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Clever Twists on Classic Mother’s Day Gifts

Apr 17, 2015

by Shoko Wanger

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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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