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60 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Are as Unique and Thoughtful as Your Mom

These presents will also impress your hard-to-buy-for wife, grandma, stepmom or mother-in-law.

mother's day gift ideas

Mother's Day is the occasion to show your mom — biological or otherwise — how much you appreciate her and all that she does for you, your siblings and everyone else in her life. But when the holiday comes, it may feel next-to-impossible to find a Mother's Day gift that properly expresses your love and appreciation. If you're not sure where to start, take a look at these unique Mother's Day gift ideas, ranging from cheap to luxe, to surprise and delight your favorite lady this year. This list is full of the best gifts for all kinds of moms: the one who relies on you to share what's new in beauty, the one who is always trying out new DIY projects and the one who wears her heart on her sleeve. While some of these picks are better suited to be given by sons and daughters, all of them can work for grandmas, mother-in-laws, aunts, stepmoms and godmothers, too.

Before you browse our top Mother's Day picks, think about what she's been eyeing since Christmas — a new kitchen gadget, craft project, garden tool — and go from there. Don't let the importance of the holiday intimidate you: No matter your budget, she'll love whatever you give her, especially since it was chosen with care.

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Celebrate Your Wife in Style
Small Triple Zip Crossbody Bag
FashionPuzzle amazon.com

Perfect for errands, dinner dates and everything in between, this crossbody bag holds everything she needs without weighing her down. Pick a neutral that matches everything or a bold neon to make a statement. 

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Sons and Daughters, This Will Melt Her Heart
What a Difference a Day Makes Burlap Print
chathamplace etsy.com

Put all of the most important dates in her life — from her wedding day to the day you were born (arguably the best day of her life)— in one place. Pick from two print sizes ( 8" x 10" or 11" x 14"), as well as if you want it to arrive framed and ready to gift. 

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Something Sweet a Son Can Give
Mom Mantra Cuff Bracelet
Joycuff amazon.com

She'll wear her favorite title (mom) on her wrist for all to see, but only you two will know what's written inside: "Everything I am, you helped me to be." 

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Cheap Gift That Packs a Punch
What I Love About You by Me Journal
Knock Knock amazon.com
$9.98 (15% off)

Follow the prompts in this fill-in-the-blank book to spell out all the ways your mom has filled your life with love, joy and belly laughs. She may shed a few tears as she flips through it, so be sure to have a pack of tissues at the ready. 

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"Bring Me Some Wine" Socks
cinch! amazon.com

No truer words have ever been spoken, at least that's what your mom would say. But be prepared: When she puts on these fuzzy socks after a long day's work, she'll expect you to serve her a glass of wine. 

Uncommon Goods
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Cheaper Than a Flower Bouquet
Terrarium Candle
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

If she loves the idea of filling her house with plants but lacks a green thumb, go for this terrarium-inspired candle instead. Pick between a vanilla-scented cactus or jasmine-scented poppy soy candle. 

Uncommon Goods
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Wow Her With Fresh Flowers
Bedside Smartphone Vase
Uncommon Goods uncommongoods.com

Thanks to this glazed stoneware smartphone stand, mom can keep her phone charged and visible at all times. An added bonus: She can fill it with faux or real flowers to make it vanity-worthy.

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Women's Shawl
MELIFLUOS amazon.com
$35.92 (20% off)

Ideal for any and all seasons, this lightweight shawl easily dresses up a casual shirt and jeans combo. Or if she catches a chill in the warmer months, it can be draped over her shoulders for added warmth.

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Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed
Travel Jewelry Organizer
Vlando amazon.com

The next time she jet sets, she can store all of her trinkets and treasures in this compact carrying case. Available in seven gorgeous hues, this synthetic leather case comes with enough divided compartments to store her most-worn jewelry while still giving her some extra room to pack a few vacation-only pieces. 

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Personalized For Your Family
Heart-Shaped Snapshot Mix
Minted minted.com

This heart-shaped collage from Minted commemorates the best moments of her life, from birthday celebrations to candid laughs. Select the framed option, since you know that mom will want to hang it up right away.  

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7/8 Travel Pants
AJISAI amazon.com

Proof that comfort can also be chic. These pants, which several Amazon reviewers call "the perfect pant," have a drawstring for all-day comfort, but also look put-together enough to wear for travel days and work meetings.

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If You Waited Until the Last Minute
Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet
Romanda amazon.com
$16.99 (11% off)

With this bracelet, she can stay cool, calm and collected while she's running from one place to the next. When she needs a relaxing fix, she can apply two to three drops of her favorite essential oil, secure the bracelet to wrist and reap the benefits. 

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Unique to Your Mom or Grandma
Actual Handwriting Bracelet
IMESilver etsy.com

If anyone knows your handwriting, it's mom. Immortalize it with this sweet bracelet that turns a handwritten phrase — "Best mom ever," perhaps? — into a heartfelt statement piece that she can wear on her wrist daily.  

Uncommon Goods
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Grandma Will Also Love It
Pollinator Garden
UncommonGoods uncommongoods.com

When she pops open these cardboard push gardens, she'll find exactly what she needs to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees to her garden. First, spread the micro-nutrient rich grow medium and then sprinkle the wildflower seeds. 

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Heartfelt Way to Get Personal
Personalized Handwritten Recipe Plate
NewarkandCo etsy.com

Turn mom's favorite heirloom recipe into a sweet, useful keepsake. This Etsy shop owner will transfer the written text in the original handwriting onto a custom plate.

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Sweet Pick for a New Mom
Custom Family Portrait
HappyMomentsArts etsy.com

Framed photos are great, but this portrait print is the only way to ensure that every single family member (pets included) looks their best. Add any text — everyone's names, the family's last name or the establishment date. 

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Shower Steamers
CLEVERFY amazon.com
$19.99 (33% off)

When she sticks one of these six fizzies into her shower, she'll mistake her morning or evening wash for a spa-worthy experience. Each steamer is scented with a different essential oil, including lavender, peppermint and vanilla.

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Put Her Kids on Display
Personalized Family Name Throw Pillow Case
mafeeyigiftland etsy.com

Everyone in your house will know who matters most to mom when they catch a glimpse of this linen 18" x 18" pillowcase, personalized with the first names of her children or grandchildren. Fill it with a pillow insert ahead of time, so she can stick it on the couch as soon as she unwraps it. 

RELATED: A Definitive List of the Best Gifts to Buy Mom 

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Butterfly Garden Puddler
1-800-Flowers 1-800-Flowers.com

After a rainstorm or morning dew, the crystal mixture left behind in the puddler's glass well attracts butterflies, making her garden even more beautiful than it was before. 

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PureRelief Deluxe Foot Warmer
Pure Enrichment amazon.com

If she's prone to cold feet, plop this sherpa-lined, machine-washable foot warmer under her desk or next to the sofa and listen as she sings its tootsie-heating praises. 

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A DIY and Craft Lover's Best Friend
Cricut Joy™
Cricut cricut.com

One machine, a million possibilities: Once she powers up her Cricut Joy and connects it to the app, she can cut and write on labels, cards and decals with a click of a button. 

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Blooming Gardenia Plant in Basket
1-800-Flowers 1-800-Flowers.com

This plant arrives with buds and ready to bloom fragrant white flowers. Add on a gardenia-scented candle for double the aroma. 

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Succulent Plants
Plants for Pets amazon.com

Even if she doesn't have the greenest thumb, a succulent garden is easy to maintain and brings freshness to any room. That means, it's a solid gift for the mom who loves the idea of filling her home with plants, but can't manage to keep any greens alive long enough for you to see them. 

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For a Cute Mother-Daughter Moment
The Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set
Summersalt summersalt.com

Bring some color into her life, courtesy of The Home Edit. The professional organizers and Netflix stars teamed up with Summersalt for a rainbow collection, which includes this silky pajama set.

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Waya Triple Hoop
SOKO shopsoko.com

Enter mom's new go-to earrings: These gold or silver mini hoops are effortless enough to style for everyday wear, but have a sculptural look that trumps her basic pair of studs.

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Wine-O Wine Glass Markers
GOODEE amazon.com

Give the hostess with the mostess something for her guests to use at her next dinner party. These felt wine markers fit perfectly around the stem and come in 12 vibrant shades, so all the guests can easily pick their glass from the bunch.

Amazon Handmade
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Personalized Birthstone Necklace
MignonandMignon amazon.com

Create a bejeweled family tree that she'll proudly show off  to anyone who asks. After choosing between a silver or gold chain, customize the necklace with leaves detailed with the first initials and birthstones of her children.

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Garden Party Candle
Otherland otherland.com

Even when the weather outside is frightful, she can light this floral candle and dream of brighter days. Every candle in Otherland's new Garden Party collection is inspired by a specific color and flower: Ultraviolet, for example, emits a calming aroma of lavender, jasmine tea and purple violet.

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Mom, I Wrote a Book About You
Compendium amazon.com

After all she's done, your mom deserves an entire book spelling out all of the ways she shown her love to you over the years. Take a night to fill this book with all of the memories, inside jokes and characteristics that the two of you share. 

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For Your Hard-to-Buy-for Mom
Problem Solution: Brightening Regimen
Best of Dermstore dermstore.com

She always comes to you for skincare tips, and now you can give her a sampling of the best products to target her trouble areas. All eight products in this set have one goal in mind: to brighten her skin, fading any hyperpigmentation or dark spots. 

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