By Jiji Lee

14 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Love

Creative gift ideas for hard-to-shop-for moms.

Mother’s Day is almost here (May 10, 2020) but you still have time to select a thoughtful and unique gift for your mom.

Finding gifts for our moms can sometimes be a challenge. After all, what do you get the woman who gave you the gift of life? :It feels like getting her a mug or a gift card just doesn’t seem to cut it…

It can also be tough if your mom is the type who insists she already has everything, or doesn’t need anything special on Mother’s Day. 

At the end of the day, when it comes to finding a gift for moms, it really is the thought that counts. But if you’d like to get her something a little more special, especially after a tough or challenging year, we’ve got you covered. 

Whether you have the mom who already has everything or a friend who’s a new mom celebrating her first Mother’s day, these unique Mother’s Day gifts would certainly make any mom feel so loved and appreciated. 

Things to consider when shopping for unique Mother's Day gifts

The trick to selecting a unique Mother’s Day gift is to add a personal touch. A small acknowledgement of your mom’s taste and interests can go a long way and make a gift just that much more special.

Here are some things to consider when picking out a Mother’s Day gift:

  • What’s her favorite food?
  • What makes her smile?
  • Where are her favorite places to travel?
  • What’s her favorite TV show or movie genre?
  • What comforts her?
  • What’s her guilty pleasure?
  • What’s something she needs that she would never buy for herself?

1. 50 Things About My Mother

This beautifully illustrated gift book is filled with fun and insightful prompts to help you get to know your favorite person. Find out your mom’s superpowers, talents, traits, and more with this fun book that will be sure to bring you two closer together. Not only will you get to have some quality bonding time with mom, but she’ll get to spend more time with you, which is the one gift moms can never get enough of! 

2. Juliet Rose Notepad

    Who doesn’t love flowers? This lovely notepad is a simple way to refresh a desk. It’s also the perfect gift for the mom who tends to put her family first and deserves something special and beautiful to display. New moms would also appreciate this gorgeous notebook and could fill it with to-do lists or to capture tiny moments from life as a new mom. 

    3. Floral Boxed Card Set

      These floral cards make every day feel like spring. This card set is great for new moms who want to keep in touch with friends far away, or who like to send thank you cards for baby showers, birthday parties, etc. It’s also perfect for moms who love to send handwritten cards to her kids and grandkids. The cards are blank inside so they could use it for any special occasion or just to say hello.

      4. The Founders Notebook

      Another way to score a unique Mother’s Day gift is to find an everyday item with elevated details. Your mom will feel like she’s splurging every time she uses this elegant Ink+Volt x Kunisawa notebook. The gold-edge detailing and the high quality paper make this notebook feel so luxurious, yet the price won’t break the bank. This notebook is perfect for keeping on her desk or taking with her to business meetings.  

      5. Washi tape

      Washi tape is a super affordable and unique gift that’s perfect for the mom who loves organizing, labeling, and crafting. You can give her several different colors and patterns and let her go to town! 

      6. Homemade cake mix in a mason jar

      This clever and thoughtful gift is like having two gifts in one! For the cake mix, just combine dry ingredients for a delicious cake and add a cute card with the recipe. Plus, the mom gets to keep the pretty mason jar and use it as she pleases.

      7. Personalized calendar with photos

      I’ve never met a mom who didn’t love a photo of her kids or grandkids. Find some memorable photos from trips or special occasions and have them framed or turned into personalized calendars, refrigerator magnets, or even pillows! In today’s digital age, your mom will be so touched to have an actual photo to display. 

      8. Streaming service subscription 

      Maybe your mom can’t get enough of Miss Marple mysteries. Or maybe she’s a bigtime horror movie buff whose idea of relaxing is to watch a scary movie. Consider giving her a subscription to a streaming service like Britbox or Shudder. This is something she’d probably never consider getting for herself and she’ll be so pleased every time she has something special to watch on a quiet night at home. 

      9. Calligraphy Book and brush pen

      This is a thoughtful and unique gift for moms who are retirees or any mom who’s looking to take up a new hobby or do something creative. Encourage her creative pursuits with this beautifully illustrated and easy-to-follow calligraphy book, along with a lovely brush pen. 

      10. Flower subscription box

      A monthly subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving. And shouldn’t moms be celebrated all throughout the year? You can make her feel so special by having a fresh bouquet of flowers delivered to her every month.  

      11. Plush bathrobe and home spa essentials

      After a long day, your mom deserves to relax in this cozy and plush bathrobe. Round out the gift with a scented candle that reminds her of her favorite city or vacation spot. Add some sheet masks, nice lotions, or a jade facial roller so she can have a mini spa day any day. 

      12. Cozy sweater or sweatpants

      This sweater and sweatpants set are so cute and stylish. Your mom can wear this to lounge indoors and curl up with a good book or stream her favorite movie. 

      13. Swan’s Maine Beekeeper Raw Honey

      Make tea time feel even more special with this creamy honey from Maine. For an extra personalized touch, try to find a snack or beverage from the area your mom grew up in or loves to visit. 

      14. Paint Strokes Weekly Deskpad

      A lovely and colorful deskpad would bring cheer to any desk. Give mom a unique gift that brightens up her kitchen, home office, or workspace. This deskpad lets her pencil in her important tasks and appointments, like scheduling a phone call with you!