22 Mother's Day Gifts That'll Make Her Day Special

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate moms and motherhood, and many of us know someone who is a mom. Your partner, sister, cousin, friend, or, of course, your mom!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, shopping for presents will be on your agenda. However, Mother’s Day gifts aren’t one-size-fits-all. A bouquet is often a welcome addition to anyone’s desk or kitchen table. However, mothers are as unique as the individual inhabiting the role of “mom.”

Here’s our Mother’s Day gift-giving guide, where we explore gift ideas for every mom, from new moms to seasoned pros. These gift ideas are guaranteed to give you a great starting point when shopping for your mom or any mom in your life.

The Origins of Mother’s Day

In 1905, a woman named Anna Jarvis lost her mother. Anna was very proud of her mother’s achievements and sought to honor her memory. In 1908, with the financial support of John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store owner, Anna organized the first Mother’s Day event.

Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day a national holiday, citing that most of America’s holidays were centered around men. She took it upon herself to begin writing to newspapers and politicians to urge for the adoption of a day that celebrated the importance of mothers.

Fast forward to 1912, and by that time, Anna convinced many states, churches, cities, and towns to adopt the Mother’s Day holiday. She created the Mother’s Day International Association to promote her mission further. By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the holiday official by making it the second Sunday in May.

Making Mother’s Day a national holiday took many people's time and effort. As Mother's Day approaches, we don’t want to lose sight of its significance. 

Our gift guide will help you find something special for the moms we want to acknowledge on this special day!

Gifts for New Moms on Mother’s Day

  1. A gift basket — Being a new mom is challenging work! Make a basket of specially selected essentials for the new mom in your life. These can be essentials for the baby, such as diapers, wipes, bottles, and onesies, or a gift basket that supports mamas, like a microwavable heating pad, teas, essential oils, and a gift card to indulge in some self-care. Adding a personalized self-care or beauty-specific product for a new mom, such as our Style Boost Bundle, will make her feel special and prepared for any occasion.

  2. Meal delivery — This can be done in one of two ways to help the new mom. One way is to use meal delivery as a Mother’s Day gift, in the form of a service that delivers the ingredients and recipes to her door. The other way to help her get her favorite meal from an amazing restaurant could be a gift card for online food ordering, which would save her a trip out and more time spent with the baby.

  3. A night out — Most of the time, new moms spend much time with the new baby. This means there is likely to be very little time spent out in town with friends or on a romantic date. As a Mother's Day gift, you can offer to babysit to help provide peace of mind with updates through texts and pictures. A great gift to go along with a night out is our Wake Up Call High-Hold Thickening Hairspray, so her hair keeps its style all night long. Add in a Mother's Day card and some new makeup pieces for a well-rounded gift from you to her!

Keepsake and Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

  1. Photo album — Collect pictures of your mom through the years and assemble collages for a thoughtful keepsake and personalized gift. Dig through old photo albums and phone pictures, and ask family members to send you pictures they may have. You can make the photo album a scrapbook or print it in a bound book. Photo albums are a wonderful and sentimental gift!

  2. Personalized jewelry — Engraving or incorporating her or her family's birthstones, favorite colors, and things she enjoys into jewelry is a special and unique gift. There are many ways to get creative, whether going the DIY route, browsing Etsy or finding something at a jeweler.

  3. Personalized picture frame — Your mom or mother-in-law may have a favorite family picture, or maybe she’d love a surprise picture of her family that you can surprise her with. Take that picture and include it in a personalized picture frame at a frame shop based on her style and taste.

  4. Jewelry box — If your mom loves jewelry and small keepsakes, give her a home for them that is personalized to her style. You can have a wooden box engraved with a monogram or find an antique box that you can spruce up.

  5. Personalized cups—There are many options for personalizing water bottles, coffee mugs, and tumblers. Make these items unique by adding a family photo, an inspirational quote special to her, or even a silly inside joke.

Experiences for Moms for Mother’s Day

  1. Spa day — Every mom deserves some personal time, and nothing is more relaxing than being pampered at her favorite spa. Check local spas for Mother’s Day packages offering wellness bundles, including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.

  2. Cooking class — Do you have a mom who likes to cook? Signing her up for a cooking class is a fun experience for her alone, with a partner, or even as a mom and kid-outing. She can learn new recipes and cooking techniques.

  3. Wine tasting — A fun experience that says “Happy Mother’s Day” is to take your mom out wine tasting at a local winery or vineyard. She can sample local wines, learn about grape types, and how to pair wine with foods.

  4. Concert or show — Maybe your mom or mother-in-law’s favorite band or singer is on tour soon, or maybe she’s into other live shows. Whether it’s a band she wants to see, a comedy show, a play, or an art exhibit, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting and memorable experience.

  5. Shopping spree — Take a mom in your life on a shopping spree at her favorite stores. You can take her to the mall or specialty store or maybe have her pick out something she’s been talking about so you know you’re getting her the perfect gift.

  6. Vacation — A planned trip to a resort town or beachfront can be a tranquil, welcome change of pace. Better Not Younger offers the Summer Hair SOS Minis Kit for a vacation, which has everything your hair needs to handle the sunlight. Its mini travel sizes fit perfectly into the included orange neoprene travel bag. The SOS kit includes our Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo, Wake Up Call Volumizing Conditioner, Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque, and No Remorse Summer Hydrating Shield.

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  1. Personalized artwork — Give your mom a unique and one-of-a-kind piece of art. You can make it yourself for added sentiment or commission an artist. You can get her a painting, sculpture, or photograph. 

  2. Plants — If a mom in your life has a green thumb, you can get them a plant like a decorative cactus, a terrarium, or a fruit tree for her backyard. These will last much longer than a bouquet and be much more interactive!

  3. Indoor hydroponic herb kit — Access to fresh herbs makes every meal even more special. They also have health benefits! Indoor hydroponic herb kits can sit on window sills or on counters as a fun project that turns into ingredients.

Mother’s Day Gift Best Sellers

  1. Chocolates — Chocolates are a classic favorite for any occasion, and visiting a chocolate shop allows for some creativity, as you can choose from a variety.

  2. Clothing — If you know your mom’s style, clothing can be a great go-to. Scarves, sweaters, and dresses are great clothing gifts to consider.

  3. Comfort wear — Robes, slippers, and pajamas are great ways for a mom to feel comfortable at home.

  4. Hair bundle—Our Level Up Best-Sellers Minis Kit miniaturizes our bestsellers into one convenient bundle with a stylish pink corduroy travel bag. The bundle includes our Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo, Wake Up Call Volumizing Conditioner, Lift Me Up Hair Thickener, and Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum.

  5. Self-care — Craft a gift basket for a mom you want to treat to some self-care. You can include essential oils, a diffuser, an eye mask, moisturizers, and some haircare goodness like a Restorative Butter Masque.

How To Pick the Best Mother’s Day Gift

There are a few ways to pick the best Mother’s Day gift for your mom, mother-in-law, sister, cousin, aunt, or best friend. 

Here are a few tips on choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones on Mother’s Day:

  • If you need a little help, a good idea is to ask those close to Mom if they know of things she has been up to lately, craving, or interested in. 

  • Consider if the mom in your life prefers something sentimental, keepsakes, or if she is more of an “experiences” person versus physical gifts.

  • Experiences, or physical gifts that provide an experience, are always memorable — especially if they cater to her interests!

  • Moms, especially mothers with young children, may enjoy time alone, so a gift that she can have to herself could be very much appreciated.

  • A gift of quality time with those she loves may be more your mother’s speed.

It’s true that it isn’t always about how much you spend but the thought you put into it. Including a personal touch, a note, or incorporating a family tradition will make the gift even more special. Don’t forget to add a card to tell her how much she means to you.

Conclusion

It’s always the thought that counts for Mother’s Day gifts and presents. The mom in your life that you are looking to treat may love skydiving lessons or a simple tote bag from Amazon. Home decor or gift sets could resonate with your mom, or maybe she prefers to hear “I love you” as a self-care experience. You know mom best, and these gift ideas are here to help you! 

Personalized gifts, gifts with a unique approach, experiences as gifts, and tried-and-true bestsellers are just a few options for Mother’s Day presents that will make this second Sunday in May one of the most special ones yet.

Sources:

Anna Jarvis | American citizen | Britannica

Spa Therapy Relieves Mental Stress and General Health Problems | PMC

Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs and Spices | PMC