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


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

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


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



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


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.

Mejuri Small Leather Jewelry Box

If she’s dripping in jewelry already, surprise her with a personalized leather jewelry box with her monogram or write out MOM.

Softies Ultra Soft Marshmallow Hooded Lounger

Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this cozy loungewear dress. Fans also count Oprah, who included this marshmellow hooded lounger in her list of Favorite Things 2019.

if she loves chic coffee table books

Vendome Press Cabana Anthology

Does your mom love interior design? If the answer is an emphatic yes, consider your Mother’s Day holiday shopping done and dusted with this coffee table fixture that chronicles some of the most drool-worthy interiors shot for legendary design publication Cabana. For the uninitiated, back issues of Cabana can fetch as much as $200 on ebay

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

If your mom loves cooking and is missing the latest Barefoot Contessa cookbook from legendary chef Ina Garten, ordering this for her is practically a must for any special occasion.

Urban Stems ‘The Provence’ Bouquet and Vase

In lieu of a trip to the south of France, give her a beautifully presented bouquet of lavender to transport her to the rolling lavender fields of Aix en Provence.

Helping Hands Puzzle

100% of proceeds from this puzzle are donated to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit that advocates for maternal health.

Sara Happ The Dream Slip Night Lip Treatment

Editor’s note: I swear by this overnight lip mask’s ability to hydrate and plump lips. If your mom would never treat herself to a $34 jar of anything, be a good son and surprise her with this wonder-working treatment.

Sandro Yza Tweed Bag

This tweed bag from chic French brand Sandro will make all of your mom’s brunch friends green with envy. This can be carried as either a shoulder bag or top handle, which makes it a versatile choice.

Zink Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera + Photo Paper Bundle

Photos that can be tangibly held in one’s hands hit differently. Compact in size, Kodak’s Printomatic digital Instant print camera is easy-to-use and easy to travel with. This bundle includes 50 sheets of compatible photo paper, so your mom will be able to use this right away if she wants.

AllModern Rickie Non-skid Marble Bookends (Set of 2)

Finding an aesthetically pleasing set of bookends is a timely pursuit. If your mom has an ever-growing library, these marble bookends will spare her the hassle and look lovely while doing so.

Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Aside from their luxurious look and feel, silk pillowcases help improve the appearance of hydration in skin and retain moisture in hair. AKA, here’s a failsafe gift for mom that’ll win you a “son of the year” trophy.

Ayesha Curry Kitchenware Spatula Spoonula Set

For the mom who makes the best homemade meals.

EMU Australia Mayberry Womens Slippers Sheepskin Slipper

Editor’s note: I gifted my mom a pair of these for Christmas and have since been moved to order myself a similar style because they’re truly that ridiculously comfortable. A handful of other colors including pink, white, and leopard are available as well.

Oh-Slow-Cute Sloth Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

These sloth salt and pepper shakers will add an eccentric splash to her kitchen table set up.

Sabahar Zewd Ethiopian Cotton Napkins (Set of 4)

If mom appreciates a nice tablescape, these table napkins are sure to impress. Per 54Kibo, these are handmade in Ethiopia using an interlocking warp and weft technique, which gives it special durability.

Skiin Tones Reign Pillar Candle

Speaking of tablescapes, this decorative Etsy candle is dripping in aesthetic appeal.

Everlane The Teardrop Tote Bag

Made from 75% recycled nylon, this tote bag is well-suited for beach days, cultural outings, CVS runs, and everywhere in between. Its spacious interior can hold various supplies, too, which makes it a savvy choice for the mom who likes to leave the house with a surplus of supplies in tow.

Sprout Shine Bright Radiant Positivity Kit

The sunshiny-feeling set includes a sunflower grow kit, one facial mist and a brightening sugar scrub. If you’ve never shopped on Verishop before, I’m a big fan because they offer 2-day express shipping for free.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask

Created for all hair types, fan-favorite Briogeo’s clean products contain a slew of antioxidants and vitamins that make hair feel and look stronger and healthier. This best-selling deep conditioning mask from the brand is a salon-like treatment your mom will be able to use again and again at home.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Skin Care Discovery Set

Whether she loves a spa day or would never dream of treating herself to one, this travel-friendly sized of Dr. Barbara Sturm best sellers will be a thoughtful surprise. Contents include one gentle foam cleanser, one facial scrub, one intensive moisturizing mask, one hyaluronic ampoule concentrate, one eye cream, one face cream, and one anti-aging body cream.

White/Space Baby Baroque Necklace with Diamond

She made you feel like an Art prodigy when you presented her with macaroni necklaces in kindergarten, so gift her something special for Mother’s Day. Here, a drool-worthy necklace featuring a freshwater pearl and diamond on a 14k gold chain.

Alo Yoga Soho Sweatpant

Editor’s note: I own a pair of these sweats and can attest to how magical their cashmere-like Alolux fabric is. Your mom will feel like she’s wearing a cloud in these.

P.J. Salvage Love & Dogs Hearts Pajama Pants

A comfy pair of pajama pants is always a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day. This pair features prints of fancy looking dogs. 

BYREDO Bibliotheque Candle

For the mom who loves a bougie candle, look no further than cult-loved French brand Byredo’s Bibliothèque candle. Featuring notes of patchouli and warm vanilla, this candle evokes the coziness of spending a rainy day getting lost in a good book.

Snoozies Womens Slipper Socks

These sock-like slippers will make reading in bed all the more cozy. Three other colors in the pastel fam are available as well on Amazon.

Sweaty Betty Cross Train Hoodie

For the fitness-obsessed mom, a cool new workout jacket is the way to go. This one from Sweaty Betty will not only last her years to come, but it’s designed to be slightly longer in the back, which means it’s flattering to wear with leggings.

Elleme Kitten Shoulder Bag

Parisian brand Elleme is quickly becoming one of the hippest handbag lines to know. (Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra and Bella Hadid all own styles from the label.) The Kitten Shoulder Bag from Elleme’s SS21 collection is well-suited for any woman on-the-go with its spacious interior, hidden zip compartment and adjustable strap.

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