She changed your diapers, packed your lunch, endured your teen years, and finally—released you with open arms into the big, wide world. While you can’t pay her back for the nights she got up to comfort you after a nightmare or the anxious nights she waited up for you past curfew, there are still ways you can express your gratitude. Choosing a meaningful gift for her for Mother’s Day will help you do just that!
Everyone is looking for a different way to express their love, which is why we’ve included a little bit of everything on this list. Some of these gifts for mothers are more traditional and some are more unconventional. Some are experiential and some are the types of things you can hold in your hand. Some will be relished for a day or two, and others will keep on giving for years to come.
If you’re on the hunt for ways to say “I love you, Mom” we’ve got you covered. Read on for our eight meaningful Mother’s Day gift recommendations.
1. A Monthly Coffee Subscription
A monthly coffee subscription from MistoBox means your mom will think of you first thing every morning when she pours herself a hot cup of joe. Mistobox sources their coffee from a variety of brands across the country, like Intelligentsia, Ladro, and Verve. They’ll match your mom with the right roaster, based on her flavor profile preferences, then fresh roast the coffee and send it her way. All she has to do is open the package and brew.
Available for $60-$240 at mistobox.com.
2. A Deliciously-Scented Lotion
This hand and body lotion by MOR is luxurious, but it’s the kind of thing that can also be used every day. (It’s also a great option if you’re on a budget.) The ultra-moisturizing lotion is made with ingredients like shea butter, vitamin E, and macadamia oil to help hydrate and soften hands. The lotion is available in several delicious scents, like gardenia, lychee flower, and candied vanilla.
Available for $27 at morboutique-usa.com.
3. A Box of Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolates
A box of chocolates may not be the most meaningful gift for Mother’s Day, but there’s a reason it’s a reliable classic—everyone loves chocolate. This festive box of Godiva Belgian chocolates comes with 36 decadent varieties, all tied up with a silk ribbon. Gift this and cross your fingers Mom is in the mood to share when she opens the box.
Available for $49.95 at Godiva.com.
4. A Personalized Mug with a Picture of Your Family
A meaningful gift for parents often includes something personalized, like this custom photo mug. Just upload your favorite photo to shutterfly.com—it could be a picture of you and your mom, the entire family, or a nostalgic snapshot from years ago—and choose from eight color options. The mug will be printed with your photo of choice, and Mom will feel how much she is appreciated every time she pours herself a cup of tea.
Available for $22 on shutterfly.com.
5. An Engraved Bracelet
An engraved bracelet is a great gift idea for mothers who prefer something classic and understated. This bangle bracelet from Stella & Dot features a hook closure, and space for engraving up to 45 characters — like significant geographic coordinates, names of children or grandchildren, or just “Mom.” The bracelet is available in gold, rose gold, and silver finishes.
Available for $79 at stelladot.com.
6. A Cooking Class
Is your mom the best cook in the world? (Of course, she is.) But even the best cook might want to expand her horizons. Cozymeal offers small, in-person cooking classes with professional chefs in dozens of metropolitan areas. There are opportunities to learn recipes for just about everything: French macarons, homemade pasta, Moroccan tagine, Spanish tapas, and a good old-fashioned steak. Search your mom’s city to see what mouthwatering classes might be nearby.
Available for $75-$179 at cozymeal.com.
7. A Playlist of Oldies but Goodies
If you have a tech-savvy mom who uses a music streaming service, making a custom playlist for her is an affordable—but still meaningful— gift for Mother’s Day you can give. In fact, it doesn’t cost a dime (assuming, of course, that you’re already signed up for a streaming service yourself). You can queue up throwback tunes from her youth, or songs you listened to together when you were growing up.
8. A Book about Parents… Your Parents
A book about Mom—your mom—is perhaps the most meaningful gift for parents you can give. The writing process is the perfect opportunity for her to reminisce and reflect as she passes down her wisdom to you and to future generations. It’s also an invaluable way to capture her stories in all their vivid detail, so you can revisit them again and again.
Story Terrace is the leading ghostwriting service for any person looking to write their memoirs. We work with carefully selected professional writers who will sit down to interview your parent, and then turn that interview into a book, replete with beautiful photographs.
Also, we manage the whole process for you, so that it’s fun—not overwhelming.
The Ermentrout family writes, “Our writer Alex was incredibly professional and produced a phenomenal collection of my father's stories. This was a gift for my father, but it will be something that our entire family will treasure forever.”