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Clever Twists on Classic Mother’s Day Gifts

Apr 17, 2015

by Shoko Wanger handmade and vintage goods

In many ways, Mother’s Day is one of the easiest occasions to shop for: a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of perfume, or a cookbook are tried-and-true options that seem sure to please (or at least not to disappoint). But what’s out there for moms who have everything — and have received everything from the above list at least twice? And what about moms who don’t quite fit a conventional candies-and-candles mold? Here, we’ve got clever, creative alternatives to six Mother’s Day classics. From laser-engraved cutting boards to crepe paper flowers, there’s (really, truly) something for everyone.

Classic: Framed Family Photo
The Twist: Creative Family Portrait

Let’s be honest — mom’s been getting photos in frames since we were old enough to glue macaroni to popsicle sticks. It’s a time-honored gift for good reason: it’s cheap, charming, and guaranteed to make her smile. This year, take the idea one step further with a creative reimagining of the family portrait. With custom flip books, fabric likenesses, and wooden figurines on the table, you may never resort to routine again.

Classic: Big-Name Perfume 
The Twist: Bespoke Scent Sampler

Selecting scents for others is tricky business — fragrance fans often already have a signature they swear by, and many prefer to switch according to changes in season, scene or mood. The solution: present mom with a sampler of scents that encourage experimentation. Who knows? She may just find a new go-to among the group.

Classic: Fresh Flowers
The Twist: Garden-Inspired Goods

There’s no denying the beauty of a just-picked bouquet of blooms. But for those in search of a floral offering that won’t wilt in a week’s time, try a crown made of crepe paper; cotton blossoms in shades of cream and coral; or a packet of brightly-colored seed bombs for a season’s worth of wildflowers.

Classic: Scented Candle
The Twist: Handmade Candle Holder

Bypass the Mother’s Day mainstay for a well-designed candle holder that will keep on giving long after the wax has waned. We love Convivial Production’s wares, made of hand-carved porcelain, and ModernMud’s white clay dishes, highlighted in gleaming gold. And what better tribute to a mother who always left a light on than a sturdy iron holder shaped to resemble home sweet home?

Classic: The Latest Cookbook
The Twist: Recipe-Adorned Accessories

Fervent foodies may insist that there’s no such thing as too many cookbooks — but if mom’s shelves are looking a little crowded, take a page from these Etsy sellers and surprise her with a sweet, screen-printed tea towel; a customizable cutting board; or an illustrated print with a recipe that serves as a reminder to indulge.

Classic: Statement Jewelry
The Twist: Personalized Keepsakes

These days, personalized jewelry extends far beyond the realm of the traditional silver locket. Mom will be extra-impressed if you present her with a gold ring spelling out each of her children’s names; a custom birthstone bangle; or a pendant emblazoned with a drawing done by a pint-sized artist she loves.


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