50 Sentimental Gift Ideas for Sons to Buy Their Mom’s This Mother’s Day

50 Sentimental Gift Ideas for Sons to Buy Their Mom’s This Mother’s Day

For proof that superheroes don’t always wear capes, turn to moms all over the world. The list of reasons why moms are incredible is an endless one, which could explain why finding an awesome Mother’s Day gift can feel so daunting. (She kept you safe and alive as a small child, so a pencil case reading #1 mom doesn’t exactly cut it.)

You’ve come to the right place if you need Mother’s Day gift inspiration this year. From personalized ideas that make the perfect sentimental gifts for mom, to useful options that’ll make your mom’s favorite, the list ahead has every budget and personality type accounted for. From custom jewelry boxes and 14k gold necklaces to at-home spa day gifts and clever stress-relieving innovations, here are the best gift ideas for moms to show them that their son cares this Mother’s Day and any other day of the year.

Thank You, Mom Candle

If you’re after a sentimental gift for mom that isn’t cheesy, Homesick is stacked with options as the brand specializes in nostalgia-inspired candles. Perfect for Mother’s Day or your mom’s birthday, Homesick’s ‘Thank You, Mom’ candle is a warm scent with notes of bergamot, lavender, sandalwood, and musk.

North Legends Custom Pet Portrait Phone Case

If there are more pics of your mom’s dog on her phone than there are of you (which, fair), surprise her with a unique customized phone case featuring the other apple of her eye. Cases can be made for pretty much any iPhone or Samsung model, and the turnaround time for this top-rated Etsy seller is about 2 weeks. 

14k Solid Gold Custom Sideways Initial Necklace

A personalized gift goes a looong way. For one that’ll last forever, turn to this top-rated Etsy vendor who makes customized necklaces in 14k gold. This design is a thoughtful gift for moms in particular as shoppers can have the initials of everyone in their family included. 

Personalized Family Print

uncommongoods.com

$125.00

Gifting Art to another person can be tricky, but this personalized illustration is a no-brainer for moms. Illustrations from this Uncommon Goods artist come framed and(!) can include pets.  

Cammie and Kip Weeks Therapy Dough

We’re living through stressful times. If your mom could use something to help decompress, this grown-up version of play dough is handmade with essential oils to help ease tension. Different scents are available for different target areas. Try lavender for calmness, peppermint to increase energy and awareness, or orange to improve mood.  

What I Love about Mom Book

amazon.com

For a meaningful Mother’s Day gift that won’t set you back a pretty penny, fill out this book with responses as sentimental or funny as you please. She’s guaranteed to treasure this forever. 

The Nopo Set of Four Colorful Tapas Bowls

Handmade by Moroccan artisans, these ceramic bowls will be a special Mother’s Day gift for the mom who loves unearthing cool decor finds when traveling. Each bowl is hand painted, which means no two are the exact same. 

Kirby Storage Bench

urbanoutfitters.com

$179.00

Part shoe rack and part storage bench, this universally useful piece of furniture will be appreciated by any mom (or anyone for that matter) who loves the idea of keeping a neater closet. 

Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners (The Enneagram in Nature)

Full of fascinating insights and beautiful illustrations, this coffee table fixture explores the Enneagram of Personalities. (Which, for the uninitiated, is a personality classification system made up of 9 different personality types that are all interconnected with individual strengths and pathways). The book makes it fascinating to figure out one’s personality type and learn about those of their loved ones. 

Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum Spray

Few perfumes, if any, are more iconic than Chanel N°5. If a bottle of this forever chic scent is missing from your mom’s perfume collection, gifting her a 1.2oz bottle to try out is a failsafe choice for any son to gift his mother this year. Also, fun fact: N°5 was first created in 1921, which means this year is its 100th anniversary. 

Morning Joy Co. Personalized Recipe Cutting Board

A cutting board is a thoughtful gift to begin with, but this Etsy vendor takes things up a notch by offering personalization options where gift shoppers can request an entire family recipe written out in cursive. 

Seyahan Pearl Bead Crescents

Had your mom been able to travel somewhere far away and fabulous this past year, these are the earrings she would’ve wanted to hunt down as a souvenir. Handcrafted by artisans using traditional Turkish techniques, Seyahan is a wife-and-husband-run brand based in Charleston, SC whose jewelry is simply gorgeous. 

Heart-Shaped Tea Bags (Set of 15)

For the mom who loves tea, here’s a heartfelt gift (literally) created by Jacqueline Aliotti, an artisan who grew up sending time at her parents’ tea shop in Lyon, France. 15 heart-shaped teabags are included in each set. Tea flavors include English Breakfast, Organic Earl Grey and Organic White Berry. 

FlowerBx Vanda Cut Orchid and Mayfair Vase Set

For the mom who prefers orchids to traditional bouquets, this vibrant Vanda Orchid arrangement is sure to impress this Mother’s Day. 

The Tartan Blanket Co. Recycled Wool Blanket

Created by co-founders and co-parents Emma and Furgus Macdonald, The Tartan Blanket Co. takes inspiration from Scottish traditions. Their recycled wool blanket is a splurge you can feel good about as the brand has 1% for the planet, 1% for the people commitment, where 2% of all revenue goes toward helping to protect the planet and supporting people in need.

Jonathan Adler Boss Lady Pillow

Not your great aunt’s motivational quote pillow. May this lovely throw pillow remind your mom how badass and unstoppable she is. Plus, any mom would be impressed to see their son knows the value of Jonathan Adler’s chic home decor selection. 

Creme Hydra Beaute

Guinot
dermstore.com

$54.00

French brand Guinot’s moisturizing face cream goes to work is hydrating skin and improving the complexion’s appearance. If you’re after an at-home spa gift, this is one she’ll be able to integrate into her daily or weekly beauty regiment. 

Williams Sonoma Wine Pairing Chocolate Bars

williams-sonoma.com

$19.95

If your mom’s great loves are chocolate and wine, you’re morally obliged to buy her this set of chocolate bars, sons. Per Williams Sonoma, each handcrafted bar has been formulated with specific flavor profiles that pair perfectly with different wines. *Drools.* 

Bala Resistance Bands (Set of 5)

If your mom loves fitness and her workout routine is missing a set of resistance bands, this 5-piece set from Bala will more than fill the void. These can be used for barre, stretching, aerobics, yoga, and even cardio workouts. To really impress mom this year, have mother-son bonding moment by doing a workout class together where she can use her new resistance bands. A fit fam is a happy fam, amirite? 

ASUTRA Silk Eye Pillow for Sleep

This meditation-friendly and light blocking silk eye mask is filled with lavender and flax seeds, which make it a gift that looks and feels far more expensive than its $20 price tag.

Glossier Lash Slick + Bubblewrap Set

In case you’ve somehow made it this long without hearing about Glossier, let me be the first to tell you about the makeup and skincare brand counts fans in the millions. No matter how complicated or simple your mom’s beauty regiment is, the brand’s best selling mascara and bubblewrap (a product that helps hydrate lips and the under-eye area) will be beloved additions.

Slip Pure Silk Adult Pleated Face Mask

Because face masks remain essential, treating your mom to one of the most comfortable and luxe ones out there makes for a practical Mother’s Day gif this year. The silky texture feels soft and smooth on the skin.

Mejuri Large Hoops in 14k White Gold

No such thing as too many pairs of hoops. This best-selling pair from DTC darling Mejuri is made from 14k white gold, which means your mom will be able to wear these everywhere without any fear of them tarnishing. A yellow gold pair is available for the same price, too. 

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