Meaningful, Personal Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Mom You Know

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It can be tough to come up with gift ideas for Mom. Most of us want to give her something meaningful: a gift that shows our gratitude for who she is and all she does. (It’s a lot!) No matter the budget, we’ve got some Mother’s Day gift ideas to help you show she’s appreciated, known and, more than anything, so loved.

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The gift moms want most—really  

We asked and research told us that, more than anything, moms want to hear words from the heart. They want you to express how much they mean to you and how much you love them. There are lots of appropriate ways to do that (sorry, but texting on Mother’s Day doesn’t count). But we think the best way is with a beautiful, heartfelt card for her to display and keep for always.

A variety of gifts for expecting moms, including a sonogram picture frame, a bible, a first year journal, a photo album, a koala lovey with coordinating book, and a card from baby.

Expecting Mom Gifts  

Every mom-to-be is different—but many start thinking of themselves as mothers the second they know they’re pregnant. So yes, it’s absolutely appropriate to recognize and celebrate them on Mother’s Day. To decide what to give her, think about what she wants and needs: 

Helpful tip: The little one Mom is expecting isn’t always so little. Adoptive and foster mothers-to-be and mothers will appreciate being thought of, too. 

First Mother’s Day Gifts  

The first Mother’s Day is such a special and important one for new mamas. They’re excited, exhausted and basking in all the milestones (and new baby smell). Show them love with these ideas:

  • Give her a cozy date night in. Many new mamas aren’t comfortable leaving their babies just yet. A gift card for her favorite food delivery service and something comfy-cute, like a supersoft throw blanket, set her up for dinner and a Hallmark Channel movie right from the couch.
  • Welcome her to the club. An Official Mom Club New Member Kit might look something like this: A no-spill travel mug (not just for traveling!), The Love of a Family Board Book for the baby, Fierce Love: It’s a Mama Bear Thing for her and a note that reminds her she’s got this.
  • Take the stress off. Order a cleaning service to come tidy up her home. She can use the time for snuggling instead of sweeping.

Helpful tip: Whatever gift you give, now’s the perfect time to say what a great mom you think she’s going to be…how much you love and admire her…and that you’ll always be there for her. And this time, you can do that in either a Mother’s Day card or a New Baby card (like this one)—or both. (New baby gifts make great new mom gifts, too.)

A variety of relaxing gifts for Mom on Mother's Day, including a journal and pen, hand lotion, a mug and tea towel, and a sling pack with matching lanyard.

Relaxing Gifts  

Is being the “chill mom” her dream? The secret to the perfect Mother’s Day gift is knowing a little bit about her coping techniques. What does she do to relax? What are her favorite self-care practices? How does she achieve inner peace?

  • A little pampering: Moms who are always on the go (does the driving ever end?) likely don’t have time to pamper themselves. If her magic words are “spa day,” set her up with a Green Tea/Aloe Yin-Yang Ceramic Candle and some bath and body supplies like this moisturizing soap and lemon verbena hand cream.
  • A big laugh: This mug and towel gift bundle is made for moms who are powered by love, laughter and caffeine. Add a bag of her favorite coffee to contribute to her stash.
  • A good workout: Send her off with a sling bag and lanyard for her gym card.
  • Any quiet time she can get: Give her a good-size notebook for journaling or list-making, a nice pen and a lumbar pillow for a little extra support.  
  • A getaway: There’s no gift more meaningful than the gift of time together. Plan a road trip or weekend getaway just for the two of you. Bonus points for cheesy matching T-shirts or hats.

 

A variety of faith-based gifts for mom, including a tote that reads

Faith Gifts  

When her faith and her family mean more to her than anything, gifts that reflect what’s in her heart have special meaning. Symbols of her faith and words from scripture are daily reminders of the many ways she’s blessed.

Single Mom Gifts   

Single moms are hard workers, caretakers…and tired. Show them extra love for all they do with these ideas:

  • Give her a break. Pair up an offer to babysit with agift card for some much-needed pampering. Maybe it’s for a spa mani/pedi or massage, or a movie and snacks, or her favorite shop and a nearby coffee stop.
  • Give her a hand. Pick a date and spend time helping her around the house. Take on any to-dos like painting or touching up nail holes, hanging shelves or putting together furniture, small repairs, weeding or planting in the garden. Surprise her with a gift card to a home improvement store or garden center, too.
  • Give her some free time. Set her up with a week- or month-long subscription for a ready-made meal-kit service. Deliver the news with a cute kitchen towel, oven mitt or recipe organizer.
  • Give her a treat. She likely doesn’t treat herself often (what mom does?), so give her something she doesn’t have to share—like a handbagindulgent sweetsbath and body sets—or something else she loves.

 

A variety of gifts for the stylish mom on Mother's Day, including a Morgan Harper Nichols zip pouch, a marbled cover journal, a glass display case, and an iridescent candle.

Stylish Gifts  

Shopping for moms with a unique sense of style can be a challenge. Our designers have pulled together on-trend jewelry and home accents for every style, from simple to showy.

 

A variety of fun gifts for Mom on Mother's Day, including a reusable travel mug that reads

Fun Mom Gifts  

Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to act like a grown-up all the time. If you know she’s never too old to play, she’ll love gifts with some fun built right in. 

 

A variety of gifts for a wife on Mother's Day, including a mug that reads,

Wife or Partner Gifts  

You thought you loved her before you saw her in Mom Mode, but somehow she seems even more magical. So in addition to whatever special day or grand gesture you already have planned, let her know why you fall in love with her again every day.

Gifts for Grandmas  

No one outgrows Grandma’s love. Whether the gift is from the littles in her life or a grateful grown-up, express your love and thanks with these ideas:

  • Compile her best-loved recipes. Either new or beloved for generations—and especially if they’re just clipped or jotted down or stuck on index cards inside her kitchen cabinets—give her a nice way to store them. You can take pictures of hers, copy them onto cards, enter them in a file or—only with permission—gently and carefully transfer them to a book or box.
  • Frame her favorite faces: She can never have too many pictures of her grandbabies. Give her a new frame or album to show off her little loves.
  • Tell her family story. Create a family memory book for her so she can share photos beyond her phone. Gather pics from her extended family—or just spotlight yours—print them out and load them into an album she can share (you KNOW she will).
  • Cozy up her space. If your grandma is in assisted living or not able to leave home much, spend some time decorating her space and making it comfortable and pretty. Besides family photos and keepsakes, you can brighten things up by changing out pillows and throws and adding some no-maintenance plants or flowers.

Here are even more ideas for giving gifts they’ll love and remember and special advice for choosing gifts just right for seniors.

Pet Mom and Plant Mom Gifts  

We celebrate everyone who loves with a mother’s heart—and that includes the ones who nurture dogs, cats and plants. 

  • Plant parents and crunchy moms: Give her a Peace, Love and Plants journal to help manage seeding, sowing, feeding and watering schedules. Or try something plant-inspired—our artists have covered everything from pop-up cards to puzzles with their favorite florals. 
  • Dog moms and cat ladies: We will put puppers and cattos on anything. Any. Thing. Give her gifts to share with her fur babies, ones that will start conversations at dog parks, or ones that out who her real favorite co-workers are when she’s working from home.

More Ideas  

We’ve learned a lot from talking to moms about what they want for Mother’s Day. Here are some more of our favorite ideas:

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  • Trish Berrong and Kelly Castor contributed to this article.