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Non-Traditional Moms Gift Guide: Celebrating Moms of All Kinds

April 13, 2021

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

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to think about how you will honor the special women in your life this year. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers are filled with cards and gifts that bear the words “mom” and “mother,” but what about all the women who don’t fit the traditional “mom” label? 

These are the incredible ladies who have touched our lives as stepmoms, bonus moms, aunts, grandmas, mothers-in-law, coaches, neighbors, mentors, and trusted confidants. They may have stepped in when our own mothers could not or supported us in ways that have enriched our lives for the better. 

Foster mothers take kids into their homes for a temporary period of time, but their impact can last a lifetime. “It’s different to be a foster mom on Mother’s Day because I think sometimes people don’t know how to define your role,” says foster mother Katie Hughes of Portland, Oregon. “But ultimately, foster moms are moms, and we whole-heartedly love our kids and the role we play in their lives.” 

Jillana Goble, foster mother and author of the book, No Sugar-Coating: The Coffee Talk You Need about Foster Parenting, tells us, “Though we give them our all while they are in our home and around our table, we know the ultimate hope of foster care is that they will be able to be safely with their parent again. One child in my care acknowledged this by stating in a letter ‘To my favorite foster mom,’ and that felt special to me.” 

Although foster moms and all the special non-traditional mothers out there will tell you that they do what they do out of love, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them how much you appreciate them. 

A thoughtful note or card is a great place to start, and we’ve put together a list of some other gift ideas to warm their hearts. 

Mother’s Day gift ideas for non-traditional moms 

Her Special Day Bouquet 

 Imagine her face as she discovers this beautiful bouquet at her door. This gift includes a lovely arrangement of spring blooms gathered in a timeless white pitcher. She’ll also get a recipe for southern sweet tea, and you can bet she’ll think of you every time she uses the pitcher. 

Surprise your “bonus mom” with long-stemmed flowers that satisfy her sweet tooth. This bouquet of 12 buttercream frosted cookies taste as good as they look. 

Two Dozen Assorted Roses 

If you’re looking for the “wow” factor in your gift, you can’t go wrong with this vibrant collection of roses. For an added sweet touch, a small box of chocolates can accompany your bouquet. 

Cactus Dish Garden 

We know she’ll find a good spot in her home for this Southwestern-style dish garden. It features an easy-to-care-for assortment of cacti and succulents. 

Love is Brewing Teapot 

If you have enjoyed talking with your “other mother” over a cup of tea, you’ll want to gift her with this teapot you can personalize with a special message. It comes with an infuser insert, and we think she’ll love the turquoise color. 

Azalea Bonsai 

Show her she’s one-of-a-kind with this unique Mother’s Day gift. The Satsuki azalea bonsai blooms pink flowers in late spring and sports glossy green leaves all year long. 

Flowers and Fruit Gift Basket 

Sweet-tasting fruit and sweet-smelling roses are tucked into this beautiful basket. She’ll enjoy pears, kiwis, papaya, baby bananas, and a mini rose bush she can plant in her garden if she likes. 

Blooming Dish Garden 

Whether your special “second mom” has a green thumb or not, she’s sure to enjoy this lush dish garden and its decorative wooden planter. And just to make sure she knows how much she’s loved — a little package of yummy chocolate chip cookies accompanies this gift. 

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“Mother’s Day is a chance to recognize that a lot of women do a lot of collective loving and nurturing and making the world go round through offering children stability,” says Jillana. “The responsibilities of motherhood are great and, as any experienced mom knows, can be thankless, so while chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day are not expected, they’re always appreciated.” 

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