Gift Edit 2023

26 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Love

updated Apr 26, 2024
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Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is almost here — May 12th isn’t as far away as it seems — so now’s the time to get creative and start your hunt for the perfect gift for your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, or other important motherly figures in your life. If you don’t consider yourself a fabulous gift giver (hey, you can’t be good at everything), don’t worry! We’re here to make it easier for you.

The Best Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

Below, we rounded up 26 of our favorite unexpected gifts that are anything but overdone, so you can set aside those engraved frames and “Mom” mugs and give her something unique that she won’t stop talking about. And if you’re looking for other ways to spoil your favorite ladies, check out our Mother’s Day gift guides for splurge-worthy luxuries you know she’d never buy herselfflowers she’ll fawn over, and of course, must-have Mother’s Day candles. Here’s to celebrating all our favorite ladies!

Do you have a unique Mother’s Day gift idea you love? We want to hear all about it! Tell us about your favorite finds in the comments below.

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From our partner
Five Below

As lovely as flowers are, they can be a predictable gift. Switch things up with Five Below's charming block flowers, which come in a variety of different blooms that are selling fast. Whether you opt for just one stem or you build a whole bouquet, this arrangement will delight your giftee without breaking the bank.

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From our partner

A photo gift is a classic gift for mom for a reason — it never fails to put a smile on her face. Mpix statuettes, however, put a fun spin on this staple by taking the photo out of the frame and creating a unique cutout of your mom's soon-to-be favorite gift. She'll love showing off pictures of you and the fam and you'll love how it stands out.

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Bean Box

Has your mom been drinking the same coffee for years? Help her spice it up with a subscription to Bean Box. Every Bean Box sampler features a half-pound of freshly roasted whole-bean coffee from this top Seattle roaster, plus tasting notes, brewing tips, and an artisanal caramel. 

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Is your mom a beauty fan? Then she's going to love this reusable (yes, reusable) under-eye mask set from Dieux Skin. Sustainable and an AT favorite (house tours editor Adrienne swears by them), they're perfect for daily use — because if anyone deserves some daily pampering, it's mom.

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Our Place
was $150.00

A modern staple, Our Place’s cult-famous Always Pan is an essential that every home cook needs in their gauntlet of kitchen supplies. This 8-in-1 ceramic nonstick wonder is ideal for everything from sauteing and steaming to whipping up your favorite one-pot recipe and, yes, boiling pasta. It also happens to be a favorite of editors over at The Kitchn, too. But don’t wait too long, because these beloved pans sell out fast!

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Light up her home with the world’s longest-blooming houseplant. This pink Anthurium plant from Greendigs comes in a white, black, navy, terracotta, Spanish moss, or sandstone-colored pot and stays in bloom for up to eight weeks. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and what could be better than that?

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Uncommon Goods

If you can’t be with your mom on Mother’s Day, consider giving her something extra special. This personalized family print is totally customizable to represent your family. Choose skin tones, hair color and style, and clothing color to create your lineup, and then customize with your family name and the year your crew was established. 

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Atlas Tea Club
was $65.00

Is your mom's version of self-care curling up with a warm cup of tea? Then treat her to a three-month subscription to the Atlas Tea Club! Each month she'll receive two teas from a new country, turning her daily tea routine into a fun (and delicious) adventure.

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Birthdate Candles
was $145.00

Have a mom who's super into astrology? Gift her The Tarot Trio from Birthdate. Inside each of these beautiful candles, she'll find a gold-plated charm (one of the 22 Tarot Charms from the Major Arcana deck). Complete with 30+ page guidebook, she'll discover the secret tarot reading divined just for her. Best of all, the charms can then be worn as a necklace!

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Quickly get flowers delivered to your mom's doorstep by heading to Instacart, typing in your zip code, and choosing flowers for delivery! This Costco floral bouquet is an excellent option if available in your area, but truthfully, there is so much to choose from.

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Has your mom been using the same blender for 20 years? Gift her the new Ninja TWISTI blender. With a 34-oz. container, a built-in twist tamper, and Hybrid-Edge blades that power through tough ingredients with ease, it's a showstopper. Best of all, it comes with two extraction cups that are perfect for her morning on-the-move smoothies.

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Help your mom tackle her spring gardening with this durable canvas garden apron, which has several deep pockets to house all her tools (even her cell phone). If you want to gift it with some new gardening tools, check out Terrain for everything from pruners to bird houses and more.

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This olive oil is for the garlic girls. Use it to add a garlicky kick to sautéed veggies, chicken marinades, homemade sauces, and so much more. Or, pour it on salads or enjoy it straight on top of crusty bread for a true tastebud treat. Mom's going to love that you introduced her to this one.

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Brighten her day week after week with the Classic Urban Stems flower delivery subscription. Choose your flower style and how frequently you want them delivered, and Urban Stems will handle the rest. It’s the perfect way to thank your mother for all she does, even after Mother’s Day is over.

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Artifact Uprising
was $22.00

If you’re separated from your mom this Mother’s Day, send her this modern photo book from Artifact Uprising. It comes with a colorful, soft cover that’s available in six gorgeous hues, and you can also choose the size, foil color, and theme. And it’s incredibly easy to make: Just upload your photos, customize them accordingly, and have it sent straight to Mom.

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My Sheets Rock

Just in time for warmer nights, this bamboo sheet set is the perfect gift for a mom who rarely treats herself. (It also happens to be one of our very favorite cooling sheet sets!) Luxuriously soft and silky, they’re made with temperature-regulating technology that will help keep your giftee cool and comfortable even on the warmest nights.

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was $74.99

If you’ve got a crafty mom, this weaving loom kit from Etsy shop PortGardnerCrafts will help her get started on her newest hobby. Handcrafted in Washington, this kit is a great option for both beginners and intermediates. It also comes with an easy-to-follow instruction guide.

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Behold, the tote to conquer all other totes! The CapaBunga canvas bag has six roomy pockets, including sections for milk, eggs, and even flowers. It even has sturdy vegan leather handles for an extra dose of style. It’s an especially great idea if your mom is trying to avoid using plastic bags.

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These shower steamers are an ideal gift for anyone who could use some relaxation. The beautifully packaged set comes in six scent varieties known for their calming properties — lavender, menthol/eucalyptus, vanilla, watermelon, grapefruit, and peppermint — and is crafted with pure essential oils and nature-identical fragrances, making them a safe way to de-stress.

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If your mom is looking to cut back on trips to the local coffee shop, help her out with an at-home espresso machine. This one-touch coffee maker brews the perfect latte or cappuccino — all you have to do is pop in a Nespresso pod. She’ll feel like the ultimate barista (without all the confusing machinery).

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was $199.00

Is your mom always talking about sprucing up the living room or redecorating her bedroom? Help her kickstart her design ambitions with a Havenly gift card. Havenly offers one-on-one consultations with a designer who can offer a final design and a curated shopping list, and you can choose between mini and full makeover packages.

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was $79.00

If your mom thrives in cozy comfort, she will fall in love with this hand-knit chenille throw. Whether it’s for her living room or her bedroom, this luxe wool blanket will be the star wherever it sits. From keeping her cozy during movie night to adding style to her space, it’s a beautiful gift she’ll use for years.

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Take candle gifting to a whole new level with a diffuser. The Aera diffuser isn’t just any diffuser — it has 10 adjustable settings depending on the room size, delivers consistent fragrance for up to 800 hours (!!), and it just plain looks great. A diffuser worth the splurge, this smart pick is compatible with Amazon Alexa and can be controlled via an app. Fragrances are sold separately, and there are over 50 to choose from.

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The Amaranth Vase Company is a brand we recently discovered, but we’re very excited about the concept. They make vases that “twist” to drain excess water, which keeps your bouquet blooming longer. If your mom always has fresh flowers around the house, this mint-colored vase just might be a perfect gift.

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was $249.95

Producing up to three servings of fresh, homemade pasta in as little as 18 minutes, the Philips Smart Pasta Maker Plus is a dream for the mom who lives for pasta night. All she has to do is pick her ingredients, attach the shaping disc of her choice, and revel in the joy of fresh pasta any day of the week; the machine will do the rest.

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Uncommon Goods

Want to help your baking-obsessed mom get a little creative in the kitchen? We have three words for you: homemade fortune cookies! With the Make Your Own Fortune Cookies kit, creating her own version of the classic Chinese takeout treat is a cinch. Each kit comes with all of the key ingredients, prep tools, and instructions needed to make up to 48 cookies, including 60 prewritten messages and an edible-ink pen to decorate each crispy creation and get personal with custom fortunes.