the lamp in your home, and the paired lamp, no matter how many miles away, will light up accordingly. Please note that the lamps do require a local wifi connection.
41. Therabody TheraFace PRO
This is a brand new product from Therabody, the massage gun brand that’s trying to enter the skincare market with a new tool designed to give spa-quality treatments at home. The TheraFace PRO comes with interchangeable LED, massaging, scrubbing and hot/cold therapy heads. It’s handheld, super portable and will give mom the ability to take care of her skin anywhere without paying a fancy spa hundreds of dollars. It’s a high-quality, luxury product that’s perfect if you’re looking to really treat mom this Mother’s Day.
Read More: Therabody TheraFace PRO Review
42. EAQ Personalized Puzzle Custom Puzzle
If your mom loves puzzles and loves you, why not kill two birds with one stone and get her a gift to fulfill both loves? By putting her favorite picture of you or this year’s family portrait onto a puzzle, she’ll get the entertainment putting the puzzle together and a beautiful resulting keepsake. For even more mystery, give her the puzzle without telling her what’s printed on it and let her figure it out for herself. Choose from 300, 500, 520 or 1000 pieces of puzzles, depending on how busy you want to keep her.
43. Plant Theatre Funky Veg Garden Starter Kit
This gardening kit comes with everything mom needs to grow some unusual veggies, and since Mother’s Day falls right in the middle of spring, it’s the perfect seasonally appropriate gift for moms who love to garden. This kit is for hot and sweet peppers, perfect for making salsa, pizza or snacking on with a bit of hummus. If your mom loves gardening, and cares for her plants like she does her own children, this is a great gift.
44. Thrive Market Gift Card
Organic food is one of the best Mother’s Day gifts you can give mom, and if you throw in the convenience Thrive Market provides, you’ve got a real winner. This service delivers high-quality, organic food on a monthly basis from a wide variety of brands, and you can filter by type of food, diet, preferred brand, etc. They’ve got hundreds of products to choose from, and you can gift mom a gift card for her first box to get her started. It never expires, and she can use it for a new membership or a shopping credit.
Read More: Thrive Market Review
45. Mama Bear Necklace
Many mamas identify with the bear as a symbol of their fierce protection and love for their young. Celebrate your mom’s dedication and love for her family with this beautiful Mama Bear Necklace from artist Britta Ambauen, sold on Uncommon Goods. She designed it based on her own mother’s dedication and to serve as a reminder that no matter how old you are, all children still need their mother to lead the way.
46. Dinosaur Garden Gnome Statue
Does your mom love to garden as much as she loves a good laugh? Then she’ll be delighted by this extremely unique gift idea. Not everyone is going to appreciate this particular garden gnome statue, but for the right person, this is a gift that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their face every time they see it.