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. 

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 safe 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 

Photo of Sweet Spring Lilies for Mother's Day, a perfect gift for non-traditional moms

Sweet Spring Lilies for Mother’s Day

Imagine her face as she discovers this beautiful bouquet at her door. This gift includes a lovely arrangement of lilies gathered in a timeless milk jug. She’ll also get a classic sun catcher to display in her window. 

Photo of buttercream-frosted flower cookies for Mother's Day

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

Two Dozen Assorted Roses

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. 

Springs Blooming Campanula

Your appreciation is in full bloom with our purple campanula. Designed in a metal planter with a sweet floral design, it’s a gift that brings a nostalgic touch to any sunny spot in the home. TThe gift also includes our calming Camille Beckman hand lotion in a signature English lavender fragrance.  

A graphic reminding visitors that moms deserve a special celebration on Mother's Day.

“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 Goble. “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.” 


Tricia Drevets has over 15 years of experience as a freelance writer, specializing in topics of interest to small business owners. She also frequently writes about parenting, senior care, and healthy living. When she’s not at her keyboard, you might find her digging in her garden or hiking the trails of Southern Oregon with her golden retriever.

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