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. This year, instead of settling for another box of chocolates or more bath salts, find unique Mother’s Day gifts to truly surprise your mom and give her something special, something she’s likely never seen before.
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, they also show that you’ve taken the time to pick or create a gift which is specific to her, instead of grabbing the first thing you find at the gas station.
Take a look through these gifts and find the right one for your mom. Whether she loves doing puzzles, creating food or relaxing in her very own backyard oasis, there’s something for every mom.
1. 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.
2. A Snarky Adult Colouring Book
BEST FOR ART LOVERS
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.
3. Umbra Anigram Cat Ring Holder
Ring holders make good gifts 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. And, if cats aren’t her animal of choice, the ring holder comes in other animal shapes, including a unicorn, elephant and giraffe.
4. Bando Women’s Grapefruit Cooler Bag
BEST FASHION PICK
This colorful grapefruit cooler bag is perfect if your mom enjoys picnics or trips to the beach during the summer. It’s one of the only cooler bags that actually looks cool (pun intended) and keeps your food and drink cool, too. Furthermore, the matte leatherette material is also water resistant, meaning it’s as practical as it is stylish.
5. Personalized Family 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 125-piece 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. It’s also possible to purchase a handy, drawstring pouch for storing the puzzle after putting it together and taking it apart.
6. Stampoutonline Custom Face Socks
What better way to keep your beautiful face fresh in your mom’s mind than with a pair of these Stampoutonline Custom Face Socks? It’s possible to get up to five different faces printed on a single pair of socks, meaning this is a great gift idea for getting the whole family involved. The socks are also available in a range of different sizes and are incredibly well reviewed from previous customers happy with the results.
7. Blooming Lollipops
BEST FOR SWEET TOOTH
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).
8. Portable Campfire
BEST FOR OUTDOORS
If your mom loves s’mores — and who doesn’t? — then she’ll love this portable campfire. For mothers who aren’t into weekends in the wild, it works just as well in the backyard as a camp site 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.
9. Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
BEST FOR GREEN THUMBS
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.
10. Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder
BEST FOR RELAXING
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.
11. Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set
When is the last time you sat down to write a letter? We’re guessing it’s been quite a while. And we can’t think of anyone that would love a handwritten note more than your mom. That’s the idea behind this kit that’s designed to make that happen. It includes 40 cards that have prompts to encourage you to share snippets about yourself that you might not otherwise learn about one another. Once all the cards have been sent, the book is designed to store each one in little pockets.
12. 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? This unique kit 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.
13. 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.
14. Personalized Family Recipe Board
BEST FOR HOME CHEFS
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.
15. 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.
16. Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set
The Intex PureSpa Portable Bubble Massage Spa Set may be a step up in price, but imagine the look on your mom’s face when she unpacks her very own backyard oasis. This spa is ideal for chilling out, whether that means Mother’s Day mimosas or relaxing with a book. The inflatable tub can hold up to 210 gallons of water and has enough space for up to four people. It includes a built-in water system that manages water for a more soothing and gentler spa experience. Furthermore, the kit comes with an insulated cover and a lock to minimize heat loss and keep your spa safe when it’s not in use.