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The Go-To Gift Guide for the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

March 31, 2021

Our series “Celebrating Motherhood” shares inspiring stories, helpful advice, and insightful recommendations to help you choose the perfect gifts to help you express your love for moms of all types.

The moms — and mother figures — in our lives are so important, and while it’s important to let them know how much we love, care for, and appreciate them every day, Mother’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to remind them that they’re the best.

If you adore your mother but are struggling to find the perfect gift, you’re not alone. The good news? We can help!

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This carefully curated gift guide is designed to steer you toward the perfect present for your mom’s personality, whether she’s stylish and sassy, a picky perfectionist, completely creative, or your all-time BFF.

“At the end of the day, no matter what type of celebration or gift idea you settle on, make sure  Mom doesn’t lift a finger,” says Jessica Lighter, creative director at Celebration Stylist. “She deserves extra mimosas this year.”

In other words, spoil her!

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No matter what type of celebration or gift idea you settle on, make sure  Mom doesn’t lift a finger.

Jessica Lighter

Creative Director

Celebration Stylist

Jessica encourages some out-of-the-box ingenuity on Mother’s Day, and says that if you’re really stumped when it comes to picking the perfect present, stop trying to choose just one thing.

“Baskets come in handy,” she says. “I always do this for my mom, because sometimes moms are hard to shop for. I create a basket full of things she loves.” Jessica says to choose items that are sentimental or make you think of your mom. “Whether it’s a candle they love or something from your childhood that’s nostalgic, a meaningful gift like this can be a real winner,” she explains.

Don’t worry — we have a few ideas to really get your creative-gifting juices flowing.

Gift ideas for the perfectionist mom

Is your mom always on time? Is she the picture of ultimate put-togetherness? Does she consistently create perfection everywhere she goes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably have a perfectionist mom — and sometimes this type of mom can be the most challenging to pick a gift for.

Got a mom who is all about order and organization? Don’t hesitate to pick out adorable organizers, picky planners, and must-have materials for optimal desk, suitcase, or office organization. If you’re thinking things like address books, calendars, and organization software, then you’re already right on the money.

Looking for a few other options? If you’re concerned that any homemade efforts might not fit her perfectionist standards, pick out the perfect gift made by professionals. Send your mom a Mother’s Day Coffee Gift Set, an Elegant Heart Wreath, or even a Brunch Gift Box (because why make brunch when it could be delivered?).

Gift ideas for the stylish mom

Do you run to your mom for style advice because she’s always on-trend? Are you floored every time you walk into her aesthetic dream home? Does she constantly wow you with her fashion and lifestyle know-how? Yep, you’ve got yourself a stylish mom, and her gift has to be on-point to make the grade.

Our favorite ideas for stylish moms include a shopping spree at her all-time favorite store — funded by you and your family, of course. Looking for something a little more creative? Subscription services are always fun! Whether it’s a home-goods box, a monthly fashion subscription, or one of those high-end luxury subscription services (such as Birchbox), you can guarantee that a regular refresher of stylish must-haves is a gift that keeps on giving.

Feeling stuck? Show your mom you appreciate her style with a premium bouquet that brings even more life to her space. There’s nothing quite as stylish as an aesthetic flower arrangement to let your mom know you care in a very visible, enjoyable way.

Gifts ideas for the BFF mom

Is your mom your go-to gal? Do you call her several times a day simply because you want to? Is she the first person you talk to when something — good or bad — happens? Yeah, you’ve got a BFF mom — and that means your gift needs to be sentimental.

Our first suggestion? BFF bracelets or customized jewelry are always big wins for BFF moms. Or set up a stellar experience to share with her: Whether it’s indoor skydiving, a trip to the beach, a cooking class, or an epic camping adventure, your BFF mom will love it as long as you’re right there experiencing it with her.

Gift ideas for the creative mom

Your mom is always letting her imagination fly, right? Let us guess — she’s got killer ideas, always pursues them on her own, and isn’t afraid to get a little wild? We’re jazzed to hear you have a creative mom, because choosing creative gifts for creative people is always a blast.

Whether you want to surprise mom with an artistic addition — like a paint-by-numbers set, a crochet kit, new watercolors, or a DIY project — or decide to put together a celebration that speaks to her personality (might we suggest a mimosa brunch bar?), we highly encourage you to go out-of-the-box for this present.

Still stumped? Buy her a list of supplies she needs for a new project she’s been dying to try. Nothing says, “I love you, my creative mother” like setting her up for success on her latest project.

If you’re still undecided, download a new recipe you know she’d love and give it a go!

No matter what type of mom you’ve got, you simply can’t fail when you bring a cookie gift basket to the party. (Hey, no one ever got kicked out of a Mother’s Day celebration for bringing delicious cookies to the table.…)

But most of all, remember that Mother’s Day is not just a day that comes around once a year — it’s about showing your mom you see her, appreciate her, and care for her. The best gift you can give? Making sure she knows that, each and every day.

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