• Erica Suckow

26 Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Unique Gifts That Aren't Flowers for 2021

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26 Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Unique Gifts That Aren't Flowers for 2021

I love Mother's Day because it is a great time to celebrate not only my biological mother but other people who act as a motherly figure in my life. Many of these people have shaped me into the person that I am and I'm so lucky to have so many supportive people in my life.


But, what are you supposed to buy a person who deserves the entire universe when you can only afford a candle?


It's difficult thinking of a gift to buy somebody who means so much to you, especially when you want to give them more than just a mug that says "mama".


How to determine which gift to buy

I really pride myself on gift-giving. I take notes all year long of things that people that I love love, mention, and I try to give gifts that are really thoughtful and catered to them personally.


For example, if I hear somebody say "I wish that I had _", I'll add it to a note in my phone. Or if we're shopping together and I see them spending a lot of time looking at something, I'll take note of that item.


Something that they complement or talk about often is a gift I may consider giving them. When it comes time to buy that person a gift, I refer back to that note. I also think about types of things that are trending right now that they may not buy for themselves but may really enjoy having.


Lastly, I think of other things they have or gifts I have given them in the past and determine if there's any add-on gifts that would compliment them. For example, for Christmas I got my mom a rug that has different inserts for every season. That way, as new inserts come out, I can gift them to her.


The types of Gifts that are perfect for Mother's Day

  • Personalized

  • Necessity

  • Experience

  • Pampering


Meaningful Mother's Day Gift Guide

Presents your Mother Figure will love that aren't coffee mugs or flowers

Some people really struggle with gift giving, so I put together a gift guide of really personal items that are meaningful to motherly figures in your life. Some of these items feel really high class, and thankfully don't cost an arm and a leg.


1. Digital photo frame

This digital photo frame is a really easy way for you to upload photos wirelessly and have consistently updated photos displayed in your home from anywhere in the world.


We have purchased these digital picture frames for our parents and grandparents so that we can easily upload new photos for them. This Nixplay Smart Digital Picture frame is a great size and has a really easy to use app that you can upload pictures to minutes.


We love this because not only can whoever sets the account up upload pictures, but the frame also comes with an email address so anybody with the email address can add photos. This makes it easy for all children or all grandchildren to upload photos. We absolutely love ours. You can also set it to use a motion detector or to turn off at certain points in the day or night. My grandma goes to sit next to hers every morning to watch and see if any new photos have uploaded. It's a great way to stay connected with those you love from a distance.



2. Mama necklace

I first saw the mama necklace on Instagram @takingcarababies and I fell in love with it. I was immediately on the search for my very own.


I wear this necklace almost every day, I'm obsessed to say the least. You can get these necklaces so the mama is all one word or the letters are spread throughout. What a better way to celebrate someone above than letting them wear their favorite title around their neck every day.



3. Initial necklace

Speaking of personalized necklaces, one of my favorite gifts is a personalized necklace that has the first initial of everybody in my family on it. I purchased mine from gingersquared.com and it was super affordable and great quality! There are lots of options and the style is super dainty, unlike some other personalized jewelry pieces.



4. Comfortable Loungewear

Who doesn't love comfortable loungewear? Athleisure is so in right now and I love that because you can double up your comfortable clothes as clothes to wear at home as well as out and about. Some of my favorite sets have actually come from Amazon, but Target has some great options too! Click the photos below to see my favorites.










5. Trendy Hat

Fedoras and beach hats are super in right now. Personally this is some thing I usually wouldn't buy for myself, but would absolutely love to be gifted. This is my favorite brand of fedoras, they are super high-quality and very affordable. Plus they have so many different colors and styles.


6. Trendy Sunglasses

I can never have enough sunglasses. I lose some, I scratch others, plus I have a pair in each vehicle, a pair in my purse, and a pair that I travel with. Purchasing a mother figure in your life a pair of sunglasses is a great gift. Be sure to pay attention to the style she normally wears or the style you see other women her age wearing.