Mother’s Day can be a tricky occasion when it comes to gifting. You want to give mom something unique that will make her feel special (especially if it’s her first Mother’s Day!) and you want this particular gift to stand out from all the years previous—Mother’s Day 2019, here we come.
There are a few different ways to approach Mother’s Day gifting. Either gift something that she needs, something that she wants, or a creative spin on a classic Mother’s day gift. For example, a bouquet of flowers is a classic Mother’s Day gift, but a creative twist could be to give a bouquet subscription that delivers fresh blooms right to her door every few months.
A brunch or cocktail hour to honor all the amazing mothers in your life is a great way to bring everyone together, but even if you’re celebrating Mother’s Day from afar, all these gift ideas can be delivered! May 12 will be here before you know it, so get to planning those Mother’s Day gifts now.
1. Floral Subscription
A bouquet of fresh blooms is a great way to brighten up Mother’s Day, but a subscription service that delivers a bouquet every few months is even better. This is a gift mom can look forward to receiving past May 12.
The Bouqs Company Flower subscription, from $36, Bouqs.com
2. Paper Flower Arrangement
Maybe you’ve gifted Mother’s Day flowers one too many times, and you’re looking to send something bright and cheerful, but want to switch it up a bit. Couture-level paper flowers that last forever is the perfect alternative to real stems.
Paper Rose Daffodil bunch, $44, PaperRose.com
3. Mom-Made Art
Fuel mom’s entrepreneurial flame with an art print inspired by female founders. This recently-launched Power Mama art series paired artists together with 11 female founders to create works of art out of words and concepts that inspired them to grow their businesses.
Society 6 Be Obsessed art print, from $25, Society6.com
4. A Restful Night’s Sleep
You know those things mom always talks about getting, but never does? Like a luxurious addition to her sleeping routine or a stress-relieving activity? Now’s the time to treat her. Pair something like a cooling mattress cover that will elevate her physical comfort level in bed with a mindfulness app that will clear her mind and ready her for an awesome night’s sleep.
5. Getaway Bag
A new weekender bag just in time for summer travels is a great Mother’s Day gift idea for the mom bitten by the travel bug. The adjustable shoulder strap is great for any height, and the canvas-and-leather construction means it can take a beating and still last the test of time.
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Weekender Bag, $59, Target.com
6. Curated Gift Box
Box Fox has a selection of different gift boxes that make for an easy delivery gift that arrives in the chicest presentation. For the health-conscious mom, the Fresh Start box supplies everything needed to kick off a new sustainable habit, like a lean-eating cookbook, a Soma water bottle and W&P Porter ceramic lunch container.
BOXFOX Fresh Start, $160, ShopBOXFOX.com
7. Family History Lesson
Since Mother’s Day is usually very family-focused, why not lean a little further into family history with a DNA kit that can reveal the teach mom (and the rest of the family) about specific ancestry characteristics? Learn about family origins and specific regional ties within your family.
23 and Me Ancestry Service, $99, 23andme.com
8. Friendship Lamp
Celebrating Mother’s Day from afar? Send mom a gift that shows how much (and exactly when) you’re thinking of her. This pair of long-distance lamps can synch up so when one is touched, the other will emit a special colored light.
Uncommon Goods Long-distance friendship lamp, from $95, UncommonGoods.com
9. Book Subscription
Perfect for the bookworm, it doesn’t get much better than a subscription box from one of New York’s most iconic bookstores, filled with literary goodies and signed first editions of newly released titles. Chose from single or reoccurring boxes, and genres from feminist literature to mystery and political nonfiction.
The Strand The Book Hookup, from $50, StrandBooks.com
10. Très Chic Necklace
French for “mother,” this maman necklace is equal parts sentimental and stylish. “Designed to be worn close to your heart,” reads the description, “the maman necklace is a tribute to the most powerful role in the world: motherhood.”
Maman Maman x Ariana Ost necklace, $36, MamanNYC.com
Give mom the fixings to completely unwind, anytime. Whether that’s before bed, in her favorite chair or a book nook. She can create her own little oasis with a lavender grow kit, fragrance spray, a soy candle and sleep mask.
Uncommon Goods Unwind lavender gift set, $50, UncommonGoods.com
12. Instant Memory Maker
If screen time has taken over family dinners and get-togethers, gift mom a polaroid-style camera that will encourage people to come together without their phones.
Fujifilm Instax mini 90 instant film camera, $100, Amazon.com
13. Indoor Citrus Tree
Sure, herb gardens are cool. We love fresh basil as much as the next person. But if you want to up the ante may we suggest a fresh, colorful Meyer lemon tree? Delivered right to mom’s door ready to take her on a gardening adventure.
Via Citrus Meyer lemon tree, $70, ViaCitrus.com
14. Luggage Upgrade
When’s the last time your mom updated her travel accessories? Usually a carry-on bag is purchased with a “eh, this will do” type of mentality. We can do better than that. Upgrade mom’s carryon to “Wow this is fabulous—and efficient.” This vintage-inspired luggage piece is super lightweight and durable, with an adjustable shoulder strap, leather trimmings and a hard linen-covered case.
Steamline Luggage The Editor hat box, $320, Steamlineluggage.com
15. Free Rides
For all those years when mom doubled as a chauffeur, pay her back with a Mother’s Day gift card to a driving service like Lyft. She can take a break from being behind the wheel, kick back, and enjoy an extra glass of wine (or two) at dinner.
Lyft gift card, any amount up to $500, Lyft.com
16. Stationery Upgrade
Minted partners with Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit that advocates for maternal health. The collection features art prints and foil-pressed photo gifts that mean much more than your typical Mother’s Day gift. Pair a notebook with personal monogrammed letters, for a complete stationery upgrade that you can feel good about.
17. Photo Book
Put together the cutest book of family photos, all with a few clicks. The Chatbooks app makes it easy to construct a full book, select photos and write captions. Then you get the finished product delivered to your door.
Chatbooks x Rifle Paper Co. photo book, from $13, RiflePaperCo.com
18. Wine Subscription
Give mom the gift of something *~exCluSivE~* like a wine subscription that always amasses a waitlist. The third year of the WINC Summer Water Societé membership just launched and is taking orders. This 4-month membership only opens up for a limited time once a year, and is perfect for the rosè lover.
WINC Summer Water Societé membership, $89 per month, WINC.com