With Mother’s Day approaching, what do you get the mom who has everything? It can be tough to find unique gifts for parents. Especially when they say “you don’t need to get me anything” but you know they’d love to be surprised!
We’ve put together a bumper list of gift ideas for Mother’s Day to help get those ideas flowing and find you the ideal gift. These ideas are perfect for every type of mom - moms-to-be, new moms, mother-in-laws, grandmas, maternal figures and more. Even if you instead use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate another parental figure in your life - fathers, grandparents, guardians, foster parents - you’re sure to find some perfect parental presents in this guide.
In Good Taste - Delicious wine by-the-glass subscription
Whether you’re new to wine or a wannabe sommelier, wine can be a pricey hobby to get into. Especially if you want to try a wide variety of wines, all those bottles add up fast…So what if there was a way to try all those amazing wines, without the need to buy a big bottle of each? In Good Taste’s founders Joe and Zach asked themselves “why is wine served by the glass, but sold by the bottle?”, and so their wine tasting subscription box was born. They team up with award winning winemakers and expert sommeliers to curate tasting flights guided over Zoom. Each set contains 8 bottles containing a glass of wine, with different themes, varietals, regions and more. The perfect way for a busy parent to unwind on the weekend, right?
Knack Shops - Build-your-own curated gift box
There’s something really special about seeing the excitement of someone opening a gift you chose just for them. Laura Jennings was so inspired by this magic of gift giving that she created Knack Shops - a store that specializes in curating themed gift boxes for all different types of recipient. You can either select a pre-made box, use a pre-made as the base to add your own hand-picked items, or build your own box from scratch tailored to your recipient. With themes ranging from a relaxing spa essential box, to Sunday morning pancake kits, and more, you’re sure to find the perfect box to make someone smile.
The Sill - Houseplants, care accessories, and flowers
Indoor plants are a beautiful, natural way to bring some freshness and life into your home. It’s something everyone should be able to enjoy, without complicated care instructions and hard-to-source tools. The Sill makes it simple and straightforward to choose and care for indoor plants whether you’re an experienced plant parent or need something hardier to withstand a few forgotten waterings. Once you’ve picked your plants, you can also add on care accessories, pots, and more. Plus if you want something special for mom, they also do flower bouquets and even subscriptions.
Nearly Natural - Faux flowers and plants
Alright, so we looked at plants and flowers for those greenthumb parents. However what if someone loves the look of greenery and foliage, just not the upkeep and care? Say hello to Nearly Natural - faux flowers and plants specialists. They work with floristry designers from the live plant industry to thoroughly understand every leaf, stem, and petal of the flowers and plants they aim to mimic. They work to recreate the texture and color of each plant, then style and arrange them to look just like the real thing. These make a perfect gift for someone who wants that jungle aesthetic without all the work. They’re also ideal if you want a specific plant for a room that wouldn’t suit the real thing!
Say it with a Sock - Sock of the month Subscription
Founded in 2015, Say it with a Sock surprises subscribers every month with a new, fun pair of socks. You can choose if your recipient will get one or two pairs per month, and if they’d prefer patterned or graphic socks. Whichever you choose, you can guarantee your recipient will get a super fun, high quality pair of socks that will be sure to put a smile on their face. Better than bills landing in your mailbox! These make an ideal gift for moms, dads, and other parental figures alike, giving them something to look forward to every month!
Homesick - Candles made from memories
Do you ever have a memory you wish you could relive? Maybe it’s a family camping trip, a hometown, or your favorite childhood smells. Giving the gift of memories is perfect for parents, and Homesick makes it easy for you to do so. Their hand-poured, soy wax candles capture the scents and aromas of different places and memories. The smell of New York City, the fragrance of a spa day, smoky family barbecues, and the salty smell of a day at the beach. They work with 100’s of scent combinations and community testers to perfectly capture a fragrance, so whatever candle you choose is sure to bring those memories flooding back.
Mother’s Day gifts for your partner
Want to make Mother’s Day special for your spouse? This list is perfect for those looking for a unique gift for their wife/partner.
Nixplay - Update family photos in real time
Sharing photos is one of the best ways to stay connected with family. Sometimes, though, you don’t want to share everything on social media and often some family members won’t be on Facebook. That’s why in 2013, Mark Palfreeman came up with Nixplay - a digital photo frame that allows families to upload and share photos in real time. Family members can download the Nixplay app and whenever they have a fun memory to share, they can upload it so that it appears in the photo frame. From photos of grandchildren to grandparents living far away, kids away at college updating their parents, or even just a fun, private way to have a range of family photos on display at home. A truly personal, unique gift for any parent.
The Sak - Hand-crafted bags and accessories
Sometimes you want to give a gift someone can use everyday, so what better than a really high quality, unique bag? The Sak create hand-crafted bags, with unique designs that are based on both traditional and modern techniques inspired by the founders’ time in Bali. Some are leather, some crocheted, and all are beautifully, consciously made by hand. They even have a “design your own” service where you can customize the colors and design of your crocheted bag. To add that personal touch, you can have your recipient’s name or a phrase embroidered on the front, and include a personal message inside the bag. Functional and practical, but an equally beautiful and thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day.
Jacques Torres - Artisan chocolates, cookies, and gifts
Does the special person in your life have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll be onto a winning gift idea with some hand-crafted, artisan chocolates from Mr Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres. An acclaimed and award-winning pastry chef, many may also recognize him from Netflix’s hit show, “Nailed It!”. From his online store, you can order a whole range of different chocolates and sweet treats to satisfy sugar cravings. They also offer kosher and vegan treats, so there's chocolate for everyone. Want to make it really special? You can even order a “chocolate message” spelling out a special message with Chef Torres’ delicious bonbons!
Spiritual Gangster - Yoga activewear designed for mindfulness
Good activewear makes even the most intense workout that much easier. Spiritual Gangster specializes in designing and making high quality yoga activewear, inspired by yogis, athletes and artists. Through their collections and work, they aim to encourage principles of living in gratitude, empathy, kindness, and giving back. For every item they sell, they also donate proceeds to Feeding America so you can get a sweat on and give back at the same time. For any yoga moms out there, anything from their store is the ideal gift.
Gorjana - Fair priced fine jewelry
Founded by Gorjana and Jason Reidel, this purveyor of fine jewelry is inspired by the laidback luxury of the West Coast. With a wide variety of styles, their pieces can be combined and layered, or worn simply on their own to create different looks for all occasions. With high quality craftsmanship, fine materials, and variety of design, Gorjana’s pieces make a wonderful gift to suit different tastes. They also have a focus on affordability, so you could even pick up a few layering pieces to craft the perfect gift.
FaceTory - Sheet masks and skincare
Taking care of our skin can be a tricky task - trying to find the right products without learning a whole new vocabulary of skincare jargon. FaceTory’s range of products solve skin concerns, while making the process fun and approachable as well as affordable. Having started in 2016 as a subscription box focussed on cult South Korean skincare, they now have their own range envisioned in California and formulated in Korea. Their range of products are cruelty free, as well as free from sulfates, parabens, and fragrance.
Gifts for new moms
Being a new parent is an amazing experience…but it’s also exhausting. Whether you’re looking to give the gift of self-care, or that just make that new parent experience a little more comfortable, here are our top independent businesses to shop with this Mother’s Day.
Glow Recipe - Fruit-forward, clean skincare
Depending on the weather, the season, other health issues, and more, our skin is constantly changing. What suits your skin one day might not the next; that’s why Glow Recipe takes a day-by-day approach to skincare. Their cruelty free, vegan formulas make use of different fruits each with their own unique benefits to address changing skin concerns. Especially if you’re a new parent, then the change in routine can impact your skin. By gifting one of Glow Recipe’s kits, new moms and dads can get that bit of self-care in their schedule and treat their skin to Glow’s gentle and clean formulas.
Lalabu - Babywearing made easy
Husband and wife founders Keri and Brian are big on the concept of babywearing. The feeling of being close to their kids with the ability to still carry out tasks had huge appeal after a trip to Africa where they first noticed the concept of babywearing. However after they had their first child, they realized that other carrier options were tricky to use, and they needed to simplify things. That’s when they crafted their first babywearing shirt, and later developed a version for dads too. Rather than overcomplicated baby carrying options, their wraps and shirts make it super simple to carry little ones safely and easily. An essential gift for any new parent!
Anya - Postpartum recovery plans
Throughout the process of pregnancy, there are plenty of plans designed to help prepare moms for prenatally, during birth, and for parenting skills after. However after the birth of her first child, Jane Baecher realized there wasn’t really anything for postpartum plans. She felt unprepared for the effects of sleep deprivation, emotions, aftercare, and more that came after she gave birth. So, she started making her own recipes to help tackle the issues she was facing and noticed how much better she felt. That’s when she decided to help other new moms, and worked with over 2000 women to learn about their experiences to develop Anya’s products. They work with medical professionals in different fields to develop targeted plans designed to help women postpartum. They offer one-off products, starter kits, and monthly subscriptions to give moms the care they need to tackle parenthood head on.
Milkmaid Goods - Swaddle and lounge sets
Founded in 2015 by Stefanie Hansen and Amy Gibson, Milkmaid Goods focusses on high quality, USA-made swaddles, lounge sets, and more. After looking around various stores, they simply couldn’t find any well-made swaddles they actually liked. They reckoned they could do better and started making their own. Eventually, parents started to take notice and with the help of some local stores they started producing more and more. They now offer a range of loungewear for moms, babies, and toddlers, including matching sets. If you’re in the market for a great mother’s day gift for a new mom, this is one that’s sure to put a smile on their face!
Little Unicorn - Blankets and clothes with handcrafted designs
Having high quality nursery essentials can make all the difference for new parents. Little Unicorn specializes in natural, muslin blankets that are perfect for swaddling, nursing, and cuddling, as well as a range of baby clothes and nursery accessories. They collaborate with artists to create their prints and patterns, inspired by the color, messiness, and joy of early childhood. From blankets to diaper bags, bibs, and hooded towels, you can help that new parent to kit out their nursery and be assured every item has passed strict safety tests. Cute, functional, and the ideal gift for any new parent.
Pour Les Femmes - Elegant, quality pajamas
When you’ve got a new baby, most moms appreciate some comfortable clothes especially if those are some super comfy pajamas. Pour Les Femmes creates and crafts easy-wearing, casually elegant pajamas focussing on timeless designs. Founded by designer Karen Fowler and actress Robin Wright, they focus on ethically handcrafted, comfortable pajama designs. Any new mom is going to appreciate this touch of luxury in their wardrobe.