Mother’s Day gift-giving can be packed with quite a few emotions. Trying to find the perfect thing to say ‘I love and appreciate you,’ something that feels unique to the person who raised you, is no small task — we feel ya.
To take the stress outta finding something extra-special for her this year, we rounded up our fave custom gifts. From adorable photo prints to personalized jewelry, these thoughtful and sentimental things go above and beyond. We can promise you one thing: They will be treasured for years to come. (And may produce some happy tears.)
Psst…Want more ideas? Check out all of our other Mother’s Day gift guides here.
Now she can jet-set with her precious accessories stowed away safely. This compact case has compartments for different items, plus little loops to keep necklaces from tangling. There are lots of different colors to choose from, and you can add her initials for a sweet personalized touch. ($19.99, SprinkledWithPink via Etsy)
This made-to-order book features 70+ pages of custom horoscope readings and interpretations based on her birth chart. She can learn about her sun and moon signs as well as which celebs share a similar reading. Or consider the Birthdate Candle ($50), which consults the stars for a fragrance specific to her birthday. Just input the day, and the scent and label will be fully customized. ($95, Birthdate Co.)
It’s pretty simple. Legacybox will take outdated VHS tapes, photos, cassettes, negatives, and more. Then the magic happens. In six to eight weeks, you’ll receive those originals back, plus a new digital version via thumb drive, DVD, or as a download from the cloud. So she can rewatch baby videos, talent shows, and all those soccer games she taped. And save them to her phone to share with others. Get the tissues ready. ($35.98+, Legacybox)
Serve her up a delicious cup of tea thanks to this box. It comes with an adorable mug, a container of herbal tea, honey, and more. She’ll be able to brew herself a cup while she reads your thoughtful card. And with bright colors like these, there’s no way she won’t smile while opening. Hello, instant happiness. PS: take 10% off with code SKIMM10. ($40, Happy Box)
Like the date she got married, your birthday (and the birthdays of your siblings), and more. Because one day can really make a big difference in someone’s life. The print is available framed or unframed, with or without a mat. If you get the larger size, you’ll be able to add up to 20 names and dates. ($19.99+, chathamplace via Etsy)
Finally a place to showcase all those precious family memories. The print is fully customizable, comes in various sizes, and has a wide array of frames to choose from (you can also buy it unframed). There are 30 photo slots in total, so a spot for every sibling, vacation, holiday spent together, and more. We guarantee she’ll hang it within the first hour of opening. ($29+, Minted)
With six original clues, she’ll spend a few hours on this puzzle, most likely quipping about how difficult it is to finish. The six you create will be integrated into the puzzle but will be highlighted to stand out. It also comes with an answer key just in case she’s stumped. ($50+, Uncommon Goods)
If she’s someone who loves to knit, weave, or crochet, then this bowl is for her. Her yarn will never get tangled thanks to the hooked slot. Plus the holes mean she’ll have a designated spot to rest her needles if she needs a break. Just watch out — she may take this as a sign to knit you a full set of hat and gloves. Ya can’t say no to homemade things. ($60, Uncommon Goods)
Get ready for some happy mom tears. All you’ve gotta do is answer a few simple questions and maker Zoe Branch will turn ’em into a three-stanza poem. Aka you won’t have to do much work at all. The poem can also ship mounted on birch wood or come unframed if you wanna do that part yourself. The final touch is sweet too — it’ll come with a pressed flower in your choice of color. ($50+, Uncommon Goods)
She’s already got framed photos of you all around the house, so why not add a couple to the fridge? They’re available in three sizes (small, medium, large) and can be made within a day. Aka a quick gift that’ll last a lifetime. ($1.80+, PrintsFactoryInc via Etsy)
Pick out her five favorite photos of the fam and watch this lil’ cube become her most-loved decor piece on her dresser or bookshelf. Plus you can personalize it with an inscription. It’s not the flashiest gift, but it’s something she’ll love for years to come. ($20.99+, Shutterfly)
No favorite child here. She’ll be able to proudly represent all of you at the same time. Tbh we don’t know what mom wouldn’t completely adore a necklace like this — especially if she wants something to show off to friends. It comes in various lengths (up to 20 inches) and can hold up to four names. ($18.90+, GlamourJewelryHouse via Etsy)
Is there a person more sentimental than your mom? Answer is probably not. This journal has prompts for both you and her to answer. You can pass the book back and forth, writing down shared memories, favorite traditions, and thoughts for the future. ($8.49, Amazon)
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Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Emmy Favilla
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