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.

Gifts for expecting moms  

Our recommendations for Mother's Day gifts for expecting moms include a sonogram photo frame, a

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 year as a mom 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:

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.)

Relaxing gifts for moms  

Our recommendations for relaxing Mother's Day gifts include a candle in a ceramic jar, a fragrance oil diffuser shaped like a heart, hand and body lotion scented with orange blossom, a ceramic mug that reads

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 (1) a Wild Fern and Birch Ceramic Candle and some bath and body supplies like this (2) Heart Diffuser with Fragrance Oil and (3) Orange Blossom Honey Hand & Body Lotion.
  • An act of kindness. This (4) Keep It Kind Mug is made for moms who are powered by love, care and kindness. To plus it up, add a bag of her favorite coffee or tea, too! And when she’s ready to hit the town again, this (5) Vera Bradley All-in-One Crossbody Purse is perfect for keeping everything in one place. 
  • A good workout. Send her off with (6) a lanyard for her gym card.
  • Any quiet time she can get. Give her (7)nice pen and (8)good-size notebook for journaling or list-making, and (9)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.

Faith gifts for moms  

Our recommendations for faith-based Mother's Day gifts include our Daily Hope affirmation set, God's Promises wall decor, Rejoice, Be Glad, Repeat travel mug, rose quartz ceramic angel, cross and heart necklace, and Walk in Love tote.

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.

Gifts for single moms  

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 a gift card for some much-needed pampering. Maybe it’s for a spa mani/pedi or massage, a movie and snacks or a trip to her favorite shop and 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 monthlong subscription for a meal-kit service. Deliver the news with a cute kitchen toweloven mitt or recipe organizer.
  • Give her a treat. She likely doesn’t treat herself often enough (what mom does?), so give her something she doesn’t have to share—a handbagindulgent sweetsbath and body sets or something else she loves.

 

Stylish gifts for moms  

Our recommendations for stylish Mother's Day gifts include a Morgan Harper Nichols zipper pouch, a simple gold necklace with a bar-shaped pendant that reads MOM, a gold flower Keepsake Ornament that reads

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.

Fun gifts for moms  

Our recommendation for fun Mother's Day gifts include Crayola confetti crayons, a coffee and donut Better Together plush set, wall decor that reads

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. 

 

Gifts for a wife or partner  

Our recommendations for Mother's Day gifts for wife or partner include a tea towel that reads

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 most-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 like this one or one of these (plus an album to show off her little loves, of course!). 
  • 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. Once she’s ready to enjoy her newly beautified abode, add a mug for her to sit back, relax and sip something warm. 

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

Gifts for pet moms and plant moms  

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

  • Plant parents and boho 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 kitties on anything. Anything. Give her gifts to share with her fur babies, ones that will start conversations at dog parks or ones that reveal 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: