11 Perfect Gifts for Mom
Updated: May 12
Your mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law have spent yours and your fiance's entire lives pouring into you. As you consider what gift you might purchase for them for your wedding (or even for Mother's Day later this week), you might find yourself asking, "What can I possibly give her that will repay her for all that she's done for me?"
I have this inner debate around this time just about every year. So I'm writing this week's blog as much for myself as I am for you. Below, find 11 perfect gifts for mom! They'll work as MOB and MOG gifts for your wedding and for Mother's Day alike!
1. A Bottle of Her Favorite Perfume
What mom doesn't love a refill of her favorite perfume?? This is probably the easiest gift on this list, but it absolutely won't go unappreciated. Give this to her at your rehearsal dinner and she's sure to rock this scent at your wedding.
2. A Framed Photo of You
You may always stay a baby in your mother's eyes, but she still wants to see a photo of you all grown up on her wall. So schedule a lifestyle session with your favorite photographer and get ready for the tears of joy as your mom unwraps one of the most precious things in the world.
Don't want to a shoot alone? Grab your hunny or your siblings and take a photo together! You can even do the shoot with your mom! Not only will she get a beautiful print, but another memory with you to cherish each time she sees it.
3. A Framed Illustration of You
A little too timid to take a photo? That's okay! An illustrated image of you and your mom together is a gift she'll treasure forever. Commission a friend who has excellent drawing skills, choose from hundreds of incredible (and cheap) illustrators on Fiverr.com, or personalize the image above at this Etsy shop.
4. Ultra Comfy Slippers
Your mom has spent a ton of her life making sure you're comfortable. Repay the favor by gifting her slippers like clouds. I recommend the pictured Ugg's Scuffette II slippers.
5. A Silk Robe
Speaking of comfort, get her a nice robe to relax in. She's carried around a lot of stress for years, and if you're in the middle of planning your wedding, she's taking on a lot more. A silk robe (along with some nice bath bombs) will help let her stress melt away.
6. An Instant Pot and Recipe Book
Moms are busy! Help her get control of her schedule by getting her a fast cooking Instant Pot! These amazing pressure cookers are so in right now, and with good reason! They're easy to use, lighting fast, and make some of the most perfectly cooked dishes I've had! This is a gift that truly keeps on giving.
7. A Wine Club Subscription
If your mom loves wine, a membership to a wine club is absolutely the perfect gift. Sign her up for a membership at her favorite winery or check out this list of online wine club subscription packages. And then maybe invite yourself over on occasion for a sip!
8. Custom Gifts and Crafts
Get your mom something that doesn't exist anywhere else! Tumblers, jewelry, and glasses like the ones above can be found at B&D Custom Crafts, run by a mother and daughter duo creating custom gifts right in the Twin Cities!
9. A Class or Workshop with You
If your mom likes getting out of the house, learning new skills, and spending time with you, find and sign up for a class you can take together! My favorites are cooking classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill (with locations in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Stillwater) and floral arranging and creative workshops at Haute House Studio in Edina!
10. Volunteering with You
If you like the idea of hanging out with your mom, but classes aren't your thing, consider inviting her to volunteer with you at a local charity. Your mom will love spending time together and knowing that she's helping support a great cause. I really enjoy volunteering with Feed My Starving Children and Second Harvest, but feel free to check out this list of other volunteer opportunities in the Twin Cities as well!
11. A Lanyard (one of those plastic ones you made at camp, not a nice cloth one with her favorite sports team's logo emblazed on it)
No joke, this is what my wife and I gave our mothers as gifts at our wedding. We watched YouTube videos to remind ourselves how to weave together these treasured memories and we gave them to our moms after reading poet Billy Collins' "The Lanyard" at our reception. The poem features such gems as, "She nursed me in many a sick room, lifted teaspoons of medicine to my lips, set cold facecloths on my forehead then led me out into the airy light and taught me to walk and swim and I in turn presented her with a lanyard," and "'Here are thousands of meals' she said, 'and here is clothing and a good education.' 'And here is your lanyard,' I replied, 'which I made with a little help from a counselor.'" You can listen to the whole poem (as read by a robot) at this link.
I hope you have a very special Mother's Day!