We always want to buy the best birthday gifts for mom, but finding that meaningful present is tricky. Showing our gratitude for all she’s done for us over the years deserves special gifts and they’re not easy to come by. Luckily for you, we’ve found some of the most meaningful gifts we know Mom will love and put them together in one list for you. You’re welcome!
Mom is always there for you, so how do you show her that level of gratitude? This necklace may help you, with lapis stone wrapped in wire and a silver charm showing the moon phases, it also comes with a meaningful quote from 13th century poet Rumi.
While we can take photos and videos of ourselves and our children, nothing beats a hand-written journal full of memories. This one has daily questions for you to answer and record milestones you share with your children. Fill it in every day for 5 years and you’ll love looking back on it in years to come.
Finding the right words to put to paper can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to express your gratitude and thanks to mom. Use this letter set to write to her; the cute situation prompts will tell her when to open your letters and make herself feel better instantly.
Willow Tree figures have such cute sentiment behind them. This one is of a mother holding her two children, one who’s still a baby. The card which comes with it reads “Quietly encircled with love” and your mom will put it in pride of place in her home.
Not only will this dish keep Mom’s rings safe when she has to take them off, but it will also remind her of how much you love her, every time she uses it.
Make up for all those sleepless nights she had when you were younger with this set, which contains a host of lavender goodies to help her drift off into a wonderfully relaxing sleep.
One of the hardest parts of being a mom is letting your kids fly the nest. Make sure she knows you’re close even when you’re not with this beautiful Mother and Daughter bangle.
Give Mom the most precious gift of all – time. With the 5 hand crafted items included, she can unwind and relax, while feeling safe in the knowledge that you really do care.
Every cloud has at least one silver lining, and this sweet mug comes with a reminder that even if life is hard, she does, at least, have lovely looking kids.
Whatever date is special to Mom, you can have the front page of the New York Times from that day made into an authentic 500 piece jigsaw puzzle as a fabulous birthday gift.
No matter how many years have passed, a mother will always protect her babies. Celebrate that fact with this touching necklace which features a mama bear leading up to 5 darling cubs.
Family can scatter far and wide as new jobs and new opportunities beckon. Keep them close with this prettily weathered sign which shows how near or far they are from home.
Super cute and whimsical, this print can be made with up to 12 family members, including pets, with hair, skin, clothing and more available in a huge variety of options.
Beaches hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and if she has one such place, this necklace will make a beautiful birthday gift for Mom, as it contains sand from her chosen location.
Overnight oats have revolutionized healthy breakfasts, and they deserve their own special jar instead of that tired Tupperware box. This one comes with a measuring lid and an attached spoon for eating on-the-go.
With a HUGE list of beaches to choose from, you can have sand from your mother’s favorite beach added to this feel-good bracelet, which comes in a beautiful aquamarine or coral jade.
Mothers and Grandmothers alike will truly adore this little bud vase which has been designed to hold those sprigs and blossoms which have been lovingly picked and given by chubby hands.
There’s no place like home, and everyone knows that’s where Mom usually is. Let her know you know that with this delightful hanging sign which is sure to warm her heart.
If you don’t want to buy her some jewelry this year, why not get her something where she can store all her lovely pieces? This silver plated box can be engraved with a personal message to let Mom know just how much she means to you.
Children don’t stay little for long, one day they’ll be grown up and fly the nest, and maybe even fly a little further than you’d like. This mug will remind Mom that you’re never far away and then you’ll always be connected. Personalize it with a number of different countries or states and choose the color scheme too.
This simple clock can hold the most beautiful message, especially for your mom. Engrave it with any message you like, one that you know will mean the world to her. Then she’ll put it on her mantelpiece to read any time she looks at her new clock.
A bond between a mother and her son is like none other. Celebrate that bond with this Willow Tree figure, which depicts a mom holding her son close. One day, he’ll be towering above you and this beautiful figure will remind you that he was small once.
Engraved with the words “All that I am, I owe to you”, this small dish can be put on display or even used to hold her jewelry. You can have it in a number of different colors so you can be sure Mom will love it, no matter what she chooses to do with it.
All women like to feel pampered and relaxed – for some women that means a nice long bubble bath. If that sounds like your mom, this spa bath bomb box would make an excellent gift for her. It’s filled with everything she needs to enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub.
This adorable mug will be perfect for any mom, whether she’s new to it all or has grown up children. It features hand drawn depictions of the anatomy of a mother’s heart which include things like “sweetness”, “mixed up feelings” and a “center of strength”.
If you’re stumped on what to get as a birthday gift for mom this year, this adorable journal is just the thing. It has blank pages where you can fill in all the things you love about your mom, what makes her special, and all the things she’s done which you’re grateful for.
They say a picture says a thousand words but what about the frame it’s in? This simplistic wooden one will not only fit in to any room or space it’s put into, but it also has the words “Lucky to call you my Mom” engraved into it. If that doesn’t say it all, what does?
Wind chimes are so relaxing to listen to, on a warm summer’s evening when you’re out on your porch trying to soak up that last bit of sunshine. Give Mom this one to hang outside her back door and engrave it with a meaningful message and your choice of design.
When your children grow up and leave home, that’s a really difficult thing to handle. Luckily, this cushion might make it a bit easier for Mom to deal with. She could place it on her bed, the sofa, maybe in your old room to go into and hug when she’s really missing you.
Whether she chooses to keep this in her bedroom or her work space, this memory box will always remind her of the amazing relationship she has with her daughter. With space for jewelry, hand written notes or keys, she’ll cherish this Willow Tree box forever.
Make her smile every morning when she fills this mug up with her tea or coffee. The black background with the words “You’re the Mom everyone wishes they had” in white writing, it’s easy to read and lets everyone know the message your kids want you to know.
The perfect gift for a new mom. She’ll forever be able to remember how small her baby’s hands and feet once were with this clay impression kit, which comes with colored ribbon and personalization kit so you can add their name and the date the impressions were done.
Show your gratitude to your mom with this mug which she can use to drink her hot beverage of choice. With black and pink writing and some lovely flowers painted on the bottom, she’ll be able to show everyone that her kids think she’s a great mom.
This adorable Willow Tree figure captures the love between a mom and her child perfectly. It comes with a card which says “Apart or together, always close to me” which is how a mom wants to feel about her children. No matter what life brings, she’ll always be there for her children.
If you’re looking for a unique birthday gift for Mom this year, this mother and daughter letter set will be perfect. It has 40 letters which mothers and daughters are supposed to fill in and send to each other, containing memories and meaningful words.
Made from sterling silver, this minimalist necklace has a single swallow on which represents freedom and coming home. It’s presented on a card with the words “To the world you’re a mother but to your family, you’re the world” which is a really meaningful message to moms.
This necklace is made from sterling silver and cubic zirconia, giving it a super sparkly look. It hangs on an 18” chain and the pendant has the outline of a mom and child, entwined together to make the outline of a heart to represent the love between a mother and her children.
This journal makes an especially thoughtful gift for moms who love to reminisce, as it contains prompts for her to write about her childhood, adulthood, and hopes for the future, too.
Choose one of 8 poignant verses, or write your own, and you can have it engraved on the top of this wooden photo cube which holds 4 precious photographs – one on each side.
This gorgeous sterling silver elephant is carrying a very special cargo – her ‘peanuts’. With one brass nut to represent each of her children, this necklace makes a thoughtful birthday gift for Mom.
Spoil Mom month after month with the Mother Snacker Dessert Discovery box, which promises 5 – 7 deliciously decadent treats, gifts, and homeware delivered to her door 12 times a year.
No matter how far away they are, this sterling silver and gold vermeil pendant will always remind her of the special times she shared with her children when they were young.
This journal makes a beautiful gift for moms, as it is designed to create a bond between mother and daughter through the medium of writing, and by using the thought-provoking prompts included.
This sterling silver circle pendant symbolizes the never ending love a mother has for her children, while the beautiful labradorite stone dangling in the middle is believed to ward off negative experiences.
These pictures are so cute, and something a little different to the usual family portrait. Using pebbles to represent each family member, up to 7 characters can be included in this framed artwork.
This set of 4 ceramic nesting bowls are handmade to order from dark red stoneware clay, and finished in a beautiful aqua blue glaze, reminiscent of al fresco dining in the Mediterranean sun.
Available in a plethora of beautiful colors, this short, kimono-style waffle robe can be personalized with a name, initials, or monogram in a choice of embroidery colors.
Handmade in Wisconsin, this 12oz. mug will remind her of her brood every time she takes a sip, as it features one of 4 cute animals with their babies close behind.
Your mom is everything to you, so give her a gift which will let her know that. This sterling silver disc comes with a brass overlay, and a beautiful inscription.
Simple but stunning, this crystal vase is created in the shape of a heart, and comes etched with a single name on one side, and up to 8 names on the other.
Moms never have enough me-time, so make sure she can at least have a spa day at home with this gift crate, which contains luxurious spa essentials, and a bottle of prosecco.
Up to 6 initialled leaves can be added to this tree of life pendant, which has been handmade from sterling silver and hangs on a chain in your choice of lengths.
25 Thoughtful DIY Gifts for the Best Moms
By following this tutorial from Making Lemonade, you’ll have a gorgeous photo clock which your mom will adore. Choose one of her favorite photos – whether it’s of you, her grandkids or something else she loves, this clock will take pride of place on her wall.
Make her these photo magnets for her birthday this year and she’ll be able to display her favorite photos in a different way than just in a frame. Magnets make a fridge less boring and by using the faces of the people she loves, she’ll always smile when she opens the refrigerator door.
Gift baskets make thoughtful birthday gifts for moms, but they don’t always include what you’d want them to. Make up your own by following the ideas in this super helpful blog.
If you like the idea of making all of her gift basket gifts, follow this guide which shows you how to create body butter, lip balm, bath salts, and even candles.
This beautiful DIY tutorial shows you how to take a basic wooden planter and transform it into a one of a kind, thoughtful gift that Mom will treasure forever.
If you want to hand-make Mom’s birthday gift this year, but not sure what to make, take a look at the suggestions in this blog post, and click on the appropriate links.
Fingerprints are as unique as you are, so put them to good use by making these thumbprint fridge magnets – why not rope in the whole family and make a complete set?
This gift box is perfect for moms who love coffee, but it can easily be adapted for tea or even cocoa lovers with a few thoughtful tweaks.
Super simple to make, this blog shows you how to make a string art mason jar, using the free template provided, about 40 pins, wood, string, and a few silk flowers.
This pallet frame is super cute and fun to make as it can be customized in any way that you think Mom would like – her favorite colors, perhaps, or even Christmas lights?
Add a little ambience to her evening with these coffee mug candles – the perfect DIY for lovers of caffeine and candlelight – using thrift store mugs and old candles or wax flakes.
Every family has their own special recipes, so why not help Mom to gather them all in one place by making her this gorgeous recipe book with spaces for all the family’s favorites?
These cute DIY faux leather pouches are incredibly simple to make, and can be made in any size or shape you like by adapting these simple step by step instructions.
If you’ve got a few mason jar lids lying about in your craft box, turn them into a set of unusual photo magnets to make Mom smile every time she opens the fridge.
Slippers make a useful gift for moms, but they can seem a little bland. Liven them up by stuffing them with enough sweets, treats, and pampering goodies to keep her going.
Agate slices are wonderful things – they seem almost magical in appearance. Follow these steps to turn them into a set of gilded coasters that will look stunning on her coffee table.
Rather than give Mom photographs in a ‘normal’ frame, why don’t you have a go at making this unusual picture frame memory wreath which will look incredible hanging on the wall?
This is a pretty way of jazzing up an ordinary photobook into one which is fun, bright, and full of memories. The addition of embellishment-filled pockets makes every page feel like a celebration.
If you can get hold of an old copy of your mom’s favorite book, you can turn it into one of these professional-looking planters to grace her coffee table or bookshelf.
If she’s social media savvy she will no doubt be a fan of Instagram, so package up some of her ‘gram favorites in this cute keepsake box for a sweet birthday gift idea.
This gorgeous homemade luminary, which is made using photo frames and vellum, is a wonderful way of displaying those precious memories, and will provide a comforting glow when the candles are lit inside.
Save Mom from searching for her scattered rings by making her one of these ingenious ring displays which uses just a piece of pine board and a table saw.
This will make a stunning birthday gift for moms who love photo displays, and combines string art with photos for a totally rustic finish. Trust us, she will love it.
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