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Mother’s Day Gifts That Are (Almost) as Good as a Hug

Apr 29, 2020

by Aravis Moore

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This year, you may not be able to gather in person for your usual Mother’s Day rituals, but you can still make Mom feel like the most important person on Earth with a carefully chosen gift made just for her. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind necklace engraved with her initials (or her grandkids’ birth flowers) or a pet portrait to honor the furry companion who’s doing their devoted best to keep her spirits high until you can squeeze her yourself, a meaningful gift can go a long way to making you feel closer together.

To help you get on the right track, we combed through loads of buyer reviews to turn up extra-special gifts that real moms (and the people who shop for them) loved. Which one speaks to you?

A meaningful piece of jewelry

Birth flower necklaces on Etsy
SHOP: Birth flower necklace from GLDN by Layered + Long, $43 and up

Why we love it:

More than merely a pretty pendant (and something shiny to show off at her next video meetup with friends), a birth flower necklace is a subtly sentimental reminder of the moment you came into her life.

Why shoppers do, too:

“I got a necklace for each of my children’s birth month flowers and I love them so much. They are delicate and simple, exactly the kind of jewelry I love. I’ll wear them every day! Would definitely buy from this shop again.” — RM

A personalized pampering kit

Custom spa set from Etsy
SHOP: Made-to-order spa set from La Marcotterie, $54

Why we love it:

You may not be able to massage her sore shoulders, but mix and match these all-natural scents for her precise preferred blend of earthy and floral aromas, and you’ll transform her bathroom into a spa for the day.

Why shoppers do, too:

“Recently sent this as a gift to my mom and she loved it! She has sensitive skin and found the products to be perfect (not irritating and scent not overwhelming). Fantastic products and customer service!” — LB 

A display-worthy pet portrait

Custom pet portrait magnet from KitAtlas
SHOP: Custom pet portrait magnet from Kit Atlas, $22

Why we love it:

These affordable pet portraits are made possible by the artist’s robust library of more than 250 illustrated templates, which she carefully adapts according to each pet’s unique coloring—doggy freckles and all.

Why shoppers do, too:

“Wow. These are AMAZING. They look just like my sweet boys and I will cherish these magnets forever. Ordering was super easy and the shop owner was very kind. Probably will order more in the future for friends who love the furry pals just as much.” — DP

A custom conversation piece

Personalized bookend from MijMoj
SHOP: Personalized bookend from MijMoj, $45

Why we love it:

This clever bookend features a customizable inscription on one side and a built-in bud vase on the other, letting your bibliophile mom display her treasured tomes right next to her favorite blooms.

Why shoppers do, too:

“Absolutely LOVED this. My mother cried, put it up right away and already has flowers in it. It made THE perfect gift! Well packaged, quick shipping, 100% thumbs up…thank you guys!” — KH 

A charming keychain

SHOP: Leather keychain from Mesa Dreams, $38

Why we love it:

Moms who wear their heart on their sleeve will love to hang this on their keychain. Each leather key fob is hand-stamped and hand-painted, for a colorful and one-of-a-kind token of your love.

Why shoppers do, too:

“It is absolutely perfect! I love it! My mom had a larger leather heart on her keychain for over 40 something years and lost it a few months ago! The love and beauty that went into this will surely make her smile! Can’t wait to give it to her. ❤️ Thank you, it’s beautiful!” — KB

A card she’ll keep

Engraved wood Mother's Day card from Etsy
SHOP: Customizable wood card from Hereafter, $15 and up

Why we love it:

The mothers who file away their faded cards from years past will love this keepsake version, crafted from certified sustainable American alder wood. Write your own message, or have the card engraved with a heartfelt note that will last a lifetime.

Why shoppers do, too:

“I bought this for my 88-year-old mother as a gift for someone who has everything and she loved it. Quite unique and special. Thank you for a wonderful gift idea for an equally wonderful mother.” — KJ

Top image: Engraved initial necklace from EVREN, $52

Celebrate Mother's Day. Because right now, every mom deserves some extra pampering.

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